Bobby Brown’s Son, Bobby Jr., Passes Away At 28

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Bobby Brown Jr., (pictured far right), one of Bobby Brown’s oldest children, has passed away. He was 28.

TMZ is reporting that Bobby Jr. was found dead in his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday (November 18). According to officers, there’s not a belief to worry abut foul play in his death.

Bobby Jr. was the half-brother of Bobby’s daughter with Whitney HoustonBobbi Kristina. Bobbi Kristina passed in 2015 when she was 22 years old. Her death wrecked Bobby, who blamed her boyfriend Nick Gordon for her death. Gordon died on New Years Eve in 2019 of an overdose. He was 30.

The namesake of the New Edition singer was among one of his seven children.

This is a developing story.

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Lil Wayne Facing Federal Weapons Charges, 10-Year Prison Sentence

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Lil Wayne is back in trouble with the law.

According to court documents, the 38-year-old Weezy F. Baby has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, which carries a max penalty of 10 years in prison. The charge dates back to a 2019 incident in Miami when a private plane transporting Wayne from California back to his now home state was searched by federal agents. The charge was brought about by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

Per the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade Police alerted federal authorities of the plane after receiving a tip that weapons, as well as weed, were on board to be potentially transported. Wayne’s plane was searched by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as other agencies.

Wayne’s attorney, Howard Srebnick shared a statement saying, “[Lil Wayne] is charged with possessing a gold-plated handgun in his luggage on a private plane. There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

He added, “Although the Supreme Court has not yet decided the constitutional question, Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently wrote an appellate dissenting opinion in which she stated that “Absent evidence that he either belongs to a dangerous category or bears individual markers of risk, permanently disqualifying [a convicted felon] from possessing a gun violates the Second Amendment.”

Wayne previously served time behind bars in Rikers Island in 2009 for a 2007 arrest where a firearm was found on his tour bus.

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Comedian Sinbad Recovering From Recent Stroke

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Famed stand-up comedian Sinbad is currently recovering from a recent stroke. The comedian’s family confirmed the news with Variety on Monday (November 16), calling him a source of “love and joy.”

“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” his family said in a statement. “Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon. Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time.’ Thank you.”

The 64-year-old star of such movies as First Kid, Jingle All The Way, Good Burger, and Necessary Roughness also gained fame by playing Walter Oakes on A DIfferent World for four seasons from 1987 to 1991.

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Report: Boosie Badazz Hospitalized After Being Shot In The Leg In Dallas

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Boosie Badazz is being treated at a Dallas area hospital after he was shot in the leg on Saturday (November 14) in Dallas.

Boosie, who was in town as part of a candlelight vigil for rapper MO3, celebrated his 38th birthday on Saturday. According to multiple accounts, a shooting took place at popular Dallas haunt Big T’s between two other individuals where Boosie was simply caught in the crossfire. Boosie’s current condition is unknown as of press time.

The shooting is believed to be unrelated to a string of violence that has occurred in Dallas in the past week. On Thursday, popular Dallas rapper and dentist Dr. Rose was shot multiple times in his vehicle. He shared an update on Instagram, telling fans he’d be recovering.

MO3, who was signed to Boosie’s label, was shot and killed Wednesday (November 11) on I-35 near Clarendon Drive. The two had collaborated on Badazz MO3, a collaborative album released this past February and were spotted together frequently, including a recent appearance on Mike Tyson‘s Hotboxin With Mike Tyson podcast.

“I brought my bday n with tears n my eyes #LL3,” Boosie shared on Facebook. I then lost 2mqny people to ever be happy #f*ck2020.”

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The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Cast Reunites For The ‘Fresh Prince’ Reunion [TRAILER]

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Let me tell you a story, all about how The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air cast sat down and reminisced about their time in “Bel-Air.”

