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Cardi B is still racking up award nominations after a stellar year. She leads iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations with Drake following behind. Find out what she's nominated for, plus catch up on Frank Ocean's rare GQ interview inside...
Cardi B said there's nothing she likes more in this world than money. But we're sure she's loving all of the recognition she has been receiving in the music world since releasing her debut album, Invasion of Privacy.
The "I Like It" rapper rounded up the most nominations for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, clocking in 13 nominations for tracks from Invasion of Privacy and several features she hopped on last year.
Kulture's mom is up for Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Hip Hop Song of the Year ("I Like It"), Best Music Video ("I Like It"), Song of the Year for her feature on Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," and several more nominations for features.
Drake comes in behind Cardi with 8 nominations, including Song of the Year ("God's Plan"), Male Artist of the Year, Hip Hop Song of the Year ("God's Plan"), Hip Hop Artist of the Year and more.
Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Hip Hop Artist of the Year. Bruno Mars is up for 4 awards for the "Finesse (Remix)" with Cardi B.
Ty Dolla Sign, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, XXXTentacion, Lil Baby, Lil Pump, BlackBoy JB, H.E.R., SZA, Ella Mai, Tank, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Queen Naija, and Post Malone are also up for awards. See the full list here.
Even though baby Kulture is sick, the five-time Grammy Award nominee is still putting in work.
The Fashion Nova brand ambassador was spotted in NYC as she made her way to the studio to film her upcoming music competition show, "Rhythm + Flow." For yesterday's look, she rocked a black and white striped Dolce & Gabbana suit with Gabriel NY's 14k White gold stud earrings complete with pink wiggery. On Insta, Cardi said it took her hairstylist a while to get the hump right, but it was perfected before the taping.
A day before, she was spotted in this lavender concoction:
“Rhythm + Flow," is a new Hip Hop music competition series coming to Netflix where Cardi, Chance The Rapper, and T.I. will serve as celebrity judges. They'll be mentoring undiscovered hip-hop artists to help them pursue their dreams of making it big in the industry. It's rumored that Cardi will receive a seven-figure paycheck to serve as a judge on the 10-hour long episodes. Money moves!
On the magazine front...
Well look who it is!
Singer Frank Ocean has been keeping a low profile, but he resurfaced for a GQ cover and interview. In the rare cover story, the singer talked about making his Instagram public, politics, fashion tips, his vices, and he even shared his skincare rountine.
Peep the highlights below:
EMMETT CRUDDAS: I wanted to start off by asking you about the gesture of making your Instagram public. I know you don't do a lot of interviews, but how do you feel about having the opportunity to say what you want to say when you want to say it without being mediated like that?
FRANK OCEAN: I feel like there was dissonance between how I was seen by the audience and where I was actually, so that contributed to the decision to make my Instagram public, for sure. But there's also the idea of dialogue and discourse and conversation—like theater where the audience can interrupt you versus the television.
VEGYN: With that in mind, do you think there's any misconceptions people might have about you that you're trying to confront?
OCEAN: I feel like between the numbers of zero to ten, in between every number there's infinity, you know? I would describe a person as the space between the symbols, beyond the language. That dissonance—the word being a big container for what I was feeling…the way I was seen was not even close to correct. It's still not correct, either.
EMMETT CRUDDAS: I wanted to ask about bringing Blonded back for the midterm elections and how you perceive your own cultural cachet. Do you think the stakes are higher for artists politicizing their output in 2018, interacting with actual politics?
OCEAN: The stakes feel higher now, yes. I was excited about the idea of incentivizing people to vote and to get excited about midterms, because people aren't usually excited about voting at midterms. Getting seven or eight thousand people who might not have otherwise voted to participate like that is a testament to what public figures can do or encourage with their voice. It feels responsible, especially at this time. Maybe also at many times prior, but it feels less like responsibility and more like a great opportunity that I had and still have.
VEGYN: Do you have any vices?
OCEAN: I used to love mezcal. That's like the adult/underground version of tequila. I was in Art Basel in Florida—not Switzerland, unfortunately—I was out having a few cocktails with friends, dancing, et cetera. I went to the fair the next day, and everything was okay. And all of a sudden I felt I was going down [laughter], I was about to pass out in the hallway of the convention center, so I took a knee and I had to sit against the wall.… Rocky passed out at a fashion show, and said they had him held up like a ventriloquist [laughter], and that's kinda how I felt as they put me outside. I sat outside in the fresh air for a couple of hours before I felt comfortable going back in. I haven't had a drink since, so it's not an answer to your question, but yeah.
Maybe my vice is that I watch way too much TV news. I know that I'm not getting real information, but I still watch it. I wish my vice was VH1 reality-TV shows, but it's not—it's MSNBC. MSNBC is Love & Hip Hop with better vocabulary and more range, but it's the same thing. Very much entertainment.
VEGYN: Are there any clothing trends you want to make a comeback?
OCEAN: I thought Marithé + François Girbaud was gonna come back, but it didn't. That would be nice.
CRUDDAS: Are you about to drop the skin-care routine?
OCEAN: Man, listen…some days, like today, I feel very beautiful. But some days, like in the winter, when I wear a lot of knit hats, my skin doesn't like that. My mom told me years ago that you gotta get somebody to stitch the silk inside the lining of the cap so it doesn't irritate your skin, 'cause your skin is sensitive. I didn't listen to my mom, but I really do believe in a night cream. I feel like men just go to sleep. They may wash their face or they don't even bother—they go to sleep with the day face on. You really need to do a gentle wash and put a night moisturizer on. You can't have the retinol in your creams in the day because it makes you more sun-sensitive, so you wanna throw that on at night. I need the night cream because when I wake up I feel very beautiful, moisturized and ready to have people making eye contact with me, ready to look above my eyebrow, below the eyebrow. [laughs] That's the life hack right there. It's been all these years, and Pharrell still hasn't given us the keys yet. He just says “exfoliate,” but it's not just “exfoliate”: We need more keys.
Take notes, fellas. Night cream is where it's at.
You can read his article here.
Photos: Backgrid/Splash/Cardi's IG/Alasdair McLellan via GQ/@ravieb
Serena Williams graces the cover of ALLURE magazine's latest issue where she dishes about always staying true to herself, learning to love her post-baby bod and the best advice Oprah has given her. More inside...
There's no denying Serena Williams is one of, if not, THE world’s greatest athlete.
She has a whopping 23 Grand Slam singles titles (one shy of the world record), several doubles trophies, and four Olympics gold medals.
However, the 37-year-old is much more than just an athlete. She's a mother, a wife, and entrepreneur. She has her own clothing line (that she's expanding), she's the acting CEO and founder of her company, and she's currently enrolled in business school.
The award winning athlete has a lot going on in her life, but she wouldn't have morphed into the confident woman she is today if it weren't for her parents.
“Venus [Williams] and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves," Serena told ALLURE magazine's Body + Mind issue. "We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be black in tennis. And that was different.”
And that's what made us love Serena and Venus even more. They weren't afraid to be unapologetically black and little black girls everywhere where able to see someone who looked like them in a sport where black women were scarce.
“There weren’t a lot of role models for me to look up to [in the sport] and say, ‘Wow, I want to look like this!’... I kind of had to be that role and be that person,” she said. She said both of her parents encouraged them to love themselves, and the way they looked, even under the sometimes cruel scrutiny of the public eye.
After welcomingher baby girl Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September 2017, Rena said she's loving her post-baby bod. It took some hard work to get where she's at, but she made it happen.
“I’m feeling pretty good about my body. I worked hard at it in the past eight months to get back from the baby. It hasn’t been easy. I’m not 21 anymore. But I did it slow and steady.” Slow and steady was the right track for her. And though this was new territory, she felt comfortable with the process: “After I came out [of the hospital], I had a stomach, but I thought, This is kind of cool. I have a stomach because the baby was there.”
"I loved being pregnant,” she shared. “I loved everything about it. I was one of those weird people that loved being pregnant. Those annoying people.”
The new mom shared what morals and values she plans to instill in her daughter:
“I want her to know that being strong is never easy. Not in this world we are living in.... Standing up for yourself is not going to be easy, but it’s always eventually respected,” Williams said. “Those are the people who’ve made a difference in this world, people that stand up for what’s right. If you look at history, those are the people that you really remember. And at the time, oh, my God, it seemed impossible.”
The tennis superstar also opened up about advice Oprah gave her while stanning for her husband/Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.
“Oprah said, ‘Never let anyone dim your light.’ That really stuck with me. Alexis doesn’t dim my light. He doesn’t try to dim my light. He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about. It always was something that I could see in some relationships — my light would be dimmer. Now I feel like I can shine really bright and still do everything that I want to do.”
As for her clothing line, she plans on expanding to plus sizes (a word she's not fond of), but there's a process she wants to follow to ensure it's A1.
