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    Sofia Richie and Scott Disick visit Sofia's dad Lionel Richie at "American Idol," Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance touch down in NYC with their kids, and Damon Dash goes shopping with his girlfriend Racquel M. Horn. Peep the coupledom candids inside...

     

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    Yep, Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are still going strong, in case you were wondering. And it seems Sofia's dad/singer Lionel Richie is warming up to their relationship. Not that he wasn't at first, but he def wasn't feeling his 19-year-old getting closer than close with a 34-year-old father of three. Who could blame him?

    Anyhoo, Sofia brought Scott along with her to support her dad/judge during the final "American Idol" taping of the season in LA. The couple stopped to chop it up with the show's host Ryan Seacrest - and we see Lionel's girlfriend Lisa Parisa was also in the mix - before heading inside.

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    Those are some interesting boots Sofia has on.

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    Inside, it was a full on daddy-daughter love session in between takes.

    After the taping...

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    Sofia and Scott did dinner with a friend. Hmm...what if these two get their OWN show? Would you watch?

    The last time we saw them together, Sofia was flexing her step-mom skills during a family outing with all of Scott's kids in Malibu.

    By the way, Scott turns 35 on May 26th.

    In other coupledom...

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    Issa family affair!

    One of your fave YBF couples -- Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance -- touched down in the Big Apple recently. And they weren't alone.

    The award winning couple had their twins, Bronwyn and Slater Vance, tag along with them as they hopped off a plane at JFK airport.

    The "9-1-1" actress didn't look to happy to see the paps.

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    We're not sure what family festivities they have coming up, but we do know they just came from sun bathing in paradise:

     

     

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    59 and STILL fine AF.

    On the west coast...

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    Damon Dash is happily living the coupledom life. Or, at least, it looks like it. The Hip Hop entrepreneur was spotted enjoying a day at the Farmer's Market in LA with his girlfriend Raquel M. Horn.

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    We wonder what he's cooking up next since we see the cameras were rolling during the outing.

    Speaking of projects...

    Kevin Hart's ex-wife Torrei Hart is working with Dame on two new movies, The List and Shot For Justice. In a recent interview, Torrei talked about how important Dame is to the culture and more. Check it below:

     

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    The woman who claims R. Kelly gave her herpes when she was 19-years-old has filed a lawsuit against the singer. And now, she's speaking out about the alleged abuse she endured. See her interview, plus peep a clip of Kellz talking real cocky like amid the sexual abuse allegations inside...

    The woman who claims R. Kelly infected her with herpes when she was 19-years-old has pulled the trigger on a lawsuit against the singer.

    The woman has been identified as Faith Rogers, who is now 20. She claims the 51-year-old failed to tell her he had a sexually transmitted disease and infected her with herpes. She's also accusing him of sexual battery.

    Faith Rogers says she was in a relationship with the "Bump N Grind" singer for nearly a year after meeting him when she was 19-years-old. The 20-year-old says she met Kelly in San Antonio at a party after his concert in March 2017.

    "He was like, 'Here is my number. Take it. Text me a picture of you so I know it's you with your name," Faith shares with CBS News. During their relationship, she says Kellz told her to call him "daddy" and she reveals he would lock her up at hours at a time when she lived with him. She recounts how he sexually assaulted her two months after they met. She said he flew her to NYC to attend one of his shows and paid for hotel. She claims the morning of his performance, he came in her room and demanded she have sex with him.

    "He turns on all the lights… And he's like, 'Take off your clothes.' And he says it, you know, with authority in his voice. Not just, you know, he's demanding me to do this. And I didn't take off my clothes because why would I? I just wasn't ready….Sex isn't something, you know, I'm ready for," she explains.

    She says eventually she "submitted" to having sex with him, although says she didn't want to, and alleges Kelly recorded it on his iPad without her consent.

    "He has this type of, like, intimidation right off the bat. You know? So I was just waiting for it to be over," she says. Faith also says he even introduced her to one of the five women Kelly allegedly said he was "raising." She met with Jocelyn Savage - the woman who's parents blasted Kelly in an exposé by BuzzFeed.

    "He goes on to tell me that he raises five women. Some of them had been with him for 15 years," she said. "And he basically was trying to make it seem like it was a family thing. He described these women as being his family. Then he goes on to tell me, 'You know what? I love you because you remind me of them.'"

    In April, Faith In April, she filed a criminal complaint with the Dallas Police Department. Remember that phone call she recorded with R. Kelly on the phone that leaked? Well, she says she recorded the call under the advisement of the police in an effort to get him to confess he knowingly gave her an STD.

    Now, she's suing.

    Peep her full interview below:

     

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    As we all know by now, the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer is no stranger to controversy. There's a growing online movement, #MUTERKELLY, that's sole purpose is to keep folks from playing his music. If you don't play his music, he does not get paid.

