There's a big hiccup in online fundraising efforts for Keaton Jones -- one GoFundMe page has been shut down altogether, and another's on hold with nearly $60,000 unspoken for. GoFundMe tells us the page labeled "Stand Up for Keaton," which was opened 2 days ago, is no longer accepting donations. Since Keaton's anti-bullying message went viral over the weekend, the page has pulled in $58,249 in donations ...
however the guy who started it is putting the charity on hold. GoFundMe says it needs to contact Keaton's mom, Kimberly Jones, to ensure she's the beneficiary ... since the guy who started the page doesn't know her. So far, the company's been unable to reach her. There was a second GoFundMe page, purportedly started by Kimberly herself which solicited money for Keaton's Christmas gifts. Sources close to the situation tell us that was immediately shut down by GoFundMe due to fraud concerns -- namely,
whether it was really started by Kimberly. Further complicating the fundraising are social media postings from the real Kimberly Jones. As we reported ... photos of her with the Confederate flag and comments about whining "butt hurt Americans" have sparked an online backlash. The guy behind the "Stand Up for Keaton" page even reacted, saying, "THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MOM!!" He added he doesn't know the Jones family, but just wanted to help a kid who's been bullied.
Chris Bosh's mom tells JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA allegations she's trafficking drugs out of the Texas home owned by her NBA star son are ridiculous and untrue ... but acknowledges there is a rift with Chris. We spoke with Freida Bosh and her son, Joel Bosh?, about the police raid on the home where she lives in DeSoto, Texas ... in which cops claim they found evidence connecting Freida's house with a drug trafficking operation. Freida says she "built" the home with Chris roughly 12 years ago -- but since then, their relationship has deteriorated and he's been trying to evict her. Freida says the two haven't spoken in 5 years.
To combat the eviction, Freida says she's had to hire lawyers -- and has been forced to rent out the home to various tenants to cover the pricey legal bills. Long story short ... Freida says the person who brought trouble to the home is a former short-term tenant -- and she had NOTHING to do with his alleged illegal activity. FYI, cops believe crack cocaine and heroin were being trafficked out of the home. No arrests have been made, but we're told that could happen soon. Joel Bosh says he's been trying to help his mom work things out with Chris -- but his priority is
helping her clear her name in the drug trafficking case because he believes she's 100% innocent. Despite the family drama, both Freida and Joel say they love Chris and hope they can reconcile soon.
"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" production came to a screeching halt after one of its staffers was allegedly run over in a parking lot. Production sources tell JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA ... the scary incident went down Wednesday at the high-end Buckhead shops where Mimi Faust and co. were preparing to shoot.
But we're told things went south before cameras started rolling -- a security guard was allegedly run down by an angry mall customer. We're told security was saving a parking spot for the production, which pissed off the customer. Witnesses tell us he revved the engine and struck the security guard ... injuring his left leg. According to cops,
the driver went inside a nearby golf store before fleeing. Cops spoke to staffers at the golf store to ID the driver, and got surveillance footage of the incident from another store. No arrests yet.
Ty Dolla $ign and YG's alleged beatdown of an Australian soccer star apparently cost 'em big-time -- 'cause the guy says they dropped at least $100k to keep the matter out of court. Aussie footballer Nelly Yoa tells JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA he settled with Ty and YG for a low six-figure amount to avoid a potential lawsuit against them for allegedly beating the crap out of him in 2015.
We broke the story ... Nelly says the rappers punched and kicked him in the head when they tried clearing out a VIP room at a nightclub in Melbourne that he refused to vacate. He claimed the alleged beating cost him a soccer deal that woulda made him a fortune.
Taylor Swift and boyfriend Joe Alwyn hold hands as they return home after the Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on December 8, 2017.Gachie / NPEx / Splash News Taylor Swiftwas spotted holding hands with her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, in NYC after he supported her backstage at Jingle Ball on Friday, December 8. The Grammy winner, 27, wore a plaid mini with matching jacket and studded booties while her beau was dressed in jeans, a dark sweater and bomber jacket as they stepped out in midtown Manhattan on Friday night.
earlier in the evening the British actor, 26, was backstage at Madison Square Garden to support the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer before her performance at Z100’s Jingle Ball. “Taylor had her own private party backstage at MSG tonight before the show,” a source told Us. “She arrived at MSG via an inside garage with her boyfriend Joe.” Swift, who hasn’t been spotted with Alwyn since the summer, was in a good mood, according to a second source. “Everyone was having a great time and Taylor was beaming,” the source said. “But it was completely cornered off. No one saw. They cleared every hallway for her to enter and leave.”
