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    Stacey Dash isn't the only one who's withdrawn from California's U.S. Congressional race.  Compton Mayor Aja Brown is OUT, and she just unveiled the huge reason why.

    After Clueless star Stacey Dash announced she was running for a U.S. seat in California’s 44th Congressional District, Compton Mayor Aja Brown said 'not so fast, chick!'

    The 35-year-old USC grad and mayor of 5 years announced her decision to run less than a month ago. Now, she's dropping out the race.  Nope, not because Stacey did.  Aja and her husband, Van Brown, revealed via a late night press release that they're expecting their first child together.

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    She and her handsome hubby of 14 years are over the moon about the news.  Aja said:

    “I am excited and blessed to announce that my husband of fourteen years and I are expecting our first child! “We are overjoyed at the opportunity to become parents and look forward to starting our family....Today, I am announcing that I am withdrawing my candidacy to represent the 44th Congressional District.
     

    Not gonna lie, upon first reading the news, we felt some kind of way at first that she turned down almost a guaranteed road to D.C.  Then we saw pics of her man and read their love story.  And we're not even mad.  *black girl high five*

    Here's her statement in full:

    “I am excited and blessed to announce that my husband of fourteen years and I are expecting our first child! “We are overjoyed at the opportunity to become parents and look forward to starting our family.

    “To date, one of my highest honors has been dedicating my time and life to serving my community. However, at this point in my life, my family commitments supersede my ability to expand my level of service. “Today, I am announcing that I am withdrawing my candidacy to represent the 44th Congressional District.

    “I am genuinely grateful for the outpouring of support for my candidacy after my initial announcement.

    “Moving forward collectively, we will continue to empower, elevate and advance the City of Compton and our greater community. The coalitions, partnerships, programs, new investments, and infrastructure development will continue, and there is more to come.

    “This milestone in my personal life has provided me with a greater perspective and deepened my commitment to strengthening our families.

    “Thank you for your overwhelming love, support, and prayers. Our journey together is not over, it’s just beginning.”

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    The fab duo met at 17...at a gas station where Van was an attendant.  The rest was history. VOGUE told their cute story back in 2013 that proves persistence is key:

    It was late at night. She stopped for gas on her way home. She couldn’t get the pump to work. He was working as the station attendant. (They’d met before when they were kids; he was a friend of her cousin.) He pretended he couldn’t hear her through the glass and invited her in while he, according to her, then “pretended” to fix the problem. He printed out a blank piece of paper from the cash register and asked her for her number. She told him it looked like he’d done that before. He called her five times the next day (and paged her six) and she went out with him. Two weeks later, he told her he thought she should stop seeing anyone else because he was going to marry her. She was seventeen. They’ve been together ever since.

    Aja made history in 2013 at the age of 31 when she was elected the youngest mayor ever in the city of Compton. She turns 36 in just a few weeks, so it's a celebration all around!  

     

    God is faithful! The beginning of a new chapter

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    Congrats to the couple!

     

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    Our sources tell us Cardi B.'s official pregnancy announcement will coincide with her upcoming stint on "SNL".  Exclusive details inside...

    "SNL" sources tell us Cardi will very likely reveal her worst kept secret tomorrow night when she's the musical guest on the show.

    We're told she's been at rehearsals throughout the week and started discussions last week about how she could be incorporated into the show beyond her two performances.  Cardi, who was spotted arriving to her album listening party in Midtown NYC last night, has also been vocal with the "SNL" staff about how tired she is, and it's very likely due to the pregnancy.

    Exactly how the engaged rapper will make the big reveal is not yet known, but the "SNL" writers and producers have been tossing around ideas with Cardi's team.  We're told some think she could also pull off acting in at least one of the sketches because of her animated personality.

     

    If she does go through with the announcement, we're sure it'll damn near break the internet.

    Cardi's debut studio albumInvasion of Privacy - which has already gone GOLD technically - is out today.

     

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    Zoe Kravitz and the "Big Little Lies" cast just received two new YBF castmates. Speaking of Zoe, she's gracing the cover of INSTYLE's newest magazine and she's killing it, of course. Get it all inside...

    "Big Little Lies" will be bringing a few new faces to the small screen for the upcoming 2nd season.

    "The Haves and the Have Nots" star Crystal Fox and "Empire" star Mo McRae will be flexing their acting skills in the new season of HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series. Crystal is set to play series regular Elizabeth Howard and Mo will recur as Michael Perkins.

    According to Deadline, the actors will join the previously announced returning cast, including Zoe Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson, Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright, Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie, Adam Scott as Ed MacKenzie, Laura Dern as Renata Klein, and Shailene Woodley as Jane. Previously announced Meryl Streep will join season 2 as Mary Louise Wright, along with Douglas Smith as Corey Brockfield.

    Nice to see some fresh YBF faces doing it big on the TV scene.

    Speaking of television....

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    "Big Little Lies" star Zoe Kravitz graces not one, but four covers for INSTYLE magazine's May 2018 issue.

     

     

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    Inside, the 29-year-old actress/singer dished to her godmother/actress/interviewer Marisa Tomei - her mother Lisa Bonet's former co-star - about keeping in touch with her castmates even before she knew they would get renewed for season 2.

