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HOT 97’s Ebro Darden Says Colorist Comment About Tinashe's Name Was A ‘Terrible Joke,’ But Twitter Is Still Going In On Him

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HOT 97’s Ebro Darden has been getting dragged on social media after a clip resurfaced from an interview he did with Tinashe where he said some colorist comments about the singer’s name. It’s quite cringy….

 

HOT 97 radio hostEbro Darden is trending heavy on social media for some comments he made during a 2013 interview with singer Tinashe. A clip of the radio personality dubbing Tinashe’s last name as a “ghetto a** name” for a “light skinned” girl has resurfaced and folks are letting him have it, respectfully.

In the 2013 clip, Ebro asked his co-host, Peter Rosenberg, to ask the “2 On” singer (who was 20 at the time) to reveal her last name.

”Kachingwe,” she responded.

”Now, can we point out how light-skinned she is with a ghetto a** name, though?,” Ebro said.

“It’s not a ghetto name, she has an African name,” Peter responded. “Her name is Nigeri - Zimbabwean. My point is, that’s not ghetto, she has an African name.”

“Sometimes these ghetto names are actually African,” Ebro said.

Wait, what? 

The Twitter user who shared the clip wrote, “yeah tinashe better than me because i would’ve became real disrespectful.”

Check it:

 

 

Folks reacted to the clip where Ebro was dragged and schooled on his ignorant comment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

After receiving backlash, the Apple Music executive retweeted the clip, calling it a “terrible joke.”

 

 

”Yea this was a terrible joke, we were using the name skit for people to learn her origins… love Tinashe that’s my homey still,” the 46-year-old tweeted.

Well, folks are STILL letting him have it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can watch the full interview below:

Thoughts?

Photots: Getty 


Dave Chappelle - Boo’d & Called A ‘Bigot’ During Q&A With Students At High School Alma Mater, Dave Didn’t Back Down

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Students at Dave Chappelle’s high school alma mater voiced how they felt about the comedian amid controversy surrounding his Netflix special. They didn’t hold back or mince words when vocalizing their true feelings to the comedian. And he didn’t back down in his responses.

Here’s what went down…

 

On Tuesday (Nov. 23rd), Dave Chappelle made a “surprise” visit to his alma mater, D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts for an hourlong Q&A session amid controversy surrounding LGBTQ+ jokes he made in his Netflix special, “The Closer.”

Politico reported it was a surprise visit, however, it was previously reported Dave Chappelle had planned on hosting a fundraiser at the school on Nov. 23rd. Deadline reported it was postponed due to a threat of a student walkout because students voiced they were uncomfortable with the comedian’s remarks about trans people.

The fundraiser was moved to April, so his appearance was a surprise in a sense.

With a camera crew in tow, Chappelle took the stage in front of 580 students where he was met with a mixture of cheers AND some boos. The session reportedly went south from there. Yikes.

By the way, the students had to lock their phones in special pouches beforehand to prevent recordings. As with many of his live shows, he has the audience members’ phones confiscated.

About eight students out of the 580 students in attendance asked questions. They weren’t only asking questions. They also shared exactly how they felt about the famed comedian.

One student stepped up to the microphone and called him a “bigot” adding,“I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child." The student was reacting to the way Chappelle handled the backlash he received over the LGBTQ+ jokes he told in “The Closer.”

“My friend, with all due respect, I don’t believe you could make one of the decisions I have to make on a given day,” he responded, according to two anonymous students who spoke with Politico.

Politico shared more of what happened and Chappelle didn't back down to the negative comments made by the students:

In response to another antagonistic question, Chappelle roughly told the student body of artists: “I’m better than every instrumentalist, artist, no matter what art you do in this school, right now, I’m better than all of you. I’m sure that will change. I’m sure you’ll be household names soon.”

The students recalled that another student in the audience shouted at him, “Your comedy kills,” and Chappelle shot back, “N------ are killed every day.” He then asked, “The media’s not here, right?”

ONE DISTURBED PARENT: The two students we spoke to declined to go on the record out of fear of retribution from the school. The father of one of the students, who also declined to speak publicly to protect the identity of his daughter, said, “As a parent, I have to say I have a real problem. … He was being dead serious and using the n-word on the record. What kind of judgment is the school showing to allow that?”

It’s reported many of the students declined to speak up in fear of how he would react.

The two students who spoke to Playbook said they were afraid to speak up at the assembly because Chappelle often laughed at students’ questions or responded with jokes. At one point, after a student left the assembly room, Chappelle singled her out by saying, “Of course she left early.”

Some students were equally put off by Chappelle.

“He could tell we were nervous,” said one of the students we spoke with. “It was a huge power imbalance of this grown man and his camera crew — and these 14- to 18 year-olds without their phones, just high school kids.”

 

 

Savannah Overton - a spokesperson for the school - told Politico the comedian “invited the voices of discontent to ask questions, however as a result, the supporters of Chappelle became the silent majority. Our principal was approached by several students after the assembly who were disappointed that they were not able to voice their support for Chappelle in this forum.”

Carla Sims, Chappelle’s spokesperson, confirmed the comments.

Towards the end of the Q&A, it was said Chappelle seemed to “soften up as he wound down.”

"This is my family and whether they know it or not I love these kids. … I don’t want to hear about any threats to these kids. These kids don’t deserve that,” Chappelle said.

Some of the students have been receiving death threats for protesting the comedian. The school responded to the threats by increasing security and barring students from leaving campus for lunch. Before wrapping up, Chappelle gave the students tickets to a screening of his documentary "Untitled." He paid for 600 Thanksgiving meals for students and staff.

Over the years, Chapelle has donated millions of dollars to the school. He even gave one of his EMMY awards to the students and gave the school a shoutout during his acceptance speech.

A theater at the school is set to be named after the comedian in his honor. The naming was postponed due to the students pushback. However, the school claims it was postponed in order to address community concerns and to create a “teachable moment” around artistic freedom and responsibility. 

The theater will still be named for Dave Chappelle in April.

Photo: Getty

Teyana Taylor Pulls Out Of Show, Rushed To The Hospital As Her Daughter Junie Delivers The News To Her Fans

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Teyana Taylor had to pull out of her show last night after falling ill. She was rushed to the emergency room after her body completely “shut down.” Her daughter, Junie, held her down though! She stepped out on stage to announce Teyana wasn’t feeling well and apologized to her fans.

