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A Philadelphia mom went viral after dropping $25,000 on a uber lavish Dubai-themed prom party (with REAL camels) for her son. Now, she's being brought up on social security fraud. Details inside...
When going viral goes totally wrong!
A North Philadelphia mother/restaurateur went viral last year when flicks and videos of her son's uber lavish Dubai-themed prom went viral. And with good reason. It was super extra and over the top. Like, a whole desert like situation was concocted and ish.
Saudia Shuler, 44, went all out for her son, spending $25,000 on a live camel, three tons of sand and exotic cars for a huge event in her neighborhood as she sent her son off to prom last spring. Here are a few flicks she posted on her Instagram account:
Did she pay for these dresses too though?
Now, she has been charged with social security fraud and, if she's found guilty, she's facing a maximum of 140 years in prison! She's facing six counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds and two counts of Social Security fraud.
According to NBC Philadelphia, Saudia - who owns & operates "Country Cookin" restaurant - was indicted for allegedly collecting nearly $37,000 in government benefits by claiming she was disabled yet continuing to work, this according to the U.S. attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania.
"The defendant applied for benefits from the Social Security Administration, claiming she was disabled and unable to work. After Social Security approved benefits, the defendant continued working, including the operation of her own restaurant," a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said in an email Tuesday. "This work and income was never reported to Social Security, in violation of program rules."
After the "Dubai to Philly" party went viral, Saudia told The New York Post she wanted to celebrate her son - Johnny Eden Jr. - who helped her through her illnesses.
“I had a stroke. I had seizures. I had cancer,” she said. “All within the last three years. He struggled a lot when I was sick. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t go to the bathroom on my own. He had to go through all that and still go to school. And I said, "If I make it through this, I’m going to make his prom the best."'
After throwing her son's prom party, she also threw an extravagant Christmas party to give back to the underprivledged kids in the community.
“We gave them 140 bikes,” she told NBC Philadelphia. “We gave out over 50 scooters. We gave out 'Batman' cars, like the remote-controlled cars you put your feet on and then drive.”
She also threw a massive Black Panther-themed prom party for 24 students in Philly this past prom season:
Saudia claims she had received donations from all over the country to help pay for the massive events.
Her attorney, Tariq El-Shabazz, said he doesn't see where she broke any laws. "I didn't see the meat yet, I've just seen the bones." He added that Shuler is "still waiting to see what evidence the U.S. attorney's office will present. She is obviously upset because there are allegations contained in the indictment that are absolutely untrue," El-Shabazz said.
Today, she was welcomed home by her family and friends and her restuarant will open back up tomorrow:
Whew chile, the foolery!
Photos: Saudia's IG
Rev. Run and Justine Simmons return to television, except this time, they are flexing their acting chops in a new, scripted Netflix comedy titled "All About The Washingtons." Find out what Rev. dished about the show to TheYBF.com inside...
"It's all about the Benjamins, what!" Nah, it's "All About The Washingtons" now!
Rev. Run and his wife Justine Simmons return to television eight years after wrapping up their MTV reality series, "Run's House." This time, they're trying their hand at acting, starring as a married couple with kids on the new comedy series "All About The Washingtons."
However, the couple is doing only so much acting as they're essentially playing themselves. The show centers around global rap superstar Joey Washington (Joseph ‘Rev Run’ Simmons) as he gears up to retire from the Hip Hop game. Sound familiar? Yep.
With dad now home to hold down the fort, it’s Mama Justine’s (Justine Simmons) time to shine, fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur. They'll explore new family dynamics with their kids - coding teacher Veronica (Kiana Ledé), music producer Wesley (Nathan Anderson), child genius Skyler (Leah Rose Randall), and young Daevon (Maceo Smedley).
Sounds like "black-ish" meets Hip Hop.
By the way, Nathan Anderson is "black-ish" star Anthony Anderson's son. Sweet!
YBF correspondentYolande caught up with Hip Hop's newest fictional family on the carpet at the Hollywood screening to get the scoop on the new Netflix series.
"We actually came up with the main concept of it." Rev told TheYBF.com. "The concept was, Justine is pitching all these ideas whereever I go. Always. I'm busy saying 'I want to retire. I just want to get on a boat and cruise the world.' And she's truly just getting started. So that's where the conflict and the funny comes in."
This literally sounds like "Run's House!" If you watched the show, Justine was always coming up with new ideas that Rev was hardly ever feeling.
The Run DMC rapper also dished on what it was like working with Anthony Anderson's son and his character on the show. Find out what he said below:
Season 1 of "All About THe Washingtons" is currently streaming on Netflix.
Peep the trailer below:
Yes, John David Washington is Denzel Washington's son. But, he's also Pauletta Washington's son too. Watch John David check an interviewer over his mama inside...
Boys love their mama!
John David Washington sure loves his mama. Yes, he's Denzel Washington's son, but he's also the son of Pauletta Washington. And he wants you to put some respect on his mama's name because she's a FAB black woman who raised a black man - AND supported a husband who hadn't "made it yet" - on the road to success.
While discussing his breakout role in Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman, John David had to nicely check TODAY’s Craig Melvin when he said "being the son of Denzel Washington," the "Ballers" actor quickly cut him off, saying, "And Pauletta Washington."
Bloop. He continued,
"Who was earning more money than he was when they married. Before they got married, she was on Broadway working. She paid for the first date. She paid the bill, paid the cab ride. She's a classically trained pianist. She went to Juilliard. She's a great artist in her own right."
Let.Folks.KNOW. John David! Stan for moms!
"My father taught me how to hunt. My mother taught me how to love," he said.
Aww! Peep the clip below:
You can peep the full interview below:
BlacKKKlansman, Spike Lee's newest joint, is in theaters now. And it's getting RAVE reviews.
Serena Williams opens up about her struggles of balancing her career and motherhood. Meanwhile, Tiffany Haddish admits that she sometimes fluffs stories to make a joke. Get it all inside...
She's half woman, half amazing. However, she still endures some of the same struggles we all go through.
It's been 11-months since Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and she admits, it hasn't been easy. The tennis superstar, above rocking her Serena threads on the cover of TIME magazine, wants to dominate the court AND be a good mother to her baby.
“Sometimes she just wants Mommy, she doesn’t want anyone else,” Serena told TIME magazine in her cover story. “I didn’t think I’d be this attached. It's difficult to leave her.”
Nearly choking up, she continued, “I still have to learn a balance of being there for her, and being there for me. I’m working on it. I never understood women before, when they put themselves in second or third place. And it’s so easy to do. It’s so easy to do.”
So, if she's having such a hard time, why still play tennis? Why not just focus on being a mother?
“I’m not done yet, simple,” Serena told the TIME reporter, as they drove into San Francisco one evening for a speaking engagement. She needs tennis as much as her sport needs her. It’s the one thing, as a mother, she can do solely for herself. “My story doesn’t end here.”
The 23-time Grand Slam title winner wants to beat Margaret Court's record of 24-Grand Slam titles. And she's clearly on a mission.
While she's fully enjoying being a mother, the postpartum symptoms haven’t fully gone away
“I dedicated that [Wimbledon win] to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot,” she says. “Some days, I cry. I’m really sad. I’ve had meltdowns. It’s been a really tough 11 months. If I can do it, you guys can do it too.”
The 36-year-old tennis star said she breastfed Olympia for the first eights month, even though she feels like it made it harder for her to whip back into shape.
“You have the power to sustain the life that God gave her,” she said. “You have the power to make her happy, to calm her. At any other time in your life, you don’t have this magical superpower.”
Her tennis coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, encouraged her to stop breastfeeding to help improve her game, but she wasn't about to take advice from a man who just doesn't understand the importance of breastfeeding.