    “Before we knew we were coming back for a second season, we kept in touch—group texts and emails and stuff like that. And I’ve spoken to [co-star] Reese [Witherspoon], who’s become one of my dearest friends, about so many aspects of my life.”

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    As time continues to pass her by, Zoe's thoughts now linger on aging, but in a good way.

    “I’m feeling more in my body,” she said. “Beauty is so much what’s on the inside, as Hallmark-y as that may sound.”

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    The award winning actress said it took her some time to feel beautiful on the inside and the outside, however she's at that point now where she's comfortable in her own skin. One way she expresses her beauty is through tattoos.

    “I think the fact that they’re permanent is such a wonderfully intense thing,” she shared. “It’s a deep way to adorn yourself, and I think they’re beautiful aesthetically. Even if you get a bad tattoo, it’s like…that’s where you were at that time.”

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    Like a lot of us melaninated women, coconut oil is a staple in her beauty routine:

    “I love the idea of putting something on your body that you can eat and that smells like cupcakes … because girls are supposed to smell like cupcakes [laughs]. It’s my favorite thing in the world, coconut oil.”

    Coconut oil is a godsend.

    You can read Zoe's full interview here. You'll be able to cop a physical copy when it hits newsstands on Friday, April 13th.

    Take a behind-the-scenes look at Zoe on the set answering questions about being a bad liar and fashion trends she thinks are cool:

     

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    Looks like Meek Mill is one step closer to being released. Find out how, plus the details surrounding Ice Cube and his partner pulling the trigger on a $1 billion lawsuit against Big3 investors inside...

    So Meek Mill about to get out? Well, not exactly. But, he's a step closer to being released. Possibly.

    Apparently, the MMG rapper, who's currently serving a 2-4 year sentence after violating his probation, has the District Attorney in Philadelphia on his side and that might get him a "Get Out Of Jail" card. So, the Supreme Court can now decide whether Meek is released from jail instead of Judge Genece Brinkley. Last week, she denied his attempt to be released.

    According to The Blast:

    Philly D.A. Larry Krasner “does not oppose defendant’s application to the extent he requests release on bail pending the current proceedings, but opposes all other requested relief at this time.”

    Earlier this week, the judge in Meek’s case denied the rapper bail and ordered that he be kept behind bars, but it’s huge for Meek that the D.A. is supporting him in his bid for freedom.

    Sources close to Meek’s case tell us it’s now up to the Supreme Court to make a decision on whether he can post bail while he’s appealing the 2-4 year sentence for a probation violation.

    Meek’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells The Blast, “We are encouraged by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s steadfast stance in not opposing Meek Mill’s release on bail at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court level while the current legal proceedings continue, even in light of Judge Brinkley’s vindictive and erroneous decision.”

    As of now Judge Brinkley is still on Meek's case, but his legal team has petitioned the state supreme court to remove her from the case entirely due to her allegedly being too emotionally invested in the case. She was also accused of trying to bribe Meek by demanding he give her a shout out in a new song, whih has yet to be completely proven.

    Meek and his legal team have been trying their damnedest to get the rapper out of jail. An investigative report was released recently that revealed the cop who initially arrested Meek was dirty. So, Meek's team tried to use that as leverage to get out of jail. It may work if the case is taken to the Supreme Court. We'll just have to wait and see. 

     

     

     

    No weapon formed against me, every time I pray at night

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    While behind bars, the "Dreams & Nightmares" rapper has had some high profile visitors.

    According to reports, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin organized a visit for stars rookies Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to visit the rapper in hopes that Meek could share some inspiration as they make a push for the NBA playoffs.

    Since Meek has been arrested, Michael Rubin has been a huge supporter, bringing players to see him. A source told the site "the conversation was very positive and Meek's spirits are still high. He is also proud of the 76ers." It's also reported Meek dropped some "words of wisdom" as well.

     

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    Why do y'all mess with Cube?!

    Ice Cube is gearing up to go to court over his Big3 basektball league. The Big3 honcho and his partner Jeff Kwatinetz just pulled the trigger on a $1 billion lawsuit against Qatari investors, including including Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, CEO of the Qatari Investment Authority, who supposedly didn't cough up at least half the promised cash for the league.

    Not only that, they had the audacity, allegedly, to start calling folks N-words.

    TMZ reports:

    Cube says the Qataris were supposed to invest $5 MILLION and be passive investors in the league -- but instead "quickly started to insinuate themselves into the affairs of BIG3 despite failing to live up to even their most basic obligation to fully fund their investment."

    Cube says the Qataris would openly brag about their individual wealth -- with one guy, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, even blowing $700k during a gambling session in Vegas following the BIG3 championship game.

    "These members and associates of the royal family made excuse after excuse for not paying, all of which is documented in text messages and emails, where the blame for their failure to fund the millions they owed the BIG3 ran the gamut from their 'sinuses,' 'hiking,' it being a 'long day bro,' and to bad press regarding Qatar associations with alleged funding of terrorism."

    "Also, like a simple debtor in hiding from a collection agency, these Defendants with their purported links to the Qatar royal family, would go into hiding and refused to return phone calls and ignore Plaintiffs."

