Dave Chappelle Says His Doc Is Being Dropped By Distributors Over Trans ‘Jokes’ Controversy, Launches His Own Viewing Tour

Dave Chappelle will not be canceled, although some folks are trying. He says his upcoming documentary is being blackballed, so he decided to put a self-funded tour together to show the film in 10 cities across the nation.

The famed comedian also addressed the trans community following many people’s outrage over his Netflix comedy special, "The Closer." More inside….

Ever since Netflix premiered Dave Chappelle‘s newest comedy special, "The Closer," earlier this month, the comedian has been catching heat over jokes he made. Now, the controversy is causing drama with his new documentary.

According to the 48-year-old comedian, his new documentary is being dropped by film distributors as the transgender community rallies to have him canceled over the comedy special, which they interpreted to be "transphobic."

In a new standup clip posted to Instagram, the five-time EMMY winner shared details about his new porject. When outside was shut down due to the pandemic, Chappelle’s neighbor was nice enough to offer his Ohio cornfield to host comedy shows over the summer. In the doc, he’ll take viewers along with him while working during the pandemic.

Since the backlash from "The Closer" sparked off, he noticed invitations to major film festivals were being rescinded as well.

"They began disinviting me from these film festivals. And now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film," he said.

So, what does he do? He launches his own tour to screen the documentary.

“You will be able to see this movie in its entirety and you can see what they’re trying to obstruct you from seeing and you can judge for yourself,” he said.

Transgender activists have been going hard in the paint to have Chappelle canceled. Some Netflix employees even walked off the job due to the company keeping the comedian’s special on the streaming platform. While several employees have spoken out about the special, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is standing ten toes down for Chappelle.

“Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix. He’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet,” he shared.

While Sarandos does support Chappelle, he did admit he "screwed up" in the way he communicated the decision to keep the show on the platform to his staff.

Trans personality Caitlyn Jenner recently came to Chappelle’s defense: 

 

Dave Chappelle is 100% right. This isn’t about the LGBTQ movement. It’s about woke cancel culture run amok, trying to silence free speech.

We must never yield or bow to those who wish to stop us from speaking our minds. pic.twitter.com/Nklalj6h5Y

— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) October 26, 2021

 

One thing is for sure, Chappelle isn’t going to let anyone cancel him. And he’s doubling down on every joke he made in "The Closer."

"It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true. If they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about," he said in the video.

“I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office," he continued.

Chappelle said he would meet with the trans community, but under certain conditions (that he semi-jokingly shared).

“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands," he said.

"And if you want to meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

At the end of the clip, Chappelle asked the audience “Am I canceled or not?”

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Dave Chappelle’s "Untitled" documentary tour kicks off November 4th in San Francisco and will travel to major cities like Cleveland, Toronto, and Atlanta before wrapping up on November 22nd in New York. 

Is Dave capitalizing off the "controversy" or are people actually attempting to drop him? Will you be copping tix?

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BLACK INK CREW DRAMA: Charmaine’s Tattoo Shop Beef With Kitty & Draya Spills Over To Social Media

The last episode of "Black Ink Crew Chicago" got intense when Charmaine fired her (former) friend Kitty and her tattoo artist Draya from her tattoo shop, 2nd City Ink. Find out what went down on the show and peep the social media aftermath inside….

Things got heated on the last episode of "Black Ink Crew Chicago" between the ladies.

2nd City Ink owner Charmaine Bey received word that her employees were talking trash behind her back, so she called a team meeting to hash things out.

 

 

 
 

 

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Draya and Kitty are unhappy with the way Charmaine has been running 2nd City Ink, accusing her of not providing the materials needed to properly run a tattoo shop (above). At that time, Charmaine was struggling with maintaining the shop and dealing with her father’s declining health.

During their team meeting, Charmaine announced she would be charing $1,500/month booth rent. Clearly, Draya wasn’t feeling that, so she called her out on it. The tattoo artist argued that she shouldn’t have to pay booth rent when Charmaine doesn’t even provide the basics to tattoo in the shop. Not only that, Draya said Charmaine begged her to come back, so she shouldn’t have to pay up.

After some back and forth, Draya decided she was done, so Charmaine gave her the boot. 2nd City Ink’s brand manager Kitty then jumps into the discussion and called Charmaine out for the way she handled Draya. Charmaine blasted Kitty for not living up to her brand manager duties before firing her as well.

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When the episode aired, Round 2 of their agreement spilled out on Twitter. Kitty tweeted she genuinely wanted to help Charmaine and did so by purchasing things for the shop with her own money. Charmaine said AHT AHT!

Soon after, Draya joined the chat to air out her frustrations about her former boss:

Sheesh!

It seems there will be more drama when next week’s episode airs: 

 

I can’t wait to see the large amount of phony kickin it in the next episode at the convention because the same person they were kee-keeing w/ and talking shit…they were talking big shit about. Again, receipts. #BlackInkCrewCHI #BlackInkChi #BlackInkCrew

— ItsKitSovain (@KitSovain) October 26, 2021

 

It’s about to go down.

A new episode of "Black Ink Crew Chicago" airs next Monday at 8/7c on VH1.

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REAL SMART GIRL ISH: Megan Thee Stallion Is Set To Graduate College This Year, Gives Proper Response In Awkward F1 Race Interview

Megan Thee Stallion is about to be a Hot Girl Graduate! The Houston Hottie announced she’s going to graduate college this year and we can’t be more proud of her. Just another celebration to add to her already stellar year.

 

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Megan Thee Stallion is about to be a Hot Girl Graduate!

When the Houston Hottie first started to make a splash on the music scene, she made it clear that she had plans to finish pursuing her undergraduate degree. In 2013, the "WAP" raptress enrolled in historically Black university Prairie View A&M before she transferred to Texas Southern right at the time her rap career was taking off.

The three-time Grammy Award winner enrolled in school part-time to continue pursing her bachelor’s degree in health administration. And her hard work and dedication to finishing paid off!

 

 
 

 

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Sharing a collage of pictures to celebrate, the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share the good news about her 2021 graduation date. The "SAVAGE" rapper decorated her cap with the phrase, "Real Hot Girl Sh*t." Indeed it is.

"2021 finna graduate collegeeee taking my graduation pics today I can’t wait for y’all to see," Meg captioned.

Peep a few behind-the-scenes shots from her photoshoot below: 

 

 

 
 

 

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Expect a huge graduation party soon. Her late mother, Holly Thomas, and late grandmother would be so proud.

Meg has been having one hell of a year – from her career (her Popeye’s Hottie sauce, attending the MET Gala for the first time & collaborating with mega group BTS) to her love life.

The Houston Hottie and her songwriting boyfriend Pardison "Pardi" Fontaine also just celebrated their one-year anniversary. He posted the sweetest one-year tribute on social media that has wondering if we should be asking what "her prayer" was – like we do for Ciara.

Get into their super sweet coupledom below:

 

 
 

 

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In awkward news…

The "Cognac Queen" made her way to the the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix event. While walking in, Sky News reporter and former racer Martin Brundle approached her for an interview. As he walked up on her, he called her a "freestyle rapper" and asked her "do you have any raps for us today?" She politely responded before her bodyguard shut the interview down. Peep the clip above.

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The Halloween Queen is ready to serve up some dangerously good costumes. And we’re here for all the spooky lewks leading up to her Halloween bash set to go down this Friday.

 

 
 

 

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Congrats, Meg!

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SENDING PRAYERS: Freeway’s 21-Year-Old Daughter Dies From Cancer, One Year After He Lost His Son

We’re sending prayers and condolences to rapper Freeway. He’s mourning the death of his 21-year-old daughter, Harmony, after losing her battle with cancer. Her death comes a year after his son passed. Jesus.

It’s already devestating for a parent to lose a child. Imagine losing two children almost a year to the day. It’s an unimaginable pain no parent should have to go through.

Rapper Freeway is unfortunately suffering from the loss of two of his children who passed within a year of each other.

The Philly rapper took to Instagram over the weekend to share his 21-year-old daughter, Harmony, lost her cancer battle.

 

 
 

 

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The former Roc-A-Fella rapper shared a video of his daughter dancing it up to Michael Jackson’s "Shake Your Body" to celebrate her 21st birthday back in February.

"You know the saying sugar and spice and everything nice, well that’s my Harmony!," he wrote in the caption of the video. "I promise y’all she was the sweetest most kind most caring generous loving adorable person I know. Allah Really blessed me putting her in my life. I love her so much and this hurts so bad this video was February of this year on her 21st birthday."

Although she was fighting for her life, the State Property rapper said she was always in good spirits.

"Even though she was fighting cancer she was always happy and always smiling and she always brightened up my day. The only thing that’s giving me comfort is I know 100% that she believes in Allah and she was a good person. I truly believe she has everything it takes to enter into heaven.

"Please keep her in your prayers & please ask God to show her comfort and mercy. Listen Life & Death is very real! cherish your love ones & keep them close to you because you never know, we are not promised our next breath. She truly was my best friend and I don’t know what I’m gonna do this pain is unimaginable."

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The devastating news comes a year after his son, Jihad, died at the age of 20. His son was an aspiring rapper who performed as SnowHadd.

 

 

 
 

 

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Freeway did not reveal the reason of death but mourned his son on Instagram, writing, “God knows I try my best to be strong, but this right here is a pain like I never felt. Please cherish your time and your love ones because we’re not promise the next breath,” he wrote. “I Pray Allah forgives my son for all Of his sins and I pray that Allah grants him the highest level of paradise. Ameen"

It’s been a rough few years for Freeway. He struggled through his own health battle and underwent a kidney transplant in 2019 after he was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2015. He is also dealing with his father’s dementia diagnosis.

We’re sending prayers and condolences to Freeway and his entire family during this impossible time!

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21 Savage Reacts To Lawsuit Threats Over FreakNik-Themed Birthday Party – ‘Y’all Better Sit Down Somewhere’

21 Savage is being threatened with a lawsuit following his FreakNik-themed birthday party he had over the weekend. His response? Bring it. More inside…

 

 

 
 

 

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Rapper 21 Savage could be fighting a lawsuit soon.

The trademark holders of the FreakNik Festival has threaten legal action against the "Bank Account" rapper for the use of the namesake to promote his birthday party that went down over the weekend.

In case you’ve never heard of FreakNik, its an annual Spring Break festival for HBCU students that orginated in Atlanta back in the 80s. By the 90s, it gained popularity and became one of the biggest festivals for young, black students. The last FreakNik festival happened in 1999 before it was revived in 2019 as a three-day event.

 

 
 

 

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When the new trademark holders caught wind of 21 Savage’s FreakNik bash, they reached out to the rapper’s co-manager, Meezy, to figure out a way they can come to a solution that benefits everyone. Well, nothing was solved before 21 Savage’s party, so the FreakNik Festival organizers decided to air out their grievances on social media.

Y’all better sit down somewhere https://t.co/EK4aP4phXg

— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) October 25, 2021

"Saw @21savage and @megameezy #Freaknik21 last night at @underground_atlanta and looked like a super dope event. Sucks we gonna have to sue them when all we asked that they acknowledged us since it was a free event and they declined," the organizers tweeted.

“Spending over a million to revive a brand, fighting negative public perception and proving we can do it 2 years with no issues, comes at a cost. We can’t let others just infringe on that. So know when you hear them talk about we tried to work it out very easily beforehand.”

 

 
 

 

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21 Savage caught wind of the tweet and responded, "Y’all better sit down somewhere."

Then, the FreakNik Festival organizers shared receipts, showing proof of their trademark. They also shared screenshots of an alleged text message exchange with Savage’s co-manager, Meezy. In the texts, the organizers shared they have a trademark for "FreakNik" and wanted to find a FREE solution that benefits everyone.

 

 
 

 

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“We knew to bring this event back in a safe, respectable (non-family friendly ) way, we needed to control how it was done and we had to obtain the rights,” the organizers wrote. “The Federal Government granted us this EXCLUSIVE rights to use Freaknik."

"Now can we stop everyone who does a themed, concert, party, or sell Freaknik merchandise? YES we can. But it would take millions to go after everyone. For the people big enough to make it worthwhile, we could be on some money shakedown ish, but we not even tripping," they continued.