    Several music streaming services, including Apple, have removed Kelly's songs from their featured playlists. However, it doesn't seem to have affected his streaming numbers at Spotify.

    The Hollywood Reporter reports:

    Spotify made the bold declaration on May 10, but R. Kelly’s streaming numbers are relatively the same with some small growth. Before the announcement, he averaged 6,584,000 weekly streams for the year, but from May 10-16, he garnered 6,676,000 streams for the week, according to Nielsen Music.

    R. Kelly’s streams have grown steadily in the last two years: His music averaged 4,709,000 weekly streams in 2016 and 5,666,000 weekly streams in 2017. So far for 2018, he is averaging 6,674,000 weekly streams. While R. Kelly’s streaming has grown, his numbers are small in comparison to Drake, 2017′s most streamed artist: He averaged 112,735,000 weekly streams last year.

    Is this concerning?

    Also...

    A video of R. Kelly has recently surfaced where he doesn't seem the least concerned with the allegations and lawsuits.

    In the video, Kellz is seen partying with a group of people before he seemingly starts talking about all of the allegations brought against him.

    "I got 40 million motherf*ckers hating me and 40 billion motherf*ckers loving me,” he said in the clip.“And let me tell you something, imma take this musical sh*t and imma inject these motherf*ckers with this musical, beautiful motherf*cking sh*t.”

    “I'm handcuffed by my destiny. It's too late. They should have did this sh*t 30 years ago. It's too late. The music has been injected into the world. I hired my motherf*cking self."

    It's unclear when the video was recorded. However, Kellz posted up a video three days ago on his Instagram where he's wearing the exact same outfit in the first video. Check it:

     

     

    ...but I knooooooow change gone come. #MorningsWithKellz : @chicagohurricane

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    In the meantime, Kellz has been trying to round up his fans by asking them to send him videos of them singing his music for a chance to be reposted on his Instagram page:

     

     

    Thoughts?

    By the way, LIFETIME is working on a documentary series and a movie about the alleged abuse brought against R. Kelly. Some of family members of women who are allegedly in his "sex cult" will be working with the network.

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    Young Hollywood served up some fly looks on the carpet for the Disney/ABC Upfronts. Peep their shots, plus flicks of Vivica A. Fox, Jackée Harry, Elise Neal and more at a L.A. charity event inside...

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    Yara Shahidi is such a fresh breath of air!

    The "Grown-ish" starlet posed it up on the blue carpet ahead of the Disney/ABC Upfronts held at the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, California. Decked out in a pink two-piece Victoria Beckham ensemble, the 18-year-old was all smiles before she was tapped to present inside. "Grown-ish" got the greenlight for season 2 back in January, so she and her cast mates hit a panel to dish on the new season.

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    Yara's on-screen "black-ish" dad Anthony Anderson was also in the mix.

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    Yara's co-star/on-screen crush Trevor Jackson also hit the carpet in support of the series, serving up sexy GQ poses. He's 21 so we can safely fawn after him.

    Not only is Trevor making moves on the TV scene, he's also killing it on the movie screen. He's going to star in Director X's Supafly reboot as Youngblood Priest. The crime thriller will hit theaters June 15th.

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    "Grown-ish" stars/singers Chloe x Halle brought some edgy looks to the event.

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    "black-ish" star Marcus Scribner was also on the scene.

     

    At another event...

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    The Special Needs Network hosted its 10th Annual Pink Pump Gala inside the Beverly Hills Hotel for food, fashion and philanthropy. Los Angeles’ most prominent and powerful celebrities, business, political, and nonprofit leaders will celebrate women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of children and families.

    Proceeds from the Pink Pump Affair will support the network's Joe Patton Academy Educational Summer Camp (Camp JPAC) and teen college preparatory and job readiness program (YELEP).

    This year, actress/philanthropist Vivica A Fox was honored with the ICON Award.The 53-year-old actress kept it stylish in a pink Dolce & Gabbana midi dress paired with seafoam green Christian Louboutins sandals.

    Several of Aunt Vivs friends - basically all of our fave TV moms and aunties - were also in the mix to show support, including Elise Neal, LisaRaye McCoy, Jackée Harry, Kym Whitley, and Sheree Flectcher (Will Smith's ex-wife):

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    Sheree looked BOMB. In case you missed, see her "Red Table Talk" with Will's current wife Jada Pinkett Smith where they opened up about how they got over their beef.

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    Vivica's good friend/Two Can Play That Game co-star Morris Chestnut presented Aunt Viv with her ICON Award.

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    Fun times.

    Check out an interview Vivica did on the carpet below:

     

     

    By the way, Vivica A. Fox has a new talk show coming to CBS this fall called “Face the Truth." The show is described as a conflict-resolution show where guests reveal their problems to a panel of experts in related subjects who aim to provide constructive feedback. The studio audience will then get the chance to vote on who’s at fault in the situation.

    Sounds interesting. Be on the look out for that this fall.

    Congrats Viv!