    Cube says in Dec. 2017, Kwatinetz attempted to set up a meeting with Al-Rumaihi who instead of substantively responding "sent a picture of his teeth being worked on, apparently to conjure sympathy." In the lawsuit, Cube claims Al-Rumaihi eventually got so pissed off over the repeated requests for the money that he loudly screamed at Kwatinetz and threatened his life saying, "You don't know who I know in L.A. and what they're capable of. You should think of your safety and the safety of you and your family."

    Cube and Kwatinetz are now seeking $1.2 BILLION in damages in order to pay $20 million per player in the league.

    Sheesh. You can read the full complaint here.

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    Azealia Banks opens up about the inspiration behind her newly released track "Anna Wintour" and you can listen to it inside! Also, peep the new dating app-inspired video treatment for John Legend's "A Good Night" and more...

    It's Friday and that means everybody dropped new music.  Yes, besides Cardi B.

    After pleading guilty to disorderly conduct for biting a female security guard's breast, Azealia Banks is getting back to the music.

    The Harlem native just dropped her fiery new dance track titled "Anna Wintour" and it's "the first formal offering from her forthcoming album, Fantasea II." Banks hopped on Instagram to open up about the inspiration behind the track, crediting the VOGUE editor-in-chief's power as her muse.

    Writing the lyrics turned into a spiritual journey for Banks where she was able to create a connection with the universe through her craft.  So she says.

     

     

    Anna Wintour - Press Shot . : I wrote this song about finding myself and finding God. Not at all specific to any religion, this song was written to embody the feeling felt when you connect with the universe. Sometime we feel afraid to take chances that will bring us out of our comfort zone’s and it’s always in those moments that God finds you and let’s you know that you are exactly in the right place .. at the right time. I am and have been since the age of 12, very inspired by @stacieorrico’s work on her self-titled debut (also executive produced by @harveymasonjr). Her ability to craft songs which teeter along the lines of Gospel/Christian Pop/Pop , is something that inspires me so much. My choice to name this song “Anna Wintour” is telling; I relate to Anna Wintour So much as a strong, powerful and larger than life soul in a petite, tidy and feminine body. While others may see Anna as intimidating , I see a woman who was born into this world with an absolute certainty about her place in it. She is a master of masters..like the life path number 11. A woman with an abundance of personal power who influences and defines the world around her. In my case, having such power can lead to self-indulgences. Meaning, i can become so consumed with a power and an ability to affect the world, that I may have forgotten or in fact - may have never learned to use my power to influence and define myself! This song is one of praise, liberation... as well as a kunty stunt. I pray you all have as much fun listening to it as I had creating it. Artist: Azealia Banks Genre: Dance/Pop/Hip-Hop Produced by : @juniorsanchezofficial Executive production: @harveymasonjr Engineer: Andrew Hey and Paul Falcone Performed by: Azealia Amanda Banks p/k/a Azealia Banks. Lyrics: Azealia Banks, Eugenio Sanchez, Dorian Strickland, Kevin James, “Shug”. Management: Azealia Banks A&R: @williamrobillardcole Released via exclusive license to: @eone_music Copyright Azealia Banks 2018.

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    After debuting the track on Ebro’s Beats 1 radio show, Banks said her album, via Entertainment One, should drop "by July at the latest." Busta Rhymes is set to make a feature.

    Take a listen to "Anna Wintour" below:

    Issa bop!  Chick may be certifiable, but she's talented AF. 

    On the music video circuit...

    John Legend brings some feel good vibes just in time to celebrate the Spring weather.

    The R&B crooner just unveiled his brand new single "A Good Night," which was shot entirely on Google Pixel 2.

    The Mishka Kornai-directed video treatment is a celebration of love and connection over a magical night where you meet someone you immediately connect with and can envision a future together. In the world of dating apps, guests are “swiped” away until eventually the couple finds each other and skip forward to a fantasy future where they see themselves getting married. "Insecure" star Jay Ellis,"Grown-ish" starlet Yara Shahidi and "This Is Us" actress Susan Kelechi Watson make cameos in the clip.

    Catch the love feels above.

    "Empire" actress/singer Serayah has some sultry visuals, directed by Kyle Dijamco, as she croons about going through the motions after a heartbreak. Peep the video above.

    For more new music...

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    Nick Cannon just launched his "F*ck Him" trilogy with his first installment, and he's flexing his singing skills for the ladies. He seems to have the answer for that man that's causing drama in your life. Take a listen below:

    You can download "F*ck Him" HERE.

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    Cam Newton was back in his hometown of Atlanta when his $300K Ferrari had a collision with a dump truck. Full story inside...

    Not again!

    Panthers QB is definitely unlucky when it comes to keeping his prized cars safe from harm.

    He was rolling through the ATL streets around 4p yesterday in his matte black Ferrari F12 when he collided with a huge dump truck.  

    TMZ reports neither party wanted to file a police report, so we're not sure of the exact details or who was at fault.  Cam, however, was spotted walking around the car surveying the damage.  So relax Panthers fans, he appears to be A-OK. 

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    Back in 2014, he got into a horrific crash on his way to practice in North Carolina right outside Panthers stadium.  He overturned his car and was hospitalized with two fractured bones in his lower back.  Thankfully, it wasn't life threatening then.  And this time, he seems to have escaped unscathed.