Watch it inside….

Teyana Taylor is on the road to recovery after falling ill yesterday.

Sis has been going hard for over a month, but things took a turn before her performance the Femme It Forward event with Ari Lennox and Sevyn Streeter. The ladies were booked to perform at the Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT last night, but Teyana had to pull out after getting sick.

While she has been killing it on stage, it seems her high-energy performances are taking a toll on her body. Now, she’s recovering in the emergency room.

The mom-of-two was rushed to the hospital last night after her body “gave out.” Teyana said she tried everything to make it to the stage, but her body said AHT AHT!

 

“Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all the warm love, sweet videos & prayers from my CT rose petals…. I love y’all!,” she captioned a picture of herself in a hospital bed.

”Thank you for being so understanding. Y’all know Petunia don’t miss no shows & most importantly, know I’ve been leaving it all on tha stage for a month straight 1000%. So I am really saddened to have not been able to do the same for you last night. My team & I tried everything down to the very last second to get me out on that stage, but my body simply just gave out, which actually started a few days ago. SHUT DOWN, my body actually low key betrayed me cause ah b*tch was tryna get on that stage Y’all know I’m with the sh*ts! y’all have seen me with a broken foot and all types of other crazy shit but still got on that stage and bodied it,” she continued.

The 30-year-old entertainer said she’s going to rest up and take the next few days off to recover, but she promised her CT fans that she will return and their tickets they already purchased will be honored.

”But honestly you have to listen to your body and know when to sit down; or it will definitely sit you down….. in the ER mine sat my a** down in the ER for sure but I’ve since got the proper fluids and nutrients put back into my body all night/morning & will take the next few off days to continue to recover. However, I promise I will be back to CT rescheduled and better than ever & all tickets will be honored for yesterday’s show!!!! Shoutout to my lovelies @arilennox & @sevyn for holdin it downnnnn! As well as Heather Lowery and the entire @femmeitforward team for their extreme understanding & support. Shout to @babyjunie4 for holding it down for mommy,” she concluded.

Junie - Teyana and Iman Shumpert’s eldest daughter - def held it down for her mom. The 5-year-old went out on the stage to deliver the news tot her fans that her mother wasn’t feeling well.

“My mom is sick and I want to tell you guys that I’m sorry that she’s sick. I - I hope she’s going to feel better,” she announced in the cutest way possible.

Peep the clips below:

 

 

Aww! We can’t even.

Femme It Forward also released a statement after Tey pulled out:

 

"Y’all send healing prayers to @teyanataylor. We watched her try to defy body to get on stage @Foxwoods to not let down her fans, but she physically couldn’t do it.

"Sometimes we think that artists are superheroes because we’re super fans, but they are human just like us. And the human body doesn’t give AF about screams and boos. Thank you to Teyana’s fans for being so understanding. We will reschedule Teyana’s performance and all tickets last night will be honored for the future date.

"We love and appreciate you @teyanataylor. Feel better soon. And @babyjunie4 thank you for protecting your mommie last night. Shout out to @sevyn and @arilennox for holding it down for CT!"

Take a peek at how Teyana has been tearing up the stage below:

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE.

We’re sure hubby Iman and the kiddies - Junie & Rue - will make sure she gets her rest. Get well soon, Tey!

Photo: Teyana's IG 

AE Apologizes To Amber Rose, Says He Wants Her Back After He LAUGHED About Cheating + Xzibit & Dr. Dre Joke About Their Divorces

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It seems Amber Rose’s son’s father Alexander “AE” Edwards has realized the grass isn’t greener on the other side after openly admitting and laughing about cheating on her with several women. Now, he wants her back.

Also, rap homies Xzibit and Dr. Dre joke about their divorces with new merch! Everything inside…

Now that Hot Boy Summer is over and it’s cuffing season you want your ex back? Oh. Some men have audacity on sickening levels.

So check it…

Amber Rose’s ex/son’s father Alexander “AE” Edwards is desperately trying to get back in her good graces after publicly humiliating her just a few months ago.

Back in August, The Slut Walk honcho took to Instagram Stories to air out her frustrations about her relationship with Alexander "AE" Edwards, the father of her 2-year-old son. In the posts, Amber accused AE of cheating on her with a least 12 women and those were just the women she knows about.

And he didn’t deny it. In fact, he laughed and boasted about being a narcissistic serial cheater. He said Amber knew about his "true nature" before getting into a relationship with him.

“I mean, she texted me like, if I apologize publicly and all this sh*t, you know, she love me but I don't want to keep doing that to her,” he said during an interview on Big Von’s IG Live show after she blasted him. “I know that I could stop. I could give her a good, solid six months and just really like, deprive myself of my true nature for as long as I can take it, but I don’t want to live like that,” AE explained.

The 34-year-old A&R exec even had the audacity to mention Amber's Slut Walk advocacy, suggesting that she shouldn't have aired out his business because essentially it's a form of "slut shaming."

Well, he’s singing a different tune now, delivering the public apology the 38-year-old mom-of-two asked for months ago.

“I want to sincerely apologize to my beautiful wife @amberose you didn’t deserve what I did to you,” he wrote on his IG Stories. “You’re an amazing person and a wonderful mother to our boys. I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve caused you, my son Slash and my stepson Sebastian. All I want is my family back and I’m willing to do anything to make things right. Please forgive me,” he added.

Oh.

Amber and AE started dating in 2018 and in October 2019, they welcomed their son Slash Electric Edwards. Amber also shares her firstborn son, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, with rapper Wiz Khalifa.

Now that he delivered her publicly apology, will she take him back? Time will tell….

Speaking of breakups...

 

Rap homies Xzibit and Dr. Dre have been cracking jokes about their failed marriages on social media.

The longtime collaborators are newly divorced men and they seem to be bonding over it.

X hit up the ‘Gram, posting a photo of himself wearing a shirt that read, “N.W.D.” in the same font as the N.W.A. logo. It stands for “N***** With Divorces.” In another photo, X showed off the back of the t-shirt, which read, “Straight Outta Marriage,” as Dr. Dre posed it up alongside him with his finger pointed at the back on the t-shirt:

"Man, we over here healing and moving forward. #NWD #N***azWitDivorces," X wrote in the caption.