“They’re not ‘extended sizes,’ because I feel like those sizes don’t fit the same,” she said, explaining that her next collection, Serena Great, will “have a whole new fit package. A whole different fit model that’s strictly for the Great.” She doesn’t like the term “plus-size” and wants to emphasize that this new line isn’t just about offering something to people who wanted to purchase the clothes she designed in a larger size; it is made specifically for them. “I was thinking, How do people describe me? They say I’m great. I don’t look like everyone else. They still call me great. In fact, they call me the greatest. I thought, OK, that’s it. That’s the word. It’s ‘great.’ ”
You can read her full interview here.
Also, check out Serena attempt to do 9 things she's never done before, including hoola hooping with a GoPro camera, cracking an egg with one hand, sign an autograph with lipstick and more.
By the way, shoutout to Serena's hairstlyist Vernon Francois forwhipping out the textured tresses. We love it.
Photos: Tanya and Zhenya Posternak via Allure magazine
Democratic donor Ed Buck is being investigated after another black man was found dead in his LA apartment. Also, another black man has come forward to share how he narrowly escaped death after Buck allegedly being injected with crystal meth. Deets inside....
Police are investigating relatively large Democratic donor Ed Buck after another black man was found dead inside his LA apartment.
Acording to reports, 55-year-old Timothy Dean of West Hollywood was found dead early Monday at Buck’s apartment on the 1200 block of Laurel Avenue. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies West Hollywood station responded about 1:05 AM PST to respond to a report of a person not breathing. It's reported the caller performed CPR and called 911, however paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Buck's attorney, Seymour Amster, is trying to say Timothy Dean died from an accidental overdose.
“From what I know, it was an old friend who died of an accidental overdose, and unfortunately, we believe that the substance was ingested at some place other than the apartment,” Amster said to the Times. “The person came over intoxicated.”
However, Buck's neighbor is saying the complete opposite:
But Jackie Tepper, one of Buck’s neighbors, told DailyMail.com that she did not think the man was intoxicated. Tepper – the daughter of Elvis Presley songwriter Sid Tepper – said she saw a black man outside Buck’s apartment just after midnight Monday. She also said that seeing young black men at the apartment was something all his neighbors had come to expect.
"I came out at 12.15am to walk my dogs after the Golden Globes, so I know exactly what time it was,’ she said. "When I was walking by his apartment I saw a black man trying to buzz into the building.
Timothy's roommate also said he has never seen him do drugs.
63-year-old Ed Buck is a longtime political donor and he once was a candidate for the West Hollywood City Council. Over the years, he has contributed to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Folks are outraged over Timothy Dean's death as he's the 2nd black man to die in Ed Buck's home in the last 18 months. And this entire situation brings up Jeffrey Dahmer similarities.
In July 2017, the body of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was found in the exact same apartment and Buck was also present. The coroner's office ruled Gemmel Moore's death as an accidental methamphetamine overdose. Despite calls from the black and gay communities and Moore's family, prosecutors declined to file charges against Ed Buck in connection with the fatal overdose of Moore in his West Hollywood home.
It's wildly rumored - and claimed by men coming forward - that Ed Buck allegedly likes to drug young, black men and engage in kinky sex with them.
A third man is coming forward with his story about how he nearly escaped death inside Buck's apartment after he was injected with crystal meth. 28-year-old Jermaine Gagnon said Buck flew him out to LA from Minnesota, drugged him by dissolving a substance into his Gatorade and then injected him with drugs.
Jermaine shared pictures with the DailyMail of Buck "crouched over him on a mattress during one of their nights together last year" and sex toys Buck liked to use during their encounter. "
"He had this red and black toolbox with all types of fetish toys, like c**k rings, sex toys," he shared.
Buck's attorney, Seymour Amster, declined to comment on Jermaine's allegations, but he did question why Jermaine didn't contact the police at the time of the incident he claims went down.
"We see no reason to respond to unverified accusations from individuals just trying to seek attention," Mr. Amster said.
Jermaine did admit he was homeless and couch surfing when he met Buck through a day dating site in April 2018. He said Buck offered him $200 to spend the evening with him at his West Hollywood apartment.
The site reports:
Gagnon said: 'I had done sex for money other times but I don't make it a habit.
"The first day we met, I met him at his house. There is a gate at the main entrance and he buzzed me up. He's on the second floor. When I walked in, it was dim lights, a mattress in the middle of the floor, three mirrors surrounding the mattress and a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall.'
Gagnon said the mirrors were about seven-foot high and appeared to be suspended on ropes so that they tilted forward over the bed.
"It was just kind of weird," he told DailyMailTV.
The 28-year-old said that during this first meeting he smoked crystal meth with Buck.
"We smoked together, we passed the bowl back and forth and then he was like, 'I've been smoking all day, go ahead and enjoy.' There's pipes everywhere, there's baggies, straws."
Gagnon said that Buck injected the crystal meth into the vein on his arm and he reacted badly to the drugs and became aggressive.
"It hit me, my body went to tingling, my mouth went to jittery. I got so high that I was enraged, I cussed him out and made a big scene at his apartment and he pretty much put me out," he said. "I changed back into my clothes, he paid me $250 and I left."
Gagnon said that Buck was open about the fact he was having dates with multiple men - 'young, black, handsome and well-endowed.' He was quite open about being very generous to the black community. I'm his type and pretty much half of the black community is his type - vulnerable, depressed. If you're in a depressive state, that's the energy that feeds him.
See all of Jermaine Gagon's receipts here.
The first death case has been reopened and Buck is being investigated over the deaths of both of the black men.
A candlelight vigil is being held tonight for both victims:
PLEASE AMPLIFY: We'll be holding a candlelight vigil on Friday 1/11 at 7PM for Timothy Dean AND Gemmel Moore in front of Ed Buck's apartment at 1234 Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood. Gemmel's mother will be in attendance. On Monday 1/14 Gemmel would've been 28 y/o. #ArrestEdBuck
— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) January 10, 2019
Also, dozens of people have been protesting outside of his apartment, chanting"Arrest Him Now!" It'll be interesting to see how much accountability the officials will say he has.
Photos: Getty/LA Daily News/Mark Chambers/Curtis Means via DailyMailTV
Dame Dash and Nick Cannon got 50 Cent and Funkmaster Flex in their bags after seeing a clip from "Cannon's Class" where they discussed Jay Z and Foxy Brown's possible relationship. Find out what they had to say about it inside...
Yesterday, Nick Cannon released his full hour-long conversation with Dame Dash for his "Cannon's Class" series. Over the last few days, Nick had been dropping clips from the interview and one part in particular got up under 50 Cent and Funkmaster Flex's skin.
During the interview, Dame and Nick touch on Jay Z's alleged "relationship" with an underaged Foxy Brown. The guys insinuate Hov was messing around with Fox when she was just 16. Peep the clip below:
FIf came across the clip, posted it to his IG account and captioned,"Dame is a real sucker for this, he trying to get jay jammed up. smh."
The "Wild 'N Out" honcho is never one to back down, so he hopped in 50's comments:
"Ha!!! That’s what you got out of that Big Homey??? Interesting! I was taught Solid recognize Solid and suckas recognize suckas… Let’s talk about it!,” Nick replied.
"That's f*cked up you know these people out here so sensitive, they looking for anything Dame know what he was doing. He could have brushed right pass that question instead he asked you to ask him again," Fif popped back.
A fan also responded to the clip and Fif unleashed some harsh words towards the lady:
The "Power" star/producer also hopped in the comments on Nick's page where Funkmaster Flex co-signed:
"@50Cent 2 grown men giggling like b*tches concerned about Jayz penis and who he touching! @duskopoppington x @nickcannon ( Nick always commenting on a man chick.. but can't keep his chick! Damn intern/wife took all his sh*t! Y'all 2 are a F*cking disgrace from my era!!! FOH," Flex wrote.
Flex then blamed Foxy for allegedly lying about her age:
Flex hopped in the DMs and Nick shared a screenshot of their convo. Sounds like an interview could be in the works:
Switching gears a bit...
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#TBT After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry. Let’s stop beating around the bush and call it what it is. This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior. And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS. For far too long we have treated women like second class citizens, when in actuality they are the source, our core, and the Superior beings. But our insecurities, Egos, and lack of love has tried to prove otherwise. Therefore we have SEVERAL cases where we allow entertainers, executives, and every day individuals abuse and mistreat our life bearers and beautiful equals. It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everyone in between. I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift. I’m not judging ANY man for his past or his private actions because I too am a guilty sinner of the blatant disrespect even in some of the statements in the song above. But From Individuals like Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Steven Tyler, R. Kelly, Elvis and others, I must say we have to deal with this sickness head on. The real leaders and Bosses must step up and be MEN! And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry. Please consider an advocate, ally and student that needs guidance in an industry that was designed to take advantage of women. Let’s change it ALL immediately. And call it all to the table for our ignorance, wrong doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens.
