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Sharon Osbourne Speaks Out After Sheryl Underwood’s Race Remarks During ‘The Talk’s’ Return



Sharon Osbourne speaks out for the first time since her exit from “The Talk.” Her interview comes on the heels of the talk show’s return where Sheryl Underwood addressed her former co-host’s controversial exit. More inside…

On Friday, Sharon Osbourne appeared on HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher" for her first interview since her controversial exit from “The Talk,” following a heated exchange between herself and her former co-host Sheryl Underwood.

During their conversation, Sharon told Bill she was upset at how the controversy unfolded.

"I'm angry, I'm hurt," she said when asked how she was feeling about her exit from the talk series. "I've been called so many things in my life… but a racist is one thing I will not take."

Sharon and Bill bonded over their disdain for “cancel culture” and threw shade at “woke language.”

“It’s not fair, because it isn’t about being a racist,” she added.“It’s about maybe about not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day, cause it changes from day to day.”

“I’m going to be just fine, I’m fine, as I said I’m a fighter, I’m fine,” she said.

Check out a clip from the interview below:

Sharon’s interview comes on the heels on the return of “The Talk” following a brief hiatus due to the investigation into Sharon’s disrespectful actions against Sheryl Underwood.

For the “The Talk’s” return, the entire hour was dedicated to exploring and discussing racism, healing, and the drama that unfolded on national television between Sharon and Sheryl.

"I feel like I'm in PTSD because it was a trauma," Sheryl told guest Dr. Donald E. Grant, an expert on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

The explosive episode went down March 10th where Sharon berated her co-hosts – specifically Sheryl - while defending her friend Piers Morgan, who was under fire for his vocal (and sometimes racist) criticism of Meghan Markle.

During Monday's episode of “The Talk,” Sheryl opened up about how she chose to navigate that difficult moment.

"I didn't want to escalate things with Sharon because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also, I knew I had to be an example for others to follow," she said. "I didn't want to be perceived as that angry Black woman, and that really scared me. I didn't want to be that, and I wanted to remain calm and focused."

And everyone knows had she responded to Sharon with the same energy, she would have been labeled an angry black woman. Sheryl handled the situation perfectly.

Sharon made claims that she texted Sheryl after their on-air argument in response to Sheryl revealing that Sharon hadn’t reached out to apologize.

"I have not spoken to [her], and do not have any phone call, missed or received, that I can find in my phone [from her]," Sheryl said. "But there were text messages sent to me, and the reason that I did not speak about or acknowledge, or even respond to those text messages, because they were coming to me during the internal investigation."

She continued: "I've never been through anything like this, so I didn't know if you were supposed to communicate or not while there's an international investigation. So I want to be clear with this, I have not spoken to Sharon."

The comedian/talk show host said she didn’t want to respond to Sharon’s text messages because she didn’t want anything popping up “in the media that's misunderstood."

The comedienne also addressed how she plans to handle her “friendship” with Sharon moving forward:

"People have asked me, 'Well, if you see Sharon, what would you do?'" she said. "First of all, if she greeted me warmly and sincerely, I would give her back the same, because we've been on this show for 10 years. I want people to understand when you're friends with somebody, you stay friends. And what did Maya Angelou say? When people show you who they are, believe them."

"The Talk's" Elaine Welteroth also addressed what transpired between Sheryl & Sharon:

"I think when you go back and watch that episode, you will see two black women walking the same tightrope that black women are walking every single day in the workplace," she began.

"We knew that we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was not listening, and who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.

"That was emotional for all of us. Sheryl and I haven’t had the same opportunity to address some of what’s happened directly and I think it’s important that we have the opportunity now," Elaine continued.

"There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the media that frame both Sheryl and myself as co-conspirators and attacking someone. And I just want to take this opportunity to say that is absolutely, categorically false and unfair. And I think it’s really important that people hear that."

Peep a clip from the show’s return episode below:


Photo: Kathy Hutchinson/Shutterstock.com

DMX’s Memorial Service Set To Go Down At The Barclay’s Center, Only Family & Friends Can Attend



A memorial to honor the legacy of rapper DMX is set to go down next week at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. Only family and friends can attend, but it will be live streamed. More deets inside….

Family and friends of DMX will gather next week to honor a rap legend.

A memorial service for late rapper DMX is set for Saturday, April 24th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, according to his former manager Steve Rifkind. With COVID-19 protocols there will be limited capacity. X hit the Barclay's Center stage in June 2019 in what would be one of his final big shows during the Masters of Ceremony event.

