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Long Time 'Judge Judy' Bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd Says He Wasn't Asked To Return For 'Judy Justice,' But He's Open To Star On Another Court Show


Famed "Judge Judy" bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd claims his former boss didn't ask him to star in her new show "Judy Justice," however, he's open to to joining another courtroom show.

If you've been watching Judge Judy since forever, you KNOW Baliff Byrd.

When the trailer for Judge Judy's new show "Judy Justice" was released, fans were shocked to see longtime bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd wasn't featured. He claims he was never asked to return. Turns out, he found out about the new show like the rest of us. Judge Judy appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in March 2020 to reveal she had a new show in the works.

"My assumption is if you were going on to do something else, that you were at least going to ask me if I wanted to have the opportunity to audition for the role," Petri told Entertainment Tonight tells EW.

Petri has served as Judge Judy's bailiff since her premiere in 1996, so there wasn't really any reason for fans to believe he wouldn't be returning for her new show. That wasn't the case.

When production wrapped last April, Petri focused his attention to his wife, Makita Bond-Byrd, a longtime Judge Judy producer who was scheduled for brain surgery.

"I didn't have time to think about or ask about Judy Justice," says Byrd, whose wife just completed her third round of chemotherapy. (Doctors successfully removed 95 percent of her tumor.) "It wasn't until July that I called the judge and asked, 'Hey, should I look for something else or am I included in the Judy Justice project?'"

"She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project," continued Byrd, who . "I didn't inquire as to why, that's her choice. But she did inform me that fundamentally, I was priced out as the new bailiff on her new show. My salary would have been too much. I was curious: How would she know? She didn't ask me. She didn't give me an opportunity to have accepted a lower salary."


While he's not actively looking to book a gig on another show, folks have been hitting him up to work on a new court TV show.

TMZ reports:

Petri's rep says he's not going to let it ruin his life ... he's confident God has a plan for him and something new is coming his way.

Sounds like there's no bad blood between Petri and Judy, despite how things ended ... we're told Petri knows he wouldn't be where he is without her.

In addition to drawing interest for potential new shows, Petri recently starred in an episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful" ... and we're told he's down to film for the soap again or even land a recurring role. 

When one door closes, another opens. We hope he finds a new show to star in to start scooping up more bags.

Photo: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock

TRENDING TOPIC: Darius McCrary Denies Dating Trans Model Sidney Starr After Their Photoshoot Goes Viral


Eddie Winslow is trending on social media. The reason? Darius McCrary (who portrayed Eddie on "Family Matters") snapped it up with trans reality star/rapper Sidney Starr for a photoshoot, which has sparked dating rumors...again.

More inside...

Eddie Winslow became a trending topic on Twitter today after a photoshoot he was featured in went viral.

"Family Matters star Darius McCrary (who played Eddie Winslow on the hit 90s sitcom) did a photoshoot with transgender reality starr/rapper Sidney Starr, which the artist shared on her Instagram page:

"We both are just built special!!!!! 2 hard working celebrities in the industry!!!!!!! Eddie Winslow we love you!!!! @dariusmccrary ! We hear y’all talking !!! #transisbeautiful #familymatters," Sidney captioned a video of them gazing into each other's eyes for the shoot.

It's unclear when exactly the photoshoot went down. Last year, she shared pictures that appear were taken the same day the flick with Darius was taken. She posted a solo photo of herself in October/November 2020:

Back to Darius...

She shared a flick of herself and Darius alongside each other with the caption, "Here standing next to me is a seasoned legend Actor in this entertainment industry. @dariusmccrary . A black heterosexual male actor who’s standing aside a controversial transgender woman like myself.. We are great friends … and this is a powerful movement we have made to let this be a lesson to the WORLD that we are all human ! No matter what !!!! #Familymatters make sure y’all tune into @thezeusnetwork for baddies!!! My makeup by @artistryby.valentino photo by @iam_365_photography"

Apparently, people didn't read the captions and started publishing reports that Sidney confirmed she and Darius were in a relationship. That wasn't the case though. Folks had plenty to say about it on Twitter:


The former child star caught wind of the viral activity while out to eat with his TV mom Jo Marie Payton (who played Harriette Winslow on "Family Matters"). He stopped chowing down on his meal to set the record the straight: He's not dating Sidney and he's engaged to someone else. Peep the video below:

In the video caption, he wrote, "#loveislove I stand w/my #family and that’s all that matters."

This isn't the first time romance rumors were started about Darius and Sidney. In October 2020, Darius shared a video of Sidney dancing with the caption, “The #Undeniable@sidneystarrbad what’s understood don’t need to be explained xoxoxo …”

In another post, he shared a shirtless selfie, telling his fans goodnight, in which Sidney replied, “Sexy daddy goodnight xoxos.”


Photo: Sidney's IG

Louisiana Deputy Caught On Camera Violently Assaulting Black Woman After SHE Reportedly Was Attacked By Several Boys


A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy is being investigated after he was caught on camera brutally attacking a black woman - named Shantel Arnold. According to reports, the woman was walking home after getting beat up by a group of neighborhood boys. When the deputy arrived, he violently attacked her again.

The disturbing details are inside...

In very disturbing news, a white Louisiana sheriff's deputy is being investigated after he was caught on video dragging a black woman by her hair, ripping her braids out of her head, and slamming her onto the pavement. The disturbing video footage went viral online and folks are calling for the sheriff's resignation and to be criminally charged!

WARNING! The horrific footage can be seen below:



Here's what happened...according to reports...