"We saw @saweetie event earlier this year and thought it was dope…we learned about it afterwards too and she didn’t promote it in Atlanta. We saw @quavohuncho and @yungmiami305 and we love it, but haven’t decided what we want to do. But @21savage and @megameezy event was another level. Super dope also so congrats to @mshannahkang for the dope layout, but that event was a smack in our face to all the hardwork we put in. We said we will give you license for FREE and was gonna ask to make sure it has a nonprofit presence there. They said no…I didn’t want this smoke…again we said "man put on for the city just acknowledge us and we will give you the license FREE." Meezy said he would just change the name. He didnt…"

In another IG post, the organizers said their lawsuit isn’t about money. They said they decided to take legal action in an effort to protect the namesake because at this point, their hands are tied.

 

 
 

 

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The full caption reads:

"#1 This isn’t a money play. We haven’t even asked for money."

"#2 Folks keep saying we’re mad that @21Savage event was hotter than ours. That’s not it. I mean come on, in 2019 we had 18K People. Also this man pack out arenas so a few thousand people with 2 weeks of promotion is expected. But just because they are celebrities does NOT mean they are above the law and can do what they want. If we posted @21Savage name on a flyer his Legal Team would send us a cease and desist. If we go through with the event, rather it’s free or not, they will sue us. We warned them, they declined, now we have to go through with our word."

"Crazy thing is, we reached out this morning and told @megameezy and @21Savage we dont want money. We still want to work it out for the benefit of the Atlanta Community. We offered to drop the suit, if they agree to work with us to correct the public perception "THAT ANYONE CAN DO FREAKNIK," and we do a FreakNik in 2022 for EVERYONE and make it Free. I’m sure they gonna decline that too."

"The pandemic caught EVERYBODY with their pants down, and we tried to complete a show we started in Feb 2020 BEFORE Covid shutdown the country. Was it tough, yeah…did we lose 300K yeah….was the turnout lighter than we expected yeah….but it wasn’t about the money as it was about completing the 2020 version before REBUILDING the 2022 Version." "#3 Why dont we sue everyone most of yall say? Do yall know how much law suits cost? How mentally draining they are? If we was about money we’ll be suing EVERYONE and not going to social media. We’ll just handle our business. But when we offer you a no-cost solution to doing it the right way and you say F%*K us, you dont leave us with many options…"

"…and here we are. Damn why black folks gotta fight all the time instead of working together."

Apparently, partygoers were being charged to get inside 21 Savage’s party and the FreakNik organizers weren’t happy about that.

 

 
 

 

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"In 2019 our #Freaknik did over 18K People. We barely broke even and realized the venue, which has a non-black owner benefited the most."

"In 2020 we tried to bring Freaknik and all the revenue it generated , back to the BLACK Community. First we did it on Cascade Road at an All Black Owner Golf Range. We had challenges there so we had to move it where we took it to a HBCU. We wanted the money to benefit them. We had issues there with securing our permits, so we went to another venue, that was black owned. But our production team advised us that location was not safe due to stage structural issues and malfunctioning AC."

"So finally we moved to to another all-black location in East Atlanta."

"Our goals for Freaknik was to let the revenue benefit our community. We created a non-profit, fed the elderly and kids during the pandemic, partnered with none profits to do a back to school drive, worked with local radio stations and celebrities to also do a March on Old National for Black Lives Matter, with a free concert."

"All this money grab claims is BS. We brought back #Freaknik for the culture and spent considerable resources doing so. So yes we gonna defend our brand and our trademark versus an allegedly free event where folks were being charged $75 to get in AND had to be invited to enjoy. That’s not our vision for Freaknik and as such we have to defend it from others trying to do the same…"

On social media, 21 Savage hopped in the comments on a Shade Room post about the FreakNik drama, writing, “F*ck it all y’all kids who tattoo knifes on they face for Halloween getting sued this year.”

As of the time of this post, a lawsuit hasn’t been filed, but it appears it’ll be coming down the pipeline.

Thoughts?

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Anti-Vaxxer Protesters WILD OUT Outside Of The Barclays Center To ‘Support Kyrie Irving’

The Barclays Center was placed on lockdown amid a protest launched by anti-vaxxers who came out to show support of NBA star Kyrie Irving for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine to play. At least for now.  More inside…

"Let Kyrie play!"

Tons of folks were yelling this chant outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn yesterday (October 24th) ahead of the Nets’s season home opener against the Charlotte Hornets. The Kyrie Irving "liberation" has begun and they’re DEMANDING the Nets baller be allowed to play despite his reluctance to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

The Nets announced the All-Star guard will NOT play until the situation is resolved. At first, the 29-year-old NBA star was barred from playing Nets home games due to New York COVID protocols. As you can see, the Nets are taking drastic measures in an effort to keep all of the players and their families safe, requiring all players to be vaccinated in accordance with New York state law for public venues and restaurants.

Protesters wore shirts and held up signs that read "Stand with Kyrie," “Don’t tread on me,” “Will not comply,” and “Health Freedom Now." Some even wore "Black Lives Matter" t-shirts.

Things got so out of hand, the Barclays Center was placed on a brief lockdown. Some protesters were able to get inside, forcing the center to shut the front doors. The police and arena personnel were able to gain control a few minutes later and started letting vaccinated ticket holders inside.

It was a mess. Watch folks WILD OUT below:

 

Kyrie Irving supporters protested and tried rushing the Barclays in support of Kyrie refusal to get vaccinated thus far. pic.twitter.com/UJdAo9V05m

— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) October 24, 2021

 

 

NOW – Protesters against vaccine mandates breaking through barricades to Barclay’s Center in NYC, chanting "Let Kyrie play"pic.twitter.com/PIWk42Uyus

— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 24, 2021

 

 

MAGA and BLM at Barclays for anti-vaccine mandate protestpic.twitter.com/CGadvfxEPf

— Ṁ (@mbs_ctt) October 24, 2021

 

Insane.

Following the chaos, the Barclays Center released a statement to address the lockdown:

"Barclays Center briefly closed its doors today in order to clear protestors from the main doors on the plaza and ensure guests could safely enter the arena. Only ticketed guests were able to enter the building and the game proceeded according to schedule."

Last week, Kyrie – who joined the Nets in 2019 – hopped on IG Live to explain why he has decided NOT to take the vaccine. At least for now, as many believe his statement was also leaving open the possibility of getting it and covering his tracks so he isn’t dragged for back tracking.

Kyrie, who also was willing to die on a hill years ago with claims the earth is flat, says he has "more questions," but has not specified what these questions are almost one year into the vaccine rollout.  How do you feel about Kyrie not taking the vaccine? Sound off in the comments!

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Boosie Doubles Down On Homophobic & Suicide-Encouragement Tweets Aimed At Lil Nas X After LNX Jokingly Teased A Collaboration

We already crowned him the King of Internet Trolls. And based on Boosie’s vile reaction over the weekend, Lil Nas X still holds the crown. Find out why Boosie went on a homophobic rant where he told the MONTERO artist to kill himself inside…

Ever since Lil Nas X made out with a male backup dancer during the 2021 BET Awards, rapper Boosie Badazz has been popping off on social media with homophobic tweets and live video reactions. Apparently, LNX living in his truth is too much for Boosie to handle, so he often times takes to social media to react to whatever the MONTERO artist is doing.

Well, Lil Nas X now knows he can get up under Boosie’s skin any time he wants, which isn’t good for Boosie because LNX loves a good trolling session.

Over the weekend, the "Old Town Road" singer hopped on Instagram Live and told his followers he has been working on a collaboration track with Boosie and said it’s fire.

 

Lil Nas X says he’s working on a song with Boosie. pic.twitter.com/ofahTBt7ao

— Rap Alert (@rapalert4) October 23, 2021

 

"So, I been working on this song with Lil Boosie, bro," he said during the live stream. "I got this song with Lil Boosie finna come out. Fire. I ain’t even gon’ lie, for real. Song with Boosie finna come out."

Peep the clip above.

A pissed off Boosie hopped on Twitter to react to LNX’s announcement, typing up an extremely vile and homophobic tweet where he urged the "Industry Baby" artist to commit suicide. [WARNING! Boosie’s remarks – which are directly quoted – could be triggering to some]

"STOP TROLLING ME F****T LOL!! U A WHOLE B***H PLAYING WITH A GANGSTA SMH U CAN KEEP SUCKING D*CK N GETTIN F*CKED N YOUR A** N PEACE N #uhateyourself I WOULD TOO IF I WAS YOU LOL NASx IF YOU #commitsuicide YOU WOULD DO THIS WORLD A HUGE FAVOR NOBODY WANTS U HERE," Boosie tweeted.

The tweet was eventually removed for violating the platform’s rules, but that didn’t stop Boosie from taunting LNX. He followed up with a post of an unreleated clip of sports analyst Stephen A. Smith where he says, "Let’s be nice. You don’t have to go there. I mean, you’re not wrong, but you didn’t have to say it."

 

HAHA pic.twitter.com/lI1zOgZo9e

— Boosie BadAzz (@BOOSIEOFFICIAL) October 23, 2021

 

Boosie captioned the video, "HAHA."

As expected, LNX fans started to flood Boosie’s mentions on Twitter, but he doesn’t care. The "Wipe Me Down" rapper said he gets international love.

"IF YALL THINK THE WHOLE WORLD HATE ME ‘YALL TRIPPIN’ I HAVE INTERNATIONAL LOVE N RESPECT FOR HOW I AM N WHAT I STAND FOR n never forget THERES A GHETTO N EVERY CITY, STATE, COUNTRY ETC. WHO ROCK WITH BOOSIE FRFR #therealest," he tweeted.

LNX doesn’t seem to phased by Boosie’s reactions. After the rapper’s vile tweet went vrial, LNX tweeted:

 

i am truly saddened. i have never been so mortified in my life. i can’t believe disney channel has yet to play halloween town this entire october.

— MONTERO (@LilNasX) October 23, 2021

 

"i am truly saddened. i have never been so mortified in my life. i can’t believe disney channel has yet to play halloween town this entire october," he tweeted.

 

When EVERYBODY wants you here! https://t.co/PH5zM7EF46

— B, as in Boat (@JustBryan_) October 24, 2021

 

He also shared a retweet from a fan that captioned one of his performance videos, "When EVERYBODY wants you here!"

Unbothered, per usual.

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Issa Rae Is Absolutely NOT Making An ‘Insecure’ Movie, But Maybe A Spin-Off?

If you were wishing for an "Insecure" movie to follow up the series’ finale, sorry. It’s not happening. However, an "Insecure" spin-off could possibly happen.

Find out what Issa Rae spilled about some form of a continuation of "Insecure" and tons more inside…

 

Admit it. "Insecure" is one of the blackest most entertaing shows that most older millenials enjoy and can relate to. So, when news hit that the show was ending, naturally, folks weren’t happy about it.

And since we’re in an era of reeboots, spin-offs and post-series movies, it wasn’t farfetched when rumors about an "Insecure" movie started circulating.

As you know, the hit HBO series is set to air its fifth and final season (dubbed "Season Bye-ve"), which premieres this Sunday, October 24th. It’s the beginning of the end. However, its not the end for "Insecure" creator and star, Issa Rae.

Making her rounds on the promo trail, Issa stopped by Power 105’s "The Breakfast Club" to chop it up about the ending of her hit HBO series and what she has in store for the future.

Earlier this year, it was announced Issa nabbed an eight-episode series order at HBO Max for the half-hour comedy “Rap Sh*t.” The multi-hyphenate entertainer revealed she wrote "Rap Sh*t" while on lockdown and confirmed had she not been confined to her home, she never would have had the time to create the show.

It’s bittersweet knowing "Insecure" is about to come to an end, but Issa told "TBC" that she’s excited about the show ending.

"I’m not sad. I feel like it’s time. I’m excited if anything. I’m excited that people are excited about the end of the show right now because I know they’re going to be mad later," she said.

Naturally, fans have been begging her on social media to either not end "Insecure" or, at the very least, do a movie for the show. Oh well. It’s not happening. When asked if she would do one, she responded, "absolutely not."

"I just don’t want to do a movie. What do you need a movie for? We did it for five years….," she said.

The "Insecure" writers’ room felt pressure while writing the finale season of the hit show, hoping they wouldn’t "mess it up." As they were brainstorming ideas, one of the writers encouraged a different approach to writing the final season, which was to pretend there would be a Season 6.

"I mean, anything can happen,"Issa said.

"Like a spin-off?," Angela Yee asked.