Mr. NCredible offered up an honest apology to all women who have been taken advantage of by men. He admitted he was wrong for working with R. Kelly back in the day and from this day forward, he will no longer stay silent about the "darkness in this industry." Peep his heartfelt apology above.
Despite all of the controvery AND police investigations against R. Kelly, the Pied Piper (ugh!) is STILL being booked for shows. Not here in the States though. Over in Germany. It's reported the promoter is fully aware of what's going on with Kellz and claims they will act accordingly if anything changes.
Kelly is scheduled to perform in Ludwigsburg this coming April. Tickets are currently going for $115 and up, as of this post. He's even offering a meet and greet -- yes, even now -- which will cost fans about $355, if they're so inclined.
Sources close to Kelly tell us the singer also just locked down shows in Hamburg and Oberhausen. What's interesting about those dates is ... they were sealed in the last few days, AFTER "Surviving R. Kelly" aired.
A rep for the venue in Ludwigsburg tells TMZ ... the promoter is fully aware of what's happening with Kelly in the States, and is monitoring to see how things unfold. The rep says, "You can be assured that we are carefully following the situation and, if necessary, will act accordingly."
$355 for a meet and greet? Boy, bye.
While it may seem like everyone hates R. Kelly here in the States, that doesn't seem to be true in his hometown of Chicago. He was spotted celebrating his birthday at a club this week and folks were losing it when he hopped on the mic to sing - and say he aint worried about NOTHING:
— CM (@CMartinezTB) January 10, 2019
R Kelly Gets Spotted Chicago Club DJ playing All His Old Jams pic.twitter.com/GcdJ3IHtw7
— HIPHOP CROWN NATION (@hiphopcnation) January 10, 2019
Close Up Footage: R. Kelly Vibes to His Old Jams In Chicago Club Tonight pic.twitter.com/AsF8DEMXq8
— HIPHOP CROWN NATION (@hiphopcnation) January 10, 2019
Ugh. Cops were also called to the party, but nothing transpired.
Photos: Dame's IG/Instagram
Quality Control CEO Pierre "Pee" Thomas had to whip out receipts on Khia after she accused him of stealing the "My Neck, My Back" sample for the City Girls. Meanwhile Daz Dillinger is facing up to 25 years in prison felony drug charges and ASAP Mob co-founder ASAP Bari pleaded guilty to sexaul assault. Deets inside...
Khia went into an online rant, unleashing an expletive video where she calls out Quality Control CEO Pierre "Pee" Thomas for sampling her hit record "My Neck, My Back" without coughing the coins.
The City Girls have a track titled "F*ck Dat N*gga" on Quality Control's compilation album, Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 1, which features the "My Neck, My Back" sample. In the clip Khia uploaded to social media, she alleges that she has not received any money for the 2002 sample "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)."
"Q...Pee, you know I'm at you because you let those dirty a** City Girls sample my sh*t and you didn't pay me. While you act like you got so much muthaf*ckin' money," Khia said in the clip.
The Miami raptress also clowned Pee for allegedly getting "friends" Lira Galore and Kaylar Will pregnant at the same time.
Once Pee got wind of Khia's accusations, he whipped out receipts to shut her up. And he did it so classy-like. He knew Pee had it in him.
Peep Khia's video and the receipts below:
Later, Khia hopped on Instagram Live to talk more ish:
Khia then hopped on her own IG account with her "receipts," in an effort to prove "My Neck, My Back" is HER song:
Wikipedia, Khia? OK. Also, we REALLY hope she talks to her publisher/label/manager/lawyer about this instead of someone who has nothing to do with her business.
The other gag is...it's rumored - and we cannot independently confirm - Khia actually STOLE the "My Neck, My Back" track from Tampa artist, Owe Jive. Take a listen to his version below:
No lawsuits against Pee have been filed (as of yet) for the use of the track, so there's that.
In other news...
Rapper Daz Dillinger has found himself in a world of trouble after being indicted on two felony drug charges.
It's reported The Dogg Pound rapper was indicted last month for possessing over an ounce of marijuana and also liquid THC. He was originally charged with 13 felony drug charges after the cops reportedly found "117 grams of ganja, including in several cigarillo packets and a green mason jar, and a bunch of THC oil during the September bust at his home in Powder Springs."
Instead of bringing him up on all 13 charges, prosecutors decided to pursue just the 2 charges. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.
Let's hope they don't bring up that "crip alert" he issued to Kanye West last year.
In other legal news...
ASAP Mob co-founder ASAP Bari has escaped jail time after pleading guilty to one count of sex assault after he was caught on camera assaulting a woman at a London hotel.
It's reported he slapped a woman on her butt and demanded she give him oral sex in a video that made its way online in July 2017. According to the UK's Mirror, ASAP Bari (real name Jabari Shelton) admitted to sexually assaulting a woman (who will remain anonoymous) at The Curtain Hotel in 2017 after the Wireless Festival.
ASAP Bari was arrested and then released after posting £25,000 (about $32,000) that allowed him to return to the United States.
A judge ordered Bari to pay a £4,000 (about $5,100) fine and only £2,500 (about $3,200) to the victim. Per a restraining order, he is prohibited from making any contact with the victim. By the way, he filed a lawsuit against the same woman for defamation and civil extortion back in August 2018.
ASAP Bari is back to his regularly scheduled program. He was spotted posing it up alongside Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's wear collection, last night at the Louis Vuitton x Chrome Hearts private dinner:
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VIRGIL ABLOH x A$AP BARI #VirgilAbloh and #ASAPBari at the #LouisVuitton & #ChromeHearts private dinner to celebrate the menswear Spring / Summer '19 #NYC temporary residency. @virgilabloh, @younglord, @louisvuitton & @chromeheartsofficial #blacksnobiety #blogger #fashionblogger #fashiongram #fashion #newyork #bellahadid #yeezyseason #yeezus #kanyewest #kanye #supreme #vlone #rickowens #rafsimons #offwhite #alyx #fog #fearofgod #nike
1. Toni Braxton reportedly owes the IRS more than $340,000 in back taxes. She also owes the State of California Franchise Taz Board over $116,000. Maybe she made far better profits than she estimated, and can get this cleared up soon. STORY
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NFL baller Von Miller seems to be about 5 minutes away from gettting another ring - one that comes with a wedding. He and girlfriend Megan Denise have been extra boo'd up all over IG, and nothing says locked down more than tatting your boo's whole face on you. So we know it's real.
Cowboy hat wearing, chicken coup owner, Texas native, Super Bowl champ Von Miller found himself a curvalicious, freckled, heavily tatted girlfriend. And they're extra in love, based on their social media at least.
The Denver Broncos baller's girlfriend Megan Denise showed off her newest tatt of her man - his face on her back, right next to Tupac and Malcolm X:
Chick got inked by Tulsa tattoo artist Mister Kito and showed it off earlier this week. Obvi, Von loves it. And now wants to put a baby in her:
It's not her only tattoo saluting her NFL boo either:
A few months ago she got "Vonnie" written across her boobs.
We wonder how many tatts he has of her....
Regardless, it seems like they're super close and possibly living together. She often posts pics from what looks like his closet and she's got plenty of PDA pics to show off too:
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Thank you for being you. Thank you for teaching me to always be a better version of myself than yesterday. Thank you for teaching me how to NOT CARE when the world tries to knock me down. Thank you for loving me for me. Thank you for riding with ME! I’m forever grateful. You’re more than just my man... you’re truly my best friend. @vonmiller
Good luck to 'em. Photos: Instagram
Luka Sabbat joins Kourtney Kardashian in Aspen for their first 2019 getaway together. Go inside to peep their pics, plus check out Kendall Jenner's ex-Blake Griffin on a breakfast date with his new girlfriend...
It appears Luka Sabbat and Kourtney Kardashian are still #TeamUs as they slide into the New Year.
The "Grown-ish" star joined Kourtney and her sisters - Kylie and Kendall Jenner - in Aspen, Colorado for some fun on a snowy getaway for their first vacay of 2019.
"Kourtney invited Luka to come on the trip with them because he is friends with the whole group of girls and she thought it would be fun. He's been hanging around a lot and Kourtney is always excited to see him," a source told E! News. "Luka meshes really well with the group and all of the sisters love having him around."
Decked out in a "Kardashian" hat, the 21-year-old star was dressed up in snow gear to ski down the slopes with his rumored 39-year-old girlfriend.
Luka and Kourtney first sparked dating rumors in October 2018 when they were spotted leaving a Virgil Abloh's Off-White gallery in Beverly Hills. In November, Kourtney celebrated Luka's 21st birthday in Hollywood and they're seemingly still hanging tight, despite sources claiming they aren't an actual couple.