These two!

 

In February, Xzbit’s ex-wife, Krista Joiner, filed for divorce from the rapper (real name Alvin Joiner) after 6 years of marriage. However, they were together for 20 years.

 

 

Dr. Dre’s ex-wife, Nicole Young, pulled the trigger on her divorce from Dre in June 2020. After all the messy deets spilled over in the media, a judge declared he was single in July 2021. Missed the drama? Catch up HERE

 

Photo: Amber's IG 

Virgil Abloh - The Fashion Visionary Who Shifted The Culture - Dies Of Cancer, Kanye West Dedicates Sunday Service To Him, Celebs Pour Out Tributes

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Tributes are pouring in after it was announced Virgil Abloh - founder and CEO of Off-White & the first Black man to be an artistic director at Louis Vuitton - died after a secret battle with cancer. He was 41. More inside….

 

The fashion world has been rocked after learning one of its genius designers suddenly passed away.

Virgil Abloh - the founder & CEO of Off-White, died Sunday, November 28th of cancer, according to a post from his verified Instagram account. He was 41.

Much like the late Chadwick Boseman, the devoted father, husband, brother, son and friend was secretly battling cancer.

 

”We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues," the post read.

”For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture."

”Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, 'Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,” believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.'"

“We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”

"Virgil Abloh September 30, 1980 – November 28, 2021"

The fashion visionary was known for his innovative work at Louis Vuitton (one of the oldest and most powerful luxury groups) as the menswear artistic director.

In March 2018, Virgil became the first Black man to become an artistic director at Louis Vuitton, and the third to lead a French luxury fashion house. It’s not every day a Black man is at the top of a French heritage house. It’s almost unheard of, so the fact that Louis Vuitton shook things up with some melanin magic was music to our ears.

He broke barriers, he shifted the culture and opened doors for young, Black designers in high-end fashion. 

Louis Vuitton is the largest brand in the stable of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. They released a joint statement following the announcement of Virgil’s death:

 

His brand, Off White, also released a statement:

Once news began to spread about his death, the tributes started pouring in.

Joining forces with musicians, Virgil also designed and was the creative director behind several of albums.

The former Fendi intern was also a longtime collaborator ofKanye West(now known as “Ye”). Recently, he worked as the rapper’s creative director for DONDA. He also designed some Kanye’s most iconic album covers, including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus, as well as a cover for A$AP Rocky and others.

 

Not long after Virgil’s death announcement, Ye dedicated his latest Sunday Service to his friend.

 

 

He had his Sunday Service Choir help pay tribute to his friend. The choir did a rendition of Adele’s new hit “Easy On Me” with a gospel twist.

Special tributes from celebrities, fashion designers, fashion brands, and more have been pouring in. Check out some below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May he rest in POWER.

 

Photos: Getty/Instagram

Those Dating Rumors About Lil Baby & Saweetie Heat Up, Quavo - Saweetie's Ex & Baby's Labelmate - Joins The Chat

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The Lil Baby& Saweetie dating rumors heat up after fans did some detective work and noticed the twosome was likely together. That sent social media in a frenzy, causing Saweetie’s ex-boyfriend/Baby’s label mate Quavo to seemingly respond. Find out what he said, plus see the flicks that had everyone losing it inside…

On several occasions recently, Saweetie DID say she wanted some babies. She posted a tweet about it and she also said it during an interview. In that same interview, she also said she was single.

When she said she wanted some babies, we didn’t think she meant LIL BABY…IF the rumors are true.

Last week, Hollywood UnlockedreportedLil Baby and Saweetie may be an item after he allegedly dropped $100,000 on the ICY GRL during a shopping spree in New York a few days ago. The source told the site they were shopping together in the Chanel store and that there is security footage of them. We’d like to note, that footage has not surfaced as of yet.

It’s weird because NBA star James Harden(who got locked up with Lil Baby in Paris earlier this year) previously denied a similar rumor that said he “cashapp’d” her $100K for a date. 

Back to Lil Baby and Saweetie…

 

 

The Atlanta rapper caught wind of the dating rumors, so he hopped on Twitter to let everyone know he’s single. But then he deleted the tweet. Interesting.

Last night, the rumor mill got kicked into overdrive once again after the “Tap In” raptress put up a photo dump on Instagram, which included a video of her shopping it up at the Louis Vuitton store and a photo of a black Chanel purse (swipe above).  As we told you earlier, the source said Baby & Saweetie were shopping in the Chanel store. In the last, she shared a selfie of herself straddling an unidentified man.

However, that picture has been removed as IG now lets you delete photos in carousels now. But here’s the flick:

 

Apparently, Lil Baby shared a video of himself that a fan (@riahwooo) got access to via his Close Friends and reposted to their own “close friends” on Instagram. Fans quickly noticed Lil Baby was wearing something similar to the person Saweetie was straddling in her selfie:

 

Once Lil Baby and Saweetie started trending, the “Drip Too Hard” rapper did another tweet and delete where he said:

 

 

”B*tches really be weird!!,” he tweeted. “If you want clout use Baby.”

While some fans initially thought he was talking about Saweetie, it’s possible he could have been tweeting about the fan who shared his video.

Quavo - Saweetie’s ex-boyfriend and Lil Baby’s Quality Control Music labelmate - entered the chat. While Baby & Quavo are signed to the same label, they reportedly don’t get along.

 

”Ain't trippin we can swap it out! #QCTheLabel,” Quavo posted to his IG Stories.

Saweetie and Quavo dated for nearly three years before they called it quits back in March.

Quavo’s post was shared on The Shade Room and Jayda Cheaves, the mother of Lil Baby’s youngest son, liked Quavo’s response.

Meanwhile, Quavo’s sister - who has beef with Saweetie - has been posting images of Jayda on her IG Stories.

The fan (@riahwooo) who uploaded the video of Lil Baby also took to her IG Stories to react to the social media frenzy they caused.

Do you think Saweetie rebounded with Lil Baby?  This certainly would't be the first time Baby acted like a rumor about chick he was interacting with was a lie when it likely wasn't.....

