New Utah Jazz Owner Dwyane Wade Coaches Donovan Mitchell From The Sidelines During Playoff Game – ‘I’m Excited About Giving Back’

New Utah Jazz minority owner Dwyane Wade is sharing his expertise with the younger generation of ballers. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell served up one of his best playoff performances thanks to some coaching from retired NBA baller D. Wade.

Deets on how D. Wade helped the Jazz secure Game 1 from the sidelines inside…

 

 
 

 

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Life after the NBA is still all about the NBA for Dwyane Wade.

It’s been a successful year for D. Wade as he became a minority owner of the Utah Jazz. And not only is her part owner, he’s on the sidelines giving real-time coaching gems while sitting next to his wife, Gabrielle Union.

It appears D. Wade’s guidance is helping. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell served up one of his best playoff performances in Game 1 as he and his team went up against the LA Clippers…and won. The final score was 112 – 109. So, it seems D. Wade’s presence at games is major key for the team.

Check it:

.@DwyaneWade giving Spida advice from courtside pic.twitter.com/7HRV9NQvt2

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 9, 2021

After the game, Donovan Mitchell talked about being grateful to have D. Wade on the sidelines to help guide him:

"It’s great to have someone that I call my brother being part of this organization." – @spidadmitchell on @DwyaneWade

Mitchell: 45 PTS in Game 1 W.. Game 2 is Thursday at 10pm/et on ESPN pic.twitter.com/8p6QzZ5LSe

— NBA (@NBA) June 9, 2021

"It’s great to have someone that I call my brother sitting courtside, being part of this organization just trying to help me out and find ways to improve and not just for myself but finding ways with the team," Donovan said.

It was a historic night for Donovan as it marked his fourth 40-point playoff game, tying him with Jazz legend Karl Malone for the most in franchise history. Sweet.

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In a recent piece for GQ, the NBA Finals MVP shared how he’s excited about giving back to the younger generation of players, including his "little brother" Donovan Mitchell.

"That’s my little brother. I’ve definitely taken a big brother role in his life. To have that relationship with him and to know it’s going to continue, it feels good. It feels right. It’s so cool, man. I get to continue to impart my knowledge of the game to him. He’s already 24 years old and he’s got a lot more growth to do and he’s already a critical player in our league. So, I’m excited about giving back whatever I’ve learned to him so his career will be greater than mine ever was. And that’s the goal, you’ve got to make sure the generations to come are greater. Right? That’s how the game moves forward."

Gotta love it.

The future Hall of Famer also addressed crazed fans’ actions, which some say are rooted in racism:

GQ: You said yourself that there aren’t that many Black people in Salt Lake City. We’ve recently seen these racist fan reactions coming from places like Philly, New York, Boston and Salt Lake. Ja Morant called what happened to his family when the Grizzlies played the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs “inappropriate shit.” What do you make of the last three years of public dissension at NBA games, which dates back to an altercation between Russell Westbrook and a Utah fan in 2019?

D. Wade: Every arena has a small group of people who get a little bit unruly, who get a little bit too much into the game. It is in every arena. And I’ve played in every arena, so I know it’s in every arena. It’s unfortunate, man. Basketball is different without fans, and now that fans are back in the building, it feels like basketball again. And we’re having these situations in different arenas. It shows you that a lot of people are coming out of caged-up situations. Been in the house, been locked away. People gotta get the rules again. You gotta get back to how life should work. And a lot of people are crossing that line. And it’s unfortunate.

When I was a player, fans said stuff to me and I said stuff back to them. Let’s keep it like that. But it’s getting to a place where….throwing stuff on people? It’s getting unruly. You can talk back and forth, that’s a part of the game. Talk to people on the sidelines, talk to other teams. But when you start doing stuff like throwing things at guys, that’s when the disrespect really comes in. The NBA has to continue to do a good job, if they can, in making sure this is a secure place for the players and the fans as well.

Thoughts?

 

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STILL ON LIFE SUPPORT: DJ Funkmaster Flex Scolds Hip Hop Community For Failing DMX Before Overdose + Huge Prayer Vigils Held Outside Hospital

Prayers are still going up for rapper DMX as this is Day 4 of the rapper being on life support. DJ Funkmaster Flex goes off on X’s industry friends for not stepping in before he suffered a drug overdose. Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered outside of the hospital X is in for a prayer vigil as he continues to fight for his life. Everything inside…

Sadly, rapper DMX is still not doing better.