    Photos: Splash/Getty/Vivica's IG/Sheree's IG/Yara's IG


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    After rocking the stage on "Saturday Night Live," Nicki Minaj hit the NYC streets to party with her Barbz. And it was total chaos  Deets inside, her next move and deets on Chanel Iman and Cassie inside...

    The Head Barb shut down a city block when she first pulled up to the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea to perform. Fans were lined up outside of the venue to get a glimpse of Nicki making her way inside. It's reported the Young Money rapper hopped on top of her chauffeured car as the crowd chanted her lyrics. It was fandemonium!

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    According to sources on the scene, the "Barbie Ting" rapper arrived at the club around 3:40AM and left by 4AM. Inside, she performed "Chun-Li" and "Poke It Out," the same songs she performed on "SNL." She told her fans her upcoming world tour is going to be her "best tour yet."

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    On Instagram, Nicki posted a video of her fans going bananas outside of the club, announcing she's about to drop some more coins to help her Barbz pay for college in honor of her upcoming appearance on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" tomorrow.

    Check it:

    Yep, she's digging in that bag again.

    Around this time last year, Nicki announced on Twitter she would be paying school loans and help pay college bills for her Barbz who need help getting through college. She talked about her philanthropic efforts on "ELLEN" last year and the daytime talk show host gifted an extra $25,000 to help out. We imagine she'll do something similar again this year.

     

    Nicki and her friends, including "Love & Hip Hop's" Rah Ali, were spotted inside the club turning up:

     

     

    Elsewhere on the east coast....

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    Rain wasn't going to stop The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at the 143rd Preakness Stakes in Baltimore over the weekend. Supermodel Chanel Iman stepped out to see the horse races for her first public event since announcing she and her husband Sterling Shepard are expecting.

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    The DOPE actress dressed her bump in official Derby threads, topping her look off with an extravagant wide brim hat.

    She also got up close and personal with a new homie:

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    Cute.

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    Leaving hubby behind Chanel had fun in the stands with her bestie Nickayla Rivera.

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    "World of Dance" judge Ne-Yo, who's gearing up to welcome another baby boy, was all smiles on the carpet with Chanel. He was tapped to sing the National Anthem.

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    "RHOP" star Ashley Darby and her husband Michael Darby, who have seemingly worked through their martial issues, were also in the mix for the races. Fun times. By the way, we wonder if Ashley's mom got her life together and dropped her mooching boyfriend, or if Ashley just chose to cut her off and save her marriage instead.  It's been a rocky season on RHP.

    Back in NYC...

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    Singer/model Cassie slipped into an interesting Little Red Riding Hood-inspired outfit for an appearance at Terminal 5 over the weekend. Diddy's girlfriend turned up with the crowd onstage for the House of Exile dance competition.

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    After the show...

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    She's been starring on "Empire" for the last few weeks.  Do y'all think Cassie still has a shot?

    Photos: Splash/Getty/Backgrid/Instagram


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    NeNe Leakes is speaking out against rumors that started ciruclating about her husband Gregg Leakes' health. She had to cancel shows due to his health and folks are running with it. Find out what she said, plus get into Kelis' coinage inside....

    Nene Leakes had to put her one-woman stand-up comedy show on hold after she revealed her husband Gregg Leakes had been in the hospital for 15 days. She made the announcement in an Instagram video.

    In an Instagram video, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star never mentioned what exactly is wrong with her husband, but she did confirm he had been in the hospital for the last two weeks and it was starting to weigh on her. She was having a hard time traveling on her tour when her husband was laid up in a hospital bed.

    The self-proclaimed "RHOA" HBIC ended up canceling her show in Albany, NY and her NYC Caroline show to be by her husband's side.

    “Hey, you guys! It’s NeNe! And I’m doing a different announcement today than I’ve ever done before," she said in the video. "First of all, I just want to say I feel very blessed, and extremely lucky to be able to do what I do! And I’m so grateful that you guys purchased tickets to see me everywhere…I have to cancel my Albany, NY and my New York City Caroline’s show. Today marks the 15th day – straight – that Gregg has been in the hospital."

    “I find it very difficult to stand on stage and laugh and have a good time and give you guys your money’s worth knowing that my husband is in the hospital not feeling well,” she continued. “He has said to me over and over again, ‘Go on, go out there, have a good time, do the show, I’m going to be fine.’ But I find it mentally very hard for me to do that.”

    “Gregg will be out of the hospital this week,” she added. “He will be stronger, he will be better and we will be out here doing this show again in no time. Thank you for loving me! Thank you so much.”

     

    Glad he's coming home this week.