"There is still a lot of chemistry between Kourtney and Luka and they never fell out of touch, but nothing serious is going on," the source continued. "Kourtney is not dating anyone and is truly having fun."
A source revealed to Us Weekly that Kourtney's kids - Mason (9), Penelope (6), and Reign (4) - all love Luka and that he's a good "friend of the entire family."
For Christmas, Kourtney was all buddy buddy with her kids' father Scott Disick's 20-year-old girlfriend, Sofia Richie, during a family vacay (with the kids) in Mexico.
They sure do like them young, don't they?
Kourtney's little sister Kendall Jenner and NBA baller Ben Simmons are getting much more open about their relationship. They kept it under wraps for several months, much to Ben's ex-girlfriend Tinashe's surprise. He was accused of overlapping the relationships, but Ben's carrying on with his model boo, flirting quite publicly on IG:
A few months ago, they spent a family vacay in Mexico with Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian. Cheers to them or whatever.
As for another couple spotting...
Detroit Pistons baller Blake Griffin and his girlfriend Francesca Aiello are still going strong.
The former Los Angeles Clippers, who broke up with Kendall Jenner in early 2018, and his girl stepped out for a healthy breakfast at Kreation in Beverly Hills. We wonder if Blake rushed his girl to breakfast since chick went bra-less and all.
Back in July, the couple soaking up some sun on the beach in Malibu. They also hit the beach in Miami back in August.
Meghan Markle and her baby bump step out for the year's first engagement hours after a super important royal announcement. Everything inside...
It's 2019, and the royal duties have commenced!
Meghan Markle stepped out for her first engagement of the year where she paid a visit to one of the four British charities she was announced as patron to just hours before. Yep, 4. It's unprecedented for a first year Royal to receive that many patron titles from the Queen.
Arriving at Smart Works HQ in west London, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out with the sophisticated drip. She covered her growing baby bump in a black Hatch midi dress, topped with a camel-colored Oscar de la Renta coat, and she accessorized her look with Kimai earrings with her hair pulled back into a low bun.
The soon-to-be mom, who will reportedly give birth in the spring, appeared to be in great spirits as she spoke with the women in Smart Works for her first official visit as patron. The organization - founded in 2013 - helps get "interview clothing" and provides "coaching to unemployed women with upcoming job interviews."
During her visit, the Duchess helped find outfits for women who were gearing up to go on job interviews, as well as sit in on interview coaching and preparation.
The Windsors are serious about lending their name and time to charities. They are currently patrons (or presidents) of more than 3,000 organizations and charities total. As a newbie in the royal family, Megan receiving her first four patronages represent an important step for her.
"Royal patronages add status to an organization, and visits and involvement from a royal patron can often bring much-needed publicity," according to their website.
Smart Works: The Duchess has met with many women who have benefited from the charity’s support.
@SmartWorksHQ helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
The former "Suits" star accepted patronages that reflect her interests, including support for women, animal welfare, arts, and access to education. Along with Smart Works, she has accepted honorary roles with Mayhew (animal welfare organization), the National Theatre (arts), and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (education).
So yeah, you can see why this is a big deal.
In other news...
Meghan's family is BACK in the headlines. And for nothing good, of course.
The Duchess' 52-year-old hating half brother, Thomas Markle Jr., was arrested in Oregon this morning (Jan. 11th) for driving under the influence.
According to TMZ, the Oregon State Police stopped him at 1:33AM and booked him for impaired driving. He repotedly took a sobriety test and failed, blowing a 0.11 percent blood-alcohol content. Cops said he was visibly intoxicated as well.
The site reports:
Thomas -- the son of Meghan's father, Thomas Sr. -- was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center. His Chevy Silverado was impounded.
Thomas is estranged from Meghan. He sent a letter to Prince Harry in April in which he said, "It's not too late. Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you."
Thomas' dad tells TMZ, "My son has a serious problem and he needs help, and I hope he gets it." Thomas Jr.'s sister, Samantha, tells TMZ, "His drinking is not related to Meghan. He always drank."
And Daddy Markle is right. This isn't his son's first run in with the law. Thomas Jr. was reportedly arrested in January 2017 for holding a gun to his then girlfriend's head during a drunken fight. Sheesh. Darlene Blount, Thomas' now fiancée, later dropped the charges.
Then in August 2018, Darlene was arrested on an assault charge in the fourth degree and Meghan's brother was involved. They both have supposedly quit drinking and have been going to counseling. They're hopeful the case will be dropped by February and they plan to celebrate by getting married in March.
This is the brother who wrote an "open letter" to Prince Harry, warning him that Meghan was "not the right woman" for him.
With family like this....
R. Kelly was confronted by cops after a tip came in that he was holding two women hostage. Meanwhile, there are reports that Kelly is suffering panic attacks following the "Surviving R. Kelly" series and police issued an arrest warrant for his former manager, James Mason. Everything inside...
Cops just pulled up on R. Kelly for the 2nd time this week.
Police went to his Trump Tower residence in Chicago after an anonymous caller gave the Cook County State Attorney's office a tip that he was holding two women hostage.
Sources told TMZ five Chicago police officers showed up to the residence and spoke to Kelly and the women, who are believed to be Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary. Both of the women were featured in the LIFETIME docu-series, "Surviving R. Kelly."
When police entered the residence, they ordered Kelly into another room while they questioned the women. The women told Chicago PD they were there voluntarily and nothing inappropriate was going on, so the police left.
If you watched the docu-series, you saw Joycelyn and Azriel's parents desperately trying to get them back. They believe their daughters have been brainwashed and that's why they don't want to leave.
R Kelly Gets Spotted Chicago Club DJ playing All His Old Jams pic.twitter.com/GcdJ3IHtw7
— HIPHOP CROWN NATION (@hiphopcnation) January 10, 2019
On Wednesday night (Jan. 9th), police ran up on Kelly while he was partying at Chicago's V75 Lounge for his 52nd birthday. In the early hours of Thursday morning, police received a tip that he was in the club and that there was a warrant out for his arrest, so they showed up to the club. Cops eventually determined there was so warrant, so he was left to continue partying.
The 12 Play singer is reportedly under investigation in the state of Georgia and they're looking to open a case in Chicago. At a Chicago press conference recently, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx urged any survivors and witnesses of Kelly’s alleged abuse to contact her office to help the county build a criminal case against Kelly.
Apparently all of the negative press has caused the "Bump N' Grind" to suffer from panic attacks. Some so severe he sought out medical attention.
TMZ reports :
Sources connected to the embattled singer tell us the panic attacks started in the days leading up to "Surviving R. Kelly" airing last week. The firestorm that erupted after it aired is affecting him, too, because we're told they've continued ... with one attack being so serious, he sought treatment at a hospital.
Our sources say, more often, he's had doctors make house visits. We're told the episodes are triggered by the overwhelming backlash Kelly's getting from celebs and the general public. He's shocked how the tables have turned ... with most people now believing his accusers.
We're told Kelly's aware the pendulum isn't swinging his way right now in the court of public opinion.
Also this week, the "Ignition" singer was evicted from his controversial music studio in Chicago for failing to pay his rent. According to The Blast, R. Kelly has two weeks to settle on the thousands of dollars in rent he owes and if he doesn't, he'll be removed by the sheriff.
The site reports:
We’re told Kelly is over $80,000 in arrears, and an eviction lawsuit was filed against him in July by the owner of the building, Midwest Commercial Funding. Sources directly connected tell us a deal was cut on Monday between the two parties that Kelly would either pay the money back in two weeks or vacate the studio.
We’re told the singer obtained his loan for the property through Midwest Commercial, and his contract guaranteed a 10-year lease at a monthly rate of $22,927.41.
There are currently negotiations going on for the sale of the property, which was featured on Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” as a headquarters for his alleged sex cult. It’s listed for sale at $3.9 million and more than likely Kelly will be gone once a new owner is ready to move in.
While Kelly hasn't been brought up on any charges, police issued an arrest warrant for his former manager, James Mason, over the summer.
Joycelyn Savage's father, Timothy Savage, accused James Mason of threatening to KILL him and his family over his involvement with the LIFETIME docu-series. He and his wife claim they haven't seen their daughter in two years and they just want her to come home
In an incident report obtained by CNN, Timothy Savage stated that Mason said, "I'm gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I'm gonna get you, I'm going to f***ing kill you."
The case was presented to a Magistrate Judge who issued a warrant in July, citing "terroristic threats and acts." The warrant is assigned to the sheriff's office.
Back in May 2018, R. Kelly survivor Faith Rodgerspulled the trigger on a lawsuit against R. Kelly for knowingly infecting her with herpes when she was 19. She initially filed the complaint in Dallas, but they are no longer investigating the case since their investigation determined no criminal offense had occurred within the city of Dallas, according to Dallas News.