The Yonkers native (real name Earl Simmons) is still reportedly on life support and has little to no brain activity or function, according to his former manager Nakia Walker, following a reported drug overdose. She told The New York Times the Grammy nominated rapper is in a "vegetative state" with "lung and brain failure."

X’s longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, revealed X had a heart attack late Friday (April 2nd) and was taken to the hospital where he reportedly had to be resuscitated and placed on life support, contradicting an earlier statement about his condition. He told NBC News he misspoke earlier when he said the rapper had been taken off life support and was breathing on his own.

It’s reported X had to be resuscitated for 30 minutes following the overdose. Being without oxygen for so long severely impacted his brain.

The 50-year-old rapper is the father of 15 children. Several of his children have reportedly traveled to the hospital in White Plains, NY to be by his side. His ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, his fiancé, Desiree Lindstrom (the mother of his five-year-old son, Exodus), and his mother, Arnett, are also at the hospital. The family is only allowed to visit him on a limited basis.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside of the hospital in White Plains for a prayer vigil yesterday (April 5th). They prayed, ate pizza and blasted his music in the parking lot for some positive vibes:

Dozens of fans are outside White Plains Hospital where rapper DMX has been on life support since Friday. A prayer vigil is expected to start at 5.
Police are already blocking off part of the street because they’re expecting such a large turnout.@News12WC pic.twitter.com/5BmaJjhbL4

— Karen Hua (@k_hua) April 5, 2021

“He’s a local—he’s one of us—he’s family.”
There are at least 500 people here praying for DMX. The rapper is in the hospital on life support after having a heart attack on Friday. Born in Yonkers, having grown up in poverty, he’s known for giving back to the community.@News12WC pic.twitter.com/ewXJ0dLi3L

— Karen Hua (@k_hua) April 5, 2021

Fans gather outside of White Plains Hospital for DMX’s prayer vigil pic.twitter.com/cpSbNMZ8Qj

— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) April 5, 2021

Nothing but love at this DMX prayer vigil. pic.twitter.com/qeniFgOEwb

— King Malcolm  (@_KingMalcolm) April 5, 2021

HOT 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex is placing blame on X’s industry friends because he said they should have done more since they knew he was battling drug addiction.

“The music business is a gorilla. It’s a bottomless pit of happiness or depression,” he said. “I don’t wanna say people don’t help you but I do want to say there are people who actually know [when a star is struggling, but don’t help] sometimes.”

“You don’t always get the best help when money is being made,” he added, “It’s rough for someone like a DMX who may be in a mental and emotional state of childhood trauma that has happened to him and then being thrown into the money and fame.”

“I know he shares his demons and we may have to amplify that demon and amplify his story and his feelings so that the next generation can kind of see a little better, a little clearer,” he said.

Peep the clip below:

A clip of the “Slipping” rapper explaining how he first got into drugs has gone viral. In the emotional clip, X recalls how his mentor laced a blunt with crack when he was just 14-years-old.

Folks on here joking about DMX the same way they did with Chadwick. You have no idea what people are going through.

X wasn’t perfect, but you don’t understand what the streets do to you. Talking about “BLM”, so long as the Black lives check your boxes.pic.twitter.com/D5gZHJAv1c

— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) April 4, 2021

In September 2019, X announced a musical comeback after inking a new deal with Def Jam. He was prepping to release a Christmas album, titled DMX-Mas, but it was never released. He ended up checking himself into rehab after spending a year in prison for tax fraud.

The “Party Up” rapper was released from federal prison in January 2019 after he was sentenced to one year behind bars for tax evasion in March 2018.

The tragic news about the “Where the Hood At” rapper sparked an outpouring across social media, where celebrities asked for prayers for the Yonkers native, including Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, T.I., Chance The Rapper, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union and tons more. You can check it out HERE.

Below are a few more celeb reactions to X from Travis Scott, Lil Boosie, Mariah Carey, Drag-On (former Ruff Ryderz artist) and more:

Travis Scott says “prayers up” for DMX who’s been hospitalized pic.twitter.com/VsZ2PmDVXh

— Flame.Travy (@FlameTravis3) April 6, 2021 

 

 
 

 

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Sending out prayers to DMX and family. Stay Strong

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 6, 2021

 

 

 
 

 

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Still praying he pulls through! 