    After she posted the video, RadarOnline published a story saying Gregg was in the emergency room for 15 days with " food poisoning and heart problems." The reality star caught wind of the rumor and decided to address it. She shared a screenshot of the story and wrote:

    “This is NOT an exclusive!! This is a ploy to try an find out what’s really going on! Well what’s not going on is…he’s NOT in the hospital for an heart issue, he doesn’t and has NEVER had food poisoning! By the way, who the fuck stays in the emergency room 15days? It’s really sad people like Radar won’t respect your privacy when you need it most?? #lifeoftheleakes Thank you to those that have sent well wishes and good vibes! Thank you to our family and friends who are texting us with thoughts and prayers."

     

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    Well, there you have it.

    In February, NeNe revealed her husband was doing better after disclosing heart-related issues.

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    The child support battle between Kelis and Nas over their 8-year-old son, Knight Jones, continues.

    A week after the Queensbridge rapper revealed his finances, the "Milkshake" singer is doing the same. According to the paperwork she submitted, she reportedly has $691,153.22 in the bank, $1.3 million in properties and her monthly total expenses come to $25,319.

    The Blast has the full breakdown of Kelis' coinage:

    Kelis’ monthly expenses include $5,726 for her mortgage, $4,500 on child care, $1,913 on groceries, $1,233 on eating out, $1,500 on laundry/cleaning, $1,728 on clothes, and $492 on entertainment. For Knight, she lists an additional $1,300 on private tutoring, $400 on a math tutor, $150 on Ju-Jitsu and $500 for art. Her grand total of monthly expenses comes to $25,319.

    Kelis has two businesses which pull in monthly income — her entertainment/touring company (MyKnight, Inc.) and Feast Enterprises, which is her food product business. In 2016, MyKnight pulled in $287,755 and the following year, made $922,840. Her net income following expenses came to $98,273 (2016) and $463,809 (2017).

    Her food business, Feast Enterprises, pulled in $30k (2016) and $17k (2017) but both years she ended in the red following expenses — $51k and $31k, respectively.

    Her music royalties weren’t as much as one would think: $21k for 2016 and $9k for 2017.

    The "Hate Me Now" rapper reportedly brings in $175,000 per month various sources (music, investments, etc.) and has more than $8.3 million in cash in his bank account. His monthly expenses total $76,834.04, which includes $20,245.70 that goes to helping out family members, including his father. He also pays $15,000/month in rent.

    Right now, Nas pays Kelis $8,000/month in child support. However, Kelis filed paperwork for an increase since she believes Nas makes way more money than he did when the child support order was first set into place.

    The ball is in the judge's court now.

    A few weeks ago, Kelis revealed dark secrets about her failed marriage to Nas, accusing him of physical and verbal abuse. In case you missed, catch up HERE.

    Over the weekend...

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    Kelis provided guests with a culinary experience of some of her top dishes during the "My City, 4 Ways" culture festival in Washington, D.C.

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    She even helped serve the food. So humble.

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    The "Bossy" singer also participated in a Q&A where she discussed her love of healthy cooking.

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    Solange explains how capri pants launched her rule-breaking style while being honored at the 70th Annual Parsons Benefit in NYC. Find out all she said, see her TURN UP on top of car afterwards, and see Bishop Michael Curry take over daytime TV inside....

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    When it comes to fashion, Solange Knowles Ferguson marches to the beat of her own drum, but she still manages to serve up some super hot looks. Most times, her fashion choices are out-of-the-box, however, she always makes it work.

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    So, how did she become this fashion maven? Capri pants! Ha!

    While being honored at the 70th Annual Parsons Benefit in NYC (along withGucci president/chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri and Farfetch founder/CEO José Neves), Solo shared how wearing carpi pants was the turning point in her fashion career. Apparently, she got bullied for wearing them, but that only fueled the fire.

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    “When I was ten years old I visited New York City and capri pants with the little slits on the side were all the rage,” she shared with the audience. “I got a pair in three different colors and I went back to Houston, Texas, straight feelin’ myself, walking into school with a little shoulder lean, head high. And them hatin’ a– kids dragged me from one hallway to the next. They asked if it was floodin’ because my pants were so high water. And I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created.”

    Well, the Grammy Award winner isn't being "bullied" over capri pants any longer. She's a fashion staple that tons of women and young girls like to emulate.

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    For last night's event, Solange rocked a SHVNY canvas bandeau, body bag and strap on sleeves by Parson student Shanel Campbell, who's black by the way, and KILLED it. Y'all know Solo loves a black creative and we're SO here for her shining light on black up-and-coming artists/creators/designers.