The Barclay’s Center can hold up to 19,000 fans for concerts, although it’s unclear how many people will be allowed in the New York arena. Attendance is capped at 10 percent capacity. According to a source close to the situation, Barclay's is maxed at 10% capacity currently and a decision was made that the service will not be open to the public.

Although the service will not be open to the public, it will be livestreamed.

On Sunday, April 25th, a more intimate church service for X’s immediate family and inner circle will take place.

DMX – born Earl Simmonsdied at the age of 50 on April 9th at White Plains Hospital following a reported heart attack that was prompted from a drug overdose, although the heart attack information hasn’t been confirmed.

Longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz has been in tune with X after his passing:



X is featured on Swizz and French Montana's new song "Been to War," which appear on Season 2 of Epix's "Godfather of Harlem."

Take a listen below:


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Hip Hop Mourns The Death Of Former Bad Boy Rapper Black Rob, He Passed Away At 51



On very sad news, former Bad Boy rapper Black Rob has passed away at the age of 51. Hip Hop mourns the death of the storytelling emcee inside…

It’s been a rough week for Hip Hop as two giants passed away recently.

Following the death of DMX, news of the death of former Bad Boy rapper Black Rob was reported.

Yesterday, friends of Black Rob – including DJ Self, Mario Winans and Mark Curry– got on social media to announce the East Harlem native (real name Robert Ross) passed away in an Atlanta hospital. He was 51. Black Rob’s death comes a week after he was released from the hospital from suffering seizures. It’s reported he battled with kidney failure.

“I don’t know where to begin this, but I thank everybody for the donations,” said Mark Curry—rapper and collaborator of Rob and Diddy’s. “Rob passed away about an hour ago.” Mark also reached out to ask Rob’s kids to get in touch with him. Peep the clip above.

”Lord knows i tried to get help ...... I’m sad to say RIP to Black Rob ..... Passed away in the hospital in Atlanta,” DJ Self wrote.

”This hit my heart....... we will NEVER forget you brother! RIP BLACK ROB!,” Mario Winans wrote.

Mark Curry confirmed Rob was on dialysis earlier this week:

Black Rob was suffering through major health problems and was having problems paying his medical bills, so a GoFundMe account was created to help Rob “find a home, pay for medical help & stability during these trying times,” according to the description. Lord.

Before his death, Rob got on social media to talk about his condition:

“Oh man, I’ve been dealing with this for five years. Four strokes … I don’t know what to tell you man. Sh*t is crazy. This sh*t is hard,” Rob said. “I don’t got no house to live in—except maybe an apartment. Me and my man be trying to get together. I’m telling you man, this sh*t is strange. It’s hard, you know what I’m saying?”

Peep the clip below: 




After he was released from the hospital last week, he thanked everyone for their prayers and support:

Sadly, Rob didn’t reach his GoFundMe goal before passing:

Folks have been coming after Diddy over Rob’s GoFundMe account not reaching its goal:

Hip Hop took to social media to mourn another fallen rapper:

Black Rob was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in East Harlem. He first made a slash on the music scene when he performed with his first rap group, the Schizophrenics, under the stage name “Bacardi Rob.” In 1996, Rob signed with the Bad Boy label and appeared on 112’s “Come See Me” remix. He’s most famous for his 2000 hit single “Whoa!” from his debut album Life Story released via Bad Boy and Arista. The song later peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Black Rob leaves behind four children, named Kayli, Rianna, Diamond, and Million.

Sending our condolences to Black Rob’s family, friends and fans!

Photo: Black Rob's IG

Man Who Accused NFLer Aaron Donald Of Assault Apologizes, Says He Mistook Rams Star For Attacker


The man who accused NFL star Aaron Donald of assault is now recanting his story. He claims he mistook the Rams player for his attacker and he’s sorry for it. More inside…

Plot twist!

The man who accused NFL player Aaron Donald has reportedly changed up his tune. After accusing the Rams player of assault, he’s now offering up an apology after he mistook Aaron for his attacker.



It was actually Aaron who helped save the accuser – DeVincent Spriggs – from further injury during a brawl outside of a Pittsburgh club last weekend. As a result, DeVincent suffered injuries from the fight and then filed a criminal complaint against Aaron. In the initial report, he provided an initial account of the alleged attack during which he suffered 16 stiches to the head, a broken eye socket, a broken nose, a sprained or broken arm and a concussion during. He initially claimed he was assaulted by Donald and several others.

However, security footage of the fight told a different story.




“He actually saved Mr. Spriggs from further injury,” said Casey White, an attorney representing the Rams star, during an interview on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “It’s fantastic, from a defense attorney’s perspective, to be honest with you.”