    Get a driver, Cam!  Especially with a new baby allegedly on the way.

     

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    We're on pre-royal wedding watch with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. See flicks from the couple's latest public appearance, plus see why Meghan's dad just won the Internet inside...

    There's only 6 more weeks before Meghan Markle treks down the aisle to tie the knot to Prince Harry and become royalty. So naturally, we're stalking the soon-to-be American princess' moves.

    Today, the former "Suits" star and her soon-to-be husband got dressed up in matching Polo shirts to attend the UK Team Trials 2018 at the University of Bath Sports Training Village for the Invictus Games Sydney that will go down in October.

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    You may remember, Meghan and Prince Harry kinda made their first public coupledom appearance when they both were spotted in the stands at the 2017 Invictus Games. Granted, they weren't sitting next to one another, but it was their first unofficial "outing" as a couple.

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    The soon-to-be bride confirmed she and Prince Harry will return for the 2018 Invictus Games set to take place this October in Sydney, Australia.  Full circle moment in their relationship.

     

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    We're sure the happy couple will be making international moves together before October, but this is their first confirmed international event as a married couple.

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    Speaking of the wedding...

     

     

    While some of Meghan's family members have been trying to ruin the royal wedding for us, her father isn't one of those people.

    Someone caught a picture of Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle, brushing up on his British facts in Starbucks and he totally wins the Internet today. How cute is this? He will not be embarrassing his daughter on her special day and we're not mad. Good job pops!

     

    The Royal Wedding will take over our timelines and tvs Saturday, May 19th. Get ready.

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    “When The Facebook Turns!” See receipts from a side chick who exposed her married pastor for cheating on social media. Also, find out why Lyfe Jennings decided to fake like he had two new babies inside…

    The foolywang material stays at an all time high on Facebook.

    A scorned side chick had something heavy on her heart and decided to tell her truth. And her truth was one hell of a confession. The alleged mistress, named Kat Willis, hopped on the church’s Facebook page to reveal she has been SLEEPING with married pastor Aaron L. Finley of the New Creation Church in Dallas, TX. Really, girl? On the church’s social media account? Chile...

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    Here’s her confession:

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    You already know folks began the draggings, so she whipped out receipts in the form of Facebook messages - messages the pastor denies are his - they exchanged over the last few years that date back to 2016.

    The alleged messages are MANY things. In their exchange, Kat asks Pastor Finley if she can have $18 to get her nails done for her birthday. What shop does she go to that only charges $18 for a full set?

    There’s another time she asks him for money and he claims he’s broke, only offering her $10. In the alleged texts, he asks her for sex, but she’s on her monthly. He then suggests she find someone else that he can have sex with while she pleasures him orally because he needed it badly.

    “You still on your period? Damn I want some p*ssy,” Pastor Finley allegedly says in one of the messages.

    Lordt.

    Peep their alleged exchanges below:

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    Check out more alleged messages between them in the video below: 

     

    Pastor Finley claims EVERYTHING Kat is saying is a LIE. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. He said the cheating allegations are "made up ... foolishness" and he warned his critics to "watch how they treat God's man."

    "None of that information is true and it wasn't a text message. It's something that's made up on Facebook messenger. My church is fine. My family is fine and I'm fine. So I'm going to let the Lord take care of the rest of that mess, that foolishness. I don't get into foolishness," Pastor Finley told The Christian Post.

    Pastor Finley said he’s not going to respond to the cheating allegations because he’s leaving the situation in God’s hands. He also said he would consider getting the law involved if something about him was published in the newspaper without his consent.

    "I don't even reply to it or nothing. I let God handle that so if people want to lie they better watch how they treat God's man," he said. "My deacons and the members of my church told me don't worry about this they'll handle everything and that's what I'm doing ... I'm not hiding from anyone because I know I've done no wrong. So I'm letting my chairman of the board and my administration handle that and I'm leaving it at that," he added.

    "I'm tired of this. That's why I'm letting God handle this," he said. "If somebody put stuff in a paper without my permission then we could talk to the law. My church and my administration is not just gonna sit back and let people keep doing stuff to their pastor. It's a shame before God that people have to go through foolishness and all that. It's just crazy; it's just out of my hands."

    Kat also went off on her personal FB page, saying she was tired of covering up for Pastor Finley:

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    The reviews on the church’s Facebook account are in SHAMBLES. Here are just SOME of what’s being said:

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    Folks are saying this tea is better than any episode of “Greenleaf.” You taking notes Tyler Perry?

    F*ck boi material at its finest.

    In other crazy news...

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    Lyfe Jennings is looking for his real fans. And he has a weird way of doing it. The R&B singer hopped on social media to announce he had welcomed a baby boy and a baby girl within days of one another.

    In a video, he explained he lied about having more kids in an effort to weed out his fake fans. He said he was waiting to see how people would respond and he was going to block all the haters.

    Really Lyfe? You that bored?

    The singer also showed off his home and his boat to clap back at a fan who called him broke.

    Peep the clip below:

     

    Anything to try and stay relevant huh?

    Photos: New Creation Church's FB/Lyfe's IG


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    Apparently more life = more positive vibes. Drake serves up another feel good video filled with melanin and our fave fab chicks. Watch "Nice For What" inside....