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    The "Cranes In The Sky" singer could hardly stand all of the love she received from everyone in the room.  She hopped on Instagram to thank everyone for their kind words and gush over Shanell Campbell:

    i literally woke up w the biggest smile on my face...bursting at the seams with gratitude from this night. ENDLESS thank you to @missymisdemeanorelliott @erykahbadu @pharrell for the words u shared! they will echo in my heart FOREVER. there was so much love in that room during those moments, I couldn’t even believe it was real. im gonna continue to strive and live up to those words now. u all are my literal idols, u left the blueprint, and u taught me how to be me when I didn’t have the language or the tools...I’m eternally grateful... to the students of @parsonsschoolofdesign you are ALL the real winners. You are all so exceptionally talented and I can’t wait to see you all out in the world to doing the incredible work you are destined to....students like Shanel Campbell@shvny, who I wore last night, who are truly continuing to shape and mold the way we see the world , being unafraid , disruptive, working through corcumstances and pressures and fears unknown to us ....and leading the way as the new faces of fashion music art and design... what a fucking night y’all. I’m sore from dropping it all night w my freeens on top a stretch hummer y’all! omgomgomg my heart

    Congrats Solo!

    "Power" star LaLa Anthony and famed fashion designer Dapper Dan, who has a partnership with Gucci, were also in the mix to show support:

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    During the event, there was a fashion auction and Solange outbid everyone for a Dapper Dan customized Gucci experience, clocking in at $27,000.

    By the way, Solo's sister Beyonce funded a scholarship for a female student at the Parson School of Design for the 2017-2018 school year. Nice!

    After the event....

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    Solo hopped on the top of her limo and did "hoodrat things" with her friends. Don't y'all come for us for saying that. It's a saying! The singer and her friends had a whole twerk session on top of the vehicle and continued the party inside. Peep the flicks:

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    Yessss.

     

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    Got ALL of their lives.

    On daytime TV:

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    He's back in NY!

    It's no doubt the States Michael Curry was the breakout star of the Royal Wedding. He brought the black church all up and through St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

    Now, he's taking over television.

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    Bishop Curry chopped it up on "Good Morning America" today to dish on how he was asked to speak at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding. When he got the call, he thought someone was playing a joke on him.

    “It was the decision of the couple, but they were in consultation both with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with the Dean of St. George’s and I’m sure others as well,” he recounted to Good Morning America, adding, “I got a phone call, and I didn’t believe it, because a member of my staff called and said, ‘They’d like you to preach at the royal wedding,’ and I said, ‘Get out of here it’s April Fools. You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And it was actually true.”

    And get this! The royal wedding planning was SO top secret, he couldn't even tell his wife about the gig for over a month.

    Peep his interview below:

    Making his rounds...

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    Bishop Curry also stopped by "The View" to chat about his viral message - that seemed to have the Brits stonefaced - during the royal wedding and more below:

    We love his spirit!

    Photos: Splash/Solange's IG/The View's IG


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    Oh?! Late NFL star Aaron Hernandez's fiancé just announced she's pregnant, 13 months after his death.  So, who's the father?  Deets inside...

    Well this was unexpected.  Shay Hernandez was Aaron Hernandez's #1 supporter during his murder trial for a 2012 double murder conviction. He was indicted in 2014 and aquitted in April 2017, but shockingly killed himself days later by hanging himself in his Massachussets jail cell.

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    Aaron and Shay had been dating for years and shared a daughter together. Shay was called to the witness stand during the trial since she was seen on home surveillance camera fetching a box for Aaron (that prosecution believed was the murder weapon) and throwing it into their outdoor trash.  Shay always maintained his innocence and was very much still his other half throughout the trial appearing almost daily in court.

    Shay even legally changed her last name to his in 2015 while Aaron was incarcerated, despite them never getting legally married. During Aaron's defense attorney Jose Baez's recent four-hour Oxygen docuseries about the life and trials of his client, Shay continued to defend him.

    Now, 13 months after Aaron's death, Shay is pregnant.  Seeing that they were still a couple at that time, the pregnancy - she looks pretty far along - does seem sudden.  She says while she needed a minute to prcess the news, she's blessed and excited to welcome a new baby:

     

     

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    Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate , I wanted to take time and process and post when I was ready to. I wanted to have a moment for myself alone with my daughter ... we are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin . I couldn’t be a luckier woman to have such a perfect little girl that’s prepared to become the best big sister , and even more blessed to welcome another babygirl to our home . BabyG we are very excited to meet you !!! Mommy and sissy will continue to wait patiently for your arrival. I thank everyone for the continued support and appreciate the respect for our privacy that has been shown .

    Her comments are turned off, because, understandably, folks have questions.  Did she start a relationship with a new man months after Aaron's death?  Is the father someone she's known, or a new person? Or is there another intersting explanation?

    Hernandez had just signed a seven-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots prior to the 2012 season, one of the biggest contracts in the league at the time.

    Shay, on behalf of her 5-year-old daughter, recently sued the estates of three men the former New England Patriots player was charged with killing.  She reportedly did so to ensure their daughter benefits from the sale of their home.  She also "requested a trial to determine whether Hernandez's declaration of homestead remains in effect."

    Yesterday, she spoke about encouraging herself:

     

    Incase you needed that encouragement today like I did #beyourbestyou

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    She shared new pics with her and Aaron's daughter on Mother's Day as well:

     

    No words needed. #blessedbeyondmeasure

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    Congrats to her.