Aaron’s attorney explained when the NFL star and his brother, Archie Donald Jr., were leaving the club, DeVincent became “aggressive” and started charging at them with a liquor bottle in his hand. DeVincent allegedly swung the bottle and grazed Aaron’s head.

Take a listen below:



DeVincent issued an apology via his attorney:

“I wanted to make this statement public. And to extend an apology to Aaron for what he’s gone through, but I clearly know this was not him,” Spriggs’ attorney, Todd Hollis, said in a statement to KDKA.

There’s that.

Photo: Aaron's IG

Bond Set For Husband Of Food Network Star Accused Of Killing 3-Year-Old Foster Child



A bond has been set for the husband of Food Network star Ariel Robinson, who has been accused of killing the couple’s 3-year-old foster child. Details inside…

A Food Network star and her husband are looking at years behind bars after accusations that they killed their 3-year-old foster child.

A judge reportedly set a $150,000 bond for the husband of Food Network star Ariel Robinson, who is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of the couple's 3-year-old foster daughter. Ariel Robinson – a former middle school teacher - gained notoriety after she won the Food Network’s show “Worst Cooks in America."

Jerry “Austin” Robinson has been accused of killing his foster daughter. He will be under house arrest where he has to have a GPS monitoring device attached to his leg and he can not have contact with anyone under 18 years old.

Both Austin and his wife Ariel were charged with charged with homicide by child abuse for the death of their foster daughter Victoria “Tori” Smith in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

According to reports, Victoria was found unresponsive at the family's home in Simpsonville on January 14th and died at the hospital. The couple is being accused of inflicting a "series of blunt force injuries" to the 3-year-old child.

During the court hearing, it was revealed the couple originally told first responders they believed the child had choked on water from drinking too much. Later, Austin told police that on the day Victoria was found unresponsive, Ariel allegedly hit the child with a belt. He claims he heard the commotion from outside and told Ariel she had gone too far.

Local news station WYFF reports:

Austin Robinson told authorities that Ariel Robinson would spank and beat Victoria and was often upset by how long it took her to eat, Kednocker-Sustakovitch said during the hearing. Kednocker-Sustakovitch testified that Austin Robinson told authorities that Victoria got it worse than the other children.

On the day of Victoria's death, Ariel Robinson told authorities that Victoria's 7-year-old brother had caused the bruising on her body, according to testimony in court.

Officials say the Robinsons were in the process of adopting Smith and her two brothers. She was still in the custody of the Department of Social Services at the time of her death. Kednocker-Sustakovitch testified during court that while Austin Robinson had been cooperating with authorities since his arrest, it doesn't take away that Victoria is still dead and he didn't act when he heard the beating and even lied to dispatchers when he called 911.

Austin Robinson's attorney, during the hearing, tried to differentiate Austin Robinson from Ariel Robinson. He said Austin Robinson is "extremely remorseful" and is willing to testify if the case goes to trial.

Austin Robinson’s attorney said his client was “extremely remorseful” and is willing to testify if the case goes to trial.

The Food Network pulled Season 20 when the murder first came to light.

Such a tragic situation! 

Photo: Simpsonville Police Dept.

Is DaBaby Having Another Baby?! DaniLeigh’s Midsection Is Sparking MORE Pregnancy Rumors


Is DaBaby having another baby? Fans sure think so after seeing DaniLeigh’s midsection. It’s very much giving pregnancy. Check out her stomach for yourself and decide inside…

From a breakup to a baby?! Possibly.

It appears DaniLeigh’s belly is growing and she isn’t exactly hiding it. No pregnancy announcement has been made, but it sure seems like she’s hinting at possibly being pregnant. And since she was last linked to DaBaby, naturally, fans believe she’s pregnant with the North Carolina rapper’s baby.

Over the weekend, superproducer Timbaland hosted a brunch and DaniLeigh was in attendance. In the clip, DaniLeigh is seen wearing an oversized shirt and it appears a growing bump is under it.

”Dani, what you eating?,” a friend asked.

”I’m eating everything,” she responded.

Check it:

DaniLeigh also shared a photo of herself with Timbaland and turned her comments off:

A month earlier, the “Yellow Bone” singer sparked pregnancy rumors when a picture of her at a meet and greet hit the Internet. She was seen wearing a red dress, which showed off what fans believe is a growing baby bump:

DaniLeigh also loaded some pictures on her Instagram where in one picture she has her hand placed on her stomach, further fueling pregnancy rumors. Check out the 5th slide below: 

The Dominican singer and the “BOP” rapper broke up right before Valentine’s Day this year although some fans believe she and DaBaby have gotten back together, but they are keeping it on the low. It’s possible.