The couple were joined backstage by several of Swift’s pals, including Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds, Jack Antonoff, Dear Evan Hanson‘s Ben Platt, and Ed Sheeran, who performed “End Game” with her onstage. News of Swift’s romance with Alwyn broke in May. “They have quite a low-key relationship, which Taylor likes,” a source told Us at the time. She previously dated Thor star Tom Hiddleston, splitting in September 2016 after just three months.
Juicy J and his wife, Regina R. Perera, hosted an intimate baby shower for friends and family Saturday (Dec. 9), at their Calabasas, Calif., home. The celebration was attended by the Memphis rap legend's mom and dad, and documented on Juice's Instagram story. Roc Nation artist Belly and Taylor Gang MC Chevy Woods were also in the place to be. Juice even invited his high school friend Eddie, who revealed he used to do the Three 6 Mafia founder's homework for $5 back in the day. The event also featured a violinist performing for guests.
The Juice and his wife got married at an impromptu ceremony in Las Vegas on July 5 of last year. In August, he announced they were expecting a baby girl. “Today, I found out my wife is 12 weeks pregnant,” he said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. “I’m having a baby girl. Yes, man. Happiest day of my life.” In music-related news, Juice just dropped his latest album, Rubba Band Business. The 13-track project includes features from the likes of Project Pat, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Denzel Curry, Travis Scott, Tory Lanez, Belly, Offset and G.O.D. The hustle never stops. "I'm working with Wiz on a bunch of stuff.
Taylor Gang got a bunch of stuff coming out, Mo' Faces got a bunch of stuff coming out," Juice recently told JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA of his future plans. "I'm still signing writers. I got this new writer I just signed, his name K. Tucker. He's a ladies man. You gotta hear some of his music. He's up-and-coming. I signed him to my publishing company. I got new producers I'm signing. I'm always looking for new talent." Congrats to Juice and Regina.
Hannibal Buress seemed like he was trying to do the right thing before getting busted for disorderly intoxication ... 'cause he asked a cop to order him a ride home. JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTAhas obtained Hannibal's arrest affidavit from his Saturday night bust in Miami, in which the arresting officer describes what allegedly happened before he detained the comedian. The officer says Hannibal approached him with blood shot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, and then asked the cop to call him an Uber.
The officer says he refused, which caused Hannibal to become angry and belligerent. The cop goes on to say Hannibal then went inside a bar, which the cop says he asked Hannibal to leave since he was too drunk. The two then made it outside, where the officer says Hannibal continued to hurl profanities at him and caused a crowd to form. The cop says he asked him to leave 5 times before cuffing him. As we reported ... Hannibal was released around 6 AM Sunday on a $500 bond. His mug shot was pretty epic, too.
Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany Kerr Aldean are very thankful to be spending a little more time with their newborn son. On Friday, which was originally when their baby boy Memphis was expected to arrive, the new mom shared a family photo on Instagram starring their 9-day-old child. “Today was Memphis’ due date, but thankfully he came a week early so we get more time with him,” the makeup artist and lifestyle blogger captioned the picture. “You make life a trillion times better, little man!! We love you SO much #sleepyparents #ohsoblessed,” she added. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter.
Today was Memphis’ due date, but thankfully he came a week early so we get more time with him???? You make life a trillion times better, little man!! We love you SO much???????????? #sleepyparents #ohsoblessed A post shared by Brittany Aldean (@brittanyaldean) on Dec 8, 2017 at 2:58pm PST Born in Nashville, Memphis Aldean Williams weighed in at 9 lbs., 5 oz. on Nov. 1, eight weeks after his famous father was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire from a nearby hotel, killing 58 people and injuring 489. “So blessed today to see my little man come into the world. In a year that has been a rollercoaster ride, this is what it’s all about,” Aldean, 40, said in his announcement of his son’s birth. Memphis is the first child for Kerr Aldean.