On September 20th, 34-year-old Shantel Arnold, who is a black woman that stands at just 4'8" - was walking home in Kenner, LA after being beaten by a group of neighborhood boys, whom she claims was bullying her due to her size. A friend of the woman tells us she only has one eye and gets teased about that as well. We're also told this incident happened close to a month ago and she has been trying to get justice ever since.

According to witnesses, Shantel fought back with a stick before Lionel Gray, a man Shantel considers her stepfather, chased the boys away.

As Shantel was walking down the street after the attack, a white Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled up on her and demanded she stop to talk to him. She didn't want to and that seemingly pissed him off.  It's important to note, Jefferson Parish, especially the police department, has a LONG standing reputation in the New Orleans area for being perceived as quite racist.

According to witnesses, the unidentified deputy jumped out of his vehicle, grabbed Shantel and threw her to the ground. That's when people started recording the attack and looked on as he slammed her to the ground by her hair, causing several of her braids to be ripped from her scalp. He was also seen kneeling on her back.

Again, this woman is 4'8".

Shantel, who has not been charged with a crime, was taken to a hospital by ambulance. She reportedly told investigators her injuries were caused by the deputy and not the neighborhood boys who attacked her first. There's no bodycam evidence because the sheriff's office supposedly doesn't use them. It's reported the department signed a contract recently for 500 body cameras to be deployed by December. Hmph.

"He was just trying to cover up what he did by saying my sister is crazy,”said Shantel's 32-year-old sister Mercedes. After the incident, Mercedes said the deputy tried to convince her to have Shantel evaluated and committed for mental health issues. Also, family members claim the unidentified officer has rolled past their house multiple times since the incident. They believe he's trying to intimidate them. Sick.

As of now, the unidentified officer is currently under investigation and it is unclear if he has been placed on leave.  He needs to be FIRED and brought up on charges ASAP! Shantel Arnold didn't deserve this.

Photo: Twitter Screenshot


Zahara Jolie-Pitt Understood The Assignment & STUNNED In Her Mother's 2014 Oscars Dress At 'Eternals' Premiere


Our little sister in our head understood the assignment and ATE! Zahara Jolie-Pitt stole the red carpet at Marvel's Eternals premiere last night with her mom Angelina Jolie and her siblings. Get into her Oscar winning look inside...

Zahara Jolie-Pitt is a little fashionista in the making! 

Last night, Marvel hosted the premiere of The Eternals in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre.

Angelina Jolie - who stars as Thena in the new Marvel installment, hit the carpet alongside her five children - Zahara, 16, Maddox, 20, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13.

Call us bias, but Zahara was a SHOWSTOPPER. For the occasion, the 16-year-old beauty rocked a dress straight from her mother's closet. Looking ever so gorgeous, the YBF Teen donned her mother's 2014 Oscar gown, which was a glittery silver gown by Elie Saab Couture.



"My kids are all mixed with vintage, and in my old Oscars dress," Angelina dished to Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet. "We did all vintage and upcycled my old stuff."

And Zahara does the upcycled vintage pieces justice.

Also at the event...

Young actor Esai Daniel Cross snapped it up with Eternals star Brian Tyree Henry.

Eternals will feature Phastos, a gay character played by Brian Tyree Henry, who's married with a kid. Phastos will be the first openly gay character in the MCU.

Check out the trailer below:

Marvel Studios' Eternals hits theaters November 5th.

Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

THE PLOT THICKENS: After Darius McCrary DENIED Dating Trans Model Sidney Starr, She Pulled Out Video Receipts And Called Him a Sloppy Drunk


And...there's more!

Darius McCrary denied dating trans model/reality star Sidney Starr after their extra flirty photoshoot went viral. So, she whipped out receipts! See the video inside...

And the plot thickens!

Yesterday, the Internet was in a tizzy after trans model/reality star Sidney Starrshared a video clip of herself and "Family Matters" alum Darius McCrary all cuddled up for a photoshoot. The clip sparked dating rumors about the two again. However, Darius hopped on IG to address the rumors:

While having lunch with his "Family Matters" TV mom Jo Marie Payton (who played Harriette Winslow on "Family Matters"), he said he's NOT dating Sidney and that he's engaged to someone else. Peep the video below:

"But I will say this... what are we in high school?," he asked in the video. "You're going to tell me who I can't be friends with, who I can't hang out with? I mean, I'm a grown man. I'm 5 years from 50."

Darius mentioned he was engaged and that folks should "really should be focusing on where that ring is."

In the video caption, he wrote,"#loveislove I stand w/my #family and that’s all that matters."

Well, Sidney Starr - who stars in "Baddies ATL" - caught wind of his video and apparently the math ain't mathin' to her...

The reality star reposted a headline about Darius denying their relationship and added a few "thinking" emojis. She also shared a flick from their photoshoot with the caption, "I'm always the villian huh wtf!" with a laughing emoji.

Then, a video of Sidney and Darius seemingly KISSING during the photoshoot popped up online where Darius is accused of being "drunk" during the shoot:

It was rumored Darius and Sidney have been dating since February.

This isn't the first time romance rumors were started about Darius and Sidney. In October 2020, Darius shared a video of Sidney dancing with the caption, “The #Undeniable@sidneystarrbad what’s understood don’t need to be explained xoxoxo …”

In another post, he shared a shirtless selfie, telling his fans goodnight, in which Sidney replied, “Sexy daddy goodnight xoxos.”


Around that time, there were also rumors that Darius cheated on trans performer Riley Knoxx with Sidney:

It's unclear what Darius and Sidney's current relationship status is, but she seems to think there was something between them.