DaBaby has two biological children, but is a father figure to a young boy. He shares a daughter with his ex-Meme (who was born in 2017) and he also considers Meme’s son from a previous relationship his child. DaBaby also welcomed another daughter in 2020.

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Do you think DaBaby is having another baby or nah?!

Photo: Dani's IG

Joseline Hernandez Shares Her Thoughts On That Viral ‘Double Homicide’ Moment That Shocked Us All On ‘Joseline’s Cabaret’



A snippet from “Joseline’s Cabaret” went viral before the Season 2 premiere. And no one can get over the “double homicide” comment made in the sneak peek. Find out what we mean, plus what the show’s creator, Joseline Hernandez, has to say about it inside…

Leave it to reality queen Joseline Hernadez to have the Internet hyped up ahead of her new show, “Joseline’s Cabaret: Atlanta.”

After wreaking havoc in Miami, Joseline is back in Atlanta for Season 2 of “Joseline’s Cabaret,” which premiered on April 18th.

Hours before the premiere, the Zeus Network hosted a red carpet premiere in Atlanta. Joseline and her man Balistic Beats were all wrapped up in love on the carpet. Meanwhile, “Little Women: Atlanta” star Ms. Juicy was also in the mix:







Before the Season 2 premiere of “Joseline’s Cabaret” aired, Zeus Network shared a snippet from the first episode before it aired and it sent EVERYONE. The soundbite instantly went viral.

In the clip, one of the stars on Joseline’s new show opened up about what she has endured in life and shared she had recently aborted twins after the kids’ dad left her.

"It hit home for me," the woman said. "The gutter is a rough place, and you gotta do any and everything to make it. Every situation, including aborting twins, to better yourself."

Right after she shared that information, one of the other ladies responded,“Damn, double homicide.”

”B*tch,” the woman said back to the commenter before the clip ended.



Check it:


Following the viral clip, Joseline shared what she was thinking in that moment when it happened during an interview with Madame Noire.

At the time, we had just come in the house. I had just let the ladies come into the house after their long travels. Everybody was kind of tired and I was tired too. I didn’t really hear that part when I was there on set. The one young lady who was telling her story, she was so destroyed and crying that I was just giving her all my attention. I was still kind of shocked by her story. I was still processing everything.

So, I don’t know how I felt. It was so many girls in the background just talking. I had to figure out what happened. But at the moment, I was just like, ‘Whoa.’

I knew that if I allowed the ladies to come into the house, to join Joseline’s Cabaret and to be in this performance with me and trust me, I also have to let be who they are and say what they need to say.

On Sunday, April 18, you gon to be able to see how that conversation ended.

The former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star also chopped it up with Leah Henry about the viral moment. Find out what she said below at the 2:30-minute mark:




A fight broke out when one of the white women on the show said “n*gga.” Peep the clip above.

Looks like Joseline Hernandez has the content she needs for a successful reality TV show.

Photos: FreddyO

HOT COUPLEDOM: Beyoncé & Jay-Z Bring Their 13th Wedding Anniversary Vibes To Miami For Pharrell's Miami Hotel Opening


The Carters celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary on both coasts. Go inside Beyoncé & Jay-Z's trips to Vegas and Miami inside…

*cues up Tony Toni Tone’s “Anniversary”*

The Carters made sure to keep the wedding anniversary festivities going this with some bi-costal fun.

Beyoncé& Jay-Z hit up the east and west coast to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. And Bey served up boss vibes in a Area Spring 2020 custom name-chain power suit to explore Las Vegas with her man. The suit featured the Area logo as well as Beyoncé’s name.

Bey’s stylist, Zerina Akers, added gold nameplate necklaces that read “Beyoncé” to finish the look. And Mrs. Carter was turning heads in Sin City, per usual:

The "Drunk In Love" spouses tied the knot on April 4, 2008. Since their anniversary, the Carters have been living it up...

After living it up in Sin City, Mr. & Mrs. Carter jetted to Miami to turn up.

Bey shared flicks from her personal stash and – of course – photogs caught her making moves in an Auné mesh minidress paired with a neon Meda “Hanna” bag.

They pulled up on their homie Pharrell while there.

The superproducer is making boss moves in different lanes. He and his business partner David Grutman have successfully opened The Goodtime Hotel in Miami Beach. Several celebs were in the mix to congratulate Pharrell and David on their brand new hotel. Other celebs in attendance included both Bey & Jay, Rick Ross, Future, Cuba Gooding Jr. Timbaland, Chris Rock, Kim Kardashian West and more.