According to Faith's attorney, Lee Merritt, the criminal case was transferred to New York, where Faith and Kelly first had sexual contact. It's reported Faith will file a new police report in NYC "in the near future." Faith's other lawyer, Lydia Agu, said Dallas closing the case has everything to do with a jurisdictional issue since the alleged crime didn't take place in Dallas.
The alleged victim's lawyer, Lydia Agu, tells us before she began representing her, the alleged victim was advised to file a police report in the state where she lived. Although Dallas PD tells us they closed the case because there was "no criminal element," Agu says this is purely a jurisdictional issue because the alleged crime took place in NYC.
Agu says her client will fly to NYC and file with the NYPD's Special Victims Unit. Agu filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of her client -- against R. Kelly -- in May.
The #MuteRKelly movement strikes!
Plane Flies Over Sony Music HQ in Culver City Demanding Sony Owned RCA Records Cut Ties with Sexual Predator R. Kelly pic.twitter.com/xQbZWEHH9j
— Bill Ritter (@billritter7) January 11, 2019
UltraViolet, a national women's organization, commissioned a plane with a sign that reads “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly” to fly over Sony Music’s offices in Culver City, California Friday afternoon (Jan. 11th). They are calling for RCA (which is owned by Sony Music) to drop all affiliations with R. Kelly in the wake of all of the sexual misconduct and sexual allegationsmade against him, specifically detailed in "Surviving R. Kelly."
Do you think they'll drop him anytime soon?
A judge ruled in 50 Cent's favor in the porn revenge lawsuit Teairra Mari brought up against him. She now has to pay him hella cash and he's clowning her over it. More inside...
In May 2018, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star/singer Teairra Mari conducted a press conference to announce she was suing her ex-boyfriend Akbar Abdul-Ahad for allegedly posting "revenge porn" that featured her during intimate moments and 50 Cent who shared the content on his Instagram account.
A judge has ordered the reality star to pay the rapper $30,000 after he caught a victory in her revenge porn lawsuit.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Los Angeles judge has dismissed all claims against the rapper. The "Power" star/producer wanted T. Mari to pay the entire $161,660.15 legal bill, but the judge ordered her to pay $30,618 to cover his legal fees for having to fight her in court.
During the press conference, T. Mari fought back tears as she explained how graphic pictures of her made it to the Internet. She said her ex-Akbar had her password and after she broke up with him for cheating, he logged into her account and posted a sex tape and an obscene photo of her as payback. And, of course, to humiliate her.
"He had my Instagram password, so he posted them on my Instagram to make me look terrible. Of course, I was horrified."
The former Rocafella singer said she deleted the material, but 50 grabbed the picture, posted it on his account (with 18 million followers) and captioned, "Get the strap." She said IG took the images down and that's when the "Power" star/producer posted another photo and "complained that IG was censoring him."
She continued, "I have to stand up for myself or it looks like I did it. That's why I'm going full pursuit." Later, Lisa confirmed they would file the police report later today along with the lawsuit.
See the full press conference HERE.
After the verdict, Fif was full of petty, per usual. He clowned T. Mari after nabbing the victory. He posted up a screenshot of a headline about the case with the caption, "Now Teairra you can cough up the money or you can go with R.Kelly and sh*t in a bucket. LOL #lecheminduroi."
Photos: Teairra's IG/50's IG
Steve Harvey's daytime talk show is being replaced by Kelly Clarkson's new talk show and he didn't know anything about it. Deets inside...
Last year, The Hollywood Reporter reported Kelly Clarkson would premiere her new syndicated series, "The Kelly Clarkson Show," in Fall 2019 as a lead-in to "Ellen" on NBC Owned TV Station group stations, replacing Steve Harvey's "Steve" daytime show.
Well, no one at NBC told Steve about the fate of his popular daytime talk show. At least, that what he claims.
During a sit down at Vareity's Entertainment Summit at CES this week, the popular TV personality said he wasn't sure if his show will stay with NBCUniversal after the season ends.
“I thought I was until they made an announcement a couple weeks ago that they wanted to give Kelly Clarkson the owned and operated NBC Networks, and that’s my slot. I don’t know if it sold — it’s not selling like they thought,” he said.
The 61-year-old entertainer said he found out about the change through the media like everyone else.
“I thought it would’ve been nice of them to come to me — as being the only dude that’s survived [in daytime TV] for them for seven years — and say, ‘Steve, we’re thinking about doing this.’ But no, they just made an announcement. So when you do that, I gotta make announcements, too,” he said.
Yeah, Steve seemingly has something up his sleeve. As anyone in this industry always should, TBH.
“You can’t make announcements and don’t expect to have to hear one yourself,” he said. “And so, I’m working. It’ll be something real cute.”
— Variety (@Variety) January 9, 2019
“I’m an honorable guy and I’m just an old school guy and I just thought that you’re supposed to talk to people and go, ‘Look, you’ve been good business for us. This is what we’re thinking of doing. Are you okay with that?’ No, you don’t just put something in the paper and say, ‘I’m gonna make this move right here’ because it’s crazy. You look at the numbers on my show and it’s No. 4 in daytime television — it’s holding right there. I got a hit, so somebody’s gonna recognize that.”
Even though Steve claims he wasn't aware of Kelly Clarkson's new show, a source revealed to Entertainment Tonight that Steve and IMG (his agency that co-produces "Steve") were told and were made aware of Kelly's new show. Hmm...maybe they told him about the show, but wasn't specific about which time slot she would be airing. That's unclear. What we do know is, no matter how "big" you are, this industry doesn't care and takes no prisoners.
Steve also addressed comments made by fellow daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres about quitting her show:
— Variety (@Variety) January 9, 2019
"Steve" has already been renewed for the 2018-2019 season, but the host/comedian said that daytime TV is "dying." We wonder if Wendy Williams and the folks on "The View" agree. Or Marjorie, who we're sure is not trying to be put on a spending budget....
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Photo: NBCU Domestic Television
Toure was a prominent contributor to the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” but he seemingly has his own #METOO story as well. A makeup artist just released direct messages from Toure of him apologizing for sexually harassing her on the job. See the DMs and more inside...
Nearly a week after LIFETIME's "Surviving R. Kelly" docu-series was released, one main contributor in the series has found himself involved in his own #METOO story.
Famed music journalist Toure Neblett teamed up with fellow journalist Jamilah Lemieux for a podcast with Mouse Jones to talk more about Dream Hampton's "Surviving R. Kelly" docu-series. A post was put on Mouse Jones' IG to promoting the interview, but the real tea was in the comments section.
A makeup artist, who goes by the name Dani, revealed a married Toure sexually harassed her repeatedly in the past. She claims he would make inappropriate sexual comments to her every Monday on a show they both were working on in 2017. She came forward then, and action was taken.
Toure allegedly made lewd comments about "anal" sex, how she looked naked, what it would be like to have sex with her and what his "c*m" would look like on her face. Ugh.
“Every Monday I used to work with him on a show in 2017 and he couldn’t stop asking me to do anal, how I looked naked, if I had sex over the weekend, what it would be like to fuck me, what his cum would look like on my face," she wrote.
“I had to have the crew stay in the room [with] me while I got him ready.... And when I left I called HR.... He got fired instantly. He wrote me a huge apology for doing that in my DMs. Still have it. He did a ‘20/20’ shoot in 2018, and I was there, and he walked out. Told the producer that he was ‘embarrassed [because] he was inappropriate with a staff member.’ He really needs to take a seat.”
She mentioned how sick it was of him to be coming out with a relationship book when he was saying these type of things to her as a married man with children. By the way, Toure has been married to Rita Nakouzi since 2005. They have two children together.
Peep the accusations Dani made below:
Dani chopped it up with ESSENCE and explained why she decided to put Toure on full blast, especially since she was told by a male makeup artist he harrassed him as well after the fact.
“He went on Hot97 to talk about Harvey Weinstein (after he apologized). I accepted his apology and was ok to move on but, you can’t be a sexual predator and go around shaming other predators,” she said.
Dani said after seeing Toure on "Surviving R. Kelly," she knew she had to call him out on his lies.
“When I saw him going around as R. Kelly’s docuseries spokesman to different radio stations, the lies had to stop. I’ve worked with Mouse Jones before and wanted him to know the truth,” she said.
In her initial posts, she mentioned she had direct messages from Toure where he apologized for "contributing to a whole environment of BS."
"I love you. I was always kidding. But I'm sorry. I was being stupid. I should've kept my mouth shut," Toure wrote to Dani.
"The way I teased you is no longer funny to me. I had no idea how rampany it is and how much it gets in a working woman's way and how I was contributing to a whole environemnt of BS. And I hate that. I'm not playing like that with you or anyone anymore," he continued.