The 45-year-old actor has been married and divorced three times: Juliette Merrill Vann (2005-2006); Karrine "Supahead" Steffans (2009-2011), and Tammy Brawner (2014-2017).

A few years ago, it was reported Darius pays $29 a month in child support for his daughter Zoey, whom he shares with Tammy Brawner. The former couple filed for divorce in 2017, citing irreconcilable differences.The ex couple allegedly accused each other of physical abuse and filed a restraining order against each other.

Photo: Sidney's IG/@iam_365_photography

Homeless Man ARRESTED After Raping Woman On Philadelphia Train In Horrific Viral Story As Bystanders Held Up Phones & Did Nothing!


A homeless man has been arrested after raping a woman on a transit train in Philadelphia as bystanders watched, held up phones and did nothing to intervene. DISGUSTING.


Details inside...

WARNING!If you are a survivor of sexual assault, this article may be triggering.

A homeless man has been arrested and charged for raping a woman on a transit train in Philadelphia last week.

According to police, Fiston Ngoy, 35, sexually assaulted a woman on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train. NO ONE helped. Instead, train riders watched the assault while holding their cellphones up towards the incident and didn't bother calling the police.

Fiston Ngoy - who listed Broad Street Ministry shelter in Philadelphia as his last address - claims the incident was consensual. He told cops the woman was drunk and that their encounter was consensual.

"There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911," SEPTA said. "SEPTA urges anyone who observes a crime being committed or any dangerous situation occurring to report it. Anyone witnessing an emergency should immediately call 911."

“I can tell you that people were holding their phone up in the direction of this woman being attacked,” SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said at a news conference.

The attack lasted through more than two dozen train stops, authorities said. Police believe no one called authorities, though they are investigating whether any of the witnesses may have recorded the incident.

A transit officer for SEPTA caught him in the middle of the assault and called authorities, according to SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel.

"When the doors opened, an officer entered and saw what he believed was a criminal act occurring," Nestel said during a press conference. "He ripped that man off her and pulled him out onto the platform."

Thank GOD someone eventually stopped him!

While the suspect claims the rape was consensual, the woman and surveillance footage from inside the SEPTA train paint a different story.

According to reports, Ngoy harassed the woman for nearly 45 minutes, touching and groping her before he fully assaulted her at 9:52 p.m. The woman told police she can't recall anything after he started attacking her. She blacked out and didn't come to until she was rescued.

The woman told cops she had a few beers after work and got on the wrong train. Not long after she got on the train, her attacker got on and started harassing her.

The surveillance video showed Ngoy talking to her and then moving to sit beside her before starting to touch the woman. He reportedly grabbed her breast at one point. Each time he touched her, she pushed him away, the footage showed.

Fiston Ngoy remained at Delaware County Jail on $180,000 bail on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and related counts. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next Monday, October 25th in Upper Darby.

It's shocking that to find out NO ONE stepped in to help the woman as she was being attacked. Hopefully, he's prosecuted to the fullest extent, as well as anyone else who filmed this with improper intentions. Just a horrific situation.

Photo: Krtz07/Shutterstock/Delaware County Jail

SHEESH! Dr. Dre Reportedly Served With Divorce Docs At Cemetery During Grandmother's Burial


Dr. Dre was reportedly served with divorce documents from his estranged wife Nicole Young at the cemetery where he buried his grandmother. And he was PISSED. Deets inside...

The divorce drama continues and reaches a new level of DAMN!

While attending his grandmother's funeral, Dr. Dre was served with divorce papers, according to reports.

On Monday, the Hip Hop mogul was reportedly servedat a cemetery in Los Angeles as he laid his grandmother to rest. A process server for his ex-wife, Nicole Young, pulled up to deliver legal documents.

Sources on the scene told TMZ that the Beats by Dre honcho was approached at the burial site as he stood alongside his grandma's casket. He reportedly refused to accept them so they were dropped near him on the ground. 

However, sources in Nicole's camp said he was served in the cemetery's parking lot AFTER the burial.

TMZ reports:

Understandably, being served in these circumstances didn’t go down too well. Dr. Dre is described as being “recoiled in anger” and refused to accept the documents by hand. Dre sources say documents were dropped by the gravesite, whereas Young sources say they were dropped in the parking lot.

So what was he served with? Well, Nicole is actively trying to get Dr. Dre to pay for her legal fees, including the judge's final order of $1,550,000. As of now, it's reported Dre has coughed up $325,433, however, Dre claims there's an error and that he has already covered the full amount. Nicole claims Dre still owes $1,224,567.

Over the summer, it was reported the Hip Hop mogul must pay his 51-year-old ex-wife $293,306 per month in spousal support, payable on the first of each month, which began August 1st. When you do the math, that totals to over $3.5 million a year - not including other expenses.

The 56-year-old entrepreneur (real name Andre Romelle Young) is expected to pay this amount every month until Nicole remarries or enters into a domestic partnership - or unless the court orders otherwise at a later date. Dre has also been ordered to pay her health insurance, which will be similar to the coverage she had during the marriage. Nicole will reportedly have to pay all other insurance out of her own pocket.

The judge also ordered Dre to continue paying expenses for the Malibu and Pacific Palisades homes that they once shared.

While it may sound like Dre will be dishing out loads of cash every month in spousal support, he sees the order as a victory. If you've been keeping up with this story, Nicole initially requested Dre pay her $2 million/month in spousal support.

The couple, who tied the knot back in 1996, have two adult children together.

By the way...



Dr. Dre will be joining Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar to perform at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show on February 13th, 2022.