"Yeah, maybe," Issa responded.

Who would you want to see from the cast to get a spin-off?

The up-and-coming Hollywood mogul is moving on to new things – like her new show, "Rap Sh*t." She said she’s currently living in Miami working on the HBO Max series. And she said the show is nothing like "Insecure."

The EMMY nominated actress is definitely busy, like opening up new coffee shops and doing her thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, joing the cast of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. There’s no time for drama. When the radio hosts asked her about her throwback "beef" with Lauren London and reuniting, she responded perfectly.

Get into her full interview below:

This morning…

.@IssaRae says she’s "just getting started," ahead of the premiere of the final season of her show @insecurehbo.

She’s also signed a multi-million dollar deal with Warner Media saying, it’s "an opportunity to bet on myself." pic.twitter.com/cIveW73HoW

— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) October 22, 2021

Issa Rae chopped it up with Gayle King on "CBS Mornings" about finally feeling "comfortable" in Hollywood, like she belongs.

"I feel like I’m just getting started. I feel like a beginner in many ways. I still have so much to do," Issa said.

The comedian/actor/writer – who recently got married – also dished on her reported eight-figure overall deal with WarnerMedia. Peep the clip above.

Last night…

Boss lady @IssaRae on the teal carpet of the #InsecureHBO premiere pic.twitter.com/iA4p02ZVx9

— HOORAE (@IssaRaePresents) October 22, 2021

Boss Lady Issa served up some underboob action at the premiere of "Insecure" Season in Los Angeles last night.

It’s been a lot of pressure of Issa to serve up the perfect ending to "Insecure" fans. She revealed she re-wrote the final scenes just two weeks before filming.

“It just didn’t feel right,” she said about the original ending. “I think it was a good finale on its own. However, I just didn’t feel like it aligned with the story that we have been telling for five seasons, much less even this season. It felt like the ideal version. I just wanted to make an ending that felt more realistic and true to the characters.”

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Issa Rae snaps it up with her "Insecure" co-stars Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis cover Entertainment Weekly’s newest digital cover where they reflect on the show’s hella great run.

"I think the shows where you get to watch people just being excite me," says Rae, 36, who serves as an executive producer and has received two Emmy nominations for her relatable lead performance (she also received an Outstanding Comedy nod in 2019 as EP). "We always say internally in the room, it’s [about] being Black on a Tuesday. Those are the stories we’re telling."

 

 
 

 

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"I didn’t realize at the [beginning] how important a story like this was," adds Ellis, 39. "It’s like, we don’t want to watch normal life — but once you get into it, you realize that’s important because we need to normalize these things because we don’t see them enough."

 

 
 

 

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"What really stood out [to the writers] is we hadn’t seen examples of friendship breakups happen on screen, and I’ve experienced it twice. That s— hurts," says Rae. "You don’t really have the same sympathy or the same knowledge or guidance that you have when a romantic relationship ends. To really dissect the dissolution — the slow dissolution of a friendship — was something that was relatable to a lot of people."

 

 
 

 

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You can read more here. https://ew.com/tv/insecure-final-season-digital-cover-story/

"Insecure" fans will start the beginning of the end when Season 5 kicks off Sunday, October 24th at 10pm EST on HBO.

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Beyoncé Teases New Song ‘Be Alive’ In New ‘King Richard’ Trailer, Will Smith Reveals How Bey Got Involved

BEYHIVE! New music from Beyoncé is coming soon. The Grammy winner teases her new track "Be Alive" in the newest trailer for King Richard. Take a listen, plus find out how Mrs. Carter got involved with the film and more inside…

Now we know why Beyoncé has been EXTRA active on social media lately: She has new music and a new collaboration dropping! And we’re glad because we’re thirsty for some new Bey vocals and new Ivy Park ‘fits.

The newest trailer for King Richard just dropped and it features a powerful ballad titled "Be Alive" from none other than the queen herself, Beyoncé. King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus & Serena Williams, as he molds his daughters into the best tennis players we’ve ever seen. Both Venus & Serena signed on as executive producers of the film.

“Can’t nobody knock it if they try,” Beyoncé sings as viewers watch Richard (played by Will Smith) coach his young tennis stars Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) while he’s criticized about his training methods.

“Do you know how much we have pride?/How hard we have to try?," Bey sings.

Will Smith, who plays the lead role of Richard Williams, shared how The Williams sisters inspired the singer to contribute a song after a screening of the film.

"The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that’s unmatched in entertainment," he shared. "I was so happy when Beyoncé called."

Sweet! Does this mean a new album is in the works as well? We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

The Hollywood titan shared the new trailer on social media, prefacing the clip with a video of himself alongside Venus & Serena:

I’m SO excited for you to watch the new trailer for #KingRichard starring Will Smith and featuring the song “Be Alive” by @Beyonce. It’s in theaters and streaming exclusively on @HBOMax November 19. pic.twitter.com/pILYvbJsbw

— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) October 21, 2021

"I’m SO excited for you to watch the new trailer for #KingRichard starring Will Smith and featuring the song “Be Alive” by @Beyonce. It’s in theaters and streaming exclusively on @HBOMax November 19," Serena tweeted.

Other members of the star cast include Aunjanue Ellis, Tony Goldwyn and Dylan McDermott.

Check out the trailer below:

Will King Richard be the project that earns Will Smith his first Oscar? We shall see….

King Richard, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, will arrive in both theaters and on HBO Max on November 19th. We are READY.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z will reportedly attend the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30th. Jay-Z is one of this year’s inductees.

Greg Harris – CEO and President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – confirmed The Carters will be in attendance.

“I can tell you they are scheduled to be at the event,” Harris told Cleveland.com. “It’s going to be remarkable.”

Right now, details about who will induct Hov and whether or not the Hip Hop icon will perform are still unknown.

The site reports:

The Rock Hall announced earlier this week that Taylor Swift will induct Carole King. Swift will also perform in honor of King, as will Jennifer Hudson in a separate performance.

Paul McCartney is set to induct Foo Fighters. Actress Angela Bassett will induct Tina Turner, whose showcase will feature an all-star cast of performers including Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams.

Actress and superfan Drew Barrymore will induct The Go-Go’s, who plan to perform three songs. Lionel Richie will handle the honors for Ahmet Ertegun Award winner Clarence Avant. There have also been reports that Dr. Dre will induct LL Cool J. However, the Rock Hall has yet to confirm those details.

We’re always here for a Bey & Jay performance…IF that’s what’s on the table.

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We love the inclusivity.

Mrs. Carter just announced her Ivy Park collab with Peloton, dropping November 10th. You here for it?!

Photos: Warner Bros/Beyonce’s IG

Sidra Smith Pays Tribute To Director Of Photography Killed After Alec Baldwin ‘Discharged’ Prop Gun On Set, Reagan Gomez Questions How It Happened

In very tragic news, a crew member was accidentially killed after actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the movie, Rust, which was being filmed in New Mexico. Director Sidra Smith (twin sister of Tasha Smith) mourns the death of the slain crew member, director of photography Halyna Hutchins. Meanwhile, actress Reagan Gomez questions how this even happened.

The devestating details are inside…

Hollywood is in turmoil after tragedy struck a movie set yesterday.

Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins, was accidentially killed and director, Joel Souza, was injured after actor Alec Baldwin reportedly discharged a prop firearm while shooting scenes on the set of the movie Rust, in New Mexico. Rust is a Western film set in the 1880s that stars Alec Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.

According to reports, the 42-year-old cinematographer was transported to the hospital via helicopter and was pronounced dead at the University of New Mexico Hospital. The 48-year-old director was transported to Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center by ambulance for care. As of now, details about his condition haven’t been released.

"According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged," the statement said. "Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged."

We can’t imagine the shock and horror that raced through the set after the cast and crew realized people were hurt. It’s unclear if shrapnel from a misfired prop gun or actual bullets caused the tragedy.

Halyna Hutchins was the cinematographer for casting director Sidra Smith‘s A Luv Tale. On Instagram, Sidra posted a heartfelt tribute about Halyna and the devestation she felt when she first heard the news about her untimely passing.

 

 
 

 

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"I just found out DEVASTATING news," Sidra wrote in the caption of a picture of herself with Halyna. "My cinematographer for #aluvtale @halynahutchins was killed in a terribly tragic accident on the film set of Rust. This breaks my heart into pieces. We spoke when she was headed to shoot this film. She was so happy and i was so happy for her. It’s hard out here for women cinematographers and this was a HUGE opportunity for her. She was so young and so talented. Halyna and i spent so much time together. She was so beautifully gracious and words can not express how supportive she was to me. She loved black women, loved Harlem, was SUCH a hard worker. We laughed. This woman was AMAZING. Halyna had a beautiful son and husband. God bless her beautiful heart and soul. Life is so short. You never know when. This has me so so sad.

"Rest in peace, my beautiful sister. I will be forever grateful to you. #halynahutchins"

I’m so so sad. My heart is broken.

— Sidra Smith (@sidrasmith) October 22, 2021

On Twitter, Sidra tweeted, "My heart is broken."

Actresses Reagan Gomez and Holly Robinson Peete pondered how on earth this happened:

This story is devastating. How in the world does this happen?

— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) October 22, 2021

"This story is devastating. How in the world does this happen?," she tweeted.

This is just so horrific and disturbing. Every time I’ve been on sets with guns the protocol is SO strict. We are shown the empty barrel of the guns and make sure there’s nothing in the chamber.

How did this happen?? #HalynaHutchins https://t.co/qjvoRGbjr8

— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) October 22, 2021

"This is just so horrific and disturbing. Every time I’ve been on sets with guns the protocol is SO strict. We are shown the empty barrel of the guns and make sure there’s nothing in the chamber. How did this happen?? #HalynaHutchins," Holly tweeted.

I’m so haunted by this. With guns in my experience there’s always such a strict set protocol and the entire crew watches as the chambers are shown empty by the props special effects people. Been this way for so long.
I still can’t process the Brandon Lee tragedy. https://t.co/7ufn1tiEpz

— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) October 22, 2021

"I’m so haunted by this. With guns in my experience there’s always such a strict set protocol and the entire crew watches as the chambers are shown empty by the props special effects people. Been this way for so long. I still can’t process the Brandon Lee tragedy," she continued.

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"Everytime we have gunfire on a set whether i’m holding the weapon or it’s being aimed in my direction i’m a little on edge. Its never to be taken lightly. This job can be super fun but it can also be super dangerous. My heart goes out to her family and the crew. So sad. Rest easy @halynahutchins," he wrote.

Alec Baldwin also released a statement on social media following Halyna’s death:

 

 
 

 

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“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he wrote. “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."

 

 

 
 

 

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Two days ago, Halyna shared a video of herself enjoying her day off from the set horseback riding:

 

 
 

 

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Photos of a distraught Alex Baldwin pacing in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County sheriff’s offices after being questioned surafced online:

Las fotos de Alec Baldwin me destruyeron pic.twitter.com/ZvjhCjDovM

— Rubiola (@rubiolaaaaa) October 22, 2021

Poor thing. The investigation "remains open and active" and no charges have been filed, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Such a tragic situation. We’re sending prayers and condolences to Halyna’s family and friends.

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‘QUEENS’ Stars Brandy, Eve, Naturi & Nadine Hit Up ‘The View’ + 3LW Tea, Brandy’s Reaction To Gen Z Not Knowing Ray J Is Her Brother & More

The QUEENS are on the promo trial! Brandy, Eve, Naturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez made a stop by "The View" to chat about their new drama series.

 

Plus, the ladies made a stop by Power 105’s "The Breakfast Club" where Naturi spills 3LW tea, Brandy reacts to the youngins discovering Ray J is her brother and more. Get it all inside…

 

The QUEENS are here!

Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez are the leading ladies of ABC’s newest drama "Queens," which premiered this week.

The real-life queens star in a new series about a group of four women in their 40s who reunite for another chance to recapture fame after finding success in Hip Hop in the 90s.

Today, the Hip Hop queens sat down to chop it up with the ladies on "The View." New mom-to-be Eve and Brandy shared how they’ve always known of each other, but never really got to know one another. Now, they’re super excited they got the chance to work together.

3LW singer Naturi Naughton dished on being on the "TRL" tour with Eve back in the day and how her mom whipped out her photo album to share the throwback photos on the set. She called the experience surreal and that her dreams have come true as a queen.