     

    Drake damn near broke he internet last night with his surprise new song and video "Nice For What."

    The track is laced with samples of New Orleans bounce music - he shouted out Lil Weezyana at the beginning too - and Lauryn Hill's "Ex Factor".  So it's a banger, obvi.

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    And you can go ahead and add it to your same 'I'm THAT B***!' female anthem playlist that Cardi B's new album is already on.  

    The video has stunning cameos from every Hollywood chick currently slaying life - Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Misty Copeland, Tiffany Haddish, Rashida Jones, Jourdan Dunn, Letitia Wright, Syd the Kid, Yara Shahidi, and Zoe Saldana with her whole fam.  Also making appearances: Natural hair queens Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta, Michelle Rodriguez, Olivia Wilde and Emma Roberts.

    Come thru ladies!  Peep the vid below:

       

     

    Tiffany, Jourdan and Tracee gave us their take as well:

     

    You feelin' it?


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    Who gon' check Sheree Whitfield?  Bravo, apparently.  Word on the curb is that she got her peach snatched again. Deets inside…

    Sheree Whitfield may have been one of the OG “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars. But these days, her life doesn’t seem interesting enough to keep her on the show. Nope, not even her prison bae can help her at this point. Allegedly.

    Sources tell Love B. Scott that “RHOA” producers have reclaimed her peach, firing her for the second time.

    So, fans will not get to see Sheree and her boo Tyrone Gilliams hang out in the mancave she designed for him in season 11. (She really can't be serious.)

    Well, even if she did come back for the next season we likely still wouldn’t see Tyrone since he isn’t scheduled to be released from prison until November 2022. His early release request was recently denied.

    While the news of Sheree’s firing isn’t official just yet, it appears Porsha Williams is happy to hear that she’s possibly been given the boot:

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    Oop.

    The site also noted:

    All pickup letters are sent out simultaneously approximately two weeks after the taping of the reunion show(s) concludes. Each housewife is then notified whether their contract will be renewed. Bravo housewife contracts have pre-negotiated renewal clauses/options determining how many additional seasons their option is for and any respective salary increases. New contract negotiations do not occur each year.

    Here's what sources say about the other ladies and the season 11: 

    Kenya was on the chopping block, but thanks to her pregnancy announcement, fiery reunion drama and her husband's willingness to film she'll be back.

    Eva Marcille is still in the running to become an official housewife next season, but new peaches have yet to be issued.

    NeNe, Cynthia, Porsha, and Kandi are all expected to return.

    Do you think "RHOA" will add any new faces for the new season? If so, who would you like to see?

    "The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion kicks off Sunday, April 8th at 8pm EST on BRAVO.

     

    EXTRAS:

    1. Tiffany Haddish is chasing that bag! She's gearing up to produce a new comedy series titled "Unsubscribed" in development at HBO. STORY

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    Juelz Santana is a free man! His homie Cam’ron and his girl Kimbella are more than happy about it. See the rapper unite with his son, plus video of PETA ambushing Vivica A. Fox inside…

    Rapper Juelz Santana was released from jail yesterday after his legal situation at Newark Liberty International Airport on March 9th. The rapper surrendered to authorities on March 12th after fleeing the airport when TSA agents reportedly found a gun (reportedly a .38 caliber handgun) and drugs in his luggage. He was hopping on a flight to San Francisco.

    The 36-year-old plead not guilty lead not guilty on two state weapons charges and a drug possession charge, however, U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark, III, previously denied his request for bail. Now, he’s being released into the custody of his mother.

    NorthJersey.com reports:

    LaRon James, the rapper's legal name, was ordered to be released into the custody of his mother by Judge Michael A. Hammer. A $500,000 bond was secured by his mother’s Englewood home.

    "I'm just happy to be in God's graces," James told The Record outside the federal courthouse Friday. "I was praying every day. He came through for me ... just gotta do the right thing, do everything I need to do the right thing so I stay home."

    Juelz will have to wear an ankle monitor and be under 24-hour lockdown. Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Latze labeled him a “flight risk,” but Judge Hammer didn't think he was a threat to the community. He had to turn in his passport, obviously.

    Once he got out of jail, he hopped on a video call with his homie Cam’ron. The Killa Season rapper wasted NO time to post it up on social media:

     

    Fuck they talking bout!!!! @thejuelzsantana home!!!!! #TheBrotherhood

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    The Dipset rapper's girlfriend Kimbella was super excited her son got to reunite with his father: 

     

     

    And Juelz's homie Jim Jones also welcomed him home on social media:

     

    God bless th Set @thejuelzsantana back home

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    Welcome home Juelz. No word yet when he's due back in court.

    On another note, did Juelz get new teeth?!

    In other news...

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    Vivica A. Fox got ambushed by PETA protestors while on her “Everyday I’m Husting” book tour. The YBF actress had a book signing at Barnes And Noble in NYC

    The protestors were made disrespectful interrupting her as she tried to speak to the audience. They yelled at Aunt Viv to “stop wearing fur” and called her an “animal abuser,” alleging she paid someone “to kill an animal.”