On Friday (November 13), Will Smith dropped the official trailer to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion slated for HBO Max. The special is set to air on November 19 and reunites him with the rest of the Banks family, including original Aunt Viv actress Janet Hubert. Hubert has memorably feuded with Smith in the past after she was replaced on the show by Daphne Maxwell. There’s also a touching tribute to late actor James Avery, who became America’s dad as Uncle Phil.

In addition, there’s going to be a dramatic reboot of the ’90s comedy over at NBC’s streaming platform Peacock. Based on a 2019 viral trailer, Bel-Air is set in a “modern day America” and will journey deeper into the various conflicts that made the original show a classic. Here’s the synopsis:

“Set in modern-day America, Bel-Air is a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Announces Debut Album ‘Good News’ Dropping Next Friday

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Heard the latest Hottie Report from Megan Thee Stallion? The Houston rapstress took to Instagram on Thursday (November 12) to reveal that her long-awaited debut album not only had a title, but a release date.

“Hotties , I first want to say thank you for riding with me, growing with me, and staying down with me since my first mixtape Rich Ratchet,” she wrote. “Through this rough ass year we’ve all been having I felt like we could all use a lil bit of good news. So with that being said MY OFFICIAL ALBUM “GOOD NEWS” IS DROPPING NOVEMBER 20TH PRE ORDER WILL BE AVAILABLE TONIGHT”

The title no doubt comes from Meg’s whirlwind two-year trek from Houston star with “Big Ole Freak” to earning her first of two No. 1 singles in “Savage” with Beyoncé and “WAP” with Cardi B. The alleged cover for the album features Meg holding up a newspaper clipping with her image in the lead and plenty of headlines surrounding them, from her statements about Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on ‘SNL,’ her essay for the New York Times and more.

Meg crashed on the scene in 2018 with her Tina Snow mixtape, sharing fan favorites such as “Cognac Queen,” “Freak Nasty” and the aforementioned “Big Ole Freak”. Months later, she inked a deal with 300 Entertainment and followed Tina Snow with Fever in 2019, featuring DaBaby (“Cash Sh*t”) and “Realer.”

Following label drama with her original home 1501 Certified, Meg took it upon herself to release Suga in February, complete with videos for “Captain Hook,” “B.I.T.C.H.” and “Savage.” Last month, the Hot Girl Coach teamed up with Young Thug for “Don’t Stop,” presumably the first single from Good News.

Good News is out on November 20th. A tracklist has yet to be revealed as of press time.

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DaBaby’s Older Brother, Glen Johnson Reportedly Commits Suicide

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DaBaby‘s older brother has reportedly committed suicide.

According to TMZ, sources with direct knowledge of the incident said Glen Johnson took his own life in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday.

Johnson had shared a video on social media earlier in the day holding a gun and visibly upset. In the clip, he reportedly discussed how he had “wronged” people in the past and was crying. Around 4 p.m., Johnson shot himself in the head and later succumbed to his injuries.

DaBaby rapped about his brother’s struggles with mental health on “Intro” from his sophomore album, KIRK. “My brother be thinkin’ that we don’t love him and let him struggle like we ain’t family / Like I won’t give up all I got to see you happy, n*gga.”

Glen Johnson was survived by three daughters and a son, according to TMZ. DaBaby has yet to publicly address the incident as he’s been focusing on voting drives in his home state.

Prayers and condolences to his family during this difficult time.

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Weezy WTF: Lil Wayne Gives Props To Trump, Touts Platinum Plan Like A Cash Money Contract

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Count Lil Wayne among those individuals who are down with Donald Trump‘s Platinum Plan.

The New Orleans rapper shared a photo of a meeting with Trump on Thursday (October 29) and revealed more than a few things that had fans scratching their heads — and wondering if Wayne had lost all of his real dreads.

“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus,” Wayne wrote. “besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

There is no idea about who else met with Wayne and Trump on Thursday but fans couldn’t understand why exactly Wayne would meet with Trump, especially considering his prior comments regarding Black Lives Matter or race relations or even the time he was saved by a police officer after he shot himself at age 12.