 

Photos: Lil Baby's IG/Saweetie's IG

POTUS Biden Says Omicron Variant Is ‘Cause For Concern, Not A Cause For Panic’ + WHO Warns Omicron Poses ‘High Infection Risk'

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President Joe Biden is reassuring the nation that the new Omicron Coronavirus variant, which was first identified last week by researchers in South Africa, is a cause for concern, but folks shouldn’t panic. At least not at this point. The doctor who discovered the variant says symptoms seem “mild.”

The World Health Organization warned that the variant poses a “high infection risk.” Details inside…

A new Coronavirus variant was identified last week by doctors and researchers in South Africa called B.1.1.529, also called Omicron. The new Omicron variant has caused a major increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Africa and doctors are working to understand its potential implications.

According to its website, Omicron is a highly divergent variant with a high number of mutations, including 26-32 in the spike, some of which are concerning and may be associated with immune escape potential and higher transmissibility. However, there are still considerable uncertainties.

The main uncertainties are: 

(1) how transmissible the variant is and whether any increases are related to immune escape, intrinsic increased transmissibility, or both;

(2) how well vaccines protect against infection, transmission, clinical disease of different degrees of severity and death;

(3) does the variant present with a different severity profile. Public health advice is based on current information and will be tailored as more evidence emerges around those key questions.

The World Health Organization began naming the variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion. According to the Greek alphabet, the World Health Organization was expected to name the latest coronavirus variant "Nu" or "Xi." But both names were seen as problematic. The health agency went straight to Omicron — the 15th letter in the Greek alphabet.

The WHO warned that the global risk from the omicron variant poses a “high infection risk” around the globe because it’s seemingly easier to transfer.

According to Dr. Angelique Coetzee - the South African doctor who first identified the new strain - told the BBC that COVID symptoms linked to the Omicron variant have been described as “extremely mild.” 

“It actually started with a male patient who’s around the age of 33 ... and he said to me that he’s just [been] extremely tired for the past few days and he’s got these body aches and pains with a bit of a headache,” she told the BBC.

The patient didn’t have a sore throat, she said, but more of a “scratchy throat” but no cough or loss of taste or smell — symptoms that have been associated with previous strains of the coronavirus.

Coetzee said she tested the male patient for Covid, and he was positive, as was his family, and then said she saw more patients that day presenting with the same kinds of symptoms that differed from the delta variant.

This prompted her to raise the alarm with South Africa’s vaccine advisory committee, of which she is a member. Other patients Coetzee had seen so far with the omicron variant had also experienced what she described as “extremely mild” symptoms, and she added that her colleagues had noted similar cases.

“What we are seeing clinically in South Africa — and remember I’m at the epicenter of this where I’m practicing — is extremely mild, for us [these are] mild cases. We haven’t admitted anyone, I’ve spoken to other colleagues of mine and they give the same picture.”

President Joe Biden held a press conference at the White House today to reassure Americans that the Omicron variant is a cause for concern, but it’s “not a cause for panic. At least, not now.

With the information scientists have now, he said he’s not considering any widespread lockdowns across the nation. However, he did encourage Americans to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots. He also urged people to return to wearing face masks indoors in public places to slow down any spread.

As of now, the new variant reportedly hasn’t reached the U.S., but it will. And when it does, President Biden said will “face this new threat just as we’ve faced those that have come before it.”

Watch below:

The new variant has prompted the US, UK and EU to issue a travel ban on Southern African countries - a decision criticized by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa.

António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, said he was “deeply concerned about the isolation of southern African countries” and favored rigorous testing over travel bans.

The Associated Press reports:

Biden last week moved to restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa, effective Monday, in a bid to give scientists time to learn more about the new variant, and for more Americans to get vaccinated before it hits the U.S. South African officials have argued they are being punished for speedily identifying and reporting the new variant.

The White House said there are no plans to cut down Biden’s travel as a result of the new variant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strengthened its recommendation on COVID booster shots, telling all adults that they “should” get an additional dose amid growing concern about the new variant.

“The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the CDC said everyone over 18 “may” get a booster shot if they wanted one. Now, they SHOULD.

Mask up everyone and keep sanitizing! If you’re vaccinated, consider getting a booster shot. Need more information about it? Click here

We’d like to note, the Omicron variant is not a “South African variant.” We've been seeing it called that and it's incorrect terminology.

Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

'Her Excellency' Rihanna Officially Designated A ‘National Hero’ As Barbados Becomes Republic After Removing Queen Elizabeth II As Head Of State

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She is now Her Excellency, Ambassador and National Hero Robyn Rihanna Fenty. And she’ll be addressed as such.

 

As Barbados cut ties with the British Royal Family - ditching Queen Elizabeth II as head of state - the first order of business was to give Rihanna her flowers, which she rightfully deserves. Deets inside…

 

That Rihanna reign just won’t let up…literally! The Bajan beauty’s homeland just gave one of its highest honors as the island transitions into officially becoming a republic.

On Monday night, the self-made billionaire was honored with the title “national her” by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley during a ceremony marking the country’s split from the United Kingdom. After 55 years, Barbados officially cut ties with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and is now officially a republic.

Despite its status as a republic, Barbados will reportedly remain in the Commonwealth organization of nations. 

“On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you the designee for national hero for Barbados, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty,” Prime Minister Mia Mottley said during the Pride of Nationhood ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados.

“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go,” she said while referring to Rih’s hit track “Diamonds.”

The Grammy Award winner looked stunning in a silk one-shoulder Bottega Veneta midi dress.

 

Peep the clips below:

The global superstar becomes only the second woman to be given the honor, and 11th person in total. So yeah, it’s a big deal and it’s likely one of her greatest life achievements.

During her speech (the next day), she said “nothing compares to being recognized from the soul that you grew in.” :

 

 

 

And here's a quick video of her arriving:

 

 

 

One thing about RiRi, she’s always putting on for her homeland. Since 2018, she has held the title of ambassador for culture and youth in Barbados. Every year on February 22nd, natives celebrate “Rihanna Day.” In 2011, she was given the honor of being the island's travel ambassador.

As the Black Lives Matter movement intensified, calls for the island to become a republic also ramped up. Barbados announced that it would become a republic by November 2021 (on the 55th anniversary of its independence) and here we are!

Heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, was also in attendance and gave a speech where he acknowledged Britain’s "appalling atrocity of slavery" as the nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and inaugurated its first-ever President.

“From the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude,” he said.“Emancipation, self-government and independence were your way-points. Freedom, justice and self-determination have been your guides. Your long journey has brought you to this moment, not as your destination, but as a vantage point from which to survey a new horizon,” Charles added.

Watch below:

Hmph.

The Queen also delivered a message to the people of Barbados: 

 

 

 

It's unclear if her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky (who traveled to Barbados with her for Christmas last year), was in attendance as he was spotted in New York a day before the ceremony:

 

 

CONGRATS, Rihanna!

 

Photos: Getty 


Chris Brown Joins Wizkid In London, 1st Performance Over A Decade After He Was Banned From The UK + BABY RUMORS?!

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Chris Brown traveled to London for the first time in over a decade after he was banned from entering the UK in 2010 after he was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Nigerian artist Wizkid brought him out for his sold-out show at the O2 Arena.

 

Watch it go down, plus what the streets are saying about Breezy possibly becoming a dad for a third time inside….

Breezy’s back in the UK.

Nigerian artist Wizkid made sure to surprise his fans with a special guest for his fans at his sold-out show at the O2 Arena in London as he treks along on his Made in Lagos Tour.

For the first three-night-run at the venue, the “Piece of Me” singer surprised the crowd and brought out Chris Brown to sing his popular hit “Go Crazy.” It’s the first time Breezy performed in the United Kingdom for at least 12 years. Last year, Breezy was spotted making his rounds in London, but this is the first time he officially hit the stage.

“This is my f***ing brother for more than 10 years,” Wizkid said to the crowd before the 32-year-old entertainer hit the stage. “This is my guy, the first guy to ever show me love internationally and sh*t, you know? Tonight this is his first time performing in London in more than 10 years. Now y’all make some noise for my f***ing brother. My real n***a! My dawg! Breezy!”

 

 

 

The father-of-two posted a clip from his London performance to his IG, writing:

 

“So FU**ing proud/thankful of/for my bro @wizkidayo for his achievement. we been homies for 10 years +. LONDON I CANT EVEN BEGIN TO THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THE LOVE YALL HAVE SHOWED ME. Truly a moment I will forever be grateful for. #breezyseason.”

 

Chris was banned from entering the United Kingdom after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Now, it seems the ban has been lifted. 

For his performance, UK designer SUARVO picked out his threads and was geeked about it:

In other news….

The Internet Streets have been rumbling with rumors that Chris Brown could possibly become a dad for the third time with another woman.

In 2019, we showed you flicks of Breezy partying it up in West Hollywood with chick named Diamond Brown, who looks A LOT like his ex-Karrueche Tran and his son’s mother/ex Ammika Harris. She was seen bringing Breezy a cake and was also seen in the passenger seat of his glow-in-the-dark 2019 Lamborghini Huracan.

Now, Diamond - who calls herself a model - is pregnant and fans believe it’s Breezy’s baby!

 

 

 

 

It appears she celebrated her baby's impending arrival with a shower in Los Angeles earlier this month:

 

 

 

 

Fans have been in her comments congratulating her AND Chris on their new bundle of joy:

We don't have any evidence to confirm Chris is the father. It's believed her due date is in January, so we may (or may not) find out for sure when the baby gets here. 

Congrats, if true. 

 

 

Photos: Chris' IG 

DaBaby Freestyles With Oldest Daughter After Fans Call Him Out Over Cringey Caption About DaniLeigh's Daughter

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DaBaby shares an adorable FaceTime session with his eldest daughter, Princess Renny, where she’s spitting bars like her daddy.

The cute clip comes on the heels of the rapper posting a cringey caption to a video of himself and his newest bundle of joy, whom he shares with DaniLeigh. Check it out all inside…

DaBaby says being a father is his number 1 priority, so videos of him vibing out with his kiddies come as no surprise. Some may side-eye how he “parents,” but he doesn’t care.

Watching dads put a smile on their kids’ faces is always a good look and after all the drama that has been going on with DaBaby, he could use some good energy. Recently, the Baby on Baby rapper shared an adorable video of himself on a FaceTime call with his four-year-daughter, Princess Penny (whom he shares with his first baby mama MeMe), where they are freestyling together. Crazy thing is, she already sounds like a little wordsmith. Peep the video below:

 

 

”FaceTime Freestyling w/ Twin last night,” he captioned the clip.

The “BOP” rapper is fresh off spending Thanksgiving in West Palm Beach with his family, including his daughter’s mother MeMe.

 

It’s Onsite noticed DaBaby and MeMe posted videos with the same palm trees in the background. “A place for a playa,” she captioned a video of herself listening to “Super High” by Rick Ross & Ne-Yo. Peep the comparison videos above.

The Charlotte native took his family to West Plan Beach to celebrate the release of his newest musical offering, Back On My Baby Jesus Sh*t AGAIN. As he often does, he posted a series of flicks to show off his ‘fit with the caption, “raise ya hand if you got drunk before the pictures. Too sexy not to show y’all #HappyThanksGiving.”

 

We doubt DaniLeigh was in the mix considering everything that went down two weeks ago. The "Yellow Bone" artist did share some cute flicks of their daughter on IG though:

 

After spending Thanksgiving with his family and MeMe, the “ROCKSTAR” rapper took to his Instagram to share a video of himself playing with his youngest daughter, whom he shares with DaniLeigh. DaBaby and Dani are fresh off a toxic argument that spilled over online when he hopped on IG Live. In the videos shared online, he was asked DaniLeigh to leave his residence and even called the cops on her.

After all the drama, the 29-year-old rapper has been in "daddy mode," posting videos and IG captions about how he will always be a father first and everything else comes second. He recently shared a video of himself and his infant daughter (that he shares with Dani), making her dance to Nelly’s "Hot In Herre." The caption he attached to the video was uber cringey.