    Check it:

     

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    Another camera angle shows Aunt Viv popping back at the protestors where she repeatedly yelled, “God Bless You.” Then she said, “Don’t compare when you can’t compete.” Oop.

    Peep the clip below:

     

    She isn't letting that run-in deter her book tour though.

     

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    She stopped by "Good Morning America" and then made her way to the AOL Build Studio this week...rocking a FUR! We die.

     

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    T.I., Tiny and the Harris Clan are living it up in Mexico and baby Heiress is stealing all the shine. Peep her adorable videos, plus coupledom flicks of Lisa Bonet, her hubby Jason Momoa, Idris Elba and his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre inside…

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    It’s family vacay time for the Harris Clan.

    T.I. and Tiny Harris have rounded up the kids for some fun in the sun in Mexico, creating memories that they’ll share forever.

    The youngest in the Harris Fam is stealing all the shine during the festivities. Baby Heiress hit the beach in her red swimsuit to play in the sand with her mom and her big brothers, King and Major. Little Heiress had her feet buried in the sand and when she tried to move, she couldn’t.

    “I can’t move my feet though!,” Heiress kept telling everyone.

    Peep the cute clip below:

     

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    She stole our hearts with her adorableness while swimming with her mom and brother King one night. Check it above.

    However, in another clip with dad, Heiress appeared to be over it. At least, for the moment:

     

    Aww. Daddy's girl.

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    Big brother King didn't miss out on his model moment while soaking in some sun on their yacht. Get it.

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    Check out videos of the Harris kids being daredevils, jumping off the side of the yacht below: 

     

    Harris Family Vacation The Big Pimpin Edition Domani set it off!!!

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    Back in the States...

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    Issa party and the couples are flossing their love all over.

    Cartier hosted a bash at San Francisco's Pier 48 to celebrate the launch of the new Santos de Cartier watch and a few YBF celebs served up love vibes. “Cosby” alum Lisa Bonet and her fine a** husband Jason Momoa were in attendance for the soiree.

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    Hottie Idris Elba and his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre were also in the mix with the coupledom vibes two months after Idris popped the question. His proposal was super cute too. Check it out HERE.

    The couple is fresh from a BAEcay situation in Thailand. While there, Sabrina had a few words for the haters:

     

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    Haters will hate.

     

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    Just as we exclusively reported she would, Cardi B. finally stopped the hide-and-seek game with her baby bump during her "SNL" gig. We've got her pregnancy announcement that just happened inside...

    Issa Bartier Baby!

    While doing her musical guest duties Saturday on "SNL," Cardi unveiled her pregnant belly in a form fitting white dress during her second performance of the night.

    This baby news has been the worst kept secret in the game for the last several months with Cardi wearing ridiculously oversized looks to cover up her bump.  She also has flat out denied she's carrying her and her fiance, rapper Offset's, seed.

    But there's no more denying it now.  Check out her big reveal during the performance of "Be Careful" off her brand new alum Invasion of Privacy:

    She ran through a medley of her latest hits earlier in the night during her first performance. She mostly stood in one place throughout that performance, with her belly being covered by her dramatic, shaggy, black & white outfit:

    Offset posted that he and Cardi are looking forward to this next chapter together.

    And her backstage celebration said it all:

     

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    This baby will be his third child and Cardi's first. Congrats to the couple!

     

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    Chadwick Boseman hosted “Saturday Night Live” last night for the first time and he did no disappoint. Get into his hilarious skits, plus news about Black Panther breaking more box office records inside…

    Looks like that money Denzel Washington coughed up for Chadwick Boseman to study at Oxford is paying off.

    Not only can he lead the box office, he can also hold his own as host of “Saturday Night Live.” And we all know “SNL” is sort of a big deal with its grueling rehearsals that lead up to the big night.

    Well, it was nothing for hottie Chadwick because he breezed through his monologue effortlessly as he was tapped to host the late night comedy sketch show two months after Black Panther hit theaters. He made a good joke about that as well, especially since his co-star Sterling K. Brown, who died in the 1st scene of the movie,hosted the show before him.

    The 42 actor started naming off all of the historical African-American icons he has portrayed, such as Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall and that’s when Kenan Thompson popped up on stage alongside Chadwick dressed as Panthro from "ThunderCats" to remind everyone he’s the first to do this superhero ish.

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    Serving up T'Challa vibes, Chadwick played a game of Black Jeopardy that took us OUT. In fact, we're still laughing at the skit. Peep it below:

    Chadwick had to come out of character to teach a few white dudes how to do the Wakanda Forever salute:

    And then R. Kelly (played by Chadwick) oddly pops up during a Disney Princess skit:

    Ha!

    In another skit...

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    The "Bartier Cardi" rapper has everyone tapping into their inner "Cardi B." During her debut appearance on the show (where she was tapped to perform), Cardi appeared in a skit with "SNL" star Aidy Bryant (which we told you previously "SNL" writers were creating).Apparently Cardi's Bronx persona has inspired Aidy to stop censoring herself with a filter and to let everyone around her know exactly what's on her mind.

    Introducing "Aidy B":

    In case you missed, check out Cardi B's pregnancy announcement HERE.

    This week's "SNL" episode saw a rise in ratings. According to Deadline, this week's episode came in with a 4.5 Live+same day rating in the metered market households and a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters.