“It’s good vibes, good energy, good karma, good food, good music, good environment, good vibration,” said Pharrell in an interview with business of Luxury. “Come there one way, and then you leave vibrating. We call it spiritual Wi-Fi,” he said.

Peep flicks from the event below:


Happy Anniversary to Hip Hop Royalty! 

Photo: Bey's IG

Woman Creates GoFundMe To Help Pay Back PPP Loan – ‘The Feds Are After Me!’



When scamming goes wrong! A woman named Lakeisha Golden is asking the public’s help for assistance in paying back the PPP loan she received that was $20,000! More inside….

When the government started handing out PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans to help small businesses stay afloat during the Coronavirus pandemic, people who had no business in filing paperwork did it anyway, and were paid big bucks.

Now, one woman who received from cash from the government is begging everyone to help her pay it back!

A woman named Lakeisha Golden created a GoFundMe account asking the public to help her pay back $20,000 she received in a PPP loan. It's unclear what business she owns to have received the PPP loan in the first place.  But if she has a legitimate business and used the funds for the legitimate reasons listed out by the loan, the loan would be forgiveable.  So we assume sis was out here doing some foolery.

”U got 20k ppp loan now the feds after me plz help I can’t do jail,” she wrote in the description.



Folks have been going off on her in the comments:


"$5 for your commissary. Noodles ain't cheap in there," one person wrote while donating $5.

"Shower shoes on me, with your simple a**," another person who donated $5 wrote.

Comedian Lil Duval shared a screenshot of her GoFundMe on his IG account. When he shared it, she had only raised $45. At the time of this post, she has raised $450+.

Guess she's not trying to go to jail like the rest of the PPP scammers who were caught. 

Sis is either finessing the hell out of the Internet for $20K or she really needs help paying the government BACK their money back. Which do you think it is?

Photo: GFM

Inside Nick Cannon & Abby De La Rosa’s ‘Club Tummy’ Baby Shower, Nick Gifts Abby A New Whip Push Gift



Nick Cannon joined Abby De La Rosa to celebrate the arrival of their twin boys during their Mexican-themed baby shower at “Club Tummy” in Hollywood. Take a peek inside…

After surprising fans in an intimate maternity shoot, Nick Cannon joined DJ Abby De La Rosa to celebrate the upcoming arrival of their twin boys.

The Mexican-themed baby shower brought “Club Tummy” to life, which has been a playful theme Abby has followed throughout her pregnancy. On social media, she posts videos with headphones on her belly while playing special songs for her babies.

The baby shower was held at Yamashiro Hollywood where guests had fun dancing it up on the dance floor, playing games and munching on good eats. Abby made sure to incorporate her culture in the party. She and her mother danced to “La Chona” while guests enjoyed Mexican treats and played baby shower games.

The “Wild ‘N Out” honcho gifted Abby with a brand new BMW during the party, which her friends dubbed a push present.

“Special thank you to the father of my children, my love, for the sweetest push gift,” she wrote on Instagram Stories, while sharing a photograph of her new car.

Nick copped Brittany a brand new whip at her recent baby shower as well.

”I can’t believe how beautiful my baby shower was today. Yes, the decor and aesthetic was EVERYTHING, but the LOVE from my true friends and family is was made it,” she tweeted.

Go inside their baby shower below:

Last week, Abby revealed new maternity flicks that featured Nick Cannon, confirming he IS the father of her twin boys.


The 30-year-old mom-to-be shared a series of photos and videos from her maternity shoot with the 40-year-old entertainer and expressed how excited she is about the arrival of her “miracle babies.”

”Our dearest sons - my miracle babies, Thank you for choosing me to be your Mommy," she wrote in the caption. "I know the Lord has destined me and prepared me for the gift of not one but two little angels. I pray that God give you both the strength to walk brave and boldly in your individual truth just like your Daddy. That God bless you and your brother and guide you into living out your full purpose."

She continued, "Your Dad & I will always be here for you both; in complete unison and support. No matter what this world may throw your way, know that forgiveness is key and what is for you - is for YOU! You both are already so loved and we can't wait to meet you both."

News that the “Wild ‘N Out” honcho is gearing up to welcome baby #5 & #6 shocked fans.

Nick, who is currently dating model Lanisha Cole, will surely have his hands full. In December, he welcomed his fourth child, a girl named Powerful Queen with model Brittany Bell. Nick and Brittany also have 4-year-old son, Golden. Also, Nick has 9-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan, whom he shares with his ex-wife Mariah Carey.