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“My life was saved when I was young. I was 12 or something, I think,” he said during an episode of Young Money Radio on Apple Music. “Shot myself. I was saved by a white cop, Uncle Bob. So you have to understand … you have to understand the way I view police, period. I was saved by a white cop. There was a bunch of black cops jumped over me when they saw me at that door, laying on the floor with that hole in my chest. He refused to. He said, ‘I found this baby on this floor. I need to get to a hospital.’ He didn’t wait for an ambulance. He took his car. He made somebody drive it, and he made sure that I lived.”

He added, “I’m from New Orleans, 17th and High Grove. We have a thing called Jump Out Boys, uptown New Orleans. That’s the police. They pull up on you, they already got their door cracked. It look like, you ever seen a clown car — when a clown pull up in a small car and 30 of them get out the car, like 30 clowns. That’s how it be, like one small police car pull up, but they got both doors cracked on both sides. Bop, soon as they stop, bop, they jump out. So many of them jump out, and they ain’t coming running up to you to ask you what’s your name and how you doing and how’s your day. No, they not coming around after you for that.”

Maryland Man Threatening To Kill Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Has Been Arrested And Charged

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Fredrick, Maryland resident James Dale Reed was arrested last Friday for threatening to kidnap and kill Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, according to The New York Times.

It was reported that on Oct. 4, James Dale Reed left a handwritten note on a Biden-Harris campaign sign at a house in his hometown of Frederick, Maryland. This note contained graphic threats against the candidates and their supporters.

The note said in part, “We are the ones with these scary guns, we are the ones your children have nightmares about.”

Unfortunately, death threats against the US president and presidential candidates aren’t uncommon during election years. Reed acknowledged to authorities that he wrote the letter and is currently being held without bond in Frederick County on a federal charge of threatening a major candidate and two violations of state law, including threatening mass violence and voter intimidation.

 

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Nicki Minaj Reveals She Had A Baby Boy: “I’m So Grateful & In Love With My Son”

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Nicki Minaj is returning to music tonight with the release of Sada Baby‘s “Whole Lotta Choppas” remix but in her return to Instagram, she revealed that her new bundle of joy is actually a baby boy.

Nicki revealed the gender of her new baby in an Instagram post shared to her 123 million followers on Thursday (October 15), writing, “I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world.”

The 37-year-old shared images and notes of congrats from a list of friends including Beyoncé, Winnie Harlow, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Riccardo Tisci and more. She gave birth to her child last month in Los Angeles and has yet to reveal his name.

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Trey Songz Gives COVID Update, Talks ‘Back Home,’ His Growth & More! [EXCLUSIVE]

Trey Songz is back on the show! After taking some time away from music to not only raise his young son Noah but become more vocal in social justice across the country, the R&B singer released his ‘Back Home’ album and revealed that he’s not chasing plaques or No. 1’s, he’s just making good music.

Checking in with Keisha Nicole of Good Morning H-Town, Songz charts his evolution from ‘I Gotta Make It’ to now, why his focus has shifted from making music to doing more for his community and why he’s not turning his back on his morals, his COVID health update, why he’s building generational wealth for his son and how he’s planning to celebrate his brand new album once everything clears up.

“I ain’t got the COVID no more,” Trey revealed to Keisha. “When I lost my smell, I had read that … smell training. That kind of freaked me out. If you smell really strong scents for short periods of time in intervals, it’ll help you bring the smell back. It was onions, lemon peels, orange peels, elderberry, a little sea moss, I would breathe that in and help break up the congestion in your chest. Actually after like three days of not being able to smell it brought it back.”

He continued, “Some people lose their smell for a long time. And I can’t have that,  cause I like to eat. The smell is too important to eat it. If I can’t smell it, I can’t eat it.”

Trey revealed he took COVID seriously and although he didn’t have to tell his fans about his positive test, he felt it was important to lead with responsibility. Meanwhile, he’s well aware of others who haven’t taken the virus serious and sharing misinformation.