 

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Saweetie Breaks Her Silence About That Elevator Fight With Quavo, LAPD Launches Investigation For Possible Domestic Violence

That now viral elevator fight between former couple Saweetie & Quavo has the internet in a tizzy, and the "Back To The Streets" rapper is breaking her silence about it for the first time.  The latest on what she and LAPD are saying, inside.

Whew. The Saweetie and Quavo breakup went from messy to down right problematic, and we’re now seeing just how toxic their 2.5 years of coupledom has been.

Last week, Saweetie took to Twitter to confirm her single status while high key calling Quavo a cheater.  Quavo’s toxic response was followed by the "Take Care" heard around the world.  But just when we thought that was the end of it – even though that end came quite quickly after what seemed like the picture perfect relationship – it was FAR from the end of it.

Earlier this week, surveillance video from inside an apartment complex elevator – which is reportedly Saweetie’s apartment complex – leaked.  It’s unclear what happened before the elevator doors opened, but we first see Saweetie take a swipe at Quavo and grab the Call of Duty console box he had in his hands. Then Quavo grabs back at her, yanks her into the elevator with him as she is flung into the back wall of the elevator.  She then drops to the floor seemingly in distress.  Quavo doesn’t aid her, but simply looks at her and stays on the elevator after it arrives on another floor.  Others were waiting to get on the elevator, and Saweetie eventually limps off the elevator with Quavo.

It’s unclear what led to this altercation and what happened after, but we do know they stayed together afterwards as the video was from 2020.

Neither Saweetie nor Quavo spoke on the video…until today. "Tap In" rapper Saweetie told TMZ:

"This unfortunate incident happened a year ago, while we have reconciled since then and moved past this particular disagreement, there were simply too many other hurdles to overcome in our relationship and we have both since moved on."

We assume those "other hurdles" were the cheating situations Saweetie referenced last week.  Back in 2019 there were rumors of cheateration, but Twitter quickly called the alleged side chick a fake.

It may have been LAPD launching an investigation today that made Saweetie suddenly speak out. TMZ revealed earlier that they’re possibly considering this as a domestic violence situation – on both sides:

Our sources say the situation could be considered an instance of domestic violence, where both parties are in the wrong. Cops want to determine what happened before and after the elevator surveillance footage was captured.

Law enforcement sources tell us LAPD detectives have seen the video, obtained by TMZ, showing the now ex-couple fighting over a video game console box, and cops want to meet with both parties, separately, to discuss what went down.

 

This is so much. 

Saweetie’s cousin Gabrielle Union posted up this Tweet that could be meant for anyone, but the timing is certainly interesting:

Quavo’s sister posted some shade about Saweetie right after the breakup, and Saweetie’s aunt/bestie Whitney Harp got involved as well:

 

 

 
 

 

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By the way, Quavo did not repossess that custom Bentley he copped Saweetie for Christmas despite rampant rumors that he did.

Family feuds and elevator feuds…..we wish everybody the best.

 

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A Nervous Zaya Wade Asked Michelle Obama Advice For Teens During One-On-One Q&A

Zaya Wade missed school for a chance of a lifetime! She got the chance to interview one of her idols, Forever First Lady Michelle Obama. Find out what advice Mrs. O gave Zaya and other teens inside…

Talk about a conversation of a lifetime!

Zaya Wade is only 13 years old, but she’s already using her platform to represent teens who relate to her way of life.

It’s not everyday you get to hope on a video conference with Forever First Lady Michelle Obama. Well, that happened for Zaya (transdaughter of retired NBA star Dwyane Wade). She was SO nervous during the virtual Q&A. It was cute watching her calm herself down as FLOTUS greeted her when they hopped on the conference call.

"I’m so nervous. I’m meeting an idol. I’m literally meeting an idol," said Zaya. "I’ve been preparing for this moment for so long."

Apparently, Zaya had to miss a class or two for the virtual Q&A, but we’re talking Michelle Obama here!

"I hear you’re slotting me in between school, so I feel very special," FLOTUS joked. "Ask your teacher for forgiveness from me because you’re doing me a favor."

And the teacher better do that favor. Ha.

After getting more comfortable, Zaya kicked off the Q&A asking FLOTUS for advice that she would give teens "who want to be themselves and thrive like you have and currently are."

"Well, like you have and currently are," the “Becoming” author said to Zaya. "I am just so proud of you, you know, being just an amazing role model and embracing your truth."

The most important gem Mrs. O dropped was to remind teens that they have to “be patient with yourself” when it comes to learning who you are.