Never have rapped, sung, or danced, Nadine talked about how big of a challenge it was for her, but shared how the ladies helped her get comfortable with her role. And they gave her their stamp of approval: She nailed it.

The ladies also talked about their new music video for "Nasty Girl" and how they collaborated for a soundtrack for the series.

Watch their daytime interview below:

Speaking of their new music…

Check out the Queens stars’ "Nasty Girl" video above, along with the audio of two tracks, Brandy’s "Hear Me," and their collaboration track "The Introduction":

Also on the promo trail…

The ladies stopped by Power 105’s "The Breakfast Club" to dish more about Hip Hop show.

As you know, Naturi was once 1/3 of hit girls group 3LW and she shared how the show mirrored a lot of what she went through as being a teen in a hit girl group. The music industry can be smoke and mirrors and the "Power" actress confirmed that to be true.

In the early 2000s, Naturi and her 3LW bandmates appeared on "MTV Cribs," however, she said she didn’t even have a home. Not only that, she didn’t have a car either! Sheesh. There’s a scene in "Queens" that brought back memories of how she had to fake it back in the day as part of  3LW.

Last week, Brandy and Ray J started trending on Twitter after Generation Z discovered they were siblings. They didn’t have a clue.

"That was so interesting because people didn’t put two and two together," she said. "I guess because of the generation…it’s just different. We came out in the 90s, so a lot of the new generation didn’t know we were brother and sister," she said.

As for her brother’s health, she said he’s doing good now after he was hospitalized for pneumonia.

Eve revealed the real reason she left "The Talk" was the COVID pandemic. She said it was a stressful three and a half years as a host because she would have to travel from LA to London every two weeks. Over the years, Eve has been vocal about her infertility. She believes being home and doing research on her uterine health helped her get pregnant. After getting a new doctor, she found out she had 14 fibroids and underwent a procedure called a myomectomy to get rid of them. She credited her doctor for helping her to finally get pregnant.

"Uterine health looks like going to the right doctors that listen to your concerns," the 42-year-old entertainer said.

The Ruff Ryderz First Lady also shared she decided to do the VERZUZ Battle with Trina via video conference from London (where she lives with her husband) because she was pregnant. Before finding out, she made plans to fly to Miami. Once it was confirmed she was pregnant, she decided to stay in London. She said her homie Swizz Beatz was the only person who knew she was pregnant at the time.

Eve broke down in tears discussing DMX’s passing, she talked about how she, Trina and Missy Elliott used to hang out all the time back in the day and more.

Watch the full interview above.

Did you watch the first episode of "Queens?" Tell us your thoughts! A new episode premieres next Tuesday at 10/9c on ABC.

 

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Karl Anthony Towns Reveals The Mental Health Toll Of Losing His Mother & 7 Family Members To COVID, Talks Being Hospitalized Himself – ‘It Was Bad’

NBA star Karl Anthony Towns opens up about his personal battle with COVID-19 and how the virus wreaked havoc on his family, resulting in the death of 8 of his family members. Find out what he reveals inside…

 

The Coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans, devastating families across the nation. NBA star Karl Anthony Towns suffered a major blow because of the virus, which took the most important woman in his life away from him.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony Towns just kicked off his 7th year in the NBA. But in the past year, he lost 8 family members to COVID while alos contracting it himself. Most devastating of all, he lost his mother, Jacqueline Cruz.

The NBA All-Star sat down with Taraji P. Henson and her friend Tracie Jade Jenkins on an episode of the Facebook Watch show “Peace of Mind with Taraji" to talk about his COVID battle as well as the loss of his mother and 7 other family members to the virus.

The 25-year-old shared candid details about his struggles with grief and felling survivor’s guilt after overcoming the virus. He was hospitalized in early 2021 after contracting the virus.

"I was in the hospital too. It was bad. It was bad," he shared.

While he was able to pull through, several of his family members didn’t, including his mother. Karl’s mom, Jacqueline Cruz, died April 13, 2020. In total, he lost 8 family members including a “close family member” who died last week.

"It just kept getting harder and harder and worse and worse on her, and no one really knew what they were doing," he said about his mom’s battle with COVID. "As her son and someone who loves her so dearly, I just didn’t want to see her in pain, so I was trying to do everything possible to make her comfortable and get her better quicker.”

On the day his mother was scheduled to be removed from the ventilator, she was diagnosed with a blood clot, which ultimately took her life.

“I flew in, I put the hazmat suit on and everything, and I went in there, because I was like ‘If anyone’s going to see her out, I’m going to see her out,’” he said. “I knew it was going to be the last time, so I was kind of working that out.”

Karl’s father caught COVID as well and was being treated in the same hospital room as his wife. He survived.

“That day changed me as a man,” the NBA player said. “I’m never going to get that innocent young boy back. That’s gone. Ever since that day, I feel like the world just made me a little colder. It took what was most valuable to me, so I don’t have that kind of feeling for it.”

Losing his mother changed him and he said he’ll never go back to being the person he was before he lost his mother.

“My mom was fun. We were like peas in a pod,” he continued. “Before every game, she always had a ritual. She made sure that all the security guards in the whole place knew, when she was at the game, you let her through to the court. … She’d (wave) and just do that, then go back into the stands. … She always wanted me to know, since I was young, ‘I’m here for you.’”

Karl talked about how his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, was a major comfort after losing his mother. Jordyn lost her father, so she understood what he was going through.

During their chat, Karl said he still grapples with survivor’s remorse.

“I feel bad because you know I wish when I went through my Covid thing, even as bad as it got. I felt really bad because I wish that other families who weren’t making max money in the NBA could get the same treatment and share more memories with each other,” Towns said. “I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. I felt a lot of survivor’s guilt because I wish they had the resources I had.”

Despite all of the trauma he has gone through, he hasn’t sought therapy yet. While he’s an advocate for the process, he said he hasn’t had the time to go and he wants to be sure he’s in the right mental state for it to be beneficial to him.

“I didn’t want to go to therapy and not be ready to talk, because then I’m just sitting there,” Towns said. “I could bullsh*t my way through anything. I could give you a sense of feeling but no feelings. If I go in there I gotta be ready to talk and I’m not there.”

Prayers he gets there soon so he can receive the help he needs! Losing a parent is extremely hard.

Peep his discussion below:

 

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Ben Simmons Puts NJ Mansion On The Market For $5M, Hours After He Was Thrown Out Of 76ers Practice & Suspended

Ben Simmons wants out and there’s drama! The 76ers point guard put his New Jersey mansion for sale hours after he was kicked out of the Philadelphia 76ers practice and suspended by head coach Doc Rivers. Find out what’s going on inside…

 

Ben Simmons is NOT happy in Philly!

The 25-year-old NBA star doesn’t want to play or practice with the Philadelphia 76ers anymore. So, head coach Doc Rivers kicked the All-Star player out of practice and suspended him for the season opener. Sheesh!

Ben apparently put on a childish display during practice, which landed him the boot. According to sources, he refused to fully participate during Tuesday’s practice. He was asked to participate in defense drills – twice – and refused.  A day before, he was spotted lingering outside a team huddle and he hardly said anything to his teammates as he sat alone in a corner.

 

Today was Ben Simmons’ second practice back with his #Sixers teammates. The team says he will speak with the media tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/cC6nALtEry

— Dave Uram (@MrUram) October 18, 2021

 

“I just thought he was a distraction today,” Doc Rivers said Tuesday after practice. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everybody else was doing. It was early. It wasn’t a big deal. I just told him he should leave. We went on with practice.”

It’s getting ugly. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Ben lost checks for being kicked out of practice and suspended for the season opener. Hmph.

After the boot from practice, he was suspended from playing in the Sixers season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday (Oct. 20th). By the way, the Sixers defeated the Pelicans, 117-97.

Well, the drama didn’t end there.

The former No. 1 pick decided to list his New Jersey mansion on several public real estate websites, as he starts his exit from the Sixers. The Australian born player’s Moorestown, New Jersey home features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 10,477 square feet.

 

“Simmo the Savage” in green neon in Ben Simmons Moorestown home, just listed for sale this afternoon for $5M. Ben Simmons house just a yard over from next street where Terrell Owens lived when he was sent home from training camp&then worked out in front of media @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/MTUaRfmqDP

— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) October 20, 2021

 

The asking price is $5 million. Previously, the home sold for less than half its current asking price, $2,275,000, in Nov. 2019.  So he could jiust be taking advantage of the crazy housing market and windfalls for sellers right now, seeing that he also sold his Ritz Carlton apartment weeks ago as well.

 

Ben Simmons listed his apartment at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia for $3 million earlier this month.

Now, he has also listed his New Jersey home for $5 million.

The 10,500-sq-ft home is 20 miles from the arena and includes a gaming room, movie room, and fish tank. pic.twitter.com/aQD1CWta0S

— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) October 21, 2021

 

According to the Trulia listing, Simmons’ home is located at the end of a cul-de-sac and features amenities such as a fireplace, custom cabinetry, white oak hardwood floors along with a wet and dry bar. The home also has an "oversized" movie room, a "massive" fish tank and a private gaming room with its own full-service bar, bathroom and candy room. Simmons kept the home relatively free of personal touches, aside from a custom neon sign featuring his gamertag (Simmo the Savage) and a hallway with framed magazine covers and his jerseys.

If anything is clear, it’s the fact Ben does NOT want to be in Philly and he’s doing whatever is necessary to get out. Over the summer when there were trade talks involving him, Ben coughed up $17.5 million on a brand-new super luxe modern farmhouse-style mansion just outside Los Angeles in Hidden Hills.

 

 

 
 

 

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It’s no secret Ben has been trying to get traded from the Sixers. He skipped out on the team’s training camp and the first two preseason games. However, he returned to Philly after raking up some hefty fines from the league. Not only that, he missed some game checks as well, so he likely came back for the bag.

All-Star teammate Joel Embiid reacted to Ben’s actions, saying it’s not his job to "babysit" Ben.

“I’m not here to babysit,” Embiid said. “I’d be willing to babysit if someone wants to listen, but that’s not my job. That’s out of my control. As a team, we’re going to be fine.

The Sixers organization is already erasing him from the team’s promo:

 

Bruh they erasing Ben Simmons like the original Aunt Vivian. https://t.co/bSEBwEuy4w

— Ahmed/Ben Simmons tricked me (@big_business_) October 20, 2021

 

Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith weighed in on Ben’s deteriorating relationship with the Sixers:

 

MY reaction to Ben Simmons! pic.twitter.com/6UMbtpyoEW

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 19, 2021

 

Thoughts?

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Nicki Minaj Finally Responds To Kenneth Perry’s Accuser’s Lawsuit, Calls It Frivolous

Nicki Minaj reportedly avoids a $20 million default judgement made against her and her husband Kenneth Petty after the couple took their time to respond to a harassment lawsuit filed by Kenneth’s rape accuser, Jennifer Hough.

The QUEEN raptress says her slow response was a "mistake" and calls the suit a frivolous attempt for Jennifer’s attorney to get clout. Deets inside…

 

 

 

 
 

 

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While it may have taken Nicki Minaj some time before responding to the harassment lawsuit filed against her and her husband Kenneth Petty, she claims it was an honest mistake. And that’s not all she’s saying.

The QUEEN raptress called her late response to Jennifer Hough’s lawsuit an "innocent mistake." In so many words, Nick said the lawsuit is nothing more than a clout chasing move for Jennifer’s attorney, Tyrone Blackburn.

A judge ruled that the rap mom did not fail to respond to the lawsuit brought against her and her husband by Jennifer, who is her husband’s rape accuser. Nicki responded just in time, dodging that $20 million default judgement Jennifer’s legal team wanted the courts to enforce if the couple didn’t respond.

 

 

 
 

 

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Mrs. Petty has hired a lawyer to defend her in the case, however, Mr. Petty has not responded yet, according to the federal clerk. On Tuesday, the court clerk denied Jennifer’s request for a certificate of default against Nicki, but did enter one against her husband.

The Daily Beast previously reported the couple responded to the lawsuit by hiring attorney Judd Burstein and requested an extension to respond to the suit.

The Pink Friday rapper filed a sworn statement on October 15th that confirmed she hired a lawyer in September, but they ran into a series of “innocent miscommunications” that led to late payment fees in order to fully secure services. Not only that, she dubbed the lawsuit a clout chasing tactic launched by Jennifer’s attorney, Tyrone Blackburn.