The country star has two daughters: 10-year-old Kendyl and 14-year-old Keeley from his previous marriage. The couple, who wed in March 2015, revealed in May that they are expecting their first child together in winter 2017. ???????????????? A post shared by Brittany Aldean (@brittanyaldean) on Dec 6, 2017 at 1:22pm PST As for what Aldean is looking forward to most about being a father to his son, it had nothing to do with music. “My dad and my grandfather used to come down and every year we had a hunting trip that was like a week long,” he said in August, admitting that when he looked “back on those times” he realized “it was something really special.” In fact, Aldean is happy to be joined by another male in his family.
“The first boy in the family on both sides is kind of a special thing for everybody,” the Grammy nominee told revealed at the 2017 CMA Awards in June. “Both sides of our families are full of girls. I have two, my sister’s got three, [Brittany’s] sister has got two, and so there are no boys at all.”
The Texas home owned by NBA star Chris Bosh had all of the hallmarks of a traditional drug trafficking den ... from iron gates to security cameras -- this according to the cops who raided the joint.JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA. has learned.. Bosh's mother, Freida, is listed as a suspect in an alleged crack cocaine and heroin trafficking operation based out of the home Chris owns in DeSoto, Texas. Cops conducted an covert sting operation to obtain evidence -- which included sending an undercover officer to the home on Tuesday to snatch and grab trash bags that had been left outside of the home.
Officials say investigators sifted through the trash and found tons of evidence -- including baggies with cocaine residue, weed paraphernalia, burned joints and mail with Freida's name on it. As for the drug trafficking den -- cops say the home was guarded by a large iron fence and outfitted with security cameras ... "a common tactic for drug traffickers" for obvious reasons. Cops say one of the suspects has a rap sheet that includes violent crime -- including an incident where he was arrested for allegedly shooting a guy in the
face during a drug deal. One law enforcement source tells JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA ... Chris is not suspected of any wrongdoing and his only real connection is the fact he owns the property. So, how the hell did Bosh's mother get mixed up in such a dangerous situation? Unclear at this point. We're told no arrests have been made at this point -- but they could be coming soon.
Lil Peep died from an overdose of Fentanyl and Xanax, according to the toxicology report ... JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA has learned. The Pima County Medical Examiner conducted the testing and found the cause of death came from the "combined toxic effects of fentanyl and alprazolam." Alprazolam is generic form of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. There were a ton of other drugs in his system though. According to the report, obtained by JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA,
he tested positive for marijuana, cocaine and the painkiller Tramadol in his blood. His urine tested positive for all those drugs, plus other powerful opiates such as Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxycodone and Oxymorphone. He had no alcohol in his system. The M.E. says the death was accidental. It's known that combining Fentanyl and Xanax can cause respiratory distress, coma and possibly death. As we reported, the 21-year-old rapper was found dead on his tour bus during a stop in Tucson, Arizona. He was unresponsive and they were unable to revive him.
She's famously known as NBA star Dwyane Wade's wife, however Gabrielle Union has proven she's a savvy businesswoman in her own right. She is a 45-year-old that doesn't look a day over 30 and it turns out that Gabrielle Union is running one of the highest-earning companies in the country. The beautiful actress secretly launched a skincare company last year and has
kept quiet about her successful stint as CEO. Gabrielle admits she purposely avoided publicly announcing her business because she wanted to make sure the company could stand on its own two feet. “I was worried people would just associate it with my famous family and I felt as though that would be a huge disservice to the company.
The products we produce really are life-changing and they deserve to be recognized on their own merit,” Gabrielle explained. The product she's talking about is Avila Ageless Serum which has taken the world by storm. The product is repeatedly selling out within minutes and Gabrielle says her number one struggle as CEO is sourcing enough products to be able to adequately service the demand. “We're forever selling out. Whether it's in stores or online, whenever we re-stock our customers buy out all the products within minutes.” The scintillating success hasn't come easy and Gabrielle admits she spent years of hard work behind the scenes perfecting the products. “I wanted to be able to offer the public a healthy and safe alternative to plastic surgery.