“You got the President out waving at people. You got Secret Service … you got the Cabinet sick,” Trey said. “And you got people actually believing that he’s healed and better. He saying he feels 20 years younger, he’s full of shit. Cause when I got it, I felt 20 years older!”

This is probably the most in-depth Trey interview you’ll see in 2020. Watch in full now and stream Back Home from the Virginia native below!

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Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming 2 America’ To Hit Streaming On December 18

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Before Eddie Murphy fans get the long-awaited sequel to Coming To America, the film is making a move from being shown first in theaters to streaming.

Film distributor Paramount Pictures is in the process of selling the film to Amazon Studios for $125 million, according to insiders and Variety. The move would prompt the film to hit Amazon Prime for streaming on December 18.

The final details are being pieced together and circle around two consumer marketing tie-ins with McDonalds as well as Crown Royal. Murphy, who produced and starred in the film, has to sign off on the sale.

The move is a priority for Amazon Studios following the acquiring the sequel to Borat as well as a Tom Clancy adaptation, Without Remose set to star Michael B. Jordan/strong> and Regina Kings One Night In Miami which has some Oscar buzz behind it.

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing movie studios to switch release dates for blockbusters and other films, studios have now decided to either sell movies to streaming providers in order to recoup money back or push release dates to 2021. Coming 2 America was originally set to premiere on Christmas Day in theaters and also was in play to be sold to Viacom’s streaming service, CBS All Access.

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Paramount had previously sold films such as The Trial of the Chicago 7 and The Lovebirds to Netflix.

The original Coming To America arrived in theaters in 1988, directed by John Landis starring Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos. The plot revolved around Murphy as the charming Prince Akeem who traveled from the fictional country of Zamunda to find a bride in America. The film grossed $300 million at the box office and became not only a cultural phenomenon for Black moviegoers but became one of Murphy’s beloved comedies of all-time.

The sequel finds Murphy reprising his role as Prince Akeem as he prepares to ascend to become king of Zamunda when he discovers he fathered a child he never knew in America, a Queens native named Lavelle. To honor his father’s dying wish, Akeem sets out with Semmi to go back to America to groom the young man into a prince. Murphy, Hall and Jones will reprise those roles as Jermaine Folwer, Tracy Morgan, Jay Pharoah and others are joining the cast.

Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Could Be Ending Beef With Joint Song

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Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have a known beef after the two went blow for blow during a physical altercation that ended with shoe-throwing at New York Fashion Week. Honey it looks like everything may be squashed or at least for the moment of coming to get to deliver new music. There is no concrete proof that the two are working together on new music but there is  an alleged snippet out here for a song titled “Lavish” and  Cardi  has been  teasing a major collaboration that she said would make a lot of people mad … So maybe its that Nicki X Cardi collab that would def break the internet!

Megan Thee Stallion Pens Powerful Essay On Why She’s Standing Up For Black Women

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Megan Thee Stallion has been vocal about Black women since she burst onto the scene in 2018. In 2020 alone she’s become even more open about the plight of Black women across the country, whether it be in the case of Breonna Taylor or Megan’s own situation in which she alleges she was shot twice by Tory Lanez. Lanez has been charged with assault in the case and is awaiting a court appearance.

In a new essay penned for the New York Times, the Houston rapper spoke out about the incident and why she has no problem rallying Black women to be active, whether it be in politics, at the polls or in everyday life.

I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man,” she wrote. “After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place.

My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”

She continued, “After a lot of self-reflection on that incident, I’ve realized that violence against women is not always connected to being in a relationship. Instead, it happens because too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them to justify inflicting abuse against us when we choose to exercise our own free will.

From the moment we begin to navigate the intricacies of adolescence, we feel the weight of this threat, and the weight of contradictory expectations and misguided preconceptions. Many of us begin to put too much value to how we are seen by others. That’s if we are seen at all.”


In regards to her recent appearance on Saturday Night Live and criticizing Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of Taylor’s case, Megan says she expected criticism.