Vulture breaks down the "miscommunications" that caused the later response:

In court papers filed Friday, Minaj’s lawyer, Judd Burstein, fought the request for a certificate of default and included a sworn statement from her in his argument. Minaj said that neither she nor Petty was actually “served” with the suit, meaning they did not receive official notice of it. Minaj added that she started looking for a lawyer after finding out about the lawsuit and had a Zoom conference with Burstein on September 23. When this meeting ended, Minaj said, she thought Burstein was representing her, and she told him to work out the details with her manager. But Minaj’s manager “had not understood” that she wanted Burstein to represent her, so he wasn’t actually working as her lawyer. That “misunderstanding was cleared up” October 12, she said.

“My failure to respond to the Complaint was the product of an innocent mistake, and I ask the Court to excuse the delay so that I can defend what I believe to be an entirely frivolous case which Plaintiff’s counsel has brought against me in an effort to use my name to generate publicity for himself,” Nicki said.

Nicki’s lawyer, Judd Burstein, also released a statement confirming the mishap, adding, “I confirm the truth of those portions of defendant’s declaration concerning my role in her failure to secure my services promptly."

In August, 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.

Nicki’s husband is facing up to 10 years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender in California. After striking a plea deal by entering a guilty plea, he will go before a judge for sentencing on January 24, 2022.

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Ex-NBA Star Delonte West ARRESTED For Alleged Drunken Incident With Cops After Rehab Stint

Former NBA baller Delonte West has been going through it…and he still is. Last night, he was arrested after a drunken encounter with police in Florida. Details on what went down inside…

Ex-NBA star Delonte West has hit rock bottom again.

The 38-year-old former NBA player was arrested for an alleged drunken encounter with cops in Florida. According to reports, he Delonte was arrested in Palm Beach County, FL and then released the next morning following a rehab stint last year.

According to the police report, Delonte was initially approached by officers after he was "yelling and banging on the glass doors at a police station in Boynton Beach." Yikes. It’s alleged Delonte was cutting up in front of the police station while holding open bottles of beer and vodka.

The police claim Delonte tried to walk away from the scene after he was ordered to calm down and put down the alcohol. At first, he complied. Then, he started reaching in his pants, reportedly "causing one of the cops on the scene to unholster their taser."

Glad it was a taser a not a GUN.

After some verbal commands, Delonte eventually complied and was arrested, although officers noted he "continued to be belligerent" in the back of a squad car after the arrest. Cops noted he smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk.

The former Boston Celtics baller was charged with obstruction/resisting without violence, open container, and disorderly intoxication. He’s set to go before a judge for his arraignment later next month.

As you know, Delonte has been struggling with drug and alcohol. In January 2020, he entered a rehab facility with the help of Delonte’s former team owner Mark Cuban (who owns the Dallas Mavericks).

Sighs.

During his NBA career, Delonte has played for four NBA teams after being the 24th overall pick by the Boston Celtics. You’ll recall, he played alongside LeBron James in Cleveland from 2007 – 2010, up until unconfirmed rumors circulated about Delonte being involved with LeBron’s mom, Gloria James. He signed a three-year $12.7 million contract with the Cavaliers in 2008. He also played in China for a while.

We’re definitely praying Delonte West gets the help he needs.

Photo: Palm Beach County Jail

SHEESH! Dr. Dre Reportedly Served With Divorce Docs At Cemetery During Grandmother’s Burial

Dr. Dre was reportedly served with divorce documents from his estranged wife Nicole Young at the cemetery where he buried his grandmother. And he was PISSED. Deets inside…

The divorce drama continues and reaches a new level of DAMN!

While attending his grandmother’s funeral, Dr. Dre was served with divorce papers, according to reports.

On Monday, the Hip Hop mogul was reportedly served at a cemetery in Los Angeles as he laid his grandmother to rest. A process server for his ex-wife, Nicole Young, pulled up to deliver legal documents.

Sources on the scene told TMZ that the Beats by Dre honcho was approached at the burial site as he stood alongside his grandma’s casket. He reportedly refused to accept them so they were dropped near him on the ground. 

However, sources in Nicole’s camp said he was served in the cemetery’s parking lot AFTER the burial.

TMZ reports:

Understandably, being served in these circumstances didn’t go down too well. Dr. Dre is described as being “recoiled in anger” and refused to accept the documents by hand. Dre sources say documents were dropped by the gravesite, whereas Young sources say they were dropped in the parking lot.

So what was he served with? Well, Nicole is actively trying to get Dr. Dre to pay for her legal fees, including the judge’s final order of $1,550,000. As of now, it’s reported Dre has coughed up $325,433, however, Dre claims there’s an error and that he has already covered the full amount. Nicole claims Dre still owes $1,224,567.

Over the summer, it was reported the Hip Hop mogul must pay his 51-year-old ex-wife $293,306 per month in spousal support, payable on the first of each month, which began August 1st. When you do the math, that totals to over $3.5 million a year – not including other expenses.

The 56-year-old entrepreneur (real name Andre Romelle Young) is expected to pay this amount every month until Nicole remarries or enters into a domestic partnership – or unless the court orders otherwise at a later date. Dre has also been ordered to pay her health insurance, which will be similar to the coverage she had during the marriage. Nicole will reportedly have to pay all other insurance out of her own pocket.

The judge also ordered Dre to continue paying expenses for the Malibu and Pacific Palisades homes that they once shared.

While it may sound like Dre will be dishing out loads of cash every month in spousal support, he sees the order as a victory. If you’ve been keeping up with this story, Nicole initially requested Dre pay her $2 million/month in spousal support.

The couple, who tied the knot back in 1996, have two adult children together.

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Dr. Dre will be joining Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar to perform at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show on February 13th, 2022.

 

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Homeless Man ARRESTED After Raping Woman On Philadelphia Train In Horrific Viral Story As Bystanders Held Up Phones & Did Nothing!

A homeless man has been arrested after raping a woman on a transit train in Philadelphia as bystanders watched, held up phones and did nothing to intervene. DISGUSTING.

 

Details inside…

WARNING! If you are a survivor of sexual assault, this article may be triggering.

A homeless man has been arrested and charged for raping a woman on a transit train in Philadelphia last week.

According to police, Fiston Ngoy, 35, sexually assaulted a woman on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train. NO ONE helped. Instead, train riders watched the assault while holding their cellphones up towards the incident and didn’t bother calling the police.

Fiston Ngoy – who listed Broad Street Ministry shelter in Philadelphia as his last address – claims the incident was consensual. He told cops the woman was drunk and that their encounter was consensual.

"There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911," SEPTA said. "SEPTA urges anyone who observes a crime being committed or any dangerous situation occurring to report it. Anyone witnessing an emergency should immediately call 911."

“I can tell you that people were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman being attacked,” SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said at a news conference.

The attack lasted through more than two dozen train stops, authorities said. Police believe no one called authorities, though they are investigating whether any of the witnesses may have recorded the incident.

A transit officer for SEPTA caught him in the middle of the assault and called authorities, according to SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel.

"When the doors opened, an officer entered and saw what he believed was a criminal act occurring," Nestel said during a press conference. "He ripped that man off her and pulled him out onto the platform."

Thank GOD someone eventually stopped him!

While the suspect claims the rape was consensual, the woman and surveillance footage from inside the SEPTA train paint a different story.

According to reports, Ngoy harassed the woman for nearly 45 minutes, touching and groping her before he fully assaulted her at 9:52 p.m. The woman told police she can’t recall anything after he started attacking her. She blacked out and didn’t come to until she was rescued.

The woman told cops she had a few beers after work and got on the wrong train. Not long after she got on the train, her attacker got on and started harassing her.

The surveillance video showed Ngoy talking to her and then moving to sit beside her before starting to touch the woman. He reportedly grabbed her breast at one point. Each time he touched her, she pushed him away, the footage showed.

Fiston Ngoy remained at Delaware County Jail on $180,000 bail on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and related counts. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next Monday, October 25th in Upper Darby.

It’s shocking that to find out NO ONE stepped in to help the woman as she was being attacked. Hopefully, he’s prosecuted to the fullest extent, as well as anyone else who filmed this with improper intentions. Just a horrific situation.

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THE PLOT THICKENS: After Darius McCrary DENIED Dating Trans Model Sidney Starr, She Pulled Out Video Receipts And Called Him a Sloppy Drunk

And…there’s more!

Darius McCrary denied dating trans model/reality star Sidney Starr after their extra flirty photoshoot went viral. So, she whipped out receipts! See the video inside…

And the plot thickens!

Yesterday, the Internet was in a tizzy after trans model/reality star Sidney Starr shared a video clip of herself and "Family Matters" alum Darius McCrary all cuddled up for a photoshoot. The clip sparked dating rumors about the two again. However, Darius hopped on IG to address the rumors:

While having lunch with his "Family Matters" TV mom Jo Marie Payton (who played Harriette Winslow on "Family Matters"), he said he’s NOT dating Sidney and that he’s engaged to someone else. Peep the video below:

 

 
 

 

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"But I will say this… what are we in high school?," he asked in the video. "You’re going to tell me who I can’t be friends with, who I can’t hang out with? I mean, I’m a grown man. I’m 5 years from 50."

Darius mentioned he was engaged and that folks should "really should be focusing on where that ring is."

In the video caption, he wrote, "#loveislove I stand w/my #family and that’s all that matters."

Well, Sidney Starr – who stars in "Baddies ATL" – caught wind of his video and apparently the math ain’t mathin’ to her…

The reality star reposted a headline about Darius denying their relationship and added a few "thinking" emojis. She also shared a flick from their photoshoot with the caption, "I’m always the villian huh wtf!" with a laughing emoji.

Then, a video of Sidney and Darius seemingly KISSING during the photoshoot popped up online where Darius is accused of being "drunk" during the shoot:

Trans reality TV star Sidney Starr with actor Darius McCrary, who’s Denying any Romance between the two. #SidneyStarr #DariusMcCrary pic.twitter.com/bEDcbY8Yv8

— BlackRoomMedia (@BlackRoomMedia1) October 19, 2021

It was rumored Darius and Sidney have been dating since February.

This isn’t the first time romance rumors were started about Darius and Sidney. In October 2020, Darius shared a video of Sidney dancing with the caption, “The #Undeniable@sidneystarrbad what’s understood don’t need to be explained xoxoxo …”

In another post, he shared a shirtless selfie, telling his fans goodnight, in which Sidney replied, “Sexy daddy goodnight xoxos.”

 

Around that time, there were also rumors that Darius cheated on trans performer Riley Knoxx with Sidney:

 

 
 

 

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It’s unclear what Darius and Sidney’s current relationship status is, but she seems to think there was something between them.

The 45-year-old actor has been married and divorced three times: Juliette Merrill Vann (2005-2006); Karrine "Supahead" Steffans (2009-2011), and Tammy Brawner (2014-2017).

A few years ago, it was reported Darius pays $29 a month in child support for his daughter Zoey, whom he shares with Tammy Brawner. The former couple filed for divorce in 2017, citing irreconcilable differences.The ex couple allegedly accused each other of physical abuse and filed a restraining order against each other.

Photo: Sidney’s IG/@iam_365_photography

Zahara Jolie-Pitt Understood The Assignment & STUNNED In Her Mother’s 2014 Oscars Dress At ‘Eternals’ Premiere

Our little sister in our head understood the assignment and ATE! Zahara Jolie-Pitt stole the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals premiere last night with her mom Angelina Jolie and her siblings. Get into her Oscar winning look inside…

Zahara Jolie-Pitt is a little fashionista in the making! 

Last night, Marvel hosted the premiere of The Eternals in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre.

Angelina Jolie – who stars as Thena in the new Marvel installment, hit the carpet alongside her five children – Zahara, 16, Maddox, 20, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13.

Call us bias, but Zahara was a SHOWSTOPPER. For the occasion, the 16-year-old beauty rocked a dress straight from her mother’s closet. Looking ever so gorgeous, the YBF Teen donned her mother’s 2014 Oscar gown, which was a glittery silver gown by Elie Saab Couture.

 

Zahara Jolie-Pitt luciendo el Elie Saab que Angelina llevó el 2014 en los Oscar. pic.twitter.com/K6pCqPI8fl

— Miguel Ángel (@Miki_Trent) October 19, 2021

 

"My kids are all mixed with vintage, and in my old Oscars dress," Angelina dished to Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet. "We did all vintage and upcycled my old stuff."