Not only is plastic surgery a very risky option, but it's also not financially achievable for many Americans.” Gabrielle says she was determined to create topical treatments that people could apply in the comfort of their own homes, that would boost their self-esteem and help them feel good about themselves. It appears as though her products have done just that,
with numerous celebrities jumping on board and singing Avila Ageless Serum's praises. “I use Avila Ageless Serum myself and a few of my friends started asking me what was responsible for the huge change in my skin. Word started spreading that way and before I knew it, we had amassed a huge celebrity clientele.”
Steve Harvey is being sued by a guy who claims he was hired by the TV mogul to raise $20 million for the Steve and Marjorie Foundation as well as other ventures and got royally stiffed. Vincent Dimmock claims he struck a deal with Harvey in April to raise the $20 mil, and in return he says he was promised 12.5% of everything he brought in. Dimmock says in the lawsuit he had access to high-level execs, A-list entertainers and political figures including a former President, and he got pledges for $20 mil. According to the suit, Dimmock delivered on the first million but Harvey refused to pay him his commission.
Dimmock claims Harvey never intended to pay him and then goes on to make various allegations. Dimmock says he introduced Harvey to an investor in May, and during their meeting he allegedly disparaged women, blamed Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry for giving him bad financial advice and also blamed Barack Obama for Harvey's "disastrous meeting with Donald Trump." He says Harvey and his foundation were in bad financial shape because of a series of P.R. gaffes,
including mocking Asian men and meeting with Trump. We reached out to Harvey's agent, Todd Frank, who tells JAMZ 101.5 ATLANTA, "It sounds fake. Steve is the most loyal guy in the world. I've never been stiffed on a commission from Steve Harvey in 21 years."
Federal prosecutors sought a life sentence, arguing Slater, then a North Charleston police officer, had committed second-degree murder and also should be punished for obstructing justice by providing the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division with false statements. Slager, 36, shot Scott five times in the back "for running away, simply for having a broken taillight," Jared Fishman of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division told the court in his closing statement this week. It's "time to call it what it was -- a murder," Fishman said, specifying second-degree murder. But defense attorney Andy Savage argued that while Slager's actions were criminal, they did not amount to murder.
The appropriate offense was voluntary manslaughter, Slager's attorneys said. A probation officer had recommended Slager be sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison. Norton recognized that neither the Scott family nor the Slager family likely would be pleased with his punishment, adding that sentencing is the hardest facet of his more than 27 years on the bench. Slager has 14 days to appeal. In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed his condolences to the Scott family and stressed the duty police officers have to uphold the law and protect citizens. "Officers who violate anyone's rights also violate their oaths of honor, and they tarnish the names of the vast majority of officers, who do incredible work," he said. "Those who enforce our laws must also bide by them -- and this Department of Justice will hold accountable anyone who violates the civil rights of our fellow Americans."
Before the sentence was announced, Scott's family addressed the court and gave the judge their victim impact statements. Judy Scott broke down in tears as she recalled the memory of her son. "If you met him, you would like him," she said. "I didn't know anyone who didn't like him." Speaking to Slager, Scott also said she forgave the former officer, a sentiment echoed by Walter Scott's brother, Anthony Scott. "I miss my brother, and our family will never be the same," he said. "Until I got the help I needed, it helped me to release the pain of losing my brother. God gave forgiveness in my heart for Officer Slager." Members of Slager's family also provided statements to the court in an effort to lessen the sentence.