"I genuinely like you as a friend and I don't want you to feel disrespected by me. That would be so embarrasing to me. I'm just not going to be part of the BS that women have to go through. So don't worry about hearing anything about me. I don't want to be that guy. Lord no. I'm sorry. Please don't talk badly about me! I'm so ashamed to think of that happening."
Peep the receipts:
Toure issued a response to ESSENCE about the allegations via his rep:
“On the show, our team, including myself, engaged in edgy, crass banter, that at the time I did not think was offensive for our tight-knit group. I am sorry for my language and for making her feel uncomfortable in any way. As a lead on the show, I should have refrained from this behavior. I have learned and grown from this experience.”
After Dani's accusations were made public, folks were coming after "Surviving R. Kelly" executive producer Dream Hampton for having him in the docu-series, saying it was counterproductive. She said she didn't know anything about it and wishes he had told her about the sexual harassment allegations:
No, I didn't know Toure sexually harassed someone he worked with, I'm not sure how I could have known. He was included because he did the most famous interview with R. Kelly ever. Like Charlamagne, I wish he'd told me.
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 11, 2019
By the way, people were also down her back about having Power 105 radio personality Charlamagne in the series considering his criminal history involving sex crimes against women. There's also tweets he posted years ago about the R. Kelly sextape being "the greatest celebrity sex tape of all time" and other gross tweets making light of the alleged crimes. She said she didn't have any knowledge of this when she asked him to come sign on:
I’m just seeing Charlamagne’s 2010 tweet tonight. I interviewed him before the story abt him broke but should have cut him altogether, rather than limit his appearance. It was a huge mistake. I prob spent more time arguing to cut Bruce. Again, mistake. #SurvivingRKelly
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 6, 2019
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews, who has become a sexual assault activist after he was violated by a Hollywood exec, was scheduled to sit down for a podcast with Toure this week, but he CANCELLED following the accusations:
— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 10, 2019
Will you be cancelling Toure too?
Photos: Getty/Dani's IG
Keyshia Cole speaks out after a judge warns her and her estranged husband Daniel "Booby" Gibson that their divorce is on the verge of being dismissed. Deets inside....
Keyshia Cole and her estranged husband Daniel "Booby" Gibson have been separated since 2014. However, the singer and former NBA star are STILL legally married.
Now, a judge is warning the former couple if they don't come to a resolution and finalize their divorce, the case is going to get thrown out and they'll remain married.
Accord to The Blast, court documents were filed on January 10th to inform Keyshia and Booby to update the status of their case, being that neither side has filed any documents in the case since October 2017.
The couple tied the knot in 2011, but their relationship took a turn by 2014. There were rumors that Keyshia and Daniel were calling it quits, however, divorce papers weren't filed until 2017. Some shady paperwork appeared in July 2015, where an "imposter" filed divorce documents against Keyshia.
Fast forward two years later, Keyshia went down to the courthouse to officially file divorce papers in September 2017. She cited irreconcilable differences (after blasting him for cheating) and listed their separation as October 31, 2014. At the time, the "I Should Have Cheated" singer requested joint legal and physical custody of their son, Daniel Gibson Jr.
Booby wasn't feeling that request and filed his own paperwork months later requesting FULL custody of their AND spousal support. You may recall, the former Cleveland Cavaliers baller left the NBA in October 2015 to pursue a rap career. He hadn't played in the NBA since the 2012-2013 season.
After news broke that Keyshia and Daniel's divorce was on the verge of being tossed out of court, Keyshia responded saying she wants the divorce to be over ASAP, however, she's not giving Booby spousal support, nor is she giving him full custody of their son:
The fact she let him live with her following their uncoupling (we all saw that on "Love & Hip Hop") while he dated other women should be enough spousal support for him. Keyshia has also moved on with her bae Niko Hale.
The ball is literally in Booby's court. Let's see what his next move will be....
Photos: Keyshia's IG/Booby's IG
R. Kelly suporters and #MuteRKelly protesters came face-to-face outside of his Chicago studio and a heated discussion erupted. Plus, deets on Azriel Clary's alleged suicide attempt and an upcoming R. Kelly concert getting cancelled inside....
Emotions were at an all time high as R. Kelly supporters and #MuteRKelly protesters came face-to-face outside of the Grammy Award winning singer's studio in Chicago.
#MuteRKelly protesters marched up to Kelly's studio on the West Side in Chicago on Saturday (Jan. 12th) with signs while chanting things like, "Mute R. Kelly!" and "R. Kelly, you're time is up!"
They were met by R. Kelly supporters who were out there to defend him in a counter-protest. At one point, two white cars start playing Kelly's music loudly as the protesters and supporters went AT IT. They yelled back and forth through their megaphones at each other with one side calling for people to pray for Kelly while the other side calling for his arrest.
"He needs forgiveness! God is his judge!," yelled a man dressed in a suit.
"No, he needs accountability!," a #MuteRKelly protestor responded.
Check it below:
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) January 12, 2019
Days earlier, a group of R. Kelly supporters stood outside of his Chicago studio to "pray" for him:
There were protesters out there on Wednesday (Jan. 9th) as well.
Unless the R. Kelly supporters are also condemning the singer's behavior, then they’re harming victims more than helping anything. PERIODT.
The protests and support are a result of the airing of LIFETIME's explosive docu-series, "Surviving R. Kelly." It featured women who claim they were sexually, physically, and mentall abused by Kelly with most of them meeting him as minors.
Since the premiere of the docu-series, the Chicago PD has rolled up on Kelly twice. The first time they were called out to a club where he was celebrating his 52nd birthday early Thursday morning (Jan. 10th). There were tons of folks in the club, singing his music with him while partying the night away. After police showed up and realized there wasn't an active warrant out for his arrest, they left.
Police also pulled up on the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer at his Trump Tower residence on Friday after they received a tip that he was holding two women against their will. It was reported the two women were Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, who were both featured in "Surviving R. Kelly."
Azriel's older sister A'Iceis Clary - who was featured in the docu-series - hopped on Instagram Live yesterday and revealed her sister Azriel, who just turned 21, was already in a bad space before she met R. Kelly.
She revealed her sister tried to commit suicide, sharing that her parents found her "floating" in a bathtub after ingesting "some pills." During her chat, she also shared a small clip of video that showed her mother jumping on stage during R. Kelly's show in Tampa back in November 2018 after seeing her daughter on stage. A'lceis revealed her mother and brother were handcuffed and sent to jail that night. The reason? She claims R. Kelly pressed charges against them. The nerve. She also said Kelly stole her mother's phone.
During the live, A'Iceis was going back and forth with a person she believed worked with R. Kelly. The girl in the comments revealed she was a friend of Halle Calhoun (one of R. Kelly's former chicks who you can see HERE and HERE)
On Friday (Jan. 11th), Azriel's parents, Alice and Angelo Clary, sat down with with community activist Jay Morrison and his wife Ernestine Johnson Morrison to chop it up about the "Surviving R. Kelly" aftermath.
During the interview, Azriel's parents also revealed she attempted suicide following a breakup with her high school boyfriend. Days later, they took her to R. Kelly's concert (per semi-doctor's orders) and that's when she first met him.
PEOPLE breaks down the interview:
Shortly after the breakup, Angelo said he got a call from his son claiming, “I think Azriel trying to do something to herself” inside the house. Angelo then rushed to their Florida home and found Azriel “submerged in the bathroom,” he said. “She took pills. A father had to watch his 17-year-old almost take her life.”
The parents say they rushed Azriel to the hospital. The day after Azriel’s release, Alice had purchased tickets for her husband and her older daughter A’Iceis, who also appeared in the docu-series, to attend a nearby music festival, where Kelly would be performing. Daughter A’Iceis couldn’t make it because of work, and Angelo and Alice didn’t feel comfortable leaving Azriel home alone one day after she’d gotten back from the hospital.
Angelo claimed Azriel’s doctor approved her parents’ plans to take her to the concert where she first met Kelly. “We tell the doctor [and] he’s saying she needs to be around music,” he said.
Alice added that she has “documentation that will verify” the doctor encouraging Azriel, an aspiring musician, to fill her life with her passion amidst her recovery.
You can check out the full interview below:
Amid of the controversy, The Spring Break Jam (which was going to be hosted by Kelly) in Springfield, IL on April 6th had to be cancelled due to safety concerns.
As we told you, R. Kelly is said to be suffering panic attacks. Azriel's sister doesn't believe he's really having panic attacks. She said he probably just wanted the "news [stations] to be at the hospital."
In the Instagram Live, Azriel's sister talked about an IG account that was supposedly spilling "tea" before the LIFETIME docu-series. She said the person behind the account was NOT her sister's friend (as the profile claimed) and that she and her family have a good idea who the person may be - someone who was in Kelly's camp.