“It’s absolutely hard to take from a guy,” Serena shared. “He’s not a woman, he doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her. I’ve spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do.”
Good for her! We're sure having mom, sister, cousins, family and a doting husband around are helpful as well.
You can read her full interview here, where she also talked how she feels about the man who fatally shot her sister getting released on parole, her marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanaian and more.
In another magazine...
Since dishing about Beyonce Bitegate, Tiffany Haddish has been labeled as a celeb who talks TOO much. Which is odd, because a lot of times people complain about celebs NOT telling enough. Hey, they can't make everyone happy.
In the new September 2018 issue of VOGUE magazine, the Girls Trip star (who looks BOMB, by the way) admits that she sometimes adds fluff to stories for comedic value.
“Apparently I run my mouth a lot. But I’m like, ‘They don’t have no idea the stuff that I really know,’ ”she explained to VOGUE. “My friends will be like, ‘Man, Tiffany, they try and say you’re spilling the tea, but you don’t actually talk.’ ” And to media outlets milking her for celebrity gossip, she offers an advisory: “Sometimes I’m just tryna crack a joke.”
Like that story she told about Drake standing her up for a date. It wasn't actually a date, date...more like a group outing.
“I’m not tripping,” she said, laughing. “I think there was going to be a group of us going.”
Be sure to catch Tiffany starring opposite Kevin Hart in their upcoming comedy film Night School when it hits theaters September 28th.
The young man who found Bobbi Kristina unresponsive in her bathtub has reportedly died after a fatal overdose. Details inside...
This is unfortunate.
Max Lomas, the friend who found Bobbi Kristina Brown unconscious in her bathtub in 2015, has reportedly died from a drug overdose.
According to reports, Max was at a friend's house in Mississippi and went to use the restroom. When he took too long to come back, the friend went to check on him and that's when he found Max unresponsive on the bathroom floor. A syringe was reportedly near his body.
Max was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. He died. Tragic.
Max made headlines when it was revealed he was the one to find Bobbi Kris unresponsive in her Georgia home. He opened up to PEOPLE magazine about the moment he found her body:
"I saw her there, and I picked her up out of the water and laid her on the ground," Max told the publication a year after Bobbi Kristina's death. "I saw the color of her face and that she wasn't breathing. I called for Nick and called 911."
"Nick was hysterical, on the ground outside, kicking and screaming," he added.
Bobbi Kris died in hospice care in July 2015, six months after she was found in the bathtub. Max was adamant he was not the "drug dealer" who provided BK and her former boyfriend Nick Gordon drugs, despite rumors that were going around saying he was.
Just weeks before BK was found unconscious, Max was repotedly arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of alprazolam (Xanax), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty.
BK's friend dodged the charges filed in connection to her death. Nick on the other hand DID suffer a consequence following her death. Bobbi Kristina's estate won a civil suit against him for $36 million.
Speaking of Nick, he paid tribute to his friend on social media:
Recently, Bobbi Kristina's dad Bobby Brown announced he is developing a non-profit domestic violence shelter in memory of his late daughter called"The Bobbi Kristina Serenity House." The center will lead the way in empowering all communities about the perils of Domestic Violence, according to the website. The shelter will also offer a 24-hour crisis intervention line, an emergency transitional shelter access to resources/referral services, and advocacy for social change with expert support services for victims and survivors.
Janet Jackson just dropped the visuals for her newest reggaeton bop with Daddy Yankee. Watch it all inside, plus what she's about to do tonight for the first time in forever....
Janet's back! And with another bop! Remember those on-the-set shots of Janet filming a video in NYC last month? Now we know what it was all about.
The Jackson queen is "Made For Now" as she dances through the streets of Brooklyn alongside Daddy Yankee and a bunch of colorfully clad dancers in her new video, a new release fresh off her State of the Wold Tour.
The Harmony Samuels-produced track is currently available on iTunes and Spotify and will be released on Jackson's own newly formed Rhythm Nation Records. Nice!
In addition to turning out Samsung 837 tonight with a major appearance, for the first time in 14 years, she's going on The Tonight Show. She and the NY rapper will perform her single alongside the Tonight Show team who completely transformed the set into a celebration of African and Latin culture! That's a sneak peek atop.
BONUS: Janet also stopped by The Breakfast Club today and had Charlamagne in his feelings:
Just out here glamouring @janetjackson with my “pretty eyes” her words not mine. I know you going to watch this and be mad but you have to understand I am God’s divine design. God made me a sex symbol so you really can’t be mad at me and you know you don’t want smoke with Jehovah so you just gotta sit back, Eat this L, and let a real one enjoy their Friday. Have a Blessed Day.
Photo: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC
112 recently reunited...and then broke up again. Get the deets on their break up and tour, plus the drama surrounding Dru Hill's photoshop fail inside...
112 just can't get right and it appears they never will.
After reuniting for the Bad Boy Reunion tour, R&B group 112 is calling it quits again.
Band members Slim and Mike sat down with TMZ to explain why the group is dunzo for good this time. They claim their bandmates Q and Daron have decided to no longer work with the band. And that's unfortunate because they have a solid fanbase.
Apparently, Q and Daron split from the group due to a disagreement that they can't resolve regarding personnel. In the clip, Slim apologizes to the fans and he also reveals that he's being SUED. He didn't say by who, but it sounds like one of the guys are suing him. Damn.
Check out the clip below:
Slim also took to Instagram to further explain the group's unraveling. He posted a series of text messages he screenshot from their group chat that dates back to March 2018. In the text messages, Daron tells the Slim and Mike they can continue to use the 112 name and said that he and Q will "do the same."
"IT'S TIME TO BE HONEST ABOUT 112," Slim worte in the Instagram caption. "You want answers? Why do you see only 2 people in performances? As you see in these texts especially the first two is very self-explanatory, my text is the last. I'm for the brand. I never left it, never cheated it... Part of being a leader is humbleness. Putting others before self for the brand. Just how I'm built... Ironically the same guys who broke the group up before are at it again and although it's easy to walk away and pick up solo situations or investments it would be unfair to at least give a hint in what's going on."
He went on to talk about how mistrust and loyalty has contributed to their downfall and how their "brotherhood" was broken years ago.