They shared with the court a portrait of a young man who became a police officer and went into public service out of an intense desire to help people. His mother, Karen Sharpe, told the court he was a wonderful son, husband and father. "This will be in his heart for the rest of his life and will never, ever go away," she said through her tears. "He's a very, very good person and he'll think of this for the rest of his life." Slager's wife, Jamie, asked the judge for mercy for her husband. "My heart breaks that things cannot be changed," she said. Slager, looking haggard in a gray-and-white prison jumpsuit with his wrists shackled to his waist, gave his own testimony. For the past 31 months, he said, he had thought about the moment he opened fire. "Walter Scott is no longer with his family, and I'm responsible for that,"
Slager said, adding the Scott family would be forever changed without Walter. "I'm standing here before you taking responsibility for my actions." The Scott family said at the subsequent press conference that Slager had sought to make amends with them. "He apologized to the family," said Rodney Scott, another of Walter's brothers. "He called each and every last one of our names in court today and apologized. So who are we not to forgive?" The attorneys praised Norton's decision, but said it was "only the beginning." "Yes, this is a sense of justice here," said Justin Bamberg, an attorney and state legislator. "But the fight for justice can't stop here, and we all owe it to ourselves and those around us to continue to fight to make the system better.
50 Cent just won a huge legal victory when a judge threw out a lawsuit where he was accused of ripping off someone else's work to create his hit show, "Power." Two guys wrote a play called "Dangerous" which they claimed was eerily like "Power." The story line involved a drug dealer who engaged in violence, launders money and attempts to stave off prosecution. The court said these are common elements that are in the public domain
and "One need only look to such shows and movies as The Wire, Empire, Breaking Bad, Narcos, Weeds, Carlito's Way, American Gangster, New Jack City, Scarface and Paid in Full." So, 2 things we know ... 50 Cent won big, and the judge sure knows his TV shows and movies.
Meek Mill has officially appealed the decision that just landed him in prison for 2 to 4 years. In legal docs, obtained by JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA, Meek's lawyer laid out the groundwork for asking a higher court to free the rapper, on grounds the judge was unfair and biased against him. As we reported, Meek's attorneys claim
Judge Genece Brinkley had it out for Meek after he refused to change managers -- she allegedly was chummy with the one she was pushing -- and she also allegedly tried in vain to get Meek to record a Boyz II Men song and give her a shout-out. Meek's lawyers have ordered a full transcript to show the appeals court the judge was prejudiced.
Meghan Markle is about to get a crash course on being a royal -- from knowing the rules of curtsying to handling herself at State events -- and we've learned her teacher is her fiance, Harry. Meghan has a million things to learn, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl. Just a few examples, she has to know the curtsy rules ... she has to bend for the Queen, Kate, Beatrice, Eugenie and others. She needs to know how to address dignitaries, and the rules of royal fashion. She needs to know how to handle herself at State dinners.
She also has to learn royal etiquette at the table ... how to hold conversations, and on and on. Harry knows the drill because he's been around it since birth, so he's the perfect mentor. There are silly little no-no's Meghan needs to understand. We're told one thing that she'll have to lose is her love of selfies with fans. It's just not done. Diana ran afoul of the rules early on when she wore a revealing black gown for an event with Princess Grace. In royal-dom, all black outfits are reserved for funerals and mourning. And get this ...
we're told Harry started giving Meghan royal homework months ago, which means he knew she was a keeper. We're guessing Meghan will have a few books on her nightstand, like Katie Nicholl's upcoming book, "Harry: Love, Life, Loss." It's a learning process for sure, but she has to have everything down pat by May 26 ... when she and Harry get hitched.
Meek Mill is seriously cleaning up while he's in prison, bouncing between several different jobs ... and doing it at a rate light-years from his rap dough. Meek's serving his 2 to 4 years at Pennsylvania's SCI Chester ... where he's part of the general labor crew, getting his hands very dirty. A prison rep tells us Meek cleans the cell block, tidies up prison grounds and washes dishes. He also cooks food and serves it up,
too! He does it all with a smile, apparently, while earning just 19 cents per hour. The rep says he's a model inmate who gets some juicy perks due to good behavior. Meek gets access to electrical and carpentry shops, and he's waitlisted for some therapy courses. Lemonade from lemons, for sure. We still think he'd rather be poppin' bottles.