We noticed the account posted a picture of Joycelyn Savage's mother, Jonjelyn Savage, snapping a picture in front of R. Kelly's Atlanta home in 2017 before the police did a wellness check:
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The Savages in front of R Kelly's rental property in Atlanta (John's Creek). They are still trying to get their daughter, Joycelyn back. Sadly, she's been brainwashed by R Kelly to be a part of his harem. @Regrann from @timothytsavage - At R.Kelly house....Savage Life - #regrann
Normani and Sam Smith join forces on a sultry new track. The Weeknd also has a new erotic bop. Take a listen to their new music, plus watch Future chat about wanting more kids while on the promo trail for his new album inside...
Calling all R&B lovers!
Normani and Sam Smith team up on "Dancing With A Stranger," a sultry duet that you'll want to add to your playlist that set the vibe.
On the track, the songbirds croon about coping with loneliness and working to get over a lost love. Ugh. That's always the worst and hard AF.
The former Fifth Harmony singer slayed the track with her powerhouse vocals.
“I wasn't even going out tonight/But, boy, I need to get you off of my mind/I know exactly what I have to do/I don't want to be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight," she sang before joining Sam on the chorus.
Take a listen below:
If you're a Spotify subscriber, check out the visuals to the track here.
Normani is currently working hard in the studio on her debut solo album. Also, she's set to join Ariana Grande on the North American leg of The Sweetener World Tour in March.
Speaking of Ariana...
The super fine 22-year-old YBF chick chopped it up with Billboard about the first time she met Ariana Grande and their sleepover, working with superproducer Pharrell Williams, and more.
Peep the clip above.
Future is currently on the promo trail after releasing his new documentary that'll accompany his new album, The WIZRD. The documentary gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at what life was like for the rapper during his 2016 ‘Purple Reign’ Tour, along with performance clips, celebrity interviews, and rare footage of Future enjoying time with family, friends, and his colleagues. It's currently streaming exclusively through Apple Music.
The Atlanta rapper stopped by REAL 92.3's Big Boy's Neighborhood to talk about his new album (that'll drop January 18th), his rise to fame, and he even opens up about his personal life a bit. During the interview, Future reiterated that he had to sacrfice true love for his career. When asked if he thinks he'll ever find true love, he hesitently answered, "one day." He said it's hard for him to fall in love because "everyone has a motive."
"I can pick a regular girl and be like 'I want to be with her.' She already has a motive," he said.
And you don't, sir?
The "Mask Off" rapper claims his feelings get hurt over girls coming after him with pre-existing motives. He said he doesn't want a "high profile" relationship because he "wants something real." Oh.
Not only does he want something real, he also wants more children to add to the six he already has (5 boys, 1 girl).
"I gotta have more kids," he said. "I just want one princess. I don't want no girl. I got one girl. Me and my boys are like best friends."
Let's hope he doesn't make any more children. Check it at the 22-minute mark above.
The WIZRD - Future's 7th studio album - drops January 18th.
As for another new weekend bop...
The Weeknd teamed up with French DJ Gesaffelstein again for another banger.
The duo dropped an erotic single titled, "Lost In The Fire," their third collabo together after "I Was Never There" and "Hurt You" off Weeknd's last album My Dear Melancholy. Get those headphones ready because he comes out the gate swinging NSFW style.
"I wanna f*ck you slow with the lights on (Lights on, lights on, lights on) / You're the only one I've got my sights on (Sights on, sights on, sights on) / Type of sex you could never put a price on (Price on, price on, price on)," The Weeknd begins singing on the track.
Weeknd said he's done with daytime music, and we see why. *body rolls uncontrollably*
Then, there's a line on the song that has fans wondering if he was aiming shots at Canadian rapper, Drake.
“And I just want a baby with the right one / ‘Cause I could never be the one to hide one,” he sings.
Oop. People seem to think The Weeknd is referencing Drake having a secret son. As you know all know, Pusha T was the one who revealed to the world Drizzyfathered a son named Adonis Graham, whom he shares with French porn star Sophie Brussaux.
As for their beef...
You may recall, Drake and The Weeknd's girlfriend Bella Hadid sparked dating rumors (while she was on a break from The Weeknd) when he was spotted partying with her in LA in June 2017 and he even threw her a party for her 21st birthday in October 2017. The Weeknd and Bella have since gotten back together. (Speaking of Bella, on the track, he references his chick possibly being bisexual and tells her what he's going to do about it. Clutch ya everything.)
Watch the visuals, listen to the lyrics, and decide for yourself if Weeknd wants smoke.
Photos: Steve Schofield's Twitter
Meghan Markle drops new tidbits about the royal baby's arrival. Find out what she said, plus deets on why Meghan and her hubby Prince Harry skipped out on Duchess Kate Middleton's 37th birthday bash inside....
Royal baby news alert!
As we await the arrival of the royal baby, soon-to-be new mom Meghan Markle just dropped some big baby news on us.
The former "Suits" actress and her husband Prince Harry made their first joint appearance of 2019 in Birkenhead, Merseyside today (Jan. 14th) and they came with some good news.
During a walkabout in Hamilton Square, several reporters reportedly overheard Meghan reveal she's SIX months pregnant and that she's due around the end of April/early May!
For the walkthrough, the soon-to-be first-time mom styled her bump in a purple dress from ARITIZIA's Babaton collection topped with a Sentaler coat.
Also, an onlooker at the event spilled the beans to PEOPLE magazine, revealing:
“We asked her how her pregnancy was going and she said she was six months and she tapped her tummy,” Carla Gandy from nearby Wallasey told the site.
The 37-year-old retired actress and 34-year-old royal also don't know the sex of the baby. They want it to be a "surprise."
This is the closest confirmation to Baby Sussex's due date after Kensington Palace previously announced (in October 2018) that she was due in Spring 2019.
On Christmas, Meghan hinted at her due date approaching, telling onlookers during a walkabout outside Sandringham, "We're nearly there!"
It's unclear where Meghan will give birth to Baby Sussex, but she's reportedly considering Frimley Park hospital, as opposed to St. Mary's Hospital in London where her sister-in-law Kate Middleton and her late mother-in-law gave birth. It's reported Frimley Park is about a 15-minute drive from Meghan and Harry's new home, so it makes sense as to why she would choose that hospital. It has also been reported that Meghan is considering a home delivery. Sweet!
Duchess Kate Middleton celebrated her 37th birthday with lunch on Sunday with her husband Prince William and close friends at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk country home near Sandringham. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not in attendance. Of course, their absence only fuels the rumors that Meghan and Kate don't get along. However, Meghan has a lot on her plate - she recently received 4 royal patronages - especially being pregnant and all.
The four honorees for ESSENCE’s Black Women In Hollywood have just been announced. Congrats to Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Kiki Layne, and Jenifer Lewis. Go inside to peep their picture perfect covers...
2019 is kicking off with some #BlackGirlMagic!
ESSENCE magazine announced this year's honorees at ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, which is always held each year days before the Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. This year fab chicks Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Kiki Layne and Jenifer Lewis will be honored and they cover the magazine's Film Noir issue to celebrate.
“We are proud to salute the marvelous work and stunning achievements of our 2019 Black Women in Hollywood awardees, who as a collective presence are challenging perceptions and impacting social change,” MoAna Luu, Chief Creative and Content Officer for ESSENCE, said. “Through their craft and their commitment to causes, Amandla, Kiki, Jenifer and Regina represent the dynamic intersection of art and activism that is influencing how we shape our own destiny.”
Amandla Stenberg shook up the box office with her latest film, The Hate U Give, where she served up a raw and real portrayal of 16-year-old Starr Carter.
Not only is she a force on the big screen, but she also consistently uses her platform to advocate for larger social causes impacting communities of color.
“I look for characters and stories that conceptualize a Black experience without minimizing it or falling into harmful stereotypes. I want characters who raise us up and show the nuance of who we are and how beautiful and multifaceted and colorful we are too,” she shared.
Kiki Layne is a newbie in the game, but she's already making her mark on the big screen and on the red carpet.
Her performance in Barry Jenkins’ critically-acclaimed film adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk has further ignited the conversation around the beauty of representation, as well as the power and resilience of transparent Black love.
Our girl Regina Hall is a vet in the game after landing her first television role in 1992. Over the 25 years she has been in the industry, she has slayed several roles in films like The Hate U Give, Girls Trip, The Best Man, and Scary Movie, just to name a few.
“It’s really exciting to say not only that you’ve been in a business for 20 years, but also that you’re still loving it and learning,” she says in the February issue.
Although she earned a master’s in journalism from New York University, Hall said her Hollywood journey is even ” better—and probably a lot more work, too! But anything worth having requires work. And with that comes joy.”
Oh, and she's STILL a baddie.
Last, but not least...
One of our fave on-screen moms/aunties, appropriately deemed the “Mother of Black Hollywood,” Jenifer Lewis has been keeping us all entertained for more 30 years. The 62-year-old earned her title as the "Mother of Black Hollywood" as she usually stars as someone's sassy-not-taking-any-BS-from-anyone type mom.