"All young people are trying on different versions, different voices, they’re learning more about their intellect, they’re learning about what they love, what they’re good at, what they like. This is the period of exploration."

Agree. The 57-year-old lawyer then turned it over to Zaya, asking her what advice she would give teens to find themselves. Last year, the then 12-year-old came out as transgender and was met with backlash. Despite the controversy, D. Wade & his wife Gabrielle Union have been 1,000% supportive parents for Zaya.

"We all think that we thrive with people who are just like us, but I think getting a different perspective from someone else who isn’t like you really helps," Zaya said. "That definitely helped me in becoming me and defining my truth."

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”So glad I got to talk about Becoming for teens readers with an idol of mine,” Zaya wrote on Instagram. “Make sure you check out @michelleobama new book Becoming! Link in my stories.”

 

 

 
 

 

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Come through interview skills.

Not only can Zaya handle an interview with a living icon, it appears she has acting talents as well. It doesn’t hurt that actress Gabrielle Union is her step-mother. Watch their Ten Things I Hate About You TikTok below:

 

 

 
 

 

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‘I THINK MY BUTT GETTING BIG!’ Did Our Faves & More Dominate The #BUSSITCHALLENGE? WATCH!

Yeah, you’ve seen it on your timeline. The #BUSSITCHALLENGE is taking over social media. Watch celebs and few real-life YBFers show off their knees of steel inside…

Another challenge is blowing up on social media following the highly popular #SavageChallenge & the #DontRushChallenge.

Folks have been tapping in on the #BUSSITCHALLENGE to show off their glow-up and knees of steel because listen, everyone isn’t able. You DEF need some “Meg knees” to participate in this challenge.

The new craze involves participants to record two videos. In the first clip, people usually dress down in either pajamas or sweats. Right when the beat drops, the clip goes to the 2nd half of the video where the participant is all dressed up in their finest. Participants dance to up-and-coming rapper Erica Banks’ track “Buss It,” which samples Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” lyric where he says, “Girl, I think my butt getting big!”

By the way, Erica is from Texas and she’s signed to Carl Crawford’s 1501 Certified Entertainment label (the same label that signed Megan Thee Stallion).

Monica‘s #BUSSITCHALLENGE with her son is one of the funniest:

Y’all i love Monica so much! Please watch this lol #BussItChallenge pic.twitter.com/Sup7QRHCoU

— Devry (@itsdevry) January 10, 2021

 

HA!

Real-life YBFers, non- YBFers, and tons of celebs have joined in on the challenge. See videos of Gabrielle Union, Tamron Hall, Tracee Ellis Ross, Porsha Williams, Reginae Carter, Nelly’s girlfriend Shantel Jackson, Jackie Aina and tons more below:

 

If black don’t crack had a face @itsgabrielleu how are you 48 ma’am!!??? #bussitchallange #BussItChallenge pic.twitter.com/LK5P3dgEWP

— Lightskin Tupac (@infinite67_) January 12, 2021

 

 

 
 

 

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And here are some real-life YBF (and non-YBF) clips:

 

 
 

 

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Hope this doesn’t flop knees hurting like a mf #BussItChallenge pic.twitter.com/HNudNBKLPz

— jan. 3rd (@TheeeRave) January 14, 2021

Mummy wa is so freaky with the #BussItChallenge pic.twitter.com/O2HRcOVUO0

— Omo Kiikan (@OmoKiikan) January 14, 2021

We’ve also posted tons on our TikTok page: @TheYBF_Daily!

A guy hopped on Twitter to give the real about the #BUSSITCHALLENGE:

 

 
 

 

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Is this true, y’all?

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Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Hair Loss After IVF Treatments, Relaunches Haircare Line ‘Flawless’ + Terry Crews Apologizes To Gabby AGAIN

Gabrielle Union just relaunched her haircare line Flawless, serving up affordable haircare options for black women. And it’s now totally black owned. Get into Gabby’s haircare journey and the latest about her Terry Crews “AGT” drama inside…

Gabrielle Union has been working with her longtime hairstylist and friend Larry Sims to come up with a new line of products that cater to black women’s hair.

 

 
 

 

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Today’s the day! @flawlessbygu is out in the world…. and it’s about celebrating YOU, your personal style, and your healthy hair journey. I hope you can feel the love that went into this Link in bio to shop.