And Zahara does the upcycled vintage pieces justice.

Also at the event…

Young actor Esai Daniel Cross snapped it up with Eternals star Brian Tyree Henry.

Eternals will feature Phastos, a gay character played by Brian Tyree Henry, who’s married with a kid. Phastos will be the first openly gay character in the MCU.

Check out the trailer below:

Marvel Studios’ Eternals hits theaters November 5th.

Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Louisiana Deputy Caught On Camera Violently Assaulting Black Woman After SHE Reportedly Was Attacked By Several Boys

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy is being investigated after he was caught on camera brutally attacking a black woman – named Shantel Arnold. According to reports, the woman was walking home after getting beat up by a group of neighborhood boys. When the deputy arrived, he violently attacked her again.

The disturbing details are inside…

In very disturbing news, a white Louisiana sheriff’s deputy is being investigated after he was caught on video dragging a black woman by her hair, ripping her braids out of her head, and slamming her onto the pavement. The disturbing video footage went viral online and folks are calling for the sheriff’s resignation and to be criminally charged!

WARNING! The horrific footage can be seen below:

 

 

 
 

 

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Here’s what happened…according to reports…

On September 20th, 34-year-old Shantel Arnold, who is a black woman that stands at just 4’8" – was walking home in Kenner, LA after being beaten by a group of neighborhood boys, whom she claims was bullying her due to her size. A friend of the woman tells us she only has one eye and gets teased about that as well. We’re also told this incident happened close to a month ago and she has been trying to get justice ever since.

According to witnesses, Shantel fought back with a stick before Lionel Gray, a man Shantel considers her stepfather, chased the boys away.

As Shantel was walking down the street after the attack, a white Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled up on her and demanded she stop to talk to him. She didn’t want to and that seemingly pissed him off.  It’s important to note, Jefferson Parish, especially the police department, has a LONG standing reputation in the New Orleans area for being perceived as quite racist.

According to witnesses, the unidentified deputy jumped out of his vehicle, grabbed Shantel and threw her to the ground. That’s when people started recording the attack and looked on as he slammed her to the ground by her hair, causing several of her braids to be ripped from her scalp. He was also seen kneeling on her back.

Again, this woman is 4’8".

Shantel, who has not been charged with a crime, was taken to a hospital by ambulance. She reportedly told investigators her injuries were caused by the deputy and not the neighborhood boys who attacked her first. There’s no bodycam evidence because the sheriff’s office supposedly doesn’t use them. It’s reported the department signed a contract recently for 500 body cameras to be deployed by December. Hmph.

"He was just trying to cover up what he did by saying my sister is crazy,” said Shantel’s 32-year-old sister Mercedes. After the incident, Mercedes said the deputy tried to convince her to have Shantel evaluated and committed for mental health issues. Also, family members claim the unidentified officer has rolled past their house multiple times since the incident. They believe he’s trying to intimidate them. Sick.

As of now, the unidentified officer is currently under investigation and it is unclear if he has been placed on leave.  He needs to be FIRED and brought up on charges ASAP! Shantel Arnold didn’t deserve this.

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TRENDING TOPIC: Darius McCrary Denies Dating Trans Model Sidney Starr After Their Photoshoot Goes Viral

Eddie Winslow is trending on social media. The reason? Darius McCrary (who portrayed Eddie on "Family Matters") snapped it up with trans reality star/rapper Sidney Starr for a photoshoot, which has sparked dating rumors…again.

More inside…

Eddie Winslow became a trending topic on Twitter today after a photoshoot he was featured in went viral.

"Family Matters star Darius McCrary (who played Eddie Winslow on the hit 90s sitcom) did a photoshoot with transgender reality starr/rapper Sidney Starr, which the artist shared on her Instagram page:

 

 
 

 

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"We both are just built special!!!!! 2 hard working celebrities in the industry!!!!!!! Eddie Winslow we love you!!!! @dariusmccrary ! We hear y’all talking !!! #transisbeautiful #familymatters," Sidney captioned a video of them gazing into each other’s eyes for the shoot.

It’s unclear when exactly the photoshoot went down. Last year, she shared pictures that appear were taken the same day the flick with Darius was taken. She posted a solo photo of herself in October/November 2020:

 

 
 

 

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She shared a flick of herself and Darius alongside each other with the caption, "Here standing next to me is a seasoned legend Actor in this entertainment industry. @dariusmccrary . A black heterosexual male actor who’s standing aside a controversial transgender woman like myself.. We are great friends … and this is a powerful movement we have made to let this be a lesson to the WORLD that we are all human ! No matter what !!!! #Familymatters make sure y’all tune into @thezeusnetwork for baddies!!! My makeup by @artistryby.valentino photo by @iam_365_photography"

Apparently, people didn’t read the captions and started publishing reports that Sidney confirmed she and Darius were in a relationship. That wasn’t the case though. Folks had plenty to say about it on Twitter:

Boosie when he find out about Eddie Winslow’s relationship pic.twitter.com/U7zetELDyC

— David (@thatguydavid718) October 18, 2021

Myrtle Urkel finding out that Eddie Winslow is dating Sidney Starr pic.twitter.com/pQPBC85kkM

— Rich (@UptownDC_Rich) October 18, 2021

I saw Eddie Winslow trending and I thought the actor who plays him was dead or something. Nope. Just black people being horrifically transphobic and ignorant about who he’s dating. Nothing new under the sun.

— My name is Serene (@SereneDeville) October 18, 2021

Yall too worried about Eddie Winslow being with a transwoman , yall boys running in and out of jail and topping Bruce for a pack of noodles. Yall boys the same ones that said “ass is ass” pic.twitter.com/yrAClu02o5

— “Dont Run From Me Friend” (@JustTekorah) October 18, 2021

Hmph.

The former child star caught wind of the viral activity while out to eat with his TV mom Jo Marie Payton (who played Harriette Winslow on "Family Matters"). He stopped chowing down on his meal to set the record the straight: He’s not dating Sidney and he’s engaged to someone else. Peep the video below:

 

 
 

 

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In the video caption, he wrote, "#loveislove I stand w/my #family and that’s all that matters."

This isn’t the first time romance rumors were started about Darius and Sidney. In October 2020, Darius shared a video of Sidney dancing with the caption, “The #Undeniable@sidneystarrbad what’s understood don’t need to be explained xoxoxo …”

In another post, he shared a shirtless selfie, telling his fans goodnight, in which Sidney replied, “Sexy daddy goodnight xoxos.”

Interesting.

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Long Time ‘Judge Judy’ Bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd Says He Wasn’t Asked To Return For ‘Judy Justice,’ But He’s Open To Star On Another Court Show

Famed "Judge Judy" bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd claims his former boss didn’t ask him to star in her new show "Judy Justice," however, he’s open to to joining another courtroom show.

If you’ve been watching Judge Judy since forever, you KNOW Baliff Byrd.

When the trailer for Judge Judy’s new show "Judy Justice" was released, fans were shocked to see longtime bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd wasn’t featured. He claims he was never asked to return. Turns out, he found out about the new show like the rest of us. Judge Judy appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in March 2020 to reveal she had a new show in the works.

"My assumption is if you were going on to do something else, that you were at least going to ask me if I wanted to have the opportunity to audition for the role," Petri told Entertainment Tonight tells EW.

Petri has served as Judge Judy’s bailiff since her premiere in 1996, so there wasn’t really any reason for fans to believe he wouldn’t be returning for her new show. That wasn’t the case.

When production wrapped last April, Petri focused his attention to his wife, Makita Bond-Byrd, a longtime Judge Judy producer who was scheduled for brain surgery.

"I didn’t have time to think about or ask about Judy Justice," says Byrd, whose wife just completed her third round of chemotherapy. (Doctors successfully removed 95 percent of her tumor.) "It wasn’t until July that I called the judge and asked, ‘Hey, should I look for something else or am I included in the Judy Justice project?’"

"She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project," continued Byrd, who . "I didn’t inquire as to why, that’s her choice. But she did inform me that fundamentally, I was priced out as the new bailiff on her new show. My salary would have been too much. I was curious: How would she know? She didn’t ask me. She didn’t give me an opportunity to have accepted a lower salary."

Damn.

While he’s not actively looking to book a gig on another show, folks have been hitting him up to work on a new court TV show.

TMZ reports:

Petri’s rep says he’s not going to let it ruin his life … he’s confident God has a plan for him and something new is coming his way.

Sounds like there’s no bad blood between Petri and Judy, despite how things ended … we’re told Petri knows he wouldn’t be where he is without her.

In addition to drawing interest for potential new shows, Petri recently starred in an episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful" … and we’re told he’s down to film for the soap again or even land a recurring role. 

When one door closes, another opens. We hope he finds a new show to star in to start scooping up more bags.

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Nick Cannon’s Talk Show Ratings Are In…And The Numbers Are Interesting

The ratings for Nick Cannon‘s syndicated talk show are in…and the numbers are interesting, to say the least. They’re so bad, "Wendy Williams Show" reruns are bringing in more numbers. Yikes. More inside….

 

 

 
 

 

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The ratings for Nick Cannon‘s syndicated self-titled daytime talk show are in…and they seemingly failed the assignment. The numbers don’t look good at all.

"Nick Cannon" premiered September 27th and only raked in 400,000 viewers for its debut, placing at the BOTTOM of the talk show lineup. Daytime television isn’t a walk in the park. Drew Barrymore is in her second season and averages 500,000 viewers.

Wendy Williams is a vet in the daytime talk show game and only garners 600,000. Speaking of Wendy, it’s still unclear when she will be able to return to her show. This week, the show started guests hosts to kick of Season 13 while Wendy battles her post-Covid infection medical issues with Grave’s disease and her thyroid problem.

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Before Nick’s show premiered, there was talk that the "Masked Singer" host would take over and end up replacing Wendy in her time slot if she’s out for an extended period time.

"The executives have been talking. They are keeping a close eye on [Williams’] recovery and hoping for the best. But they have pushed back [her] show premiere several times, so they are already thinking of a backup plan," an insider told Page Six.

"It would not be a far stretch for Nick to take her time slot…Debmar-Mercury [which produces both shows] is really pushing to make Nick Canon’s show a huge success," said the insider. "He already has a major platform, and a huge fanbase, so it is an easy win. So, if Wendy’s show ends up being a no-go, their backup plan is already set."

We’re sure plenty of people liked the show and appreciated a new show on daytime TV.  It’ll be interesting to see if that’s still happening now based on these stats. Sheesh.

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#MillenniumTour In ATL: Bow Wow Brings Out Longtime Crush Angela Simmons After Calling Her ‘His Everything’, Feuds With Spectacular After Claiming He’s The Best On The Lineup

Bow Wow and Angela Simmons just reignited the romance rumors, yet again, after she made a surprise appearance during his set at the Millennium Tour in Atlanta.

 

And that’s not all…Drama is afoot amongst him, Spectacular and Omarion.

 

 

After that performance last night Atlanta… i needed an IV #millenniumtour2021 pic.twitter.com/5JnkyjdB4R

— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 17, 2021

 

Bow Wow put on one hell of show before and during the Millennium Tour in Atlanta last night.

After popping off about his set time (which we will discuss), the rapper/actress brought out a special guest that has re-sparked romance rumors.

Last night, the Millennium Tour made a stop in Atlanta and Bow Wow decided to treat his fans with an appearance from his longtime crush, Angela Simmons, while he performed "Shortie Like Mine." Smart. He knows her popping up will spark dating rumors.

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Of course, fans are in a frenzy about a possible coupling between the two "Growing Up Hip Hop" stars.

Leading up to her surprise appearance, Bow was heavy in Angela’s comments:

 

 

 
 

 

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Mmhmm…

Before Bow Wow hit the stage, he went on a rant about being the best performer/artist on the Millennium Tour:

 

 

 
 

 

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Not only that, the "Bounce With Me" rapper threatened to not even show up for the Atlanta show on social media.

 

Too much bitching and complaining on this tour! Im bussn cats asses EVERY NIGHT! Every night they try and complain and take something away from me! I give 1000% and yall know it! ATL I HOPE YALL SHOW TOGETHER! IMA BUSS YALL ASS FOR 45 mins straight! TRY ME!

— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 16, 2021

 

“Too much b*tching and complaining on this tour! Im bussn cats a**es EVERY NIGHT! Every night they try and complain and take something away from me! I give 1000% and yall know it! ATL I HOPE YALL SHOW TOGETHER! IMA BUSS YALL A** FOR 45 mins straight! TRY ME!”

 

This might be my last show! ….. I’ve had enough

— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 16, 2021

 

"This might be my last show! ….. I’ve had enough," he tweeted.

 

Heres the truth! I do 15 min EVERY NIGHT! I cant even do my full songs. AND I STILL BE BUSTING FOLKS ASS! think the fans dont complain about my set being 15 mins? Only way i show up tonight if i do my full set! Straight up!

— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 16, 2021

 

"Heres the truth! I do 15 min EVERY NIGHT! I cant even do my full songs. AND I STILL BE BUSTING FOLKS A**! think the fans dont complain about my set being 15 mins? Only way i show up tonight if i do my full set! Straight up"

Fans were in agreement, sharing videos of how the crowd majorly calmed down during Omarion’s set. They said his set is boring without B2K:

 

Extremely boring, I recorded the crowd for proof pic.twitter.com/4268k24kYf

— Tea With Tia (@_TeaWithTia) October 16, 2021

 

No beef between Bow and O though.

 

Just got off phone w O. Tonight gone be one for the ages … i promise you that! Im going CRAZY i swear to god!

— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 16, 2021

 

“Just got off phone w O. Tonight gone be one for the ages … i promise you that! Im going CRAZY i swear to god!”

Hmph.

 

Thank you T.I. And 2 Chain #millenniumtour2021 #Atlanta @StateFarmArena pic.twitter.com/2hneRiSSs1

— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 17, 2021

 

After dubbing himself the best artist on the Millennium Tour, Pretty Ricky’s Spectacular had something to say.

"Now Lil Bow Wow…simmer down nah," he said with a red flag emoji.

"N*gga u been my opening act ya whole career now where the lies n*gga! Chill out this ain’t about u magic mike," Bow responded.

OH.EM.GEE.

Then, things started to get messy:

 

Oops ! Spectacular from Pretty Ricky wants to know did Bow Wow ask to come on The Millennium Tour with Omarion or did Omarion come on tour with him?

It’s getting messy. pic.twitter.com/B8zMleRQ0x

— GOT DA SCOOP (@GotDaScoop) October 16, 2021

 

 

@smoss that lil feet dance and Harlem shake ain’t gon save you tonight. I hope you bringing somebody out, cause you gon need it.

And the last time I checked, women love Magic Mike, not Like Mike. It’s up Atlanta!

— Spectacular Smith (@iamspectacular) October 16, 2021

 

These two!

Tonight, the Millennium Tour will make a stop in Charlotte, NC.

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ESQUIRE KING: Idris Elba Says Depression Set In Amid COVID Backlash From Fans While Fighting For His Life

Folks were stunned when Idris Elba revealed he had contracted the COVID-19 virus early on in the pandemic. Now, he’s opening up on what it was like battling the deadly virus and how hard it was to do so in the public eye.

 

 

 
 

 

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Just as the nation was placed on lockdown in March 2020, famed actor Idris Elba revealed to the world he and his wife had contracted COVID-19. He was one of the first big names to do so. And it was rattling. He was in New Mexico preparing to start shooting Jay-Zs all-Black Western, The Harder They Fall, alongside Jonathan Majors, Regina King, and LaKeith Stanfield. The Harder They Fall shut down the day before it was due to begin shooting; no date was given for a return.

There weren’t many confirmed facts about the deadly virus, so folks were freaking out…in several ways.

 

 
 

 

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While tons of fans sent the 49-year-old actor prayers for a speedy recovery, there were also tons of people who just didn’t believe him. And that really got to him. He prides himself on being authentic and transparent, so when he shared with the world that he was battling the virus and they didn’t believe him, saying he was being paid to say Covid was real, he was crushed.

In the October/November 2021 issue of ESQUIRE magazine, the British hottie explained how the backlash (and fake love) affected him.

“The good favor that some people in the public eye get—which I definitely benefit from—was gone in an instant. In an instant,” he said. “People that loved me one moment absolutely f*cking hated me the next.” A wry laugh: “It was like, ‘You’re fake; you’re being paid.’ No one really believed. It was really a tough time."

 

 

 
 

 

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He continued, "So where I am now, you’re looking at a man that’s very thankful. You’re looking at a man that’s very reflective of what’s happened over the last eighteen months. You’re looking at a man that doesn’t really have time to waste on pretending to be anything but what I am. Who I am and what I am.”

When he first contracted the virus, he thought his life was over. Lights out.

“Having Covid at the time I got it, it was very, very early in its cycle,” he explained. “So it was like, ‘Oh, shit, I’m going to die.’ I could have easily been a statistic: went to a hospital and lungs failed and that’s the end of it. Very easily. I’ve had friends whose families have died”—he snaps his fingers—“like that.”

It was a rough year for EMMY nominated actor and depression started to set in.

“The last year for me was very, very difficult,” he shared. “I wouldn’t put it down to a lack of work or anything like that. I’d put it down to a real mental strain that I couldn’t put my finger on, and where it came from. It manifests in waves of anger and, perhaps, depression. A little bit of a lack of, I wouldn’t say optimism, but just a lack of joy, sometimes. And I haven’t sat down and spoken to a therapist or anyone about it, but I suspect it’s very linked to that time period.”

Totally understandable.

 

 
 

 

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Before COVID, Idris seemed to be living on top of the world. He signed on for a documentary that would follow him from kickboxing novice to his professional debut in one year – which he won. Then he met Sabrina Dhowre, a Canadian model and activist of Somali descent, at a jazz bar in Vancouver. While the actor said he would never marry again, Sabrina changed his mind after two divorces.

“It looks amazing from the outside, but there’s a lot of stuff that happens in the public eye that’s not fun,” he shared. “I’m not allowed to just go out and get drunk and have a rant and get kicked out of a pub and then feel bad the next day. Part of your duty is to be an example. So what happens is there’s a suppression of stuff coupled with grief. People might think, You’re all right; you got loads of money. But it doesn’t work that way. You’re still human. I can’t spend my money in my mind. I can’t spend my money in my grief.”

He’s right about that.

 

Folks Are Side-Eyeing Prince William Speaking Out On Racism Aimed At Black Soccer Players After He Was Unspportive When Harry & Meghan Spoke Up About It https://t.co/n5OoPKsF1Y

— YBF CHIC (@TheYBF) July 12, 2021

 

Over the summer, three Black soccer players (Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka) shared how they were subjected to racial abuse online after they missed penalties during England’s loss to Italy. The emotion Idris felt: devastation.

“I was devastated. Devastated for football. Devastated for my country. Devastated. England has this one shining moment where we nearly get there. And the moment we don’t get there, it boils down to that. Broke my heart, man. But at the same time, coming from where I come from in Canning Town, that was every day.”

The Beasts of No Nation star shared how he had to overcome similar racial abuse when he lands roles that some people think Black people shouldn’t play.

Elba feels an affinity with Rashford, Sancho, and Saka. “A moment like that does not define you,” he says. “And being called a ‘monkey’ or a ‘coon’ does not define who you are. But fuck that, I’ve had it in many different shapes and forms. When I got the role as Heimdall in the Marvel universe, there was a real outcry from a sect of the fans.” Elba first played the watchman of the gods—also known as “Shining God” because of his pearly skin—in 2011’s Thor and has now reprised the character four times. “From one perspective, hey, there’s a logic: He’s Norse; he shouldn’t be played by a Black man. But from another sect, there was like ‘Idris Elba’s a cunt, he’s disgusting, he’s not f*cking James Bond, he’s never going to be James Bond.’ It was hatred.”

Speaking of James Bond, he doesn’t seem too keen about playing the character despite the constant rumors about him being the first Black Bond.

“I say this in jest, but this is my answer to Bond,” said Idris. “[Luther] is my big character that lives in the same space as the Bournes, as the Bonds in the world. Not in terms of spy works or spying, but this is a character that fights evil and then will stop at nothing to do it. And we created him from scratch. Me and [showrunner] Neil Cross really plowed our hearts into making John Luther. And I’ve never been more thankful for a character that keeps going. I love him. And it’s a hard character to play. It’s very absorbing, but I’ve liked bringing him to life every time. I’ve loved it.”

And there you have it.

You can read his full interview here.

The Harder They Fall premieres in select theaters October 22nd and on Netflix November 3rd.

 

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Black Louisiana State Trooper Carl Cavalier Believes His Firing Is A Response To Saying Officers Killed (And Then Covered It Up) Ronald Greene

Carl Cavalier – a Black Louisiana State Trooper – is speaking out after he was informed he would be terminated. News of his termination comes after he publicly criticized his department’s role in allegedly covering up the death of a black man during a traffic stop.

Details inside…

A Black Louisiana state trooper is speaking out, sounding the alarm on an alleged coverup that involves the 2019 death of a black man named Ronald Greene.

Trooper Carl Cavalier has publicly criticized his department’s role in the death of Ronald Greene – a black man (above, on the ground in handcuffs) – who died during a violent 2019 traffic stop. Over the summer, Carl spoke to CNN affiliate WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge where he described what he believes was an internal coverup to protect the troopers involved in Greene’s death.

Now, he’s facing termination and he believes speaking out against the department is what lef to his pending termination. He recently learned he will be fired after his five-week unpaid suspension ends. Meanwhile, the officers involved in the traffic stop with Ronald Greene are still on the force.

Below is footage of the arrest. WARNING! The footage is GRAPHIC: 

In May 2019, Ronald Greene, 49, died after a police chase following a traffic stop near Monroe, Louisiana that made headlines over the past several months. According to reports, Greene’s family was told he died in a car crash. However, police bodycam footage released to the public two years later paints a different picture.

He didn’t die from the car crash. Looking at the body cam footage, the police kicked, tased, sat on and punched him before he died in custody.

CNN reports:

The videos show Greene was tased, kicked and punched by LSP officers before he died in their custody.

An autopsy report from the night Ronald Greene died in 2019 did not assign a manner of death and noted missing information from police. The report states in its opinion that lacerations on Greene’s head were "inconsistent with motor vehicle collision injury. These injuries are most consistent with multiple impact sites from a blunt object."

The report notes that "no written incident report was provided despite requests," and that "no detailed information regarding the motor vehicle collision (air bag deployment, vehicle damage, seat belt usage, etc.) was provided." It also notes that "no emergency services medical records were provided" to the coroner’s office.

Two troopers involved in the incident were reprimanded for their actions that night, including for not following procedures for body-worn cameras. A third was to be terminated for violations regarding body-worn camera and car camera systems, use of force, performance, lawful orders and for conduct unbecoming an officer. That trooper died in a car crash before he could be fired, according to LSP Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis.

The autopsy said Ronald Greene’s cause of death was due to "cocaine induced agitated delirium complicated by motor vehicle collision, physical struggle, inflicted head injury, and restraint," according to the report, obtained from a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Once the footage was released, Carl Cavalier told everything about what went down behind-the-scenes, saying the troopers involved in the traffic stop were "unpunished" and are "still patrolling the streets." After speaking out, he was suspended. Now, he’s facing termination.

"Trooper Cavalier received the decision of the appointing authority to move forward with termination based on an administrative investigation which revealed he violated several departmental policies," Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey said Thursday in an emailed statement to the Washington Post. "It should be noted that our disciplinary administrative process is not finalized and Cavalier remains an employee at this time."

He received the termination letter last week from State Police Superintendent Lamar Davis. The letter, which he shared with CNN, says an investigation found he violated department policies and procedures.

The letter claims Carl violated the department’s policy on "Public Statement," "Lawful Orders," "Loyalty to the Department," "Dissemination of Information," "Seeking Publicity" and "Conduct Unbecoming an Officer."

WOW. Meanwhile, NOTHING has been done (as of yet) to the officers in question.

In September, Cavalier filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana State Police Department, alleging his complaints were ignored and that several of his superiors racially discriminated against him for years.

We hope he wins and brings home millions. Prayers to the family of Ronald Greene! We hope they receive the justice they deserve. 

Photos: Carl Cavalier/Louisiana State Police via AP

Eve Is Pregnant! Rapper Announces She’s Expecting 1st Baby With Husband Maximillion Cooper After Infertility Struggles

Major congrats are in order for Eve and her husband Maximillion Cooper. They’re pregnant! Celebrate with the couple inside…

Aww! It’s time to celebrate.