Peep the receipts below:
People sometimes you're quiet to protect... noone is perfect, trust me I'm far from it... but I don't pretend to... IT'S TIME TO BE HONEST ABOUT 112. You want answers? Why do you see only 2 people in performances? As you see in these texts especially the first two is very self-explanatory, my text is the last. I'm for the brand. I never left it, never cheated it... Part of being a leader is humbleness. Putting others before self for the brand. Just how I'm built... Ironically the same guys who broke the group up before are at it again and although it's easy to walk away and pick up solo situations or investments it would be unfair to at least give a hint in what's going on. I did that after the 5th album when this happened before... egos and mistrust amongst the members both business and personal caused that too. A person who only is around me because of a contract ain't worthy of calling me a brother. Brotherhood was broken in 03-04, parties know why and I was honest in where I stand so STOP LYING ABOUT FRIENDSHIPS... it's bizness. Unlike others I came back to brand for the fans and culture. In fact I RISKED EVERYTHING in what I believed. Not going to allow it again for members to run brand in the ground...AGAIN. The brand is in good hands. Just like the great groups I look up to that maybe changes faces but NEVER the integrity of the brand I'm gonna fight for the same with 112. People these texts were on March 27th-28th. Look at our shows with the timeline it makes sense. For a person to wanna sue the same person who helped you when you were at your worst... no we aren't bros... be who you are and proud! Don't hide your fangs and rattle. Easy to lie to others, I will expose your ACTIONS. How are you entitled to a brand you're not loyal to??Hard to excuse when it happens over and OVER AGAIN. Your management/lawyer knows you a few years.. I'VE KNOWN YOU MOST OF YOUR LIFE! Will answer questions at the appropriate time...stay tuned! #112FOREVER #OTHERSOVERSELF #LEADSINGERSPEAKS #CANTBEFAKE #SUPPORTREALNESS #ISTANDFORTHEBRAND #ITHOUGHTITWASWEUSOUR #TEXTSAREWORTHAMILLION #IAMMYBROTHERSKEEPER
Mike said 112 (minus Q & Daron) is still heading out on tour regardless:
Whaddup y'all Slim and Myself wanna let you know that this 112 train ain't gonna stop!!! The 112 Brand is very important to us and we will keep the legacy moving!!! We will be coming to a city near you soon. TOUR DATES: LOUISVILLE KY 8/17/18 VANCOUVER BC 8/28/18 DETROIT MICHIGAN 9/2/18 TULSA OKLAHOMA 10/5/18 LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 10/12/18 OAKLAND CALIFORNIA 10/14/18 NOVEMBER UK- GERMANY DECEMBER AUSTRALIA-BAHAMAS LOS ANGELES 1/19/19 MORE DATES COMING SOON #CANTSTOPWONTSTOP
And here are a few subliminals Daron posted on social media:
#RepostBy @garyvee: "I don’t share tweet images often on Instagram but FUCK I believe in this so much. I have judgement thrown at me by the minute (I make that bed so I respect it) but this one concept allows me to coats through this amazing journey with ease. - Tag everyone you know trying to go for it. Ambitious people stand up. - I have so much love for all of you. - #mindsetiseverything #garyvee #makepositivitylouder #entrepreneur #goingforit" (via #InstaRepost @EasyRepost)
112 formed in 1993 and released their self-titled album via Bad Boy Records. The fellas took a hiatus in 2007 and reunited in 2010. In October 2017, they released their sixth studio album titled Q, Mike, Slim, Daron. It was their first album since 2005.
Doesn't look like we'll be getting anymore 112 music, so we're just going to leave this here:
In other boy band news...
Dru Hill announced they were adding new members to the group. However, their rollout didn't go quite as planned.
On the heels of Larry “Jazz” Anthony leaving the group, Dru Hill announced they were adding Jawann “Smoke” Peacock and Benjamin “Black” Bush of the 90’s R&B trio, Playa. With the announcement, they released a new promo pic with the new additions. Once the picture hit the Internet (via VIBE), the DRAGGING of Dru Hill commenced.
The editing of the photo wasn't up to par and Twitter made sure to point out every Photoshop fail. Smoke's shoes were totally messed up and Sisqo appears to have extra fingers:
And they photoshopped dudes sneakers pic.twitter.com/iBD2pr6DF2
— Devonta White (@FitFlyFellow) August 10, 2018
Dawg they photoshopped my mans hand wrong lmao pic.twitter.com/UANKUwtjUW
— lil' bink (@ICECOLDBISHOP) August 11, 2018
First edition photoshops damn how he got those! pic.twitter.com/Vt7k4aMIum
— (@TrapAndFamous) August 11, 2018
Starting off on the wrong "foot" already..
— Rob Free (@LGHelebra) August 12, 2018
Smoke tried to explain to VIBE how the Photoshop fail happened:
“First of all, I want to say that this had nothing to do with the photographers of Ross Multimedia Group,” he said. “Our Director of Digital Media wasn’t aware of that and made the decision to edit in the shoes. It just goes to show how observant Dru Hill fans are because they noticed it,” Smoke added. “Although, I have to say… it is hilarious! Nevertheless, the love is overwhelming and now the world knows we’re coming; Mission accomplished.”
Since everyone has jokes, the group decided to star a new social media challenge called the #DruHillPhotoshopChallenge:
At least they found the humor in it.
And here's what Sisqo had to say about his extra fingers:
You need that extra finger when you own your own masters and get to count all your own
— SisQó (@OfficialSisQo) August 12, 2018
They also released a new promo pic:
— Team Dru Hill (@DruHillTeam) August 15, 2018
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LisaRaye McCoy is single again after ending a 1-month engagement to her TV BAE Anthony B. Now, she's explaining why she decided to ends things with him and what she's looking for in a man. Some would call her a gold digger, but she said that's far from the truth. More inside...
LisaRaye McCoy stepped outside the box to look for love, but it didn't work out like she hoped it would.
Last month, "The Players Club" actress, who is two-times divorced, appeared on ABC's "The Proposal" where she ended up getting engaged to 44-year-old sales representative Anthony Bryant, who is a Chicago native like her.
Anthony, who was 1 of 10 men competing for LisaRaye's love, popped the question after knowing her for less than an hour. And she accepted.
Here's his on-screen proposal:
— The Proposal (@TheProposalTV) July 11, 2018
There was a 2nd proposal that went down in her home where she was surrounded by family and friends. Check it:
While they seemingly had a lot in common - like attending the same college - the 51-year-old actress said they are better off as friends. Why? Well, the chemistry just wasn't there AND LisaRaye said she wanted to be "equally yoked" with her partner.
She went on Instagram to announce she and Anthony B had called things off:
The "All Of Us" actress said during a Facebook Live clip that she's glad she did the show. She said she agreed to do it because she was "lonely" and wanted to find a companion.
She then went on to say that she wants a man that's "equally yoked." Despite the fact people call her a gold digger, she said she shouldn't feel bad for wanting a man who can provide on her level.
"I don't want to wear the pants in my relationship," she said in the Facebook Live video. "I wear the pants now. I do everything."
"Money can't buy you happiness, but love can't pay the bills. At all."
We feel you, chick.
The "Single Ladies" actress then went on to explain exactly what she wants in a man:
"I'm not going to be standing in someone's face trying to figure out 'How are we going to pay our bills?' because we're doing that naturally and normally on the level of survival. So, I don't want to hear that shit about 'Oh, she a gold digger.' Like I said, gold digging is high school. I'm at platinum status now. I want someone that will not be intimated by coming into my life, by sharing in my lifestyle because I'm not gone change that. Because if you can't handle it now where I'm at, then you're not going to be able to handle it when I grow even more and I'm doing that everyday."
"I don't want him to be intimidated. I don't want him to feel insecure. There's a lot of things that come with me that a man may not like. You may not like. Guess what that means? You're not for me. And rest assure, that I'm not gone crumble and fall because you don't like me. Or, because my life is too big for you to even understand. I make no apologies for that. And I don't make any apologies about who I am, who I want and who I need in my life as my significant other. I can't imagine being with someone insecure."
She said she doesn't have time for an insecure man questioning her about why she's talking to her (male) director or (male) co-stars on the red carpet or at a party.
"I don't have time for anyone to come into my home and see how I live and go "oh, I'm not going to be able...' Don't waste each others time. I'm not leaving my environment or my home and you take me to a hut, or you take me to a one bedroom apartment that's not furnished. I'm not leaving that. I'm not going backwards. I'm not going down. I'm not suppressing anything. I'm not doing none of that shit for nobody. I want to be equally yoked. People on different levels move differently."
"What did Beyonce say? The hustle has to match. It has to match. We often think, what if Beyonce and Jay Z broke up? Who in the hell would they date? That would be very hard for both of them."
LisaRyae has been married and divorced twice. She first married former NFL player Tony Martin in the 90s. They divorced two years later. Then, she married Michael Misick, who had been elected the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (a position previously known as "Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands") in the early 2000s. Their relationship only lasted two years as well. However, the former First Lady of Turks & Caicos admitted Michael leveled her up.
Looks like Anthony B couldn't provide her with that.