    In other Black Panther news...

    The superhero film is STILL making box office history.

    Nearly two months after it hit the box office, Black Panther is now the third highest-grossing film in the U.S.behind Avatar ($760 million) & Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million).

    The Ryan Coogler-directed film hit $659.2 million sinking the Titanic which grossed $659.4 million back in 1997. Nice!

    By the way...

     

     

    Table read with @chadwickboseman! #SNL

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    We told you previously that Chadwick is taken.  Now, Granny is spelling some tea!  27-year-old singer Taylor Simone Ledward's grandmother has confirmed she's dating the 40-year-old actor.

    "They respect each other," Taylor's grandmother told INSTYLE. "She's very happy, and he is, too." Aww! We wish them the best.

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    YFN Lucci is ready to talk about his romance with his girlfriend Reginae Carter. And he’s dishing about meeting her dad Lil Wayne. More inside…

    Now that they’ve officially made their first public coupledom appearance, YFN Lucci is ready to spill some tea about his relationship with Reginae Carter.

    Things appear to be getting serious between the 27-year-old rapper and the 19-year-old celebuspawn. The love birds were all smiles and hugs while partying it up at Nipsey Hussle’s album release party held at Gold Room in Atlanta.

    By the way, Nipsey is the current boyfriend/child's fther of Reginae's father's ex/child's mother.

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    After solidifying their coupledom status at the InstaGala prom a few weeks ago, Lucci is ready to open up about his new relationship.

    Sitting down with Rock Topics, Lucci revealed he hasn’t met Reginae’s father Lil Wayne just yet, however, he has met her mother, Toya Wright. He appeared to be quite uncomfortable while talking about his girlfriend’s parents as he nervously laughed throughout the interview. Maybe he should be.

    Peep a clip below:

     

     

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    In his latest Twitter post, it seems he's gushing over his new relationship with Reginae.  So we're sure Wayne will be pulling up on him soon:

     

    We're dying to know what Weezy thinks of it all.

    Also at Gold Room....

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    Rapper 2 Chainz came out to celebrate Nipsey's new album. Victory Lap.

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    Fun times.

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    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. just inducted Quad Webb-Lunceford, Tracy Mourning and Sybrina Fulton into the sisterhood. Meanwhile, former NBA baller Penny Hardaway returned to his alma mater to celebrate with his Kappa Alpha Psi brothers. Get into the weekend Greek life inside…

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    This YBF Weekend was all about Greek life!

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. just added three high-profile sorors into their sisterhood. “Married To Medicine” star Quad Webb-Lunceford, Tracy Mourning, philanthropist and wife of retired Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, and Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton are three proud members of DST! Quad was inducted into DST in Atlanta, while Tracy and Sybrina journeyed into the sisterhood in Miami.

    Quad was shown some love from the Divine Nine, including her "Sister Circle Live" co-hosts Rashan Ali (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc) and Syleena Johnson (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc).

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    Since her 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was gunned down by a security officer in 2012, Sybrina has made it her life mission to bring about social change.

     

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    Congrats ladies!

    Speaking of Greek life...

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    After being named the new head coach at University of Memphis, Penny Hardaway was back on campus over the weekend, but for a different reason. The former NBA baller reunited with his Kappa Alpha Psi brothers during their probate. He also got a chance to welcome a family member into the Kappa family after crossing:

     

     

    K-A-P-P-A B-E-T-A ‼️‼️‼️ #tilthedayidie #godgotme

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    A topless woman tried to ambush Bill Cosby as he made his way inside the courtroom ahead of his sexual assault retrial. Peep a clip of the woman getting man handled by police, plus deets on Ohio State snatching Cosby’s honorary degree inside…

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    Here’s one way to kick off a Monday morning!

    A topless protester was arrested by police after she tried to ambush Bill Cosby outside of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. today. The woman stood outside until she saw Cosby. That’s when she whipped her shirt off and started running towards Cosby.

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    The unidentified woman had “Women’s Lives Matter” and the names of numerous Cosby accusers written across her body in red and black paint. She jumped a barricade to get to Cosby, but police were able to get to her before she got to Cosby. She was one of about six people chanting in support of former Temple University athletic department staffer Andrea Constand, who claims the comedian drugged and raped her at his home in 2004.

    Check it:

     

    Guess she put her boobs where her mouth is.

    The original trial went down in June 2017, but ended in a hung jury. Opening arguments for the retrial began this morning.

    Also....

    Ohio State University has snatched Cosby's honorary degree that he was awarded when he spoke at commencement in 2001. The news comes right before the 80-year-old is set to go on trial again for sexual assault. According to the NY Daily News, Cosby violated the university's principles and values by his own admission.

    This is the first time the school has revoked an honorary degree, but it's not the first for Cosby ever since sexual assault allegations from a bevy of women came to light.

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    Every time a YBF Chick gets her 'fro, an angel gets her wings.  Get into SZA's brand new super fab look, Porsha sporting her 'fro and Amara looking more gorgeous than ever in her signature look.

     

     

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    Yesssss SZA!  The CTRL queen switched her style up from long, curly (and sometimes bone straight) tresses to this super cute fro this weekend.