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    After tackling Scientology (which she's still doing by the way), Leah Remini is gearing up to tackle another religion. And folks, including some black folks, will likely be pissed. Deets inside....

    Since leaving Scientology, Leah Remini has made it her business to expose all of the foolery that has been going on within the religion. Now, she's ready to put the spotlight on another.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leah Remini is working on a new unscripted special at A&E that will expose the practices of Jehovah's Witnesses, following the cancellation of her show "Kevin Can Wait" on CBS.

    She will produce a special for the network that will air following season three of her EMMY winning series, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath." The actress has a first-look production deal with the network to produce unscripted series and this special is the first project she'll produce.

    Apparently, the religion has been receiving backlash for practices described by THR as "ousting or shunning members who have dissenting views, refusing to participate in politics or government, not celebrating birthdays or Christmas, and for multiple predictions of armageddon that have, obviously, yet to pan out."

    There are a few YBF celebs who are Jehovah's Witnesses, including Serena& Venus Williams, and the late Prince. Sherri Shepard, The Jackson Family and the Wayans Family were also raised as Jehovah's Witnesses.  Not all have remained aligned with the beliefs though.

    During a FYC panel discussion last week, Leah said she has been receiving messages and emails from people who are eager to share their religious experiences. And not just Scientology experiences - other religions as well. So, will she tackle other religions after Jehovah's Witnesses? We're not sure.

    However, based on the success of her Scientology series, it's possible. It seems she has an audience. Hide your Pastors!

    Will her investigative series extend to mega churches? Or the Catholic Church? Things could get very interesting if so.

    No word yet when the special will air.

    We know we'll be watching though...

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    The "Insecure" cast welcomes its first baby!  In real life, that is.  Two co-stars just revealed their baby girl, and their surprise relationship.

     

    Welp, we cant say we saw this one coming.

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    Dominique Perry, who plays "Tasha (from the bank)" on HBO's hit show "Insecure," revealed she was having a baby several months ago.  While posing it up in gorgeous maternity shots and at her beautiful baby shower she never mentioned who the father of her baby girl is.  But, now we know.

     

     

     

    Both Dominique and her co-star Sarunas Jackson, who plays Yvonne Orji's on-screen (married) love interest Dro, posted about their brand new baby girl "Zen." Yeah, we're kinda shocked too. It's unclear if they're an official couple, or simply co-parenting.

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    Sarunas hadn't mentioned having a baby on the way throughout his many IG posts of him living his best life on the L.A. scene this past year.  He posted a pic with Dominique and their co-star Y'lan Noel at LilRel Howery's birthday bash back in December (above).

    He did post about baby Zen on the day she was born, and reports say he is indeed the father.

     

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    Awwww! 

     

    Baby Zen is only 4 days old, and the drama's already starting with fans reading too far into things. One of Sarunas' followers pulled up an old tweet in the wee hours of this morning, accusing him of speaking foul abut Dominique:

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    His response:

     

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    Bloop.

     

    Congrats again to the new parents!

     

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    We for sure thought Meghan Markle was the one who invited The Kingdom Choir to sing during her royal wedding to Prince Harry. Turns it, it was Harry's father Prince Charles' idea. Deets inside...

    This isn't up for debate: The Kingdom Choir shut the whole royal wedding down when they filled St George's Chapel with their flawless vocals last Saturday. The choir, hailing from South East England and led by Karen Gibson, delivered a perfect rendition of Ben E. King’s classic song “Stand by Me" and followed that up with a beautiful rendition of "This Little Light of Mine" as the Duke & Duchess exited the chapel.

    We just KNEW Meghan Markle was behind this #BlackExcellence. However, we're wrong. It was actually Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, who made the call.

    Apparently, he LOVES gospel music and wanted to incorporate it into the ceremony.

    "The couple didn't actually ring us at first, the call came from Clarence House," Director/Co-Founder Karen Gibson told BBC reporters. "I understand that Prince Charles really likes gospel music."

    "The couple [was] very intentional about what they wanted sung and how they wanted it sung, but the actual idea came from Prince Charles - although they were very happy to have gospel music," she continued.

    Who knew?!

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    This wasn't the choir's first time singing for British royalty. In 2002, The Kingdom Choir was tapped to perform at the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating 50 years on the throne. The choir has also performed for other notables, including President Bill Clinton, the late Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu.

    In another interview, director Gibson revealed Meghan and Harry selected which songs they would sing during the wedding, and that they were quite intentional about what type of songs they wanted.

    Peep a few of their recent TV appearances below:

    And if you can't get enough of their vocals, peep their Facebook page for more clips.

    Loves it!

     

     

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    Nicki Minaj and SZA are cancelling some major work dates due to "doctor's orders." Find out what's going on with them and the events they're backing out of inside....

    Looks like there's a bump in the road for Nicki Minaj and her comeback.