Photo: Tinseltown/Shutterstock

Ex-NBA Star Delonte West ARRESTED For Alleged Drunken Incident With Cops After Rehab Stint


Former NBA baller Delonte West has been going through it...and he still is. Last night, he was arrested after a drunken encounter with police in Florida. Details on what went down inside...

Ex-NBA star Delonte West has hit rock bottom again.

The 38-year-old former NBA player was arrested for an alleged drunken encounter with cops in Florida. According to reports, he Delonte was arrested in Palm Beach County, FL and then released the next morning following a rehab stint last year.

According to the police report, Delonte was initially approached by officers after he was "yelling and banging on the glass doors at a police station in Boynton Beach." Yikes. It's alleged Delonte was cutting up in front of the police station while holding open bottles of beer and vodka.

The police claim Delonte tried to walk away from the scene after he was ordered to calm down and put down the alcohol. At first, he complied. Then, he started reaching in his pants, reportedly "causing one of the cops on the scene to unholster their taser."

Glad it was a taser a not a GUN.

After some verbal commands, Delonte eventually complied and was arrested, although officers noted he "continued to be belligerent" in the back of a squad car after the arrest. Cops noted he smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk.

The former Boston Celtics baller was charged with obstruction/resisting without violence, open container, and disorderly intoxication. He's set to go before a judge for his arraignment later next month.

As you know, Delonte has been struggling with drug and alcohol. In January 2020, he entered a rehab facility with the help of Delonte's former team owner Mark Cuban (who owns the Dallas Mavericks).


During his NBA career, Delonte has played for four NBA teams after being the 24th overall pick by the Boston Celtics. You'll recall, he played alongside LeBron James in Cleveland from 2007 - 2010, up until unconfirmed rumors circulated about Delonte being involved with LeBron's mom, Gloria James. He signed a three-year $12.7 million contract with the Cavaliers in 2008. He also played in China for a while.

We're definitely praying Delonte West gets the help he needs.

Photo: Palm Beach County Jail

Nicki Minaj Finally Responds To Kenneth Perry's Accuser's Lawsuit, Calls It Frivolous


Nicki Minaj reportedly avoids a $20 million default judgement made against her and her husband Kenneth Petty after the couple took their time to respond to a harassment lawsuit filed by Kenneth's rape accuser, Jennifer Hough.

The QUEEN raptress says her slow response was a "mistake" and calls the suit a frivolous attempt for Jennifer's attorney to get clout. Deets inside...




While it may have taken Nicki Minaj some time before responding to the harassment lawsuit filed against her and her husband Kenneth Petty, she claims it was an honest mistake. And that's not all she's saying.

The QUEEN raptress called her late response to Jennifer Hough's lawsuit an "innocent mistake." In so many words, Nick said the lawsuit is nothing more than a clout chasing move for Jennifer's attorney, Tyrone Blackburn.

A judge ruled that the rap mom did not fail to respond to the lawsuit brought against her and her husband by Jennifer, who is her husband's rape accuser. Nicki responded just in time, dodging that $20 million default judgement Jennifer's legal team wanted the courts to enforce if the couple didn't respond.



Mrs. Petty has hired a lawyer to defend her in the case, however, Mr. Petty has not responded yet, according to the federal clerk. On Tuesday, the court clerk denied Jennifer's request for a certificate of default against Nicki, but did enter one against her husband.

The Daily Beast previously reported the couple responded to the lawsuit by hiring attorney Judd Burstein and requested an extension to respond to the suit.

The Pink Friday rapper filed a sworn statement on October 15th that confirmed she hired a lawyer in September, but they ran into a series of “innocent miscommunications” that led to late payment fees in order to fully secure services. Not only that, she dubbed the lawsuit a clout chasing tactic launched by Jennifer's attorney, Tyrone Blackburn.

Vulture breaks down the "miscommunications" that caused the later response:

In court papers filed Friday, Minaj’s lawyer, Judd Burstein, fought the request for a certificate of default and included a sworn statement from her in his argument. Minaj said that neither she nor Petty was actually “served” with the suit, meaning they did not receive official notice of it. Minaj added that she started looking for a lawyer after finding out about the lawsuit and had a Zoom conference with Burstein on September 23. When this meeting ended, Minaj said, she thought Burstein was representing her, and she told him to work out the details with her manager. But Minaj’s manager “had not understood” that she wanted Burstein to represent her, so he wasn’t actually working as her lawyer. That “misunderstanding was cleared up” October 12, she said.

“My failure to respond to the Complaint was the product of an innocent mistake, and I ask the Court to excuse the delay so that I can defend what I believe to be an entirely frivolous case which Plaintiff’s counsel has brought against me in an effort to use my name to generate publicity for himself,” Nicki said.

Nicki’s lawyer, Judd Burstein, also released a statement confirming the mishap, adding, “I confirm the truth of those portions of defendant’s declaration concerning my role in her failure to secure my services promptly."

In August, Jennifer Hough filed a lawsuit against Kenneth Petty and his wife Nicki Minaj for intimidation and harassment. Even after she filed the lawsuit, she revealed a new threat on her life was issued from someone The Pettys know. In the lawsuit, Jennifer claims The Pettys are trying everything in their power to get her to recant the rape allegations she made against Kenneth.

Nicki's husband is facing up to 10 years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender in California. After striking a plea deal by entering a guilty plea, he will go before a judge for sentencing on January 24, 2022.

Photo: Nicki's IG


Ben Simmons Puts NJ Mansion On The Market For $5M, Hours After He Was Thrown Out Of 76ers Practice & Suspended


Ben Simmons wants out and there's drama! The 76ers point guard put his New Jersey mansion for sale hours after he was kicked out of the Philadelphia 76ers practice and suspended by head coach Doc Rivers. Find out what's going on inside...