“I recently used the stage at “Saturday Night Live” to harshly rebuke Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, for his appalling conduct in denying Breonna Taylor and her family justice,” she wrote. “I anticipated some backlash: Anyone who follows the lead of Congressman John Lewis, the late civil rights giant, and makes “good trouble, necessary trouble,” runs the risk of being attacked by those comfortable with the status quo.

But you know what? I’m not afraid of criticism. We live in a country where we have the freedom to criticize elected officials. And it’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase “Protect Black women” is controversial. We deserve to be protected as human beings. And we are entitled to our anger about a laundry list of mistreatment and neglect that we suffer.”

You can read the letter in full below.

In the weeks leading up to the election, Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates. We have gone from being unable to vote legally to a highly courted voting bloc — all in little more than a century.

Despite this and despite the way so many have embraced messages about racial justice this year, Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life.

I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place.

My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends. Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.

After a lot of self-reflection on that incident, I’ve realized that violence against women is not always connected to being in a relationship. Instead, it happens because too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them to justify inflicting abuse against us when we choose to exercise our own free will.

From the moment we begin to navigate the intricacies of adolescence, we feel the weight of this threat, and the weight of contradictory expectations and misguided preconceptions. Many of us begin to put too much value to how we are seen by others. That’s if we are seen at all.

The issue is even more intense for Black women, who struggle against stereotypes and are seen as angry or threatening when we try to stand up for ourselves and our sisters. There’s not much room for passionate advocacy if you are a Black woman.

I recently used the stage at “Saturday Night Live” to harshly rebuke Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, for his appalling conduct in denying Breonna Taylor and her family justice. I anticipated some backlash: Anyone who follows the lead of Congressman John Lewis, the late civil rights giant, and makes “good trouble, necessary trouble,” runs the risk of being attacked by those comfortable with the status quo.

But you know what? I’m not afraid of criticism. We live in a country where we have the freedom to criticize elected officials. And it’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase “Protect Black women” is controversial. We deserve to be protected as human beings. And we are entitled to our anger about a laundry list of mistreatment and neglect that we suffer.

Maternal mortality rates for Black mothers are about three times higher than those for white mothers, an obvious sign of racial bias in health care. In 2019, an astronomical 91 percent of the transgender or gender-nonconforming people who were fatally shot were Black, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Beyond threats to our health and lives, we confront so much judgment and so many conflicting messages on a daily basis.

If we dress in fitted clothing, our curves become a topic of conversation not only on social media, but also in the workplace. The fact that Serena Williams, the greatest athlete in any sport ever, had to defend herself for wearing a bodysuit at the 2018 French Open is proof positive of how misguided the obsession with Black women’s bodies is.

I would know. I’ve received quite a bit of attention for appearance as well as my talent. I choose my own clothing. Let me repeat: I choose what I wear, not because I am trying to appeal to men, but because I am showing pride in my appearance, and a positive body image is central to who I am as a woman and a performer. I value compliments from women far more than from men. But the remarks about how I choose to present myself have often been judgmental and cruel, with many assuming that I’m dressing and performing for the male gaze. When women choose to capitalize on our sexuality, to reclaim our own power, like I have, we are vilified and disrespected.

In every industry, women are pitted against one another, but especially in hip-hop, where it seems as if the male-dominated ecosystem can handle only one female rapper at a time. Countless times, people have tried to pit me against Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, two incredible entertainers and strong women. I’m not “the new” anyone; we are all unique in our own ways.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Black girls weren’t inundated with negative, sexist comments about Black women? If they were told instead of the many important things that we’ve achieved? It took a major motion picture, “Hidden Figures,” to introduce the world to the NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson. I wish I’d learned in school about this story as well as more earthly achievements: that Alice H. Parker filed the patent for the first home furnace, or that Marie Van Brittan Brown created the first home security system. Or that Black women, too often in the shadows of such accomplishments, actually powered the civil rights movement. It’s important to note that six of the Little Rock Nine students whose bravery in 1957 led to school integration were Black girls. And that Rosa Parks showed incredible bravery when she refused to move to the “colored section.” I wish that every little Black girl was taught that Black Lives Matter was co-founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Walking the path paved by such legends as Shirley Chisholm, Loretta Lynch, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters and the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate, Carol Moseley Braun, my hope is that Kamala Harris’s candidacy for vice president will usher in an era where Black women in 2020 are no longer “making history” for achieving things that should have been accomplished decades ago.