She said she and Anthony had a lot of "friend energy," but that's as far as their "relationship" went. She said they tried, but "love" wasn't there. She said once they had a discussion and they realized there was no chemistry between them, they realized that they were better off as friends.
Watch this clip of them below. We gotta agree. There's NO chemistry:
However, she's still positive the man of her dreams is out there.
"I'm still going to continue to look for love," she said. "I'm looking for a portion of my father. Somebody who's going to look at me and love me, and cherish me and take care of me. Absolutely am. So, I'm not scared of trying to find love again. And you all will know when I find it too because I'll be happy. And I'll have a much bigger ring than what I got [laughs]. Because honey, that was like, 'where it's at?' My everyday ring was bigger than that."
The mom of 1 and grandmom of 1 said she's not going to settle and she shouldn't have to because she knows her worth.
Peep her full explanation below (starting at the 12-minute mark):
Photos: The Proposal's Twitter
The MTV Video Music Awards are reportedly hiring more security since Nicki Minaj and her ex-fiance Safaree Samuels will be attending the show, following their online drag session. Meanwhile, Baby Kulture just hopped on her first plane to NYC ahead of mom Cardi B's VMA's appearrance. Everything inside...
Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj and her ex-fiance Safaree Samuels engaged in a heated Twitter exchange that had everyone in a frenzy following the release of her fourth studio album QUEEN. The "Love & Hip Hop" star made claims that Nicki tried to kill him by stabbing him. The "Barbie Dreams" rapper popped back, exposing Safaree as a thief and revealing she paid $10k for his fake hairline.
So yeah, they pretty much made these Internet streets pause as they bickered back and forth.
The MTV Video Music Awards production is well aware of their online spat, so they're taking extra measures to be sure everyone stays safe. You know, just in case somebody tries to take their IG beef into real life.
It's being reported the VMAs have beefed up security by hiring "more guards" to be sure Nicki and Safaree never cross paths. The QUEEN rapper is scheduled to hit the stage while Safaree will be presenting, so they'll both likely hit the red carpet before heading inside Radio City Music Hall.
Honestly, we don't predict anything going down between these two that would involve needing extra security. It almost sounds like a PR stunt to get more viewers tuned in on Monday night when the ceremony goes down. Buzz sells.
Keep it locked to TheYBF.com for everything that does or doesn't happen between these two and everyone else.
In other VMA news...
A month after making her grand entrance into the world, Baby Kulture is hopping on her first private jet!
Cardi B is heading to NYC to perform at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards and she's bringing her baby girl Kulture along for the ride. One of Cardi's people posted a picture and video of Baby Kulture (along with her sister Hennessy) hopping on her first plane ride:
Dad Offset is currently with his bandmates Migos and Drake on their "Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour." They were supposed to perform in Chicago on Monday night (the same night as the VMAs), but the concert has been canceled. So, it's unclear if Offset will be attending this year's awards.
Bardi will def be there as she's tapped to open the show, and it will mark her first public appearance since giving birth to baby Kulture Kiari. She confirmed that while she'll be "opening" the VMAs, she will not be performing. We guess she'll read a few lines on a teleprompter to say give a good church welcome.
Guess we will find out the difference when the show starts.
As Cardi & Baby Kulture travel to the Big Apple, the NYC rapper hopped on her Instagram stories and posted this subliminal message:
Hmm...we're not sure what this means. Could be about her baby's daddy or about Nicki Minaj's latest words about her. Maybe we're reading into it...or maybe not.
Anyhoo, along with Nicki and Safaree's "beef," the "Chun-Li" rapper talked a lot about her supposed ongoing feud with Cardi this past week.
We're sort of confused by Nicki being that when she first talked about her "beef" with Cardi she talked about how the former reality star "hurt her feelings" and how Cardi should have thanked her/paid homage to her for getting on the "Motorsport" track with her.
In her most recent interviews, she has been talking about how people need to learn how to toughen up because isn't this what rap is about...battling and talking ish on wax? They both need to just say what they need to say on wax and let it go.
When people apologize to me sincerely, I accept it. It’s really never too late to right your wrongs. Love.
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 17, 2018
Celebs love subliminals, don't they?
NBA Youngboy is about to be a dad for the fourth time. After confirming the news, the rapper's on-again, off-again girlfriend Jania threatened to commit suicide. All the foolywang material inside...
Hide your daughters!
18-year-old NBA Youngboy is...well, we'll let y'all decide.
The Baton Rouge rapper recently confirmed his on-again, off-again girlfriend Jania is pregnant with his FOURTH child. And from what's being said on these Internet streets, it'll be his fourth child with his third or fourth baby's mother. Yes, all of this at the age of 18. Sheesh!
— NBA YOUNGBOY (@GGYOUNGBOY) August 12, 2018
A few months ago, he revealed one of his kids, dubbed Baby K (shown above), isn't biologically his after taking a DNA test.
Earlier this month, the rapper hopped on Instagram Live for an interview with DJ Akademiks where he explained that he's gearing up to welcome yet another child into the world. In the clip, he revealed Jania is currently pregnant and that she was actually pregnant before he was arrested on a kidnapping warrant earlier this year. The arrest occurred after surveillance footage of what’s believed to be NBA YoungBoy made its way online that showed the rapper slam his girlfriend (Jania) on the floor of a hotel hallway in Waycross, Georgia back in February.
This is the same girlfriend who YoungBoy allegedly made sleep in a hotel lobby so he could be with another woman. After the video proof was released showing her laid out in a lobby, (and he was later arrested in Tallahassee, Florida), Jania hopped on social media, making claims that they were just PLAYING around.
Youngboy said in the clip (below) that he was locked up for 18 days and that Jania came to visit him while he was in jail. He also said once all of this legal drama is over (since he's banned from being around her due to his ongoing legal issues), he's dumping whatever girl he's currently with for Jania. Oh.
Up until recently, Youngboy seemed to have been all about Jania, professing his love for her online and acting as if they're back together. However, something went down recently between the two (again) that caused Jania to want to commit suicide. It's rumored that Youngboy dumped her. That's when she hopped on social media to share with her followers that she was "ready to die."
Peep the clip:
Lordt. Someone send this teen girl some help.
Her suicidal thoughts didn't last too long. She hopped back on social media to apologize for being "dramatic" and letting her emotions get the best of her. She also shared a glimpse of her growing baby bump:
We honestly have no words for this foolishness. We just hope Jania wakes up and realizes she's BETTER than the ish this man is putting her through.
Photo: NBA Youngboy's IG
Video footage of Teyana Taylor taking a nasty fall just hit the Internet and it was her last performance before hijacking Jeremih's tour. Watch her take a tumble, plus hear Jeremih tell his side of the story inside...
Now we know the last straw that made Teyana Taylor drag her tour mate Jeremih for filth and hijack his "Later That Night" tour.
Last week, Tey took a nasty fall while performing in her hometown of NY. Video footage captured the "No Manners" singer doing what she does best while on stage inside the Play Station Theater when she tumbled right off stage. You'll recall, she blamed Jeremih, who actually performed after her, for water being left on stage. It's unclear if she meant him directly or workers he is responsible for.
However, we hear chick got right back up and didn't miss a beat. Check it below:
The "Birthday Sex" singer caught the wrath of Teyana when she posted that she was dropping out of the tour because she could no longer deal with his shenanigans. Apparently, said shenanigans include him sabotaging her show.
Soon after, she decided to go on with the tour WITHOUT him. The "3Way" singer renamed it the KTSE Tour and said Jeremih had been "removed."
Jeremih has remained silent about all of the controversy (outside of some subtle shade thrown on social media), but now he's speaking out.