The YBF legend brough her infectious brand of comedy and undeniable talent to film, television and theater with notable roles in films like Sister Act, Poetic Justice, Dead Presidents, The Preacher’s Wife, The Princess and the Frog and Think Like A Man, as well as television shows like "A Different World," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Moesha" and "Girlfriends," to name just a few. Most recently, she’s become a fan-favorite on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning family series, "black-ish."
“I’ve got so much talent, it’s crazy,” she told the magazine, “but that was a gift. And I honored that gift. I entertain with my entire molecular structure and have been sustained in this business because I love what I do.”
And we love what she does as well!
The four covers hit newsstands January 25.
The 2019 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards goes down Thursday, February 21st at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.
Photos: Ian Maddox via ESSENCE
Kanye West runs off at the mouth and has his wife defending him again because it's "not what he meant," plus French Montana is walking back some comments that seemed to defend R.Kelly's legacy" more than defend victims...
Another day, another Kanye rant that was simply "misinterpreted"....by everyone.
Kanye hosted his Sunday church service that he's been doing for a few weeks now. He gets a choir to sing gospel and works in his tracks in a gospel fashion. Yesterday's "service" though, had folks mad.
He said at one point:
"They want art from the artist. But, anytime they do anything erratic, they just gonna pull up the full documentaries on him."
"And then, they gonna come with the Michael documentary. We can enjoy all their music all we want."
He also asked if we should pull da Vinci's artwork out of the Lourve too. Of course, people felt like he was also alluding to the #MuteRKelly movement, seeing that we're in the middle of all the "Surviving R.Kelly" documentary fall out right now.
His wife Kim Kardashian rushed to his defense, once again, saying everybody's just misinterpreting him.
I’m going to nip this in the bud right now. Kanye was speaking about his own experience of everyone quick to say they are cancelling him because of differences in opinion & not being perfect. The analogies were in context to his own experiences, not defending anyone else.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 14, 2019
I want to make it very clear, he is not condoning anyone’s actions or unacceptable disgusting behavior. My husband’s words are being taken out of context due to timing.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 14, 2019
So how about she rushed to her husband and tell him to speak when he can properly articulat his thoughts. If he chooses to instead recklessly say whatever he wants publicly, be prepared for public responses.
Also walking back some R.Kelly comments is French Montana:
The "Pop That" rapper was at this weekend's Cowboys game in L.A. with Post Malone and YG, and TMZ caught up with him in the streets:
He said R.Kelly has a right to "enjoy his legacy" while still saying he believes Kelly is a predator. Hmph.
Someone must have schooled him on how continuing streams of income for R.Kelly, which is exactly what playing his music on platforms does, also contributes to funding that allows him to us "alleged" tactics of preying on and abusing girls and women.
French tried to clear up his comments on Twitter saying:
Let me be clear. My heart is with the victims. I never thought the people I looked up to as a kid, who sang and danced and gave me hope to become a superstar would become drug addicts, child molestors and rapists. I am hoping we as a culture create better leaders. We need them.
— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) January 13, 2019
He didn't necessarily say he doesn't deserve to be pulled, but he definitely sounded more pro-victim in his new statement.
Juelz Santana and Kimbella finally tie the knot ahead of his prison sentence. Go inside their nuptials....
Juelz Santana finally manned up and put a ring on it a few months ago. Now, he's a married man.
After popping the question at the Apollo Theater during one of his shows last November, the rapper-turned-reality show star walked down the aisle to officially tie the knot to his girlfriend of 10 years, Kimbella. The couple exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony in NYC in front of their closest family and friends, including their children.
A few of their celeb friends / "Love & Hip Hop" co-stars were also in attendance, including Remy Ma and Papoose, Maino, Lil Kim, Jim Jones, Cam'Ron (JuJu's ex), The Diplomats, Mona Scott Young. Kimbella's friends JuJu, Yandy Smith and Cyn Santana served as bridesmaids.
Styled by stylist Selina Howard, the "Love & Hip Hop" starlet wowed the audience in a mermaid style wedding dress created by Australian designer Leah De Gloria.
In December, it was reported that Juelz took a plea deal and was sentenced to 27 months in jail. It's unclear when he'll turn himself in, but he's making the most of his time before he enters the big house. He was indicted on weapons and drug charges after TSA found a gun in his luggage as he tried to take a flight out of New Jersey.
The lovebirds walked hand-in-hand inside the reception to Kem's "Love Calls." Then, they shared their first dance to “Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé.
Celebrate with the newlyweds below:
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01/10/19 we said I DO! #SantanaPutARingOnIt Bridal Styling and Wedding Management @vaingloriousbrides Photography @stanlophotography Videography @dexterityproductions Kim's Hair @tb_hairstylist MUA @erik_mua Bridesmaids Hair @hairbyantionettenyc & @kyiajoneshair MUA @tokyoglam Floral Design @platinumbystacyann Event Production @jewelgeorgieffweddings Wedding Dress @leahdagloria compliments of @shopvainglorious Flower Girl Dresses @pantoramini Bridal Robe @amandabardenofficial Bridesmaids Dresses @whiterunway Assistant Stylist and Alterations @alicialavettefashions Groom Stylist @thegroomsgarcon Tuxedos and Suits @theblacktux Jewelry @sheryljonesjewelry Pipe and Drape @aboutthedetailsnyc and @jaieventrentals DJ @iknowmikemusic Event Decor @glampartyrentals and @evolutioneventrentals_nj Invitations and Menus @parchmentbydami Wedding Cake @sugarfetishcakery & @sugar_fetish Cake Monogram and Decals @ten23designs Officiant @marriedbyrevroxy Bartenders @taylormadebartending Catering @keepitchefnyc Thank you!!
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@kimbellasworld + @thejuelzsantana . #SantanaPutARingOnIt Selina you are the best, thanks for believing in me! @vaingloriousbrides Huge thanks to my bro @dpkarizma for helping me shoot the wedding, I couldn’t have done it with out you bro. Bridal Styling and Wedding Management @vaingloriousbrides Photography @stanlophotography Videography @dexterityproductions Kim's Hair @tb_hairstylist MUA @erik_mua Bridesmaids Hair @hairbyantionettenyc MUA @tokyoglam Floral Design @platinumbystacyann Event Production @jewelgeorgieffweddings Wedding Dress @leahdagloria compliments of @shopvainglorious Flower Girl Dresses @pantoramini Bridal Robe @amandabardenofficial Bridesmaids Dresses @whiterunway Assistant Stylist and Alterations @alicialavettefashions Groom Stylist @thegroomsgarcon Tuxedos and Suits @theblacktux Jewelry @sheryljonesjewelry Pipe and Drape @aboutthedetailsnyc and @jaieventrentals DJ @iknowmikemusic Event Decor @glampartyrentals and @evolutioneventrentals_nj Invitations and Menus @parchmentbydami Wedding Cake @sugarfetishcakery Cake Monogram and Decals @ten23designs Officiant @marriedbyrevroxy Bartenders @taylormadebartending Catering @keepitchefnyc
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Santana put a ring on it! @kimbellasworld @cynsantana and @iamjuju_ are definitely #bridesmaids goals ... Dresses by @whiterunway and wedding dress by @leahdagloria compliments of @shopvainglorious #styled by #vaingloriousbrides #selinahoward #bridalstylist #bridalfashionstylist #bridalstylistmatter #getyouone #santanaputaringonit Hype Man @josephd_fit
Cyn Santana, who was one of her bridesmaids, is next!
Congrats to the couple!
Another night, another fight between two stripper-turned-reality stars. Blac Chyna and Alexis Sky got into a drink throwing altercation, and the video has everybody in awe. Including Rob Kardashian.
Blac Chyna and Fetty Wap's baby's mother/"LAHH" star Alexis Sky were partying it up at the same location in L.A. this weekend, when Chyna invited Alexis over for a drink. According to Alexis, who took to IG Live afterwards to tell her side of the story, Chyna went from nice girl to crazed bird real quick.
Alexis says Chyna flipped on her out of the blue, after they were sitting and chatting for a bit, and says Chyna threw a drink on her. After the fight was broken up, Alexis waited outside the party, which was seemingly at a private home, and told Chyna in now deleted IG messages to come meet her outside. We guess Chyna didn't want smoke, because nothing else happened.
But, the video is....interesting. The footage is from pretty far away, but thanks to Chyna's ASSets, you know exactly who's who:
Oooh girl. Swipe through the now deleted messages for Alexis' threats:
We guess Chyna's ex and daughter's father Rob Kardashian liked what he saw. Because he just posted a petty message on Snapchat, saying how Alexis is his new crush:
He and Chyna have been beefing for over a year, so we know this is just going to fan the flames.