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The multi-hyphenated star partnered up with Larry Sims to re-vamp her haircare line, “Flawless by Gabrielle Union,” which she originally launched in 2017. The new line features 12 products, which include co-wash, shampoo, conditioner, a mask, moisturizing treatments and scalp care. All of the products are available on Amazon for less than $10 each.

While undergoing IVF treatments in 2017, Gabby suffered with hair loss as a side effect. She didn’t feel right launching the brand at that time because “I was bald,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. It made her feel like a fraud pushing a product about hair when her own hair wasn’t healthy.

”When you’re launching a line called Flawless and you feel anything but flawless, you actually feel like a fraud. I didn’t feel confident or transparent, and the investors and ownership group we had at the time didn’t want to wait for my hair to grow back in,” she spilled.

”They only cared about deadlines, and I wasn’t being listened to. I was like, ‘As soon as this time period is up, I want to relaunch Flawless. I want to wrestle back ownership and control of this company.’ And there’s no way in hell I can be transparent about my hair journey without including Larry Sims, who was in the trenches crying right alongside me as my hair fell out.”

The “L.A.’s Finest” star said she and Larry discovered natural ingredients that grew her hair back.

”Larry would be like, ‘There’s another spot,’ and I would break down every time a new bald spot would open up,” she shared. “We tried every home remedy we could find. So that’s where we discovered bacuri butters, raw creatine, biotin, rice oil complex, rice water, aloe, and all of these things that actually grew my hair back. We kept a log of the last two years of my hair growth and of what was working, what didn’t work. We literally took a magnifying glass and were like, ‘We’ve got sprouts! We’ve got action!’"

 

 

 
 

 

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The “Being Mary Jane” star offered up advice to Black entrepreneurs aspiring to experience creative freedom like herself and Larry.

”I cannot say enough about Black ownership. When you do not control a majority ownership of anything, for the most part you have about as much of a say so as your percentage, and if you are just an endorser, that’s a goose egg. If you have no equity or ownership in your company, or it’s less than 51 percent, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be listened to. If you have investors that are not Black, they have to be on board with lowering your profit margins. It would actually make Larry and I assholes to figure out how to grow my hair back, create an amazing line, and then price our own people out of it. Everything is between $4 and $10.”

Good gems.

When she first started working in Hollywood, Gabby said she would wear her hair in “safe” hairstyles that gave her that “girl next door vibe.” Later, she began experimenting with weaves, which we know Hollywood loved. In Almost Christmas, she wanted her character to wear braids, so she made a boss move to make it happen.

”In Almost Christmas, I wanted to wear braids,” she told the publication. “They were like, ‘Well, the character’s really sophisticated and she’s really educated.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, so can I have Senegalese twists?’ There were all these conversations about what constituted an educated, sophisticated, Black, single mom. And braids wasn’t it. I was like, ‘Oh, wait, I’m also an executive producer. So let me talk to myself about this. Okay, I’ve given myself permission.’ That was the first time I dared to buck the system. That was a Black movie. I realized that within our own community, we have different ideas about different hairstyles and what they mean.”

And that’s how it’s done!

You can read more from her interview here.

In other news…

In June, Gabrielle Union filed a discrimination complaint in California against Simon Cowell, Universal TV, Syco Entertainment and Freemantle Productions North America. The filing came a week after NBC wrapped its investigation of the events that led to her firing from "America’s Got Talent" in 2019.

NBC announced it had found "that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union’s appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time."

Before the investigation was complete, "AGT" host Terry Crews, who has been doing the absolute most with the absolute least on Twitter lately, was asked about Gabby’s racism and sexism claims. He basically threw her under the bus, claiming "AGT" was one of the most diverse sets he has ever worked on and that he never experienced any racism behind-the-scenes. He followed up with tweets saying the only woman he needed to please on this earth is his wife. He later came back and apologized.

 

@itsgabrielleu, I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience— but that is what I did. I apologize. You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 31, 2020

 

In June, he apologized to Gabby again after he received backlash from comments he made about Black Lives matter on social media.

 

It is in this light I want to make further amends with Black women, and in particular @itsgabrielleu for not recognizing the privilege I have – especially in the workplace- and adding this fact to my earlier apology.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 4, 2020

 

Gabby appeared on Jemele Hill‘s Spotify podcast "Jemele Hill Is Unbothered" and the sports journalist asked her about Terry’s controversial comments.