The "Oui" singer Facetimed into Power 92 Chicago to set the record straight about their tour controversy. He said the whole thing is a miscommunication and that he wasn't feeling the way she was slandering his name (like calling him b*tches) because they go way back and he thought they were cooler than that.
The R&B crooner revealed they had a conversation while in NYC (after her fall) and that it was very productive. Then, the next day she was bashing him online.
As for the accusations about him leaving water on the stage, he said that's not true because he doesn't even perform until AFTER her.
"If she fell, she just bust her sh*t," he explained. "Ain't no water on stage because I don't even go on until after her."
He said he didn't want to call her bipolar, but he's not sure what’s going on with her, so he just fell back. He shared how Tey supposedly got mad one night he had chicken catered for a show.
As for Teyana's husband Iman Shumpert chiming in, he said he didn't want to go there with him because he considers Iman a "homie."
Also, he said he was never "removed" from the tour. He said he left because he wasn't with the drama. He said he didn't want to be want to be in a bad environment, so he dipped.
Peep the interview below:
Yesterday, Tey hopped on Instagram to say she did what she did to stand up for herself:
I can’t name one Teyana Taylor record. She really think she can headline a tour by herself?? Who the f#%k is buying tickets to see Teyana Taylor? Teyana Taylor got fans? Teyana Taylor is so dramatic for STANDING UP FOR HERSELF. Some MEN need to learn that in order to gain respect, you gotta give respect. Listen, If I’m wrong for standing up for what’s right, EQUALITY, I don’t want to be right. Whatever is preordained and orchestrated by God no one or nothing can stop it. It has already been written. Amen, so be it.... #STILLHUMBLE #DETROITI YOU #SOLDOUT CHICAGO UP NEXTTTTTTTT! #KTSE #KTSETOUR [camera emoji]: @destinyfulfild
Tey is heating things up on her noe solo tour. She performed her hit track "3Way" in Detroit where she brought out rapper Kashdoll on stage. Chick put on a steamy set that ended in her seemingly kissing Kashdoll on the neck and grabbing her boobs. Peep the performance above.
Tonight, Teyana will hit the stage at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. The show must go on...
Drake, Nicki Minaj and Future's petty levels have been on 100 over the weekend. Drizzy dissed Kanye West, Nicki is going off about folks sabotaging her career and Future put an Instagram thot on full blast. Receipts inside...
Drake must be still "in his feelings" over his "beef" with Kanye West.
Last night, the Toronto native brought his "Aubrey & The Three Amigos" tour to 'Ye's hometown of Chicago. And he didn't skip out on the oppotunity to fire a shot at the Chi-town native.
While performing "Know Yourself," the OVO honcho switched up the lyrics opposed to the origial lyrics, rapping: “Then Kanye flopped, it was polos and backpacks.”
The original line is: "Then Kanye dropped, it was polos and backpacks"
Peep the clip below:
— Ov3rrrrr (@Over_Random) August 18, 2018
As you all know, there's tension between Drizzy and 'Ye since Pusha T bodied Drizzy on his Kanye-produced LP, Daytona. The "Nice For What" rapper clapped back at Pusha and added 'Ye in the mix when he put out "Duppy Freestyle" and "Behind Barz." He also made a few Yeezy references on his SCORPION album.
As the drama was coming to an end (or so we thought), Kanye tweeted that he wasn't going to engage and that he was all about love. But, that all may go out the window now that Drake is still firing shots. Ye was busy at 2 Chainz's wedding yesterday, so he'll like get all of the deets about Drake coming at him today. Do we sense a meltdown or nah?
By the way, Drake & Migos' show in Chicago scheduled for Monday night was canceled, so he may or may not pop up at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. He's been nominated for seven awards.
Meanwhile, drama has been poppin' off on social media with his labelmate...
Nicki Minaj hopped on Twitter to let the world know she has PROOF websites are being paid to bash her name. She said when she was first told this, she didn't believe it, but the proof is in the receipts.
"When I was told they were being paid to write these things I didn’t believe it, now I know it’s true #Queen bitch!!!!," she tweeted."I got the proof on that too. Loving my life. They so bothered by this lil south side Jamaica QUEEN"
The Queens rapper then went on to question why there seems to be a double standard when sites write up articles about her collaborating with rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. Specifically, this one:
The message Nicki is sending by supporting an abuser is unsettling https://t.co/xq5SaviIxT
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) August 17, 2018
She has been receiving backlash for working with Tekashi, who has been brought up on sexual misconduct charges against a minor.
The "Chun-Li" rapper began responding to fans, who are asking similar questions and making similar statements. Fans brought up the fact that several artists have backed other artists accused of sexual misconduct. And Nicki co-signed the fact that Lady Gaga didn't get this sort of treatment after she did a song with R. Kelly:
It's a touchy subject, especially since Nicki's brother, Jelani Maraj, was found guilty of sexually assaultinghis former stepdaughter (who was 11-12-years of age).
Fans whipped out receipts as well:
i agree that this is an issue. why, then, is there a double standard in your publication?
when lady gaga chose to collab with R. KELLY despite the allegations on a song called "do what u want" (with my body) (!!!), the song was praised multiple times across your site. pic.twitter.com/Nf23gMv0Go
— dula peep (@calmzs) August 17, 2018
r. kelly's history of abuse has been known forever, yet the biggest music outlets not only praised the song but picked it as a favorite. so for me the debate is beyond that.
it's about what group of people has the privilege of getting away with missteps and what group doesn't. pic.twitter.com/c3zHzhpKjC
— dula peep (@calmzs) August 18, 2018
The "Barbie Dreamz" rapper went on to say she is TIRED of keeping quiet while people continue to drag her name in the mud:
But, it stops now:
The writer of the Pitfork article, Shanita Hubbard, took to Twitter to explain her reasoning behind the article:
1)PSA: My opinion is not for sale. I am paid to write JUST like artists are paid to perform. I select my content and form my own position. My position has ALWAYS been ant-abusers. I have always called out abusive artists and those who support them.
— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) August 18, 2018
2) If you align yourself w/ an abuser and a person holds a mirror up 2 you, taking shots at the person instead of looking in the mirror is a tempting route. Yet it produces no growth. I will NOT be bullied or intimidated for choosing to speak against empowering abusers.
— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) August 18, 2018
3) Finally, I see the tweets from Nicki. It's not my style to do messy twitter feuds. It's also never been my style to run from an issue. If she ( and not her supporters) want to reach out to me, I'm around.
— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) August 18, 2018
It's getting ugly though:
how have you always condemmed them when you supported cardi n BY (a remix to a song by a CONVICTED rapist, who got 70% of the profit from said song). you're not consistent. pic.twitter.com/9vq9h8tajZ
— r (@FAUXBOOGlE) August 18, 2018
This entire week Nicki has been in overdrive to up her QUEEN sales. Early predictions claim her first week's sales will come 2nd to Travis Scott's Astroworld.
Also on social media...
Future caught wind of an "Instagram thot" being petty with her Photoshop game, so he decided to expose her. An IG user posted a screenshot of an alleged DM from the ATL rapper where he offers to fly her out to wherever he is. She captioned the screenshot, "Welp thats my mil ticket, bye yall"
"mil ticket?" - Let's hope that was a play on words.
The "Mask Off" rapper had time and decided to show how SHE is the one all up in his DMs and not the other way around. He posted screenshots of the girl mentioning him in her IG stories and wrote over it, "When u decline thots they make up sh*t...no fly zone."
On the same screenshot, he posted another message, writing, "I'm sure someone like u jus not me."
Then, ol girl started responding back:
She appears to be joking.
By the way, Nicki and Future will be heading out on their NICKIHNDRXX Tour, kicking off September 21st in Baltimore.