Ben Simmonsis NOT happy in Philly!

The 25-year-old NBA star doesn't want to play or practice with the Philadelphia 76ers anymore. So, head coach Doc Rivers kicked the All-Star player out of practice and suspended him for the season opener. Sheesh!

Ben apparently put on a childish display during practice, which landed him the boot. According to sources, he refused to fully participate during Tuesday's practice. He was asked to participate in defense drills - twice - and refused.  A day before, he was spotted lingering outside a team huddle and he hardly said anything to his teammates as he sat alone in a corner.



“I just thought he was a distraction today,” Doc Rivers said Tuesday after practice. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everybody else was doing. It was early. It wasn’t a big deal. I just told him he should leave. We went on with practice.”

It's getting ugly. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Ben lost checks for being kicked out of practice and suspended for the season opener. Hmph.

After the boot from practice, he was suspended from playing in the Sixers season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday (Oct. 20th). By the way, the Sixers defeated the Pelicans, 117-97.

Well, the drama didn't end there.

The former No. 1 pick decided to list his New Jersey mansion on several public real estate websites, as he starts his exit from the Sixers. The Australian born player's Moorestown, New Jersey home features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 10,477 square feet.



The asking price is $5 million. Previously, the home sold for less than half its current asking price, $2,275,000, in Nov. 2019.  So he could jiust be taking advantage of the crazy housing market and windfalls for sellers right now, seeing that he also sold his Ritz Carlton apartment weeks ago as well.



According to the Trulia listing, Simmons' home is located at the end of a cul-de-sac and features amenities such as a fireplace, custom cabinetry, white oak hardwood floors along with a wet and dry bar. The home also has an "oversized" movie room, a "massive" fish tank and a private gaming room with its own full-service bar, bathroom and candy room. Simmons kept the home relatively free of personal touches, aside from a custom neon sign featuring his gamertag (Simmo the Savage) and a hallway with framed magazine covers and his jerseys.

If anything is clear, it's the fact Ben does NOT want to be in Philly and he's doing whatever is necessary to get out. Over the summer when there were trade talks involving him, Ben coughed up $17.5 million on a brand-new super luxe modern farmhouse-style mansion just outside Los Angeles in Hidden Hills.



It's no secret Ben has been trying to get traded from the Sixers. He skipped out on the team's training camp and the first two preseason games. However, he returned to Philly after raking up some hefty fines from the league. Not only that, he missed some game checks as well, so he likely came back for the bag.

All-Star teammate Joel Embiid reacted to Ben's actions, saying it's not his job to "babysit" Ben.

“I’m not here to babysit,” Embiid said. “I’d be willing to babysit if someone wants to listen, but that’s not my job. That’s out of my control. As a team, we’re going to be fine.

The Sixers organization is already erasing him from the team's promo:



Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith weighed in on Ben's deteriorating relationship with the Sixers:




Photo: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Karl Anthony Towns Reveals The Mental Health Toll Of Losing His Mother & 7 Family Members To COVID, Talks Being Hospitalized Himself - 'It Was Bad'


NBA star Karl Anthony Towns opens up about his personal battle with COVID-19 and how the virus wreaked havoc on his family, resulting in the death of 8 of his family members. Find out what he reveals inside...


The Coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans, devastating families across the nation. NBA star Karl Anthony Towns suffered a major blow because of the virus, which took the most important woman in his life away from him.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony Towns just kicked off his 7th year in the NBA. But in the past year, he lost 8 family members to COVID while alos contracting it himself. Most devastating of all, he lost his mother, Jacqueline Cruz.

The NBA All-Star sat down with Taraji P. Henson and her friend Tracie Jade Jenkins on an episode of the Facebook Watch show “Peace of Mind with Taraji" to talk about his COVID battle as well as the loss of his mother and 7 other family members to the virus.

The 25-year-old shared candid details about his struggles with grief and felling survivor's guilt after overcoming the virus. He was hospitalized in early 2021 after contracting the virus.

"I was in the hospital too. It was bad. It was bad," he shared.

While he was able to pull through, several of his family members didn't, including his mother. Karl's mom, Jacqueline Cruz, died April 13, 2020. In total, he lost 8 family members including a “close family member” who died last week.

"It just kept getting harder and harder and worse and worse on her, and no one really knew what they were doing," he said about his mom's battle with COVID. "As her son and someone who loves her so dearly, I just didn’t want to see her in pain, so I was trying to do everything possible to make her comfortable and get her better quicker.”

On the day his mother was scheduled to be removed from the ventilator, she was diagnosed with a blood clot, which ultimately took her life.

“I flew in, I put the hazmat suit on and everything, and I went in there, because I was like ‘If anyone’s going to see her out, I’m going to see her out,’” he said. “I knew it was going to be the last time, so I was kind of working that out.”

Karl's father caught COVID as well and was being treated in the same hospital room as his wife. He survived.

“That day changed me as a man,” the NBA player said. “I’m never going to get that innocent young boy back. That’s gone. Ever since that day, I feel like the world just made me a little colder. It took what was most valuable to me, so I don’t have that kind of feeling for it.”

Losing his mother changed him and he said he'll never go back to being the person he was before he lost his mother.

“My mom was fun. We were like peas in a pod,” he continued. “Before every game, she always had a ritual. She made sure that all the security guards in the whole place knew, when she was at the game, you let her through to the court. ... She’d (wave) and just do that, then go back into the stands. ... She always wanted me to know, since I was young, ‘I’m here for you.’”