"People hit me [up] all day long and are like, ‘What’s happening,’" Gabby said. "And the only thing I know for sure is that Terry Crews gets three checks from NBC. So, I don’t know if being worried about job stability — which, listen, we all know that if you speak up about racism and white supremacy, you absolutely can be shown the door. We are both very clear on that. So, I don’t know if that’s the motivation.”

ICYMI, my guest on @JHillUnbothered is @itsgabrielleu, who opens up about being called a “witch” (and worse) for supporting her trans daughter, Zaya, and keeps it real about Terry Crews.

Download/subscribe FOR FREE. FULL POD -> https://t.co/96B2UDNSFh pic.twitter.com/psbE74BV3Y

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 28, 2020

"People were like, ‘Well, you weren’t the only Black person on America’s Got Talent, and I was like, ‘No, I was on there with Terry Crews.’ Based on his recent actions, do you really think Terry Crews was an ally, was helpful, was a sounding board? I think Terry Crews is showing us who he is and what he does during times of adversity, and it’s not solidarity.”

After Gabby called him out, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star hopped on Twitter to apologize again:

 

This will be my 3rd public apology to Gabrielle Union. If a 4th is needed, I will continue to apologize and push for reconciliation between the world, and more importantly, the culture I grew up in.

I’m sorry, @itsgabrielleu #reconciliation https://t.co/o7RCTcX92b

— terry crews (@terrycrews) August 1, 2020

 

"This will be my 3rd public apology to Gabrielle Union," he tweeted. "If a 4th is needed, I will continue to apologize and push for reconciliation between the world, and more importantly, the culture I grew up in. I’m sorry, @itsgabrielleu #reconciliation"

Thoughts?

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Jay-Z, Rihanna & More Write Letter DEMANDING Justice For Black College Student Gunned Down By White Police Officer

Celebs are joining forces to demand justice for a black college student who was fatally shot by a white police officer 10 years ago. Deets inside…

 

Celebrities are stepping up and using their platforms for the greater good.

A group of A-listers joined forces to demand justice for unarmed black Pace University junior – Danroy “DJ” Henry – who was fatally shot by a white Westchester cop in 2010.

Celebs like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Mary J. Blige, Taraji Henson, Pharrell Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael K. Williams, and Charlize Theron signed a letter sent to US Attorney General William Barr, urging him to reopen the case of Danroy “DJ” Henry’s slaying and probe possible police misconduct.

”This agonizing case remains an unhealed wound for the Henry family and the people of New York," the letter reads. "DJ, a young Black youth with a bright future ahead of him, was killed for no apparent reason inside his own vehicle."

"The facts of the case reek of local conflict of interest, racial bias and even false testimony," it continued. "But like so many other unarmed and innocent young, black men who find themselves guilty of being at the wrong time, DJ, too, lost his life for no good reason and with absolutely no good explanation — to this very day. Justice, it appears, has been denied."

 

I am so happy that #DJHenry will possibly get the Justice that he deserves. Such a wonderful young man, that was dishonored in death by the cover-up by Police in Westchester County. #SayHisName pic.twitter.com/ma9CNRAeQL

— What the World Needs Now is Love (@Thisizhowwedoit) July 15, 2020

 

The letter asks the Justice Department to reevaluate “whether a pattern of discrimination” led to DJ’s killing.

“If it did — deliver the justice that restores this young man’s name and reputation, while giving hope to other young black men who are just like him and desperate for change,” the letter states.

DJ’s father, Danroy Henry Sr., told Page Six that the family was grateful for the support in demanding justice for his son.

"We appreciate that they’re leaning into the moment and that they’re willing to stand behind us on this really important matter," he said.

DJ – who was a 20year-old college football player – was gunned down by a white police officer. The officer claims DJ tried to run him over with his vehicle and he was forced to shoot him.

PEOPLE reports:

On Oct. 17, 2010, DJ, a 20-year-old college football player, had been out celebrating at a sports bar with his teammates when a group of patrons got into a fight, CBS News reported.

Police responded to the scene and said that DJ was parked in a fire lane in front of Finnegan’s Grill. When he was asked to move, officer Aaron Hess claimed DJ sped toward him, hitting him and propelling him on the hood of the car, which forced Hess to shoot at DJ.

In a deposition, Hess maintained that he thought his life was in danger when he decided to shoot into the car, and that race was not a factor because he couldn’t see through the windshield.

However, new evidence reportedly finds a statement from officer Ronald Beckley where he reveals he had fired at Hess because he was the aggressor in the situation.