    The Head Barb was scheduled to appear on television today for an interview and to perform, but don't look for her on the tube this afternoon. After performing twice since making her official return into the limelight, the "Barbie Tingz" rapper is cancelling her appearance on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show."

    In an Instagram post, she explained she will not appear on the show because she couldn't fly out to the studio. Apparently, a doctor advised her not to fly. It's unclear WHY the doctor said she couldn't fly, but she's following his/her orders.

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    She captioned,"I couldn’t fly out to shoot Ellen. [Doctor’s Orders]. I’m sad about that. There’s an announcement I was going to make on Ellen. I’ll make it tomorrow via social media instead. Love you"

    The Young Money rapper announced she was going to do another scholarship/student loan giveaway for her fans to celebrate her return on the ELLEN show. You'll recall, around this time last year, she appeared on the show and talked about how she was helping college students. Ellen got inspired and wrote her a $25,000 check in support of her philanthropic effort. Since she's not going to be on the show, Nicki announced she would reveal her "big announcement" on social media later today. So, stay tuned Barbz.

    We do wonder how these "doctor's orders" will affect her upcoming world tour? And how will it affect her press tour for her upcoming album QUEEN, set to drop June 15th.  We know her fans are impatiently awaiting a full comeback.

    Another YBF chick canceling shows...

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    SZA is on the sick and shut in list...again.

    TDE's Top Dawg had to pull the "Love Galore" singer from their "Championship Tour" due to her vocal chords being swollen. He explained she already missed the shows in Arizona and New Mexico and may miss a few more until the doctor clears her to return to the stage. Peep the tweet:

     

     

     

    It seems TDE plans to make up for the missed dates.

    Back in August, SZA suffered a similar situation where she postponed dates on her "CTRL" Tour. She blamed that situation on allergies. And her vocals weren't A1 for her Coachella debut either.

    Now, folks are wondering if it's something else since she revealed she took drugs helped her write her CTRL album.

    In a Billboard interview, she shared she was struggling with coming up with material for her debut album. Somehow, she ended up trying mushrooms (aka “shrooms”) for the first time while hiking in the coastal woodlands of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservatory in L.A. And the rest is history.

    “I heard everything singing to me, from the grass and flowers to the little leaves,” she told Billboard. “I was tripped out, crying. It removed that fear barrier. The next day, I felt free -- I couldn't fail.”

    Hmm...

    Kendrick Lamar and the TDE Family will hit the stage in Tampa tonight, sans SZA.

    Get well soon SZA & Nicki!

     

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    Sandy "Pepa" Denton is dishing on her new sex life just days after her messy new relationship was exposed. We've got an exclusive sneak peek at the tea she spilled on her and her daughter's dating lives inside...

    Let's talk about sex, baby!  Pep is back in the saddle.  She's single and extra ready to mingle.

    We know now that the new man in her life is (was?) a legally married man named Aundre Dean.  When his estranged and pregnant wife, Jordyn, blasted them for cheating, Pepa deleted him from her page (he didn't delete her from his though) and we haven't heard about him since.

    On tomorrow night's season premiere of "Growing Up Hip Hop", Pep talks a little about getting back out there.

    But what we're even more shocked about are her dealings with her daughter, Egypt's, new man.  He's jobless, but Pep recently stepped in and bought a whole car for him to use to make money. Oh?

    Check out our exclusive sneak peek below:

    Thoughts?

    The new season of "GUHH" premieres Thursday, May 24 at 9pm ET/PT on WE TV!

     

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    Forever First Lady Michelle Obama has always been a queen, and she has the pics to prove it. See a few rare & never-seen-before flicks from her childhood days inside...

    Our Forever First Lady Michelle Obama has always been a queen. Even before she made her mark at the White House for 8 years with her husband Barack Obama.

    As she works on her new memoir Becoming, Mrs. Obama has come across some throwback pictures of her from her childhood, college days and when she tied the knot to Barack. And we can hardly stand it. Y'all KNOW we stan hard for Mrs. O around these parts. She's literally the epitome of YBF.

    Over the next few days, she will share some of the photos and memories that will be featured in the book. In the photos she has shared so far, the 54-year-old gives us a quick glimpse into the life of the little girl from the Southside of Chicago who made it to the White House. In the picture above, Michelle is a student at Princeton University, and what you don't see is the culture shock she experienced.

    "This is me at Princeton in the early 1980s," she shared. "I know that being a first-generation college student can be scary, because it was scary for me. I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton’s student body was generally white and well-to-do. I’d never stood out in a crowd or a classroom because of the color of my skin before. But I found close friends and a mentor who gave me the confidence to be myself. Going to college is hard work, but every day I meet people whose lives have been profoundly changed by education, just as mine was. My advice to students is to be brave and stay with it. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! #ReachHigher"

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    In a picture with her mother and father, she shared the morals and values her parents (Fraser& Marian Robinson) instilled in her at a young age.