Rihanna dropped everything to make sure she was in attendance for her Day 1 homie Sonita Alexander, who tied the knot yesterday. Watch Rih on bridesmaid duty inside...
We last saw Rihanna snapping it up with Donald Glover in Cuba (they're currently cooking up a new project, possibly a movie), but nothing was going to stop RiRi from attending and participating in her bestie Sonita Alexander's wedding ceremony in her native Barbados.
Rih and Sonita go way back...
Yeah. THAT far back, so she made it her business to be there. To early school days. Before the wedding, Rih hopped on social media and shared a few flicks with the bride wearing a silk "Bridesmaid" robe, using the hashtag #WalkingIntoForever. Cute.
The Bajan beauty, who covers British VOGUE's September 2018 issue, had loads of fun with her doctor friend before she made her way down the aisle:
Rihanna at Sonita’s wedding yesterday pic.twitter.com/kAej3uTFQS
— Fenty Stats (@FentyStats) August 19, 2018
— Iza (@izabrdelta) August 18, 2018
The Fenty Beauty honcho looked beautiful in a blue bridesmaid gown.
— Iza (@izabrdelta) August 18, 2018
Rihanna x Sonita pic.twitter.com/PgJYr6V7C4
— Ronny Erickson (@RonnyErickson) August 18, 2018
— Iza (@izabrdelta) August 18, 2018
Rih also snapped it up with her bridesmaid squad:
The bride's gown was STUNNING:
After the ceremony, the "Work" singer and her bestie shared a super cute moment:
— s (@simbvswifey) August 19, 2018
Then, it was time for the turn up at the reception:
And it was LITTY:
Rih at the reception with Sonita and her husband Raymond pic.twitter.com/f71bT3bFhW
— beba (@rihannakillah) August 19, 2018
Rihanna's friend Melissa Forde was also in the mix:
Peep Rih on the left with Melissa and Sonita pic.twitter.com/jYjsEZKbuV
— beba (@rihannakillah) August 19, 2018
Rih (in the middle). She said something to Melissa that made her laugh pic.twitter.com/6DLFd9Mb5O
— beba (@rihannakillah) August 19, 2018
And wifey was shutting it down as well:
I dont think I have ever met two people who compliment each other as well as these two do pic.twitter.com/YRGSo6D3Fi
— Miss J’Lisa .. (@x_Jayliisa_x) August 19, 2018
“tOp StRiKeR cOuLd StOp PlAy” NOT FOR RH..and yes Rihanna was in the middle of that too pic.twitter.com/e6XLgDcg6q
— Miss J’Lisa .. (@x_Jayliisa_x) August 19, 2018
Nicki Minaj is blaming everybody for her QUEEN album coming in at the No. 2 spot on the charts for its first week's sales. She's poppin' off on Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner (even baby Stormi) and Spotify. Here's everything she said inside...
Sometimes 2nd place just isn't good enough for some people. And that would include Nicki Minaj. The first week sales are in for Nicki's fourth studio album QUEEN and she's not very happy about it. She came in 2nd place to Travis Scott's Astroworld (which was in its 2nd week) on the Billboard 200 chart.
According to the numbers, Astroworld sold 205,000 units for its 2nd week and QUEEN sold 185,000 units for its first week, making it the #2 album in the world.
Peep the break down below:
Billboard 200: #2(new) @NICKIMINAJ, Queen 185,000 (78,000 in pure sales).
— chart data (@chartdata) August 19, 2018
"Queen" is Nicki Minaj's fourth consecutive top 2 album on the Billboard 200 (extending her record among female rappers).
— chart data (@chartdata) August 19, 2018
Billboard 200: #1(=) @trvisXX, ASTROWORLD 205,000 (78,000 pure sales | 348,000 total sales). *second week at #1*
— chart data (@chartdata) August 19, 2018
With the way the music industry has changed as far as album sales go, the "Chun-Li" rapper actually did pretty good for her first week sales. Yes, it wasn't first place, however, the numbers weren't totally bad.
Well, the final numbers weren't good enough for the Head Barb, so she took to Twitter to try and explain to the masses why her album came in 2nd place. Of course, she had nothing to do with it and it's everyone else's fault.
First, she blamed Travis for selling his album with merchandise. Fans could buy his merch and they would receive the album for free. She said she spoke to Travis and he KNOWS he doesn't have the No. 1 album this week LOL! Ok, girl.
Then, she came at Travis' baby's mother Kylie Jenner for tweeting out about Travis' album. Nicki claims it was unfair that Travis had Kylie engage her followers to go out and get his album (and possibly meet herself and their daughter Stormi) since she has a massive following online.
The "Barbie Dreamz" rapper then took aim at Spotify, saying they were "punishing" her for playing her music early on another platform (read from the bottom up):
Get ready. Nicki said she's not biting her tongue for her Queen Radio episode that's going down tomorrow.
Fans are also going back and forth about it on social media:
Before she hit up Twitter with these tweets, she was also on Instagram combating "fake news":
Before the official numbers came in, DJ Akademiks posted an early prediction about Travis and Nicki's album sales. The "Anaconda" rapper didn't waste any time hopping in the comments to call his tweet "fake news" and that the real numbers didn't come out until Sunday. Well, what's worse is the fact that she called this "fake news" and ended up selling LESS units than predicted.
DJ Akademiks issued a response to Nicki after the official numbers came in:
Nicki called me reporting her album selling 190k fake news only to find out she sold lower. I’m logging off. Goodnight.
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) August 19, 2018
Nicki pulling a Kobe and throwing Drake under the bus basically saying we did the same sh*t but I’m the only one who got penalized. . I’m waiting on the Spotify = Fake Streams tweet.
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) August 19, 2018
I can’t believe Nicki Minaj tried to attribute her L to Travis Scott to a baby and Kylie in this weeks sales. Did we forget when Kylie and the whole kardashian family supported Tyga album and it went TRIPLE COPPER. Accept #2 sis... ain’t no baby prevent ya album from being #1.
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) August 20, 2018
Also, Power 105's Charlamagne tha God gave Nicki the biggest "hee-haw" during "The Breakfast Club" this morning:
And folks are chiming in about it:
— monique (@librasun1006) August 20, 2018
Humility sometimes comes the hard way. #NickiMinaj
— AKW (@81Welshy) August 20, 2018
— Essi (@ItsGowan) August 20, 2018
— Dark Kent (@TheNameless1__) August 20, 2018
Meanwhile, Travis Scott is living his best life on the basketball court in Houston for James Harden's JH-Town Weekend:
Birdman may have just reignited his "beef" with his "son" Lil Wayne after accusing him of trying to scam Drake's profits from Cash Money. Meanwhile, Juelz Santana pleads guilty to gun charge and faces up to 20 years in prison. Deets inside...
A few months ago, it was reported Birdman and Lil Wayne had reached a settlement in Wayne's multi-million lawsuit against Birdman's Cash Money Records. But, it seems everything (at least money wise) hasn't been totally worked out and Drake is in the middle of it.
Apparently, Birdman believes Wayne has been scamming behind-the-scenes with his manager. He's accusing Wayne of being involved in a scheme to keep a big chunk of Drake's royalties from Cash Money.
It's being reported Aspire Music Group, which was co-founded by Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant, sued Cash Money Records and Universal Music in 2017 with claims that Cash Money was holding out on royalties owed from Drake's music catalogue.
Last month, Cash Money's request to have the case dismissed was shot down by a New York judge. Now, Cash Money is counter-suing, claiming Cortez Bryant and Lil Wayne conspired with their attorney Ronald Sweeny to swindle money from Drizzy's profits.