"I was shooting at a person that I thought was the aggressor and was inflicting deadly physical force on another," Beckley told Michael Sussman, who deposed him as part of a civil suit filed by the Henry family against Hess and the Village of Pleasantville, per Patch.

According to the deposition obtained by Patch, Beckley also revealed in his deposition that Hess was "mounting" the car rather than being hit by the car as he was shooting, saying he saw "a dark figure in front of that vehicle mounting that vehicle."

DJ’s father said Officer Hess’ account of what went down was “clearly” meant to “villainize our son.” He said they sent their son off to college to play football and he never came home. So sad.

Peep the clip below:

DJ’s friend Brandon Cox, who was in the car with him at the time, said that DJ did what the officer asked him to do before the police shot him. He said Officer Hess started shooting at them unprovoked.

"He started to make a forward motion to move forward. That’s when DJ starts to pull away. He just pulled off slowly," Cox recalled. "Where we were parked there was like there was a curve in the roadway. As we come around that curve, I can see somebody running from in between those two cars with their gun raised."

That’s when Hess reportedly climbed on the hood of the car and began shooting.

DJ’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against Officer Hess and another officer, who allegedly pulled DJ from his car, handcuffed him and left him on the ground to bleed to death. In 2011, a grand jury decided NOT to indict him and in 2015 the US Attorney’s Office also decided NOT to file federal charges against him.

DJ’s family plan to go before Congress to advocate for new legislature that will hold police more accountable for their deadly actions.

 

 

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Gabrielle Union Files Discrimination Complaint On ‘AGT’ Producers, Says NBC’s Paul Telegdy Tried To ‘Silence & Intimidate’ Her For Speaking On Racism

Gabrielle Union is NOT backing down! After NBC wrapped up its investigation into Gabby’s racism accusations, the former “America’s Got Talent” judge has filed a discrimination complaint against “AGT” producers, Simon Cowell and more. More inside…

Gabrielle Union is NOT letting NBC Universal off the hook following racism allegations she made last year that led up to her being fired from the talent competition series. And appears she’s taking steps to take everyone to court over her claims.

According to journalist Yashir Ali, Gabby has filed a discrimination complaint in California against Simon Cowell, Universal TV, Syco Entertainment and Freemantle Productions North America. It’s said she will be filing a separate complaint against “AGT” judge Simon Cowell as well.

In addition to her complaint, she also brought up a new accusation. She revealed NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy allegedly tried to "silence and intimidate" her over speaking out against racism on set.

 

2. Statement from @itsgabrielleu’s attorney Bryan Freedman.

He alleges that the Chairman of NBC Entertainment Paul Telegdy threatened Gabby in an attempt to silence her from telling the truth about racist actions that took place on America’s Got Talent. pic.twitter.com/61X49SLX86

— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 4, 2020

 

The discrimination complaint was filed today, via her attorney Bryan Freedman, with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, according to Deadline. Most DFEH complaints are often precursors to lawsuits.

“When Gabrielle Union informed NBC of racially offensive conduct during the taping of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ NBC did not ‘stand’ with her in ‘outrage at acts of racism,’” Bryan Freedman said, referencing the company’s recent support of #BlackLivesMatter. “Instead, NBC did not care enough to either promptly investigate Ms. Union’s complaints or even ask HR to get involved. Rather, NBC stood against her and directed its “outrage” at Ms. Union for whistleblowing about the racially offensive conduct she experienced while working for NBC on ‘America’s Got Talent’.”

Deadline has more details below:

“Telegdy contradicted his statements to the media and personally disregarded NBC’s ‘Principles of Business Conduct’ (hereinafter, ‘Code of Conduct’) mandating confidentiality for workplace investigations by contacting Union’s agent and disclosing confidential information obtained during the ongoing investigation into Union’s concerns in an attempt to silence and intimidate Union from providing information to the investigator about her experiences,” the 38-page complaint to the DFEH from lawyer Bryan Freedman that has prompted a right to sue letter (READ IT HERE)

“On or about February 4, 2020, Telegdy threatened Union through her agent and warned Union’s agent that Union had better cease from pursuing her claims of racism while filming AGT. Union’s agent was shocked that the Chairman of NBC Entertainment was attempting to threaten and intimidate Union. Union’s agent could not recall another instance in his career when a senior executive at a network had threatened and intimidated an employee during an ongoing workplace investigation.”