Rapper Eve is pregnant! And she’s over the moon that she’s about to become a mother for the first time.

The "Queens" star shared the exciting news on Instagram, posting a picture of her growing baby bump with the caption, "Can you believe it @mrgumball3000 we finally get to tell everyone!!!!! You all know how long we’ve been waiting for this blessing!!!"

Mrs. Cooper and her hubby Maximillion Cooper will meet their new bundle of joy next year.

"We get to meet our lil human February 2022," she continued.

In another picture, Maximillion cradles her belly.

 

 
 

 

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Eve’s husband also shared the news on his Instagram page, writing, "Very excited to share this news… we have a lil human on the way!"

 

 
 

 

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The Hip Hop queen married the British entrepreneur in Ibiza, Spain in June 2014. Since tying the knot, she has been the step-mother to Maximillion’s four children, Lotus, 19, Jagger, 17, Cash, 15, and Mini, 13, all from his previous marriage.

 

 

 
 

 

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In 2016, Eve sat down with the ladies on "The Real" to dish on how she lucked up to have instantly connected with her husband’s kids. And she made it clear they wanted to have one of their own one day:

In 2019, Eve opened up for the first time about her infertility struggles on an episode of "The Talk." At first, she said she decided not to talk about her issues with getting pregnant because she felt "shameful."

"As a woman, you just think things happen naturally and I felt like I was damaged," Eve said. "I felt like I was broken. I felt like, oh well maybe I’m not good enough."

"It’s a very sad hurtful thing, but the more I hung onto it the worse I actually felt about myself," Eve shared. "Since I’ve shared, people have been so sweet to me. Even in the audience people have actually come to me and hugged me and said you deserve it and it’s going to happen for you. So, thank you to the audience here."

During another episode of "The Talk" in 2020, Eve shared she and her husband were still trying to have their own baby. She shared she had a procedure called a myomectomy to get rid of fibroids at the beginning of 2020. Check it below:

In December 2020, Eve left "The Talk" to focus on "expanding her family."

 

 

 
 

 

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Now, she’s pregnant! Congrats!

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Chlöe Bailey – Beyoncé ‘Comparisons Are A Compliment,’ Shares Deets About Possible Collab & Their Convos, STANS Kelis & Just Made Us Love Her Even More

Since making a splash on the music scene as a solo artist, Chlöe Bailey has been getting the Beyoncé comparisons. And she’s all for it. The bomb artist gives us a sneak peek at what she and the Queen chat it up about, shares her love for Kelis, who she’d love to collaborate with and hints at a possible Bey collaboration.

 

Highlights inside…

Dope performer. Incredible vocals. THEATRICS.

Chlöe Bailey has arrived ladies and gentleman. Being signed to Parkwood Entertainment, the Beyoncé comparisons were bound to come. And they did when she made her solo debut at the 2021 MTV VMAs.

Of course, the fans were going to compare the "Have Mercy" singer to her mentor. And the budding songstress couldn’t be more flattered about it. Which, we totally get since we’re talking about BEY-ONCE.

Making her media rounds, the 23-year-old singer stopped by Power 105’s "The Breakfast Club" to dish on her busy life as a solo artist and how she feels about being compared to the IVY Park honcho.

“I’m grateful. That’s the biggest compliment anyone could possibly give me,” she said. “I have so much more work to do to even get there, even get an ounce of where she is, so it’s a huge compliment for sure.”

Learning the ropes in the music industry, Bey has been clutch for Chlöe. Whether it’s sharing tips about mastering her craft or giving her pep talks, she’s all in and wants the young star to win.

"I love her so much," she said about the global superstar. "We talk about any and everything. I’m just so grateful to have her stamp of approval. She always gives me words of encouragement. You don’t know how much that means to me."

We’re not crying, you are.

Now that fans have gotten a taste of what’s to come, they’re eager to hear her dolo album, which she said is 85% done. She plans to promote "Have Mercy" a bit more, come back to the project and perfect it before releasing it. In the meantime, she plans on dropping a few more singles.

When asked who would be her dream collaborations, she named Mrs. Carter as No. 1. The radio hosts tried to bait her in to spill tea on a possible collaboration with Bey, but her media training is TOP NOTCH. We didn’t expect anything less.

As for the other artists she named, she said she would love to work with Kanye West, Andre 3000, Frank Ocean, Travis (Scott?), Spanish singer Rosalía, and Doja Cat.

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As for who we DO know will appear on the album:

 

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— Chlöe (@ChloeBailey) October 15, 2021

 

A Neptunes production will be providing some beats. She said she recently linked up with The Neptunes in the studio and she "so excited." Will Chlöe & Bey vocals ride over a Pharrell Williams x Chad Hugo beat? We shall see.

Speaking of beats, Chlöe is a natural born producer. She loves making beats and has been doing so since the age of 12.

During the interview, Chlöe said all the tracks on her album will be a "shock and surprise" because people don’t really know her and the project will be a way of introducing herself.

As for her idols, the Ungoldy Hour songstress revealed she’s a huge Kelis STAN and that the singer’s "Bossy" song is what inspired "Have Mercy."

“I love Kelis, one her tone of her voice and how like sexy and raunchy and bossy her lyrics are always and her vocal production. I think she’s so crazy talented. Any shoot I’m on and I just want to feel more confident, I just put her on.”

These days, she’s single, but she def has a type. She said she likes guys who are edgy, but a nerd at heart.

"He has to be really sweet, and kind, and funny, and intellectual because that’s what gets me," she shared.

Sounds good to us. Come correct, fellas.

As for the critics who constantly claim she does too much, she doubled down and being extra ans basically told her haters they’ll deal. Check it:

 

 

 
 

 

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And just like that, she’s our new little sister in our heads. Love her!

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‘Degrassi’ TEA: Drake Said Being In A Wheelchair On The Show Made Him Appear ‘Soft,’ So He Wanted Out & Got A Lawyer!

Before he was a rapper, Drake was an actor. And he was serious about his ish! So much so, he reportedly threatened legal action to get his "Degrassi" character, Jimmy Brooks, out of his wheelchair. More inside…

Drake has been in the entertainment for a minute!

Before he was Young Money’s frontman, Drake was a teen actor on the hit Canadian teen drama series, "Degrassi: The Next Generation."

Back then, Drake (real name Aubrey Graham), played Jimmy Brooks, a student that was shot at school which resulted in him being confined to a wheelchair. He portrayed the character on the teen drama from 2001 to 2008.

Well, there was some drama behind-the-scenes about Drizzy’s on-screen character.

For the show’s 20th anniversary, the cast and crew chopped it up with The A.V. Club about the show’s boundary-pushing storylines, including the school shooting that caused Jimmy Brooks to be confined to a wheelchair.

Back then, Drake didn’t like the fact Jimmy was in a wheelchair and he took action to get the writers to change up the script. In season four, there was a two-part school shooting storyline that left Jimmy paralyzed from the waist down.

Writer James Hurst shared Drake was so passionate about getting his on his feet that he threatened to quit and to take legal action if they didn’t write a script that would get Jimmy out of his wheelchair.

Oh yes, lawyers were involved and everything.

“There was a letter from a law firm in Toronto, and it was from Aubrey. It was an odd letter that said, ‘Aubrey Graham will not return to ‘Degrassi’ Season 6 as Jimmy Brooks unless his injury is healed, and he’s out of the wheelchair,’” Hurst alleged to The A.V. Club in an interview. “I said, ‘Get him down here.’”

After receiving the letter, James Hurt said he confronted the young actor about the letter:

“He came in and was like, ‘What letter? I don’t know about that.’ And I said, ‘All right, I understand. But how do you feel about the wheelchair?’”

Apparently, the Certified Lover Boy rapper didn’t like his character being in a wheelchair because his rap friends were calling him "soft."

"He’s like, ‘All my friends in the rap game say I’m soft because I’m in a wheelchair.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell your friends in the rap game that you got shot. How much harder can you get? You got shot, and you’re in a wheelchair.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’

No legal action was taken.

"He was so nice and apologetic about everything. He instantly backed down. I was very passionate about it, and I said, ‘Aubrey, there’s some kid somewhere in a wheelchair, who’s completely ignored, who’s never on television, never gets represented. I need you to represent this person. You’re the coolest kid on the show, and you can say there’s nothing wrong with being in a wheelchair.’”

And that was that.

In 2015, "Degrassi" ended after 14 dramatic seasons.

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Stacey Dash Reveals She Was Addicted To Popping Painkillers, Says She Was Taking 18-20 Vicodin Pills A Day

Actress-turned-political pundit Stacey Dash gets personal about her private life, revealing she recently celebrated five years of being clean. She struggled with a pill popping addiction and said she "lost everything" in the process. More inside…

 

Stacey Dash has opened up about her personal life, which could explain some of her questionable behavior over the last decade.

In 2012, the Clueless star – who played Dionne Davenport in the 1995 cult classic – changed her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican and started cutting up on the political stage. Folks who loved "Dionne" weren’t really feeling the actress-turned-conservative commentator in real life, but she didn’t care. She went hard in the paint for Republicans and when Donald Trump put in his bid for president, she stuck beside him all while trashing black people in the process. Well, until it was no longer "cool" to back Trump. She has since changed her political tune when it comes to the MAGA lifestyle following the January 6th insurrection.

Still, she was doing the most.

The 54-year-old entertainer recently appeared on the "Dr. Oz Show" where she shared her "deepest darkest secret." Behind-the-scenes, the former FOX commentator revealed she recently celebrated five years of sobriety after a decade-long addiction to opioids, specifically Vicodin.

“I was taking 18-20 pills a day,” she shared.

When Dr. Oz mentioned taking that many pills a day was expensive, she agreed, saying, "I lost everything."

Dr. Oz asked how much money she spent on drugs each month, Stacey estimated about $5,000 to $10,000.

"That’s what stopped me. I almost died," she recalled. "My kidneys were so infected that my blood was septic, and my organs were shutting down. So, I got rushed to the hospital and I had to have a full blood transfusion and I was in there for three weeks. And by the grace and mercy of god, I lived."

Vicodin is a prescription opioid medicine used to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe pain. In her 40s, Stacey was prescribed Vicodin to help with pain she was struggling with due to fibroid cysts. Then, she became addicted.

"I’m not blaming doctors at all because it was my choice to take more," she said. "It was my choice to take that extra one even though I wasn’t in pain."

She continued, "The Vicodin filled that hole inside of me. It filled that anger. It calmed that anger down. It slowed my brain down. It gave me the ease so that I could deal with life. That’s how I became addicted. It’s no one’s fault but my own."

In the interview, the mom-of-two detailed the abuse she endured as a child, sharing how she was first introduced to drugs. Sadly, Stacey’s parents were addicted to drugs and she first tried drugs at the tender age of 8-years-old. When she was 16, her mother gave her her first line of cocaine.

The actress was also molested when she was 4-years-old.

"I didn’t really remember until I was 17 when I tried to kill myself," she revealed. "It was at that time that I remembered that that happened to me, and I had already been very angry. I was a very angry, angry teenager. I became angry at I’d say around the age of 10 or 11, which is when my mother finally left my father. Even though my home was unstable and my father was a heroin addict, I knew he loved me. He just couldn’t beat it. He couldn’t overcome the addiction."

In her 20s, she got into an abusive relationship where her partner "beat me so bad I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks."  She also says she had abusive relationships with at least two of her four ex-husbands.  Most recently, she and her now estranged husband, Jeffrey Marty, got into a physical altercation involving his teen daughter and police were called to the scary scene.

Something clicked and she got sober and stayed that way for 20 years, including for the making of 1995’s Clueless. Once she received the Vicodin prescription, she started using again.

After her near death experience from nearly overdosing on Vicodin, she decided she needed to make a change. After she was released from the hospital, she was flown to Utah for rehab.

"It wasn’t until the last 10 days [in rehab] that I said, ‘Oh, snap. I’m an addict,’" she said.

Some days are better than others as she still sometimes struggles with wanting to do "something bad." However, she now leans on her faith to work through those feelings.

"I just celebrated five years of sobriety," she said. "I’m clean, five years. And in this five years, my blessing — the greatest blessing is that not only have I been able to be honest with myself and become a better person."

Well good for her.

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