    The "Supermodel" singer was chillin' in L.A. just doing her (and likely working on TDE's upcoming Championship Tour kicking off next month) when she unveiled this perfection on the Gram.  If you're wondering if it's her natural hair, issa no.  She confirmed it's just wiggery that she's having fun with. 

    Either way, chick is killing the look.  And she's got us wanting to run to get our curl life ready for spring & summer.

     

     

    Porsha Williams also recently tried out the look before she braved her "RHOA" co-stars on last night's reunion.  Honestly, this is one of her cutest looks, especially compared to the other short wigs she rocks.  Loves it. 

     

     

    “INSECURE” 4/10

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    Our new fave afro-loving queen, Amara La Negra, is constantly serving up #beautygoals.  And the "LAHH: Miami" star and singer's sneak peek from her upcoming music video is no different. 

     

    Gorge!  The flawless beauty is set to drop her "Insecure" visuals tomorrow for the song that's about a man making her feel ugly.

    She said:

    "Thinking of him... How he made me feel “INSECURE” ugly,fat,unwanted, he made me feel as if i wasn’t worthy! but wherever his at I hope your watching me!"

    Chick also needs to drop a skin care, workout, and hair routine (eve though she admits to adding kinky-curly weave to her own 'fro).  Drop those deets, sis!

     

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    Law student Tyrone Hankerson Jr. has found himself at the center of Howard University’s financial scandal. Now, he’s reportedly ready to take legal action.  The sheer audacity. Deets inside…

     

    There’s some drama going on at HBCU Howard University! You've probably heard about it by now, but the aftermath is getting even uglier.  Now, former undergraduate student turned law student Tyrone Hankerson Jr. is at the center of it all.

    Tyrone is being accused of being a scammer who is part of the reason HU students have been struggling to get their financial aid.  They're even calling him The Wolf of U Street.  We die!

    Here's the backstory: An investigative report by Medium on Howard’s financial misappropriation was published.  President Wayne Frederick came forward to admit that much of the issue occurred before he took office, and he fired several people once he did an investigation upon starting this job.

     

    In the now deleted article, it alleged $400,000 had been "awarded" to a current law student who had also attended Howard for his undergraduate degree. That employee was Tyrone Hankerson, who once worked in the financial aid office.

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    As you can imagine, folks are dragging Tyrone on social media, labeling him a scammer and an embezzler. And Finesse God.  Mainly because dude has been all over social media flossing in designer threads and Doing It For The Gram.  Yet, he's never explained how as a student on financial aid that he's able to afford this.  Basically, he's making Marlo Hampton proud.

     

     

     

     

    Tyrone, though, feels like he hasn’t done anything wrong.  And he's currently on a media tour explaining his coinage.

    “I got caught in a storm,” he said. “And the best thing that anyone can do in that situation is go to shelter.”

    The Washington Post reports:

    The $400,000 figure cited seemed large, said Hankerson’s attorney, James Walker, but could be accounted for via quick calculations: four years of undergrad and multiple summer terms, plus $60,000 per year for three years of law school tuition and housing. He has since deleted all of his social media accounts, including his lifestyle blog Happenings by Hank. On his blog, he would floss his designer threads while schooling his readers on how to put ensembles together. Mind you, he’s posting himself decked out in designer clothes.

    Now, he’s taking things into his own hands.

    James Walker, Tyrone’s attorney, told WAMU that he has drafted up a lawsuit that’s expected to be filed in D.C. Superior court. Tyrone will be SUING Howard University for $10 million for leaking his financial records.

    “We cannot provide any documents as it would hurt his legal case right now,” Walker said, declining to explain exactly how Hankerson spent the money. "The last thing we wanna do is sue Howard University, but if he did it charge him," Walker said in an email Saturday. "If he didn't — as it appears — then clear his name and exonerate him and make him whole for his records leaking."

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    “Every student uses money for survival,” Tyrone told Roland Martin in an interview. “One hundred percent of us have done that.”

    Tyrone claims he has not been contacted by the university since the Medium article was published.  He has a month left in law school before he graduates. We wonder if Howard can hold that degree if he does decide to sue the university.  You know certain schools can be petty betty.

    Check out his full sitdown with Roland Martin below:

    How do you think Howard will handle this situation? Who's wrong here?

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    There's more shocking cancellation news at BET.  Deets inside...

    Less than 1 week after its season 2 finale, "The Quad" just got the axe!

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    BET just confirmed the news today, saying the series about an HBCU struggling to stay out of bankruptcy is officially kaput.

    It looks like all the on-screen sex scandals thrown into the mix didn't help, because the show dipped in ratings this season.  Each episode had an average of 553,000 viewers, 30% lower than last season.  Still, the show had developed a loyal following with a strong social media buzz surrounding it. 

    Folks are already going off about the cancellation, so we're sure there's going to be plenty of hurt feelings around BET getting rid of another show once folks fall in love with it.

     

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    Anika Noni Rose led the popular Rob Hardy-produced series, which also starred Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sean Blakemore and Jasmine Guy.

    Anika posted a Thank You to her fans saying:

    This shocking cancellation comes on the heels of the network axing its other major original series"Being Mary Jane."

    Were you watching "The Quad"? Are you pissed about the cancellation?

     

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