Karl talked about how his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, was a major comfort after losing his mother. Jordyn lost her father, so she understood what he was going through.

During their chat, Karl said he still grapples with survivor's remorse.

“I feel bad because you know I wish when I went through my Covid thing, even as bad as it got. I felt really bad because I wish that other families who weren’t making max money in the NBA could get the same treatment and share more memories with each other,” Towns said. “I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. I felt a lot of survivor’s guilt because I wish they had the resources I had.”

Despite all of the trauma he has gone through, he hasn't sought therapy yet. While he's an advocate for the process, he said he hasn't had the time to go and he wants to be sure he's in the right mental state for it to be beneficial to him.

“I didn’t want to go to therapy and not be ready to talk, because then I’m just sitting there,” Towns said. “I could bullsh*t my way through anything. I could give you a sense of feeling but no feelings. If I go in there I gotta be ready to talk and I’m not there.”

Prayers he gets there soon so he can receive the help he needs! Losing a parent is extremely hard.

Peep his discussion below:


Photo: Karl's IG


'QUEENS' Stars Brandy, Eve, Naturi & Nadine Hit Up 'The View' + 3LW Tea, Brandy's Reaction To Gen Z Not Knowing Ray J Is Her Brother & More


The QUEENS are on the promo trial! Brandy, Eve, Naturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez made a stop by "The View" to chat about their new drama series.


Plus, the ladies made a stop by Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" where Naturi spills 3LW tea, Brandy reacts to the youngins discovering Ray J is her brother and more. Get it all inside...


The QUEENS are here!

Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez are the leading ladies of ABC's newest drama "Queens," which premiered this week.

The real-life queens star in a new series about a group of four women in their 40s who reunite for another chance to recapture fame after finding success in Hip Hop in the 90s.

Today, the Hip Hop queens sat down to chop it up with the ladies on "The View." New mom-to-be Eve and Brandy shared how they've always known of each other, but never really got to know one another. Now, they're super excited they got the chance to work together.

3LW singer Naturi Naughton dished on being on the "TRL" tour with Eve back in the day and how her mom whipped out her photo album to share the throwback photos on the set. She called the experience surreal and that her dreams have come true as a queen.

Never have rapped, sung, or danced, Nadine talked about how big of a challenge it was for her, but shared how the ladies helped her get comfortable with her role. And they gave her their stamp of approval: She nailed it.

The ladies also talked about their new music video for "Nasty Girl" and how they collaborated for a soundtrack for the series.

Watch their daytime interview below:

Speaking of their new music...

Check out the Queens stars' "Nasty Girl" video above, along with the audio of two tracks, Brandy's "Hear Me," and their collaboration track "The Introduction":

Also on the promo trail...

The ladies stopped by Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" to dish more about Hip Hop show.

As you know, Naturi was once 1/3 of hit girls group 3LW and she shared how the show mirrored a lot of what she went through as being a teen in a hit girl group. The music industry can be smoke and mirrors and the "Power" actress confirmed that to be true.

In the early 2000s, Naturi and her 3LW bandmates appeared on "MTV Cribs," however, she said she didn't even have a home. Not only that, she didn't have a car either! Sheesh. There's a scene in "Queens" that brought back memories of how she had to fake it back in the day as part of  3LW.

Last week, Brandy and Ray J started trending on Twitter after Generation Z discovered they were siblings. They didn't have a clue.

"That was so interesting because people didn't put two and two together," she said. "I guess because of the generation...it's just different. We came out in the 90s, so a lot of the new generation didn't know we were brother and sister," she said.

As for her brother's health, she said he's doing good now after he was hospitalized for pneumonia.

Eve revealed the real reason she left "The Talk" was the COVID pandemic. She said it was a stressful three and a half years as a host because she would have to travel from LA to London every two weeks. Over the years, Eve has been vocal about her infertility. She believes being home and doing research on her uterine health helped her get pregnant. After getting a new doctor, she found out she had 14 fibroids and underwent a procedure called a myomectomy to get rid of them. She credited her doctor for helping her to finally get pregnant.

"Uterine health looks like going to the right doctors that listen to your concerns," the 42-year-old entertainer said.

The Ruff Ryderz First Lady also shared she decided to do the VERZUZ Battle with Trina via video conference from London (where she lives with her husband) because she was pregnant. Before finding out, she made plans to fly to Miami. Once it was confirmed she was pregnant, she decided to stay in London. She said her homie Swizz Beatz was the only person who knew she was pregnant at the time.

Eve broke down in tears discussing DMX's passing, she talked about how she, Trina and Missy Elliott used to hang out all the time back in the day and more.

Watch the full interview above.

Did you watch the first episode of "Queens?" Tell us your thoughts! A new episode premieres next Tuesday at 10/9c on ABC.


Photo: Gavin Bond/ABC

Sidra Smith Pays Tribute To Director Of Photography Killed After Alec Baldwin 'Discharged' Prop Gun On Set, Reagan Gomez Questions How It Happened


In very tragic news, a crew member was accidentially killed after actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the movie, Rust, which was being filmed in New Mexico. Director Sidra Smith (twin sister of Tasha Smith) mourns the death of the slain crew member, director of photography Halyna Hutchins. Meanwhile, actress Reagan Gomez questions how this even happened.

The devestating details are inside...

Hollywood is in turmoil after tragedy struck a movie set yesterday.

Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins, was accidentially killed and director, Joel Souza, was injured after actor Alec Baldwin reportedly discharged a prop firearm while shooting scenes on the set of the movie Rust, in New Mexico. Rust is a Western film set in the 1880s that stars Alec Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.