But that will take time, and Black women are not naïve. We know that after the last ballot is cast and the vote is tallied, we are likely to go back to fighting for ourselves. Because at least for now, that’s all we have.

Tory Lanez Charged With Felony Assault In Megan Thee Stallion Shooting

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Nearly three months after a July incident where Megan The Stallion was shot twice in her feet, Tory Lanez has been charged with felony assault in the matter.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges on Thursday (October 8), hitting the Canadian artist with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm — personal use of a firearm — and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

The D.A. had been mulling charges for weeks in regards to the case and the charges come two weeks after Tory released his DAYSTAR album, primarily discussing the shooting and proclaiming his innocence. In July, the “Say It” artist had only been charged with possession of a firearm after he, Megan and two others were pulled over in Hollywood. Prosecutors are zeroing in on Tory as the alleged triggerman. Megan has publicly named Tory as the alleged shooter.

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Tory has since returned to the public arena after the alleged shooting, fighting more with other male rappers who have disparaged his recent album than defending himself in the shooting. He’s due back in court on October 13. If convicted on the charges, Tory faces up to 22 years in prison for the assault charges.

Bryson Tiller Is Getting Comfortable With The Idea Of Becoming A Pop Star [INTERVIEW]

Bryson Tiller is stepping into a new comfort zone.

Five years ago the Lousiville, Kentucky native exploded onto he scene with “Don’t,” the lead single from his Trapsoul album. Fame came quick. He was signed to a major label, was added to DJ Khaled and Rihanna‘s “Wild Thoughts”  and promptly became one of those artist-to-watch acts you see constantly in trade magazines and blogs.

A funny thing happened on the way between Trapsoul and Anniversary, Tiller’s third album which dropped on October 2. He became open with mental health, how depression knocked him under after feeling on top of the world and failing to meet critics and fans’ expectations. In a chat with Keisha Nicole, Tiller affirms he still has one dream in particular: pop stardom.

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“With my goals, the goals I wanna reach in the next, I dunno three four years … I wanna be a popstar,” he told Keisha. “I would like to be a popstar at least one time. I wanna be able to say I was a popstar, at least do a pop album. Collaborate with some pop artists. So I feel like with that comes, a lot of magazine shoots, a lot of video interviews, a lot of performances, a lot of stuff Bryson from five years ago would have been very uncomfortable Awith.” 

He added, “Now I’m still a little uncomfortable but I’m trying to adjust a little bit. Cause people used to come to my shows and go, ‘OMG, that’s Bryson.’ I just wanted to see myself as other people saw me as. I never saw what people saw of me. But I’m way past that now. There’s a lot of things I’ma have to adjust to if I wanna be a popstar.”

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For Tiller, everything hit a reset when his grandmother died. The ongoing pandemic prompted him to slow everything down and for once, not have to think about a tour immediately after releasing new music.

I was looking at it like a blessing from God because every time I make an album, I had to go on tour right away or I had to go to rehearsal right away,” Tiller says. ?Which left little time for like recording or making any of types of songs. Which, I know is probably no excuse. There’s other artists that go to the studio all day or take it anywhere they go.”

He continued, “For me, I was still adjusting to the music industry and I just wanted to put on a decent show. You said you came to the Palace and you said the show was amazing. In my head, the show was terrible. I mean it wasn’t terrible but there’s a lot of things I’m just like, ‘Dang, I wish I could have…’ I know, that’s just me being hard on myself. I was real hard on myself. It was a complete 180, I’m so different from where I was. I’m just so blessed and I thank the angels above for that.”

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