 

“imagine thinking it’s sweet enough to play w/ my kids then boom… I whip out & burn yo a** n front of everybody & walk away [straight] face,” he wrote, likely referring to the time he fatally shot a man who tried to rob him in a Walmart a few years ago. It's unclear who he's referring to, but we'd like to note DaniLeigh's brother did go off on him following his online drama with Dani. Her brother said he was going to beat his a** whenever he comes to the west coast. 

"Let this fame sh*t fool you into thinking I’m not living & dying for ALL mines," DaBaby continued."Aint sh*t changed, The FIRST one of y’all I catch playing in person I’m doin you dat. So y’all n****s be safe. Daddy love you baby.Can’t wait to put ya boyfriend on a T-Shirt.”

SMH. Very disturbing.

Fans were in his comments slamming him for not properly supporting his infant daughter’s neck, so he turned the comments off on the post.

We’re not sure what he’s trying to prove with this video. Hopefully, his baby mama drama will cease - at least for a little while because we're all collectively TIREDT. 

Photo: DaBaby's IG 

REPORT: Father Of Former UCF Football Player Otis Anderson Jr. Charged With His Murder, Shot Son Over Dog Bite

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Former UCF football player Otis Anderson Jr. was reportedly shot and killed at his parents’ home in Jacksonville, Florida. His father, Otis Anderson Sr., has been charged with first-degree murder in his death.

 

It’s alleged the father shot his son after an argument over a dog bite. The shocking details inside…

 

It seems the world is getting scarier and scarier by the day as headlines about fatal domestic disputes continue to pour in.

On Monday (Nov. 29th), former University of Central Florida running back Otis Anderson Jr. was fatally shot by his father, Otis Anderson Sr., during a dispute about a dog bite, according to authorities. As more details about what happened start to trickle in, it seems the young athlete was stepping in to make sure nothing happened to his mother and it ended up costing him life.

The 23-year-old was killed by his own father in his parents’ Jacksonville home after an argument over a dog bite. Otis Sr. was reportedly bitten by a dog that belonged to his son’s girlfriend and that ignited a heated exchange between father and son.

 

In the arrest report released by the Jacksonville Sherriff's Office, Otis Jr.’s mother, Denise Anderson, told police Otis Sr. and Otis Jr. got into an argument following the dog bite. The two were separated at one point, when Denise told her son to go upstairs. Tensions were still high and Denise ended up arguing with her husband, Otis Sr. Apparently, Otis Sr. flipped over a recliner, which caused Otis Jr. to come back downstairs to make sure his mother was OK.

Once Otis Jr. made it back downstairs, the father and son got into another verbal altercation “and it appeared like they were going to fight." They were separated again - Otis Jr. went through the formal dining room and Otis Sr. went the other direction into the garage. She said Otis Sr. came back inside and met Otis Jr. in the kitchen.

Details about what exactly happened next are a bit unclear because the report was heavily redacted by police.

Once cops arrived on the scene, they found Otis Jr. suffering from “a gun shot wound to his chest and back (shoulder blade).” The mother was also injured with multiple graze wounds. Both were rushed to a nearby hospital. Sadly, Otis Jr. was pronounced dead, while Denise was treated for her wounds and later released.

Check out the arrest report below:

 

 

Otis Sr. was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

On Tuesday, Otis Sr. appeared before a judge, who found probable cause on the charges. The 52-year-old is currently being held without bond and has been appointed a public defender. He’s set to go before a judge again on December 22nd.

Otis Jr. has no relation to former NFLer/Giants player Ottis OJ Anderson, however, people thought he was involved and had been blowing his phone up. He tweeted about being mistaken for the father of the former UCF player.

 

”My phone is blowing up. I am not the father of the young man who played for UCF and was killed by his father. I only have daughters. It is a tragic situation and I pray, as should all of you, for his mother and the rest of his family. He was gifted! Rest well young man,” he wrote.

Otis Jr., whose nickname was "Juice," was a running back and played at UCF from 2017 to 2020. He spent a couple of months with the Los Angeles Rams this year after signing with them as an undrafted rookie out of UCF. He ranks ninth all-time at UCF with 2,182 career rushing yards. He also ran for 17 touchdowns and caught nine others as a receiver as a key part of UCF’s program.

People who knew him are devastated by the news of his killing.

Otis Jr.’s former coach Josh Heupel shared a tribute to the former player yesterday:

 

 

Former teammates have bene posting tributes on social media since hearing the news:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otis Jr. was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.:

 

 

 

We send our deepest condolences to his mother, family and friends during this horrific time.

Photos: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic/Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Clarence Avant’s Wife, Jackie, Shot & Killed In Beverly Hills Home Invasion + Conflicting Reports On If Clarence Was Also Shot

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Jacqueline “Jackie” Avant - the wife of legendary music executive and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Clarence Avant - was shot and killed during a home invasion in Beverly Hills. She was 81.

 

There are conflicting reports on if Clarence - who was in the home - was also injured. Details inside…

 

The influx of home invasions in Los Angeles are becoming even more alarming as a wave of "follow-home robberiescontinue.

Jacqueline Avant - the wife of famed music executive Clarence Avant - was reportedly shot and killed during a home invasion robbery at the couple’s Beverly Hills home early Wednesday morning, according to The Hollywood Reporter & TMZ. She was 81.

There are conflicting reports on what exactly happened.

According to TMZ, Police responded to calls about a shooting at the couple’s home - in the Trousdale Estates - at 2:30 AM for a home invasion. The caller told the 911 dispatcher someone had been shot, but by the time they arrived, Jackie - who was married to Clarence for 54 years - had reportedly already been taken to a nearby hospital.

According to documents provided to The Hollywood Reporter, the Beverly Hills Police Department’s communications center received a call at 2:23 a.m. in response to a shooting on the 1100 block of Maytor Place. Upon arrival, police discovered a victim with a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, but the victim did not survive.

A spokesperson for Netflix confirmed to THR that Clarence - who was in the home during the invasion - was NOT injured.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is Jacqueline & Clarence Avant's son-in-law. He’s married to their daughter, Nicole Avant. The couple also share a son, Alexander Avant.

Russell Simmons’ brother, Danny Simmons, claims “Joey” (possibly his brother Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons) called him in tears and said Clarence had also been shot and is “clinging to life.” He said that information was not revealed in the TMZ article he shared on Facebook.