According to reports, the 42-year-old cinematographer was transported to the hospital via helicopter and was pronounced dead at the University of New Mexico Hospital. The 48-year-old director was transported to Christus St. Vincent's Regional Medical Center by ambulance for care. As of now, details about his condition haven't been released.

"According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged," the statement said. "Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged."

We can't imagine the shock and horror that raced through the set after the cast and crew realized people were hurt. It’s unclear if shrapnel from a misfired prop gun or actual bullets caused the tragedy.

Halyna Hutchins was the cinematographer for casting director Sidra Smith's A Luv Tale. On Instagram, Sidra posted a heartfelt tribute about Halyna and the devestation she felt when she first heard the news about her untimely passing.

"I just found out DEVASTATING news," Sidra wrote in the caption of a picture of herself with Halyna. "My cinematographer for #aluvtale @halynahutchins was killed in a terribly tragic accident on the film set of Rust. This breaks my heart into pieces. We spoke when she was headed to shoot this film. She was so happy and i was so happy for her. It’s hard out here for women cinematographers and this was a HUGE opportunity for her. She was so young and so talented. Halyna and i spent so much time together. She was so beautifully gracious and words can not express how supportive she was to me. She loved black women, loved Harlem, was SUCH a hard worker. We laughed. This woman was AMAZING. Halyna had a beautiful son and husband. God bless her beautiful heart and soul. Life is so short. You never know when. This has me so so sad.

"Rest in peace, my beautiful sister. I will be forever grateful to you. #halynahutchins"

On Twitter, Sidra tweeted, "My heart is broken."

Actresses Reagan Gomez and Holly Robinson Peete pondered how on earth this happened:

"This story is devastating. How in the world does this happen?," she tweeted.

"This is just so horrific and disturbing. Every time I’ve been on sets with guns the protocol is SO strict. We are shown the empty barrel of the guns and make sure there’s nothing in the chamber. How did this happen?? #HalynaHutchins," Holly tweeted.

"I’m so haunted by this. With guns in my experience there’s always such a strict set protocol and the entire crew watches as the chambers are shown empty by the props special effects people. Been this way for so long. I still can’t process the Brandon Lee tragedy," she continued.

"Luke Cage" actor Mike Colter reacted to the shocking death of Halyna: 

"Everytime we have gunfire on a set whether i'm holding the weapon or it's being aimed in my direction i'm a little on edge. Its never to be taken lightly. This job can be super fun but it can also be super dangerous. My heart goes out to her family and the crew. So sad. Rest easy @halynahutchins," he wrote.

Alec Baldwin also released a statement on social media following Halyna's death:


“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he wrote. “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."



Two days ago, Halyna shared a video of herself enjoying her day off from the set horseback riding:

Photos of a distraught Alex Baldwin pacing in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County sheriff's offices after being questioned surafced online:

Poor thing. The investigation "remains open and active" and no charges have been filed, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Such a tragic situation. We're sending prayers and condolences to Halyna's family and friends.

Photo: Sidira's IG

Beyoncé Teases New Song 'Be Alive' In New 'King Richard' Trailer, Will Smith Reveals How Bey Got Involved


BEYHIVE! New music from Beyoncé is coming soon. The Grammy winner teases her new track "Be Alive" in the newest trailer for King Richard. Take a listen, plus find out how Mrs. Carter got involved with the film and more inside...

Now we know why Beyoncé has been EXTRA active on social media lately: She has new music and a new collaboration dropping! And we're glad because we're thirsty for some new Bey vocals and new Ivy Park 'fits.

The newest trailer for King Richard just dropped and it features a powerful ballad titled "Be Alive" from none other than the queen herself, Beyoncé. King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus & Serena Williams, as he molds his daughters into the best tennis players we've ever seen. Both Venus & Serena signed on as executive producers of the film.

“Can’t nobody knock it if they try,” Beyoncé sings as viewers watch Richard (played by Will Smith) coach his young tennis stars Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) while he's criticized about his training methods.

“Do you know how much we have pride?/How hard we have to try?," Bey sings.

Will Smith, who plays the lead role of Richard Williams, shared how The Williams sisters inspired the singer to contribute a song after a screening of the film.

"The marriage of a movie and a song is a kind of magic that's unmatched in entertainment," he shared. "I was so happy when Beyoncé called."

Sweet! Does this mean a new album is in the works as well? We're keeping our fingers crossed.

The Hollywood titan shared the new trailer on social media, prefacing the clip with a video of himself alongside Venus & Serena:

"I’m SO excited for you to watch the new trailer for #KingRichard starring Will Smith and featuring the song “Be Alive” by @Beyonce. It’s in theaters and streaming exclusively on @HBOMax November 19," Serena tweeted.

Other members of the star cast include Aunjanue Ellis, Tony Goldwyn and Dylan McDermott.

Check out the trailer below:

Will King Richard be the project that earns Will Smith his first Oscar? We shall see....

King Richard, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, will arrive in both theaters and on HBO Max on November 19th. We are READY.

In other news...

Beyoncé and Jay-Z will reportedly attend the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30th. Jay-Z is one of this year's inductees.

Greg Harris - CEO and President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - confirmed The Carters will be in attendance.

“I can tell you they are scheduled to be at the event,” Harris told Cleveland.com. “It’s going to be remarkable.”

Right now, details about who will induct Hov and whether or not the Hip Hop icon will perform are still unknown.

The site reports:

The Rock Hall announced earlier this week that Taylor Swift will induct Carole King. Swift will also perform in honor of King, as will Jennifer Hudson in a separate performance.