Photo: IG Stories

NFLer Deshaun Watson Responds To 22 Sexual Misconduct Lawsuits Filed Against Him, GF Jilly Anais Remains His Ride Or Die


NFL star Deshaun Watson filed a response to the 22 sexual misconduct lawsuits filed against him. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Jilly Anais isn’t going anywhere. More inside…

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is responding to the 22 sexual misconduct lawsuits filed against him, denying them ALL.

Attorneys for the football star filed paperwork in response to the sexual misconduct allegations made against him. The women allege the Texas quarterback forced sexual contact with them during massage sessions in 2020 or earlier this year.

Rusty Hardin - Deshaun’s attorney – issued a statement following filing the paper work.

"Today we answered the lawsuits filed against our client Deshaun Watson. Mr. Watson has been adamant that he did not engage in any improper conduct and we strongly believe him," Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement. "Therefore, the answer to the question of whether we are saying that all 22 plaintiffs are lying about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Watson is a resounding yes.

"We and Mr. Watson take allegations of sexual misconduct against women very seriously, as we all should. We have waited to respond to the numerous allegations made by Mr. Buzbee and his clients until we could responsibly investigate. In the few days since his accusers’ names have been revealed, as was required by Texas law, we are discovering an avalanche of false accusations.

"... I hope everyone will take a fair and measured look at these accusations as we go forward in these cases. We certainly welcome anyone with relevant information to contact us."

Deshaun's attorney acknowledged the NFL player did in fact have sexual encounters with some of the women, but he was adamant everything between Deshaun and the women was completely consensual.

Last month, a masseuse filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the 25-year-old NFLer, accusing him of putting his genitalia on her during a massage. Now, a total of 22 women have made sexual misconduct allegations against the NFL star.

Prominent Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced he was filing the lawsuit against DeShaun on behalf of the masseuse and the other civil lawsuits against the quarterback.

CBS Sports reports:

One of 23 lawsuits originally filed against Watson was recently dropped by a plaintiff "in light of privacy and security concerns," as Bishop reported. But the rest of them, the first of which was filed back on March 16, are "replete with mischaracterizations" of Watson's character, Hardin said in this week's response to the lawsuits.

"These range from being misleading, to fraudulent, to slanderous," Hardin's filing states, per Bishop. "Importantly, only two of the 22 lawsuits allege that Mr. Watson forced any type of sexual activity -- an allegation Mr. Watson again vehemently denies."

Hardin's comments come less than two weeks after the attorney said Watson did have "some consensual encounters" with accusers, all of which allege misconduct by Watson during private massage therapy sessions, most of them booked via social media. But his newest statement redirects most of the attention to alleged fabrications within accuser testimonies.

After eight of the plaintiffs massaged Watson, Hardin's statement reads, each of them "bragged about, praised, and were excited about massaging Mr. Watson." His response also claims seven plaintiffs "willingly worked or offered to work with Mr. Watson after their alleged incidents," three others "lied about the number of sessions they actually had" with the QB, and five others "told others they wanted to get money out of" Watson.

"It was not until the plaintiffs saw an opportunity for a money grab," Hardin said Monday, per ESPN, "that they changed their stories to convert therapy sessions they bragged about to friends and family to something much more nefarious ... Mr. Watson has been adamant that he did not engage in any improper conduct and we strongly believe him.

Therefore, the answer to the question of whether we are saying that all 22 plaintiffs are lying about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Watson is a resounding yes." Plaintiffs attorney Tony Buzbee, meanwhile, has already responded to Hardin's filing by reiterating support for the accusers.

"Watson can't deny he sought out an unusually high number of women for massages on Instagram; he doesn't deny he insisted on being nude or nearly nude; he can't deny the massage sessions occurred; he can't deny he wanted more than a 'massage'; and he hasn't credibly denied that something bad happened during the session -- he instead claims that any sexual acts were consensual," Buzbee said, as ESPN reported. "Of course his definition of 'consent' doesn't comport with that of everyone else. I have faith that the court process will sort out the truth as these matters progress." Watson remains under investigation by the NFL for the alleged incidents, with league spokespeople calling the allegations "deeply disturbing."



Deshaun's girlfriend Jilly Anais - who's been dating the Texans QB for the last few years - doesn't seem to be going anywhere despite the sexual misconduct allegations:


Deshaun's girlfriend Jilly is clearly being his ride or die during the sketchy situation. She shared flicks from a trip with Deshaun amid the scandal that broke last month. In the flicks, Jilly & Deshaun are together on a jet ski where Jilly flips the bird to the camera. It's the first time fans have seen Deshaun since the drama popped off last month.