Aspire claims they discovered Drake and that they have a deal in place that entitles them to 1/3 share of the net profits from Drizzy's first six albums, along with a share of the copyrights. The other 2/3 was to be split between Wayne's Young Money and Cash Money.
The Blast reports:
According to documents, obtained by The Blast, Cash Money now claims, “Aspire was simply a shell company,” adding, “There was no business purpose to forming Aspire, other than to siphon profits out of the joint venture and to divert those profits to Sweeney, Bryant, and Carter/ Young Money.
Aspire never conducted any business other than getting Drake signed to a record label. Aspire has never signed, nor sought to sign, a single additional artist.”
Cash Money is demanding Aspire’s lawsuit against them be dismissed and unspecified damages for fraud, aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty and interference with contractual relations.
Lil Wayne nor Young Money are a defendant to Cash Money’s lawsuit, which is interesting because back in June, Birdman settled Wayne’s extremely time consuming lawsuit over his record deal for more than $10 million.
Cash Money stays involved with some "cash money" drama, don't they?
Over the weekend, Lil Wayne was spotted at 2 Chainz's wedding ceremony. Folks have been going IN about how bad Weezy's dreads are looking these days. His boo Dhea doesn't mind tho:
In other legal news...
Juelz Santana has reportedly pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, along with carrying a weapon on aircraft.
You'll recall, he got hemmed up by TSA when he tried to bring a gun (that he claims he forgot he had in his possession) on a plane earlier this year. When TSA employees pushed his belongings through the security checkpoint at Newark Airport, they found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and nonprescription oxycodone pills in a carry-on bag containing his identification. He literally ran out of the airport, but ended up turning himself in days later.
Since entering a guilty a plea, he now faces up to 20 years in prison. Yikes.
The 36-year-old rapper is scheduled to go before a judge for sentencing on December 12th. He was original scheduled for sentencing on September 4th, but it was pushed back so Juelz and his legal team can come up with negotiating a plea deal.
Photos: Getty/Dhea's IG
Cardi B and Kehlani serve up twinnin' visuals for Bardi's new "Ring" video. And she didn't even know it was coming out. What she had to say about it, plus details about Bardi releasing new music at her launch party for her Fashion Nova collection inside...
Before opening this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Cardi B teams up with singer Kehlani in her new video for her single "Ring," the newest release from her debut album, Invasion Of Privacy.
However, the video dropped this morning unbeknownst to Bardi. She said she was pissed no one told her the video would be released today because she would have at least promoted some before it was released to the masses. She also said she didn't approve any final edits of the video, but she's going with the flow of things instead of ranting about it.
In the clip, Blonde Bardi raps about a man who no longer hits her line anymore while in a floating telephone booth over an ocean in the Mike Ho-directed video. It's reported she was five months pregnant when she shot the video. Meanwhile, Kehlani, also rocking blonde tresses, provides the song's hook while all tangled up in the telephone wires with Kulture's mom.
"Ring" is Cardi's 5th single from the her debut album, following "Bodak Yellow," "Bartier Cardi," Be Careful," and "I Like It."
Peep the video below:
In other Cardi news...
The new mom will be launching her own Fashion Nova collection in November. And to celebrate, she's gearing up to host a launch party where she and others will perform.
Fashion Nova CEO Richard Saghian spilled some tea to TMZ, saying she may even premiere brand new music at the launch. Nothing is set in stone just yet, but Saghian said he anticipates Cardi will be dropping a new single at the pary, which will stream live on Fashion Nova's website. We all know Cardi loves her Fashion Nova 'fits.
It's being reported Cardi will open the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (she's not performing though). She's starring in some sort of skit or she'll appear in a monologue. She's in the running for 10 awards, including Best Video, Best Song and Artist of the year.
Also, she's set to hit the stage for her first post-pregnancy performance at the 2018 Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio, TX on October 27th & 28th.
Suicide notes left by Aaron Hernandez to his fiancée, daughter and lawyer have been revealed. And they're quite disturbing. Details inside....
The suicide letters former NFL player Aaron Hernandez wrote to his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, his daughter Avielle Janelle Hernandez and his lawyer Jose Baez have been revealed.
Aaron's lawyer, who represented him in the in his second murder trial - the double homicide that he allegedly committed before killing Odin Lloyd - released his new book “Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez” that uncovers what he wrote in the suicide notes left behind before the Patriots tight end allegedly hung himselfinside his prison cell in April 2017. He was serving life in prison for first degree murder.
In the letter to his daughter, he reminded her that he is always with her and that the only thing that could ever keep them apart is fear. He also listed a few books in his letter that we assume he wants her to read.
Daddy will never leave you! I’m entering to the timeless realm in which I can enter into any form at any time because everything that could happen or not happened I see all at once! Life is eternal — believe!!! Love, repent, and see me/yourself in everyone because that’s what the truth is! I’ll see you all in the heavens awaiting you all with the same love. Never fear me, but love me with all of you! Fear is the only separation between you and I! We are each other — I/you — you/me — there’s no need to fear but what you do unto another will come back around!
Power of Now
Conversations with God 1, 2, 3
Home with God
Anuk Ausar “Metu Neter”
In the note to his fiancée/daughter's mother Shay, he wrote:
You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to love life and know I’m always with you. I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know [you] are an angel. We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristic is that of a true angel and the definition of God’s love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the supreme almightys plan, not mine! I love you! Let Avi know how much I love her! Look after Jano and Eddie for me —they are my boys (You’re Rich).
I KNEW I LOVED YOU = SAVAGE GARDEN
NOT MUCH TIME
I’M BEING CALLED!
I love you all equally! We are all each other! Don’t shed one tear for I am with all of you and never wasn’t! do not go back to living while worshipping false idols in which I warned you about!
The Real Live Forever
According to the NY Post, Aaron drew a thin rope dangling from a noose on the bottom of the page.
Also, the site mentioned Jano and Eddie are Aaron's cousin's young children. He asked Shay to look after them since their mother passed away. "I Knew I Love You" by Savage Garden was Aaron and Shay's song that was "very meaningful to him.”
In his letter to his lawyer, Aaron thanked Jose for everything he did to help him:
“Well, I wrote this letter following my acquittal and wanted to voice how I felt and let some people whos[e] music helped me get through hard times, know that it did. Wrong or right — who knows — I just follow my natural instincts and how it guides me. Pros or cons, didn’t weigh them, but I’m sure you’ll let me know your view."
“Besides that, I want you to know you have me forever like you never understood and time will reveal that I’m not perfect but my love and loyalty is like you’ve never seen! I appreciate all your work, time, effort, and never let that slip your mind! In time, you will see how appreciated you are, as well as all the others equally!” he continued.
“I would like to send you letters so you can send to their [the artists] information or whichever way you think best. I don’t want any media really getting into me, trying to just send my love to all the artists who got me through my tough times and sending my respect to a few of the real ones out there."
Back in June, Aaron's fiancée Shay gave birth to another baby girl. There were rumors that Shay may have used some of Aaron's frozen sperm to get pregnant, but that wasn't the case. The father of her 2nd daughter is reportedly Dino Guilmette, an amateur boxer from Providence.
Below are a few pictures of Shay and her daughters, along with a tribute she posted to Aaron on the 1-year anniversary of his death:
A year today..... I remember getting a call saying you had passed , Dropping the phone and crying uncontrollably I didn’t know what to do . I wanted to get to you as fast as I knew how so you weren’t alone anymore . This was by far the worst day of my life especially when things were looking better .... I was / still am so confused and wish I could ask you tons of questions - not just for me but for our daughter. I’ve suffered hurt , sadness and definitely anger BUT I’ve had this little girl to make my spirits higher . Although , I hurt today and continue to figure this thing called “ life “ out ... we will celebrate your life with love , joy and happiness . You’ve touched more people’s hearts than I’ve ever seen - not just from your smile but you being you . I thank you for showing me things I’d never get to experience in life and creating a better one for your daughter and I ... I thank you for allowing me to share all of our experiences and create new memories with this precious princess . Your legacy will live on , until we meet again ... WE love you very very much and you are and will continue to be missed #RIPAaron#81#hisdaughterskeeper #oursuperhero
We've rounded up a few bits about what's set to go down before the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Deets inside...