Paul McCartney is set to induct Foo Fighters. Actress Angela Bassett will induct Tina Turner, whose showcase will feature an all-star cast of performers including Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams.

Actress and superfan Drew Barrymore will induct The Go-Go’s, who plan to perform three songs. Lionel Richie will handle the honors for Ahmet Ertegun Award winner Clarence Avant. There have also been reports that Dr. Dre will induct LL Cool J. However, the Rock Hall has yet to confirm those details.

We're always here for a Bey & Jay performance...IF that's what's on the table.


We love the inclusivity.

Mrs. Carter just announced her Ivy Park collab with Peloton, dropping November 10th. You here for it?!

Photos: Warner Bros/Beyonce's IG

Issa Rae Is Absolutely NOT Making An 'Insecure' Movie, But Maybe A Spin-Off?


If you were wishing for an "Insecure" movie to follow up the series' finale, sorry. It's not happening. However, an "Insecure" spin-off could possibly happen.

Find out what Issa Rae spilled about some form of a continuation of "Insecure" and tons more inside...


Admit it. "Insecure" is one of the blackest most entertaing shows that most older millenials enjoy and can relate to. So, when news hit that the show was ending, naturally, folks weren't happy about it.

And since we're in an era of reeboots, spin-offs and post-series movies, it wasn't farfetched when rumors about an "Insecure" movie started circulating.

As you know, the hit HBO series is set to air itsfifth and final season (dubbed "Season Bye-ve"), which premieres this Sunday, October 24th. It's the beginning of the end. However, its not the end for "Insecure" creator and star, Issa Rae.

Making her rounds on the promo trail, Issa stopped by Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" to chop it up about the ending of her hit HBO series and what she has in store for the future.

Earlier this year, it was announced Issa nabbed an eight-episode series order at HBO Max for the half-hour comedy “Rap Sh*t.” The multi-hyphenate entertainer revealed she wrote "Rap Sh*t" while on lockdown and confirmed had she not been confined to her home, she never would have had the time to create the show.

It's bittersweet knowing "Insecure" is about to come to an end, but Issa told "TBC" that she's excited about the show ending.

"I'm not sad. I feel like it's time. I'm excited if anything. I'm excited that people are excited about the end of the show right now because I know they're going to be mad later," she said.

Naturally, fans have been begging her on social media to either not end "Insecure" or, at the very least, do a movie for the show. Oh well. It's not happening. When asked if she would do one, she responded, "absolutely not."

"I just don't want to do a movie. What do you need a movie for? We did it for five years....," she said.

The "Insecure" writers' room felt pressure while writing the finale season of the hit show, hoping they wouldn't "mess it up." As they were brainstorming ideas, one of the writers encouraged a different approach to writing the final season, which was to pretend there would be a Season 6.

"I mean, anything can happen,"Issa said.

"Like a spin-off?," Angela Yee asked.

"Yeah, maybe," Issa responded.

Who would you want to see from the cast to get a spin-off?

The up-and-coming Hollywood mogul is moving on to new things - like her new show, "Rap Sh*t." She said she's currently living in Miami working on the HBO Max series. And she said the show is nothing like "Insecure."

The EMMY nominated actress is definitely busy, like opening up new coffee shops and doing her thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, joing the cast of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. There's no time for drama. When the radio hosts asked her about her throwback "beef" with Lauren London and reuniting, she responded perfectly.

Get into her full interview below:

This morning...

Issa Rae chopped it up with Gayle King on "CBS Mornings" about finally feeling "comfortable" in Hollywood, like she belongs.

"I feel like I'm just getting started. I feel like a beginner in many ways. I still have so much to do," Issa said.

The comedian/actor/writer - who recently got married - also dished on her reported eight-figure overall deal with WarnerMedia. Peep the clip above.

Last night...

Boss Lady Issa served up some underboob action at the premiere of "Insecure" Season in Los Angeles last night.

It's been a lot of pressure of Issa to serve up the perfect ending to "Insecure" fans. She revealed she re-wrote the final scenes just two weeks before filming.

“It just didn’t feel right,” she said about the original ending. “I think it was a good finale on its own. However, I just didn’t feel like it aligned with the story that we have been telling for five seasons, much less even this season. It felt like the ideal version. I just wanted to make an ending that felt more realistic and true to the characters.”

On the magazine front...

Issa Rae snaps it up with her "Insecure" co-stars Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis cover Entertainment Weekly's newest digital cover where they reflect on the show's hella great run.

"I think the shows where you get to watch people just being excite me," says Rae, 36, who serves as an executive producer and has received two Emmy nominations for her relatable lead performance (she also received an Outstanding Comedy nod in 2019 as EP). "We always say internally in the room, it's [about] being Black on a Tuesday. Those are the stories we're telling."


"I didn't realize at the [beginning] how important a story like this was," adds Ellis, 39. "It's like, we don't want to watch normal life — but once you get into it, you realize that's important because we need to normalize these things because we don't see them enough."


"What really stood out [to the writers] is we hadn't seen examples of friendship breakups happen on screen, and I've experienced it twice. That s--- hurts," says Rae. "You don't really have the same sympathy or the same knowledge or guidance that you have when a romantic relationship ends. To really dissect the dissolution — the slow dissolution of a friendship — was something that was relatable to a lot of people."

You can read more here. https://ew.com/tv/insecure-final-season-digital-cover-story/

"Insecure" fans will start the beginning of the end when Season 5 kicks off Sunday, October 24th at 10pm EST on HBO.

Photo: HBO

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