She's not going anywhere any time soon - despite him at the very least admitting to cheating on her multiple times - and she wants everyone to know it. OK, girl.

Photo: Jilly's IG

BREAKING: Derek Chauvin Found GUILTY On All 3 Counts Of Second & Third Degree Murder & Manslaughter!


Derek Chauvin, who knelt on the neck of unarmed and handcuffed George Floyd for over 9 minutes leading to his death, was found GUILTY on all three charges of second and third degree murder.  This is major.  Full details inside.

Justice, served!

After 10 hours of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. The 45-year-old former Minneapolis police officer was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

The members of the 12-person jury UNANIMOUSLY found Derek Chauvin GUILTY on all three counts.

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother, was in the court room as the verdict was read.

The prosecution requested bond be revoked, and it was granted.  Derek Chauvin was ordered by the judge to immediately enter custody of officers with the Hennepin County Jail. He's going directly to jail after being out on bond since last year.

Sentences will be announced at another hearing in 8 weeks, but the max recommended sentence (40 years for the first charge, 25 years for the second and 10 for the third) will most certainly be pushed for by the prosecution.

The jury of five men and seven women, half of them non-white with  three Black men, one Black woman and two who identify as multiracial,  deliberated for four hours Monday afternoon.  They resumed deliberating Tuesday morning and were sequestered from the public during deliberations.

The jurors asked no questions and had no notes, which did lead people believe there was a greater chance the prosecution would come out on top.

It has been a year of tense protests - both understandably violent and peaceful - specifically surrounding the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.  So many have been protesting and putting their bodies on the line for decades to keep pushing for black lives - even imperfect black lives - to matter.  And this case was just one boiling point.

The level of friction in Minneapolis alone has been at an all time high for years due to racial disparities being so extreme.  The quality of life for white Americans are statistically so great in that city while blacks and communities of color suffer greatly in so many ways. This case will inevitably tip the scales, and time will tell exactly how.

Whether a person was simply living their lives doing their normal human behavior - like Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and Philando Castile - and they were still killed at the hands of police with minimal to no charges, or if there was a tense situation that a cop acted out of power tripping and inherent bias to end a black person's life - this Derek Chauvin case seemed to be the pinnacle of 'sh-- or get off the pot' if we ACTUALLY want justice in America. And America has finally made a decision that will indeed have a ripple effect in the future.

There has been case after case after case challenging the notion that a black life deserves justice.   With the George Floyd case in particular, there was a shift awareness that the masses couldn't turn a blind eye to.  Everyone on the globe became privy to that 9 and a half minutes of a an losing his life - captured on multiple camera phones - due SOLELY to Derek Chauvin deciding to flex his faux power on a black man who had the audacity to allegedly attempt to use a fake $20 bill at a convenience store and then fight for his life to breathe. There are punishments for crimes already laid out in the law.  The punishment for unarmed non-compliance is not death simply because the body is black.  Period.

Salute to the young 18-year-old girl who bravely stood and held up her camera phone to film an angle not previously shown with police body cameras that gave this case the push it needed.  And salute to the community members who stood strong in the face of a murderer killing a restrained man.  Police are NOT the judge, jury and executioners.

Real change is still needed.  Keep fighting.


Photog: United States Handout Hennepin County Jail

Swae Lee Speaks On His Brother Being Charged For His Step-Father’s Murder



Tragedy strikes the family of Swae Lee in a horrific way. His younger brother has been charged with the murder of his step-father. Details inside…

The death of the man who raised you allegedly at the hands of your brother is a tough pill to swallow. And rapper Swae Lee (1/2 of Rae Sremmurd) is learning that the hard way.

Floyd Sullivan– the 62-year-old step-dad to Rae Sremmurd, which is made up of brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi — was shot and killed in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Monday, January 4th.

According to police records, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi’s younger half-brother, Michael Sullivan, was charged with felony first-degree murder with a bond that was set at $100,000 in March. The 20-year-old was held for psychiatric evaluation before he was released and charged with murder. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Days after the shooting, Swae Lee tweeted broken heart emojis:

For the first time since the tragic event, Swae Lee is speaking out about the incident in the first episode of his new Snapchat docu-series “Swae Meets World.”

”My pops…he passed away recently. I have three brothers. Allegedly, the police say my youngest brother, he shot my dad, killed my dad. It’s unbelievable, you can’t even imagine. It’s like something out of a movie. I’m still dealing with it. I don’t even know how to deal with it all the way completely.”


Peep a clip of the young rapper sharing special moments he shared with his step-father below: 



We can't even imagine how to process this.