”Joey called me almost in tears and told me about Clarence and his wife..its not said here but he said Mr Avant was shot also and is clinging to life..this is a tragedy of great great magnitude...if you pray now is the time to jump on it hard and in a hurry,” he wrote.

A homicide investigation is currently underway.

90-year-old Clarence Avant - who was recently honored as the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - is known as the “Godfather of Black Music. He's a pioneering music exec who helped launch the careers of some of music’s biggest stars, including Michael Jackson, Babyface and more.

Los Angeles is seeing a trend of “follow-home” robberies, targeting people based on the jewelry they're wearing and their cars. Last month, former BET host Terrence J was shot at while escaping an attempted robbery at his Sherman Oaks home. In February 2020, rapper Pop Smoke was fatally shot during a home invasion in Los Angeles. 

 

The Los Angeles Police Department released a community alert for Los Angeles residents, warning of an ongoing crime trend called “follow-home robberies” last month.

Folks on social media are speculating if this was a home invasion or a targeted killing:

 

 

 

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Avant Family during this tragic time. L.A has to do better!

Photo: Getty

ASTROWORLD UPDATES: Multiple Families Refuse Travis Scott’s Offer To Pay For Funerals + Travis & Live Nation Hire Elite Lawyers

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Travis Scott offered to pay the funeral costs of the 10 people who lost their lives at the Astroworld Festival, however, multiple families are rejecting the offer.

 

With hundreds of lawsuits piling up, the Houston rapper and Live Nation have lawyered up with elite legal counsel. More inside…

Travis Scott’s annual Astroworld Festival became a death trap as crowd surges in a sea of 50,000 attendees at NRG Stadium on November 5th. Once the headlining Houston rapper hit the stage, things went from bad to worse, which caused 10 people to lose their lives.

The “Antidote” rapper was devastated by the news of his fans dying at the festival, so he offered to pay for their funerals. Several families of the 10 people who died from injuries have turned down the offer for the rapper to pay for their loved one’s funerals.

According to Rolling Stone, the families of half of the victims have rejected the rapper’s offer.

9-year-old Ezra Blount died from his injuries on November 14th after he was trampled at the music festival on November 5th. The young boy was on his dad’s shoulders when the dad passed out from the crowd surge and dropped little Ezra. He was laid to rest on November 23rd.

"Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured," Travis’ lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, wrote in an offer sent to Bob Hilliard, who is the Blount family’s lawyer.

”Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount's son."

The Blount Family - who is suing Travis - declined the offer.

"Your client's offer is declined," Blount family lawyer Bob Hilliard wrote in a letter to Scott's lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, per Rolling Stone. "I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy." 

"There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for [Scott] on the other side of what this painful process will be — and perhaps one day, once time allows some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others, Treston and Mr. Scott might meet, as there is also healing in that,” he continued.

The families of John Hilgert and Danish Baig declined Travis’ offer as well. The Baig family’s lawyer, Michael Lyons, toldTMZ, “You can infer that when a parent has to bury their child that they're not really interested in people who may have contributed to that being involved."

Attorney Richard Mithoff, who’s representing the family of 14-year-old John Hilgert, said the offer was "frankly demeaning and really inappropriate to the magnitude of the tragedy.”

Attorney Philip Corboy, who is representing the families of 21-year-old victims Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino, felt Travis is just "trying to lessen the public outcry on his case," noting he reached out through his attorneys rather than personally.

Attorney Tony Buzbee, who’s representing the family of 21-year-old victim Axel Acosta, checked the way Travis is handling the aftermath! He told Rolling Stone that if Travis "gave a sh*t about these families, [he] wouldn't have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he's willing to pay for a funeral."

He continued,  “Let the families grieve and shut up, that’s it. When something like this happens, there’s not a whole lot someone like Travis Scott could do to assuage their pain. He says he feels sorry for them but he’s quick to say it wasn’t his fault. He’s no different than any defendant pointing fingers to someone else. They don’t want funeral expenses from him. Whatever we get from him we’re going to get through the court system.”

Yikes.

As the lawsuits continue to pile up, Travis Scott, Live Nation and others being sued have hired the nations top attorneys to represent them in the upcoming legal battles over the deadly festival.

As of now, Travis, Live Nation and festival organizers are facing more than 250 lawsuits, which represent more than 850 separate people who say they were injured or lost loved ones, and are seeking billions in total damages. One lawsuit alone is seeking over $750 million.

Billboard reports:

To handle such a massive case, Scott has turned to Daniel Petrocelli, the head of litigation at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, a Los Angeles-based firm with one of the top entertainment practices in the country. A firm spokeswoman confirmed that Petrocelli would represent Scott, joined by firm partners Steve Brody and Sabrina Strong. Petrocelli is a major name in the legal world. He gained notoriety in the 1990s by winning an $8.5 wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson following his criminal acquittal. Petrocelli later defended former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling against criminal charges of fraud and insider trading, on which he was convicted in 2006.

Meanwhile, Live Nation — the other primary defendant in the Astroworld lawsuits — has hired Neal Manne, a managing partner at Susman Godfrey, a boutique law firm known as one of the top litigation shops in the country. A source at the firm with knowledge of the situation confirmed the hiring.

Another defendant in the Astroworld cases, venue manager ASM Global, has hired Norton Rose Fulbright, a giant global law firm that currently ranks as the second largest in the United States. A firm spokesman confirmed the hiring and said the team would be led by attorneys Brett Young, Kevin Yankowsky, Jeff Webb and Peter Tipps.

Other major defendants in the Astroworld lawsuits include Apple Inc., which filmed and live-streamed the event, and the municipal Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation. Attorneys for those defendants are not yet known.

Along with the lawsuits, the “SICKO MODE” rapper and event organizers are also the focus of a criminal investigation by the Houston Police. As of now, the investigation is still ongoing.

Photo: Blunt Family

Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Kanye & Kim, Offset, Quavo & More Pay Respects At Virgil Abloh’s Final Louis Vuitton Show

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Friends of late fashion visionary Virgil Abloh jetted to Miami to pay their respects at the famed designer’s final Louis Vuitton show.