Cardi B was spotted making her rounds in the Big Apple before she hits the stage to OPEN the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. She's not performing. However, it's rumored she will participate in some type of skit/monologue when she hits the stage inside Radio City Music Hall.
TMZ photogs caught up with the NYC raptress, keeping it semi-comfy in a tracksuit and booties, leaving her hotel where she confirmed she's not performing tonight. She also said she was feeling a bit under the weather. Baby Kulture wasn't with her, but we know the 1-month old is in NYC with her mom because we saw them board a private jet days earlier on their way to NYC.
The "Ring" rapper appeared to be in good spirits, following the unexpected release of her new "Ring" video with Kehlani. Bardi hopped on social media earlier today to reveal she was pissed when found out the video was released without her approval. She didn't dwell on it though, especially since she's hitting up the VMAs tonight. Why not get in on the free promo, right?
As she walked through fans who swarmed her, she was asked about who she wants to see tonight, Nicki Minaj or Travis Scott. She ignored the question, but TMZ insists she's #TeamTravis even though she would never admit it. Their words, not ours.
Peep the clip of Cardi below:
Cardi has already won the "Song Of Summer" award for her track "I Like It." She has been nominated for 10 awards.
In other pre-VMA news...
The MTV VMAs had to play musical chairs with all of the drama poppin' off between artists this week. Mainly, QUEEN Nicki Minaj and her generated drama.
Travis Scott - whose Astroworld album is the No. 1 album on the Billboard charts - was originally supposed to sit BEHIND Nicki - who came in the No. 2 spot on the charts - during the awards ceremony.
But, his #1 album, plus the online drama the QUEEN has going on, producers have decided to move his seat.
The official seating plan for the #MTVVMAs including @KylieJenner@NICKIMINAJ@blakelively@Camila_Cabello@ShawnMendes@iamcardib@RitaOra@JLo@LiamPayne@AnnaKendrick47@Milliestopshate@PostMalone& @BebeRexhapic.twitter.com/ba7qjCBP3h
— Howell Davies (@HOWELLDAVIES) August 17, 2018
Now, Travis and his baby's mother Kylie Jenner (who got caught up in Nicki's album chart drama, along with baby Stormi) will now sit on the opposite side of the room from Nicki, according to reports. Ha!
By the way, Spotify has responded to Nicki after she made claims that the music streaming service was "punishing" her, following a series of tweets about how it's everyone else's fault but her own that QUEEN came in as the 2nd top album on the charts. A rep for Spotify issued a statement to Variety:
"Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf. Her song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki."
Well, there you have it.
In other news....
Looks like Juelz Santana will NOT be at the VMAs this year. Why? Well, a judge put a stop to that with the quickness.
The NYC rapper, who pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, along with carrying a weapon on aircraft, got denied permission to attend the music event due to his pending court case. Bloop!
It's reported Juelz asked the judge for permission, but the judge said NOPE.
The site reports:
Santana is currently out of jail on a $500,000 bond which requires him to wear an ankle-monitor and adhere to strict travel restrictions. He lives in New Jersey at his mother’s house, and must get approval for any out of state trips … which would include the VMAs.
The court has been lenient with Santana, letting him participate in taping “Love & Hip-Hop: New York” and for his touring schedule. However, the judge must not be an MTV fan, and denied his request to attend the show.
Yeah, so he'll be watching from his mother's couch. Sucks.
2️⃣ days till #vmas...this was the first video and single off my album “This Is Me...Then”. It was probably my most personal album ever...and honestly my favorite album I’ve done so far...I just loved the sound of it and the sentiments...At that time I truly realized that being an artist meant you have to be vulnerable and bare your heart and soul...it takes courage to do that...to really show who you are at any given moment in time...and this was me then... completely. And one of the things that was important for me to remind everyone of in that moment was who I am and who I will always be...don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got I’m still I’m still...JENNY FROM THE BLOCK. #nomatterwhereIgoIknowwhereIcamefrom #VMAs #videovanguard #thisismenow #humbledandgrateful
Jennifer Lopez says she has a few surprises up her sleeve for the VMAs tonight. She will be presented with the Video Vanguard Award, the VMAs version of a lifetime achievement award. She will hit the stage to perform a medley of her hits and she has loads of surprises for her fans.
The NY Post reveals:
A source tells Page Six that Lopez, 49, plans to bring out some of the most famous collaborators from her two-decade-long music career, potentially Ja Rule, Fat Joe and French Montana, just to name a few.
Who are y'all looking to see her bring out?
Be sure to keep it locked to TheYBF.com for all the VMA madness.
Phots: Backgrid/Getty/Travis' IG/Juelz's IG
Issa post-baby slay! And it came with a VMA Award too. Get into Cardi B.'s first official public appearance as Mama Bardi...
Cardi B. pulled out the power pink to mark her official post-baby comeback at tonight's MTV VMAs. The rapper is nominated for umpteen awards tonight, and she won her very first one before the show even started.
Pulling up to Radio City Music Hall in NYC, the brand new mama rocked a magenta velvet Nicholas Jebran asymmetrical, dramatic off-shoulder dress redesigned by fellow Dominican stylist Alexander Costa. She paired the look with Lorraine Schwartz jewels, coifed wiggery and matching pink satin shoes perfect for strolling down the pink carpet and showing off her pink tatts.
Before she could troll us all with a fake baby Kulture during her opening monologue, Cardi won her very first VMA for having the Song of the Summer. "I Like It" has literally been everywhere all summer, and we can't escape that ish. Looks like it paid off though.
Photos: Getty/Cardi's IG
Amber Rose, Dej Loaf and LIONBABE's Jillian Harvey served up "WTF" looks when they hit the carpet at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Decide who takes the WTF crown inside...
What the f....
Yeah, we said it a few times while watching celebrities pull up and strut down the pink carpet for this year's MTV VMAs held inside Radio City Hall in NYC.
Amber Rose was the first celeb who had us like wait...girl whet?! Chick literally kicked off Halloween 2018 mad early with this red latex devil-inspired outfit. Was she going for a cat woman look? Dominatrix?
We wonder if Amber's new boyfriend/Denver Nuggets forward Monte Morris approved of this look before she left the house. He likely loved it, seeing that he chose her. We doubt she would have cared if he didn't though. She loves creating "moments," whether postivie or negative. And we're not mad. Do you, boo.
Yeah, that was our face too Terrence J!
Another head-turning look on the carpet:
Rapper Dej Loaf made sure EVERYBODY saw her for her very first VMAs. It's her first time at the show and it's the first time she has been nominated. She's in the running for the Video With A Message award for her track "Liberated." This white ruffled concotion screams liberation. Or something chile...
Dej is marching to the beat of her own drum while also paying homage to a few greats who hit the VMAs before her, including Missy Elliot, Aaliyah and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.
Somebody said she looks like an open tampon, and we can't even.
We feelin' it?
And then this happened...
We're not sure what's going on with LIONBABE's Jillian Harvey's (daughter of Vanessa Williams) look, but...it's just not right. The wig, the dress, the shoes....
Issa no from us dawg.
So, who rocked the biggest WTF 'Fit tonight?!