Peep the episode below:

Bernadette Walker - the mother of Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi and Michael – revealed her son Michael suffers from schizoaffective disorder. The 46-year-old mom said she believes she could have been her son’s victim instead of her husband.

"I'm not going to say that, 'Something like this was unexpected,' " she claimed. "Of course even though it wasn't unexpected, you still don't expect it. He has threatened me multiple times. This very well could've been me. He has shot guns more than once."

"I don't want to speculate — it could've happened to anybody because Michael really didn't need a rhyme or reason to do anything," she said. "He was aggressive when he was off his meds, so it could've been as simple as asking him to do something that could've set him off."

So tragic. Prayers for strength for their family. This has to be hard.


Photos: Bernadette's IG

Redman & Method Man’s VERZUZ Battle Was A Virtual Concert That Made For The Perfect 4/20 Session


Forget a battle, it was a whole concert! Redman and Method Man hit the stage for their VERZUZ battle and it was the perfect backdrop for a chill 4/20 session. More inside….

Redman and Method Man brought the 4/20 vibes during their “How High” VERZUZ Battle last night, which folks needed after an eventful day. The VERZUZ battle was the ultimate celebration for this year’s 4/20 holiday, especially after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd.

In honor of the 4/20 holiday, rappers/longtime friends Redman (who turned 51 over the weekend) and Method Man rapped, danced and joked around during their lighthearted VERZUZ “battle” that was the perfect soundtrack to a celebrate the marijuana smoking holiday.

Method Man referenced the verdict reached by the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial saying, “Guilty on all charges,” he said.

One highlight of the night is when Method Man proved to be the perfect hype man when he helped his homie Redman by holding up his cape to mimic a strong breeze so he could transform into Sooperman Lover, the superhero character he introduced on his debut album in 1992.

The rap duo brought out special guests RZA, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna. DJ Kool showed up and did “Let’s Get Dirty” and “Let Me Clear My Throat.” EPMD, Keith Murray, and Lords of the Underground’s Dupre “Doitall” Kelly also made an appearance.

It’s been a minute since the rappers co-starred in their 2001 stoner movie How High and it surely has been a long time since their first single “How High” in 1995, but their energy was LIT.

Peep clips from the battle below:

Fun times.


Method Man and Redman also stopped to remember rappers DMXand Black Rob, who died within week of each other.

Watch their VERZUZ “battle” below:

Redman and Method Man ended the battle by announcing that they’re working on Blackout! 3. Fans, get excited!

For laughs...


Affion Crockett and Anthony "Spice" Adams brought the laughs for their parody. Get your laugh on above.





Photo: VERZUZ screenshots

Biden & Harris Push For Police Reform After Derek Chauvin Verdict + Everyone’s Reaction To All THREE Guilty Convictions!



President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris address the nation following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial. He was found guilty on all three counts he faced in the murder of George Floyd. And people REJOICED when the verdict was read.

Go inside to see Biden & Harris’ press conference, their call to the Floyd Family, celebrities & brand reactions to the verdict and more…

People all around the world took a sigh of relief when a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts he faced in the murder of George Floyd.

The 45-year-old former Minneapolis police officer was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The members of the 12-person jury UNANIMOUSLY found Derek Chauvin GUILTY on all three counts. And listen, this is unprecedented. We all witnessed history where the justice system operated as it should and not the way THEY designed.

After the verdict was announced, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held a press conference to address the nation about the case. POTUS called the guilty verdicts a “giant step forward” in the fight against systemic racism. However, “it’s not enough,” he said.

”We can’t stop here,” Biden said.

VP Harris made a good point when she said racism is what’s holding this country back from fulfilling its founding promise of “liberty and justice for all.”

“It is not just a Black America problem or a people of color problem. it is a problem for every American,” she said. “It is holding our nation back from reaching our full potential. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice,” she said.

Both Biden and Harris called on Congress to make swift actions in addressing police reform, including by approving a bill named after George Floyd.

Peep their conference below:



Before addressing the nation Biden & Harris called the family of George Floyd. POTUS told the family he sought to comfort Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, to tell her “Daddy did change the world,” which is in reference to Gianna saying her dad changed the world in a viral video following his death.

Check it:



This morning…

George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd and the family’s lawyer Ben Crump reacted to Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict on “CBS This Morning” with Gayle King. Peep their reactions below:

When the verdict was read, social media was LIT UP with celeb reactions. See how your faves celebrated the verdict below:











Brands like Ben & Jerry's & Sephora, as well as the Raiders NFL team, also reacted to the verdict on social media:







The NFL had the NERVE to share a post about creating positive change in society when situations like George Floyd's is exactly the reason former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kapernick took a knee!



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