Rihanna and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky, Kanye West and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, along with their daughter North West, Offset, Quavo, Kid Cudi, Pharrell Williams and more were in the mix. Take a peek inside…

When news broke that famed fashion designer Virgil Abloh had passed away after a silent battle with cancer, there was speculation on whether or not his upcoming runway show would be canceled. Sadly, the 41-year-old - founder and CEO of Off-White & the first Black man to be an artistic director at Louis Vuitton - died before the menswear Louis Vuitton presentation of his Spring-Summer 2022 collection in Miami, Florida could happened.

With the blessing of Virgil's family, the French fashion house announced the show would go on, sharing a short film to accompany the announcement.

”Virgil was here,” Louis Vuitton tweeted. “In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton pays tribute to the life and legacy of a creative genius with a presentation of his Spring-Summer 2022 Collection in Miami on November 30th at 5:30 pm (ET).”

 

 

The runway show was morphed into a celebration of life for a groundbreaking Black creative who shifted the culture. It was an opportunity for Virgil’s family, friends, and colleagues to come together for a memorial service of sorts to pay their respects to a man who paved the way for many young designers to come.

On Sunday, Virgil Abloh passed away after a silent battle with a rare form of cancer. He was 41.

When guests arrived on the Marine Stadium grounds, they were met with a 30-foot rainbow sculpture of Virgil holding an LV vinyl record case as he looked skyward over the city. There was a red hot air ballon with the LV logo on it and and a paper plane sculpture in the center of the runway - all pieces meant to evoke the wonder of coming of age. It was just like Virgil envisioned it as the show was already prepared before his death. 

According to Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke, Virgil, started creating and discussing the coming of age show concept three years ago. His final presentation was something he was proud of and attendees were able to celebrate his life and soak in his new menswear designs, which he would have wanted.

“It was the wish of Virgil's wife, Shannon, and his family that tonight’s show and concert went ahead,” Michael Burke said. “And I am deeply grateful to everyone here that we have honored that wish. The last time that I spoke with Virgil was on Saturday evening. He talked with passion about the finer details of the show: the symbolism of the paper plane, and the balloons, the sequencing of the collection looks, the concert we are about to experience. He had imagined it all, and he was distraught not to be here to share it with us in person.”

Tons of celebs came out to celebrate the multi-hyphenate creative, including Rihanna and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky, a reunited Kanye "Ye" West& his estranged wife Kim Kardashian (who's currently dating Pete Davidson), along with their daughter North West, Migos rappers Offset& Quavo (who walked in the show), superproducer Pharrell Williams, designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, Lil Baby, Gunna, producer Metro Boomin' and more. Rapper Kid Cudi walked in the show and performed, as well as Erykah Badu, who provided the tunes on the 1s & 2s.

It was a night full of fashion and love for a man who helped push fashion towards more diversity and inclusion.

Go inside the powerful event below:

 

 

 

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky:

 

 

Ye & Pharrell Williams:

 

 

Lil Baby, Gunna, Metro Boomin' & 21 Savage:

 

 

Kid Cudi hit the stage to perform "Moon" after walking in the show:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Virgil wanted people to stop using their minds, and start using their imaginations," Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke said.

Watch the runway show below: 

May his creations keep his legacy alive! 

Photos: Instagram/Twitter 

Aariel Maynor, 29, Arrested In Killing Of Jacqueline Avant After He Accidentally Shot Himself In The Foot, Out On Probation

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The Beverly Hills Police Chief announced that one suspect in the murder ofJacqueline Avant - wife of famed music exec Clarence Avant - is now in custody.

 

Aariel Maynor, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man who was out on probation, was arrested after investigators traced him through security footage. They captured him in the process of burglarizing another home where he accidentally shot himself in the foot. More details inside…

An arrest has been made in the killing of Jacqueline Avant, the 81-year-old wife of prominent music executive Clarence Avant, during a home invasion at their Beverly Hills mansion.

According to Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook, the suspect is Aariel Maynor, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man who was out on parole. Right now, the motive behind the shooting remains under investigation, including whether the fatal shooting was a random act or targeted.

Investigators were able to track Aariel down through security footage that captured his vehicle heading east out of Beverly Hills after the fatal shooting that took the life of the Beverly Hills socialite and philanthropist.

Now get this, police captured Aariel at the site of another home burglary! The LAPD’s Hollywood Division was alerted that there was a shooting in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive in the Hollywood Hills around 3:30 AM.

When they arrived on the scene, they found Aariel in the backyard of the home, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot. It was determined that a burglary had occurred at that resident and that he accidentally shot himself in the foot.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Aariel “used an AR-15 rifle during the shooting and then shot himself in the foot at another home during a robbery in Hollywood.” Investigators were able to connect the dots and confirmed he is the suspected shooter. 

Check out the police chief’s update below:

There’s footage of Aariel handcuffed to a wheelchair as he’s being wheeled out of the home where he was captured after shooting himself in the foot below:

If you can’t see the video above, click here

So far, evidence shows that he’s the only suspect involved in the shoot, but the investigation is still ongoing. 

Aariel has an extensive criminal record where he has served time in jail for robbery and grand theft. At the time of the fatal shooting, he was out on probation for a domestic violence case.

On social media, Aariel claimed to be an electrician and posted about gangs and the Rastafari religion on his Facebook. Peep pics and posts from his account below:

 

 

 

Early Wednesday morning, Jacqueline was shot and killed inside her Trousdale Estates home in Beverly Hills. Police said she suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach. It’s reported her husband, Clarence Avant, was in the home as well, but he reportedly was not injured. Turns out, there was also a private security guard in the Avant home during the home invasion. He was shot at by the suspect, but was not struck, and did not return fire. It’s unclear if the guard was armed.

Pictures of a smashed glass window appear to show the point of entry.

According to reports, neighbors in the Beverly Hills neighborhood put their money together and hired an armed private security firm a week before Jackie was killed (due to the spike in home invasions), but the guards hadn't started patrols yet. 

Jacqueline leaves behind her husband and their two adult children, Nicole Avant and Alexander Avant. Their daughter, Nicole, is married to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.

It's a cold world we live. Anyone who can shoot an 81-year-old woman in her home deserves the stiffest punishment of the law. You're heartless and do not deserve to be amongst civilization.

Stay vigilant and safe!

 

Photos: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock/Facebook






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