    “My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word,” she said. “My mother, Marian, showed me how to think for myself and to use my voice. Together, in our cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago, my family helped me see the value in our story, in my story, and in the larger story of our country.”

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    In another candid, our Forever First Lady is all smiles as her husband Barack slid that garter off her leg during their wedding reception. Ayyye!

    "You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October, 1992 with a nasty head cold," she captioned. "Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared and we ended up dancing almost all night. Twenty five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else."

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    Aww! The perfect example of #BlackLove.

    “In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others," she said in a statement when the book was announced. "I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be."

    We'll be copping at LEAST two of these when it hits shelves November 13, 2018. One for ourselves and the other for a friend, mom, cousin, somebody.

    Outside of working on her new memoir, Michelle is also working with her hubby  to produce content for Netflix. Get those deets HERE.

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    The NFL outdid itself today by enacting a policy that punishes players who exercise their constitutional right to protest. Find out what the owners and the Commissioner have to say, including two owners who are trying to distance themselves.

    This week, reports stated the NFL owners were meeting to finalize a plan to "handle" players who knelt during the national anthem this upcoming football season.  The owners unanimously finalized said plan today, and the policy says teams and players will and can be penalized via fine if players do not stand for the national anthem. The policy also says players who wish to not stand, should stay in the locker room.

    The fact Commissioner Goodell said today that "this is a good opportunity to continue the partnership with our players," is absolutely ridiculous. He said the change the players are looking for, rectifying inequalities in the justice system, will be made through the programs the league is helping to institute in the communities.

    "We want people to be respectful of the national anthem," commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We want people to stand -- that's all personnel -- and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That's something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices."

    And then there's this, from ESPN:

    Earlier this week, the league finalized an $89 million social justice platform with players to help address "some of the underlying issues" that were under protest, said Mark Murphy, the Green Bay Packers' president/CEO.

     

    Interestingly, two owners are seemingly trying to distance themselves from the decision.  49ers owner Jed York abstained from voting on the NFL's new policy, citing a lack of player involvement in the process.  Christopher Johnson, co-owner and chairman of the Jets, said he would cover all fines placed on Jets players who kneel in protest anyway. It's unclear if he abstained as well.

    Despite the fact that players who previously invoked their RIGHT to protest were called unpatriotic by the masses, Goodell now says that was a false perception.

    "It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic," Goodell said. "This is not and was never the case."

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    If only he had said this before Colin Kaepernick (atop) and Eric Reid (above) were blackballed and nailed to a cross for kneeling.

    We wonder what Meek Mill is going to tell his new bestie, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, now.

     

    As for why the NFL seems so dead set on punishing folks for exercising their right to protest in this particular way, Colin's girlfriend and activist in her own right, Hot 97 host Nessa, posted this reminder today.

     

    The NFL isn't necessairly only doing this for the good of "supporting the military." We all support the military. Plus, many members of the military have spoken out in support of the kneeling protest, saying they fight to protect everyone's freedoms. When money is involved though, certain freedoms get infringed upon.

     

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    Bigot Barbie Tomi Lahren got a drink thrown on her at a restaurant. Find out why Cardi B jokes about her "spirit" being in the midst inside...

    Bigot Barbie Tomi Lahren got a reaction from folks while she was trying to enjoy brunch with her parents at a Minneapolis restaurant. In the clips that are going viral, we see Tomi exiting the venue and then a woman throws what looks like a glass of water on her.

    Apparently, after the woman threw water on Tomi, the conservative pundit walked back to the table to confront the person who did it. And ish went left.

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    So, where does Cardi B come into play?

    Well, if you listen carefully, you can hear her track "I Like That" playing in the background.

    Here's what she had to say about it: 

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    Oop!

    Of course, Donald Trump hopped on Twitter to show Bigot Barbie support:

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    The "Fox & Friends" commentator also responded to the "incident" (read from the bottom up):

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    Welp.

    Oh, and get this...

    "Superbug" Trump loves to use Twitter as he trools America. And we're sure his block button game is strong. However, he won't be able to block anymore users thanks to a new federal law.

    A federal judge in Manhattan has declared it unconstitutional for the president to block users on Twitter.

    The NY Times reports:

    In her ruling, Federal District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote of seven plaintiffs who sued Mr. Trump and several of his aides after being blocked by Mr. Trump’s Twitter account that “the speech in which they seek to engage is protected by the First Amendment.” Judge Buchwald added that Mr. Trump and Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, “exert governmental control over certain aspects of the @realDonaldTrump account.”

    Judge Buchwald wrote that "no government official -- including the President -- is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared." "We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account -- the 'interactive space' where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President's tweets -- are properly analyzed under the "'public forum' doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court, that such space is a designated public forum, and that the blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment," Buchwald wrote.

    You will deal Donald. Now, can she just take away his right to tweet altogether? Wishful thinking, we know.

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