The new filing comes a week after NBC wrapped its investigation of the events that led to her firing from the show in 2019. NBC announced it had found "that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union’s appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time."

"The investigation has shown that the concerns raised by Ms. Union had no bearing on the decision not to exercise the option on her contract," the statement read.

The "Being Mary Jane" star served as a judge on "AGT" for the show’s 14th season, but she was released from her contract after just one season. Gabby believes she was kicked off the show for voicing concerns regarding “toxic and racist culture” she witnessed behind-the-scenes, which included “excessive notes” on her appearance.

Gabrielle Union for Variety – May 2020 #GabrielleUnion pic.twitter.com/k4QBayAkJ2

— Magazine Covers (@_MagazineCovers) May 28, 2020

Last week, the 47-year-old actress spoke out about the "AGT" controversy for the first time in a cover story with Variety.

“At the end of all this, my goal is real change — and not just on this show but for the larger parent company. It starts from the top down,” she said. “My goal is to create the happiest, most high-functioning, inclusive, protected and healthy example of a workplace.”

pic.twitter.com/RYouycx8oQ

— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) June 1, 2020

 

As protests continue in the wake of George Floyd’s filling, NBC shared a statement in "solidarity" with the Black Lives Matter movement. NBC tweeted: “We stand with our black employees, colleagues, partners, and creators in outrage at acts of racism. Black Lives Matter.”

Folks were QUICK to point out how they didn’t STAND with Gabby when she first made her racism accusations: 

I seem to remember otherwise.
Cc: @itsgabrielleu https://t.co/yf6YRPYRk2

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 2, 2020

~@itsgabrielleu has entered the chat. Y’all could’ve kept this. https://t.co/2VWnM6uoHo

— April (@ReignOfApril) June 2, 2020

Gabrielle Union would like a word. https://t.co/8VpG5M2YmG

— Tile Thrower (@kidnoble) June 2, 2020

Y’all fired Gabrielle Union after she reported racial harassment on one of your shows. SNL went over 5+ years without a black woman on the cast https://t.co/YR59PzS9OT

— cuntraversial (@fendifaguette) June 2, 2020

You fired Gabrielle Union for speaking out on racism. https://t.co/fHOX47FAlT

— Loverboy |BIack Lives Matter| (@mikey_strange) June 3, 2020

This the same NBC that fired @itsgabrielleu for speaking out against racism? Must be two NBCs… https://t.co/MVmfpqGvRw

— Ashanti (@ShanLaShawn) June 3, 2020

Hmph. 

NBC said BRING IT and Gabby said ALREADY BEEN BROUGHT! Let’s keep our fingers crossed she scores a victory in court!

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Gabrielle Union Admits She Was A ‘THOT’ Back In The Day, Says She Once Advised Ayesha & Steph Curry To Sleep With Other People

Gabrielle Union reveals she once advised Ayesha & Steph Curry to break up and sleep with other people during her “THOT” era. More inside…

It was a Love & Basketball type vibe on Instagram recently when lovebirds Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Steph Curry and Ayesha Curry all hopped on Live to chop it up. And it was cute to watch the couples talk about their relationships and how they built their friendships over the years.

The “Being Mary Jane” star revealed she used to be a whole THOT back in the day. And when she met Steph & Ayesha she felt they were too young to be in a committed relationship. She encouraged them both to break up and have sex with other people.

"I was like, ‘You guys, the likelihood of this working out is very low and you should just break up now and have sex with other people,’" Gabrielle said. "I used a little bit more different language but is that not what I told y’all both?"

"You looked at me and said, ‘How old are you? Okay…’” Ayesha replied.

"Precisely, because I was a THOT."

D-Wade even agreed.  Ha!

As you know, Gabby was wrong about their relationship. They got married at the ages of 22 & 23 and are still going strong.

"There are very, very few people that I have met who have been consistent," Gabrielle said later in the Live. "I’ve known you guys for well over a decade and there are a lot of people who talk about faith and there’s a lot of people who talk about moving the culture forward but something isn’t real somewhere. And when people are like, ‘Are they real?’ And I’m like yes!"

Peep the clip below:

 

Gabrielle Union recalls the advice she gave to a young Steph and Ayesha Curry lol pic.twitter.com/C43wN24oSk

— Ayesha Curry Updates (@AyeshaHive) April 26, 2020

 

Good thing Ayesha didn’t take Gabby’s advice on this. But, we kinda get it. 

Thoughts?!

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