A day after unveiling the Air Jordan 9 NRG boot in olive, today Jordan Brand presents a brand new iteration of the boot in a fan-favorite colorway. Set to release in all-black, Jordan Brand gears up to launch the second version of their Air Jordan 9 NRG boot. The latest version of the Air Jordan 9 sneaker boot is dressed in an all-black upper. Inspired by the popular Retro 9 iteration, the brand new Jumpman shoe features a black leather canvas with metal eyelets and a bulky, durable all-terrain outsole in a gum colorway. In addition,
Jordan Brand's signature Jumpman logos are featured on the tongue and heel, completing the sneakers overall look. The Air Jordan 9 NRG in black and gum has yet to receive a release date, but keep it locked with JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA in the days to come to find out more info behind this release and future Air Jordan 9 NRG boot releases. In related Jordan Brand news, yesterday the Jumpman unveiled the very first iteration of their Air Jordan 9 NRG boot in an olive colorway.
If ya want some California love from Tupac Shakur, it's about to go on sale -- a full frontal shot of the rap legend dropping trou. The photo was taken in the middle of a 1990 house party in Marin County. We're told Pac would frequently try to shock his pals by exposing his twig, berries and the vast surrounding shrubbery. Hey, it was a much different time.
This particular night ... we're told Pac's gf at the time threatened to snap a photo if he didn't cover up. Of course, he didn't back down, and the d**k pic was born. We're told the ex wants to privately sell it for $7,500. A rock 'n' roll auction house is accepting offers, but if she can't get the asking price, the woman plans to let it go to the highest bidder. There are other party pics she's planning to sell, but Tupac's fully clothed. Save your scratch for the big show ... we ain't mad at cha.
ATLANTA — For the second time in eight years, the mayoralty of the South’s most influential city is likely to head to a recount. Fewer than 800 votes separated Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood after local officials tallied more than 92,000 ballots that were cast in a runoff election on Tuesday, according to unofficial returns. The margin was narrow enough that Ms. Norwood, seeking to become Atlanta’s first white mayor in more than 40 years, said she would ask for a recount. But Ms. Bottoms and her allies declared victory early Wednesday. “This has been a very, very, very long campaign, but as we look ahead toward the future,
I look forward to engaging with each of you, making sure that our city continues to move forward,” she said. “And for those who did not support me, I look forward to working with you as well because this is still a city for all of us.” It was a head-spinning night in the Georgia capital for Ms. Bottoms and Ms. Norwood, who traded leads after a fractious campaign in which race was a persistent undercurrent.
But the call for a recount lent it a surreal edge: In 2009, Ms. Norwood sought a recount when she trailed in the mayoral election. Ms. Norwood ultimately lost that race, by 714 votes, to Kasim Reed. Early Wednesday, Ms. Bottoms’s lead was 759 votes — or about 0.8 percent of the vote, within the range in which a candidate is allowed to ask for a recount.
MIAMI — A Miami man accused of child abuse is using Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law to try to prevail against charges that he hit a 5-year-old boy he says was "armed" with a tennis racquet. The accused is tennis instructor Osmailer Torres, who was arrested in July 2016 after Miami police said he took away the boy's pint-size racquet and hit him with it — giving the child a bruise on the right arm and a lump on his eyebrow. Surveillance video captured the incident on the playground at Miami's First Presbyterian Church. But Torres, 30, says the blow was inadvertent as he tried to rescue other students in harm's way. In a motion asking a judge for "immunity," his defense lawyer said the boy was the "initial aggressor" and had been involved in "various violent altercations" against fellow students.
That day, after being separated from other kids, the boy lifted a racquet "in the air and was poised to strike again against the other students and Mr. Torres." It's the latest case of a defendant asking a judge to throw out a criminal case under Florida's controversial law, which makes it easier for courts to clear people who swear they had no choice but to use violence. Defense lawyer Eduardo Pereira told the Miami Herald that Torres acted "reasonably in trying to prevent harm" to others — and had no idea his racquet hit the boy. "This was always viewed as an accident by the child and the school staff but is being treated as something more for reasons unknown," said Pereira, who described his client as a "soft-spoken and professional" Sunday school teacher who
has never before been in trouble with the law. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts will consider the claim at an "immunity" hearing early next year. Prosecutors are fighting the claim, saying the video shows that "at no point did the 5-year-old child approach any of the other children in an aggressive manner" and that the child didn't believe it was an accident. The little boy can be seen holding his arm in pain. "It is the state's position that (Torres) was not acting under the imminent threat of danger to himself or others," Assistant State Attorney Gabriela Plasencia wrote in response to the motion. Law enforcement has long railed against Florida's 2005 stand your ground law, which critics say fosters vigilante culture while giving criminals a pass. The law, pushed by the politically powerful National Rifle Association, eliminated a
citizen's duty to retreat before using violence to meet a threat of death or great bodily harm. The Florida law came under national scrutiny in 2012 after police cited it for not initially arresting Sanford neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was eventually charged with murder, then was acquitted by a jury at trial. The law also allowed judges — using a loose legal standard and before jurors ever hear the case — to grant "immunity" to someone who claims self-defense. Over the years, South Florida judges have tossed out murder charges against defendants who killed people armed only with fists, karate skills and even a bag full of car radios.
Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers again rankled law enforcement when they revised the law, shifting the burden to prosecutors and forcing them to disprove a defendant's claim of self-defense in a pretrial hearing. A Miami judge ruled the Legislature overstepped its authority, a legal fight that is working its way through higher courts.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Authorities charged a man Tuesday in connection with the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after Wright's bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb. Billy Turner, 46, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder, and was being held on $1 million bond, said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. Court records did not list a lawyer for him or a date for a court hearing. Weirich and Police Director Michael Rallings declined to discuss any details of the arrest or investigation. Wright's body was found in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010, 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He was shot multiple times.
The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department's most high-profile unsolved cases. Wright's mother, Deborah Marion, had told news outlets recently that she was not giving up hope as the search for her son's killer dragged on. She told WREG-TV in Memphis on Tuesday that she had been told an arrest was made. "Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus," she said. "You gotta pray for what you want and that's what I did." Marion said she doesn't know Turner. Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Memphis.
The 6-foot-11 (210-centimeter) Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams as a forward and center over 13 seasons before retiring in 2009. He averaged 8 points per game and more than 6 rebounds per game during his career. Born and raised in Memphis, he was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father's involvement as a coach in summer leagues. Former NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found. The father of six was last seen on July 18, 2011, as he left the home of his ex-wife, Sherra Wright. According to an affidavit, Sherra Wright told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs. Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to "flip something for $110,000," the document said. Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left her home in a car with a person she could not identify. The affidavit said Sherra Wright gave the statements to police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, where she lives, on July 27 -- nine days after he left her house for the last time.
In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright's cellphone. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped. Dispatchers said they didn't alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn't confirm it came from their jurisdiction. They didn't send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later. Wright's mother filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on July 22, 2010. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication
kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report. Wright's body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright's skull, chest and right forearm. The corpse was badly decomposed, weighing 57 pounds (25 kilograms). Wright's playing weight was around 225 pounds (100 kilograms).
A man named Billy Turner has been arrested and charged for the murder of Lorenzen Wright ?... over 7 years after the NBA vet was shot and killed in a Memphis suburb ... and we have the mug shot. The Memphis Police Department and Shelby County District Attorney's office held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that Turner, 46, had been indicted and charged with the 1st-degree murder of Wright.
Turner is currently in custody on a $1 million bond. Lorenzen's remains were found in a wooded area on July 28, 2010 ... 10 days after the 34-year-old was last seen leaving his ex-wife's residence in Collierville, Tennessee. The case went cold for years ... but there was a major break last month when cops discovered the gun they believed was used to kill Wright ... in a lake about 50 miles from Wright's body. Lorenzen was a star at the University of Memphis, and played 14 seasons in the NBA -- including 5 with his hometown Memphis Grizzlies.
JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA has learned Naya Rivera has filed for divorce ... this after she was arrested for allegedly hitting her husband, Ryan Dorsey. Naya cites irreconcilable differences for ending her 3-year marriage to the actor. In her legal docs, filed by "Disso Queen" Laura Wasser, she's asking for joint custody of 2-year-old Josey. She also wants the court to block either of them from getting spousal support. Naya previously filed for divorce in November 2016 but later dismissed it.
Sources tell us the arrest over Thanksgiving weekend was the last straw for her. As TMZ reported, Naya was arrested Nov. 25 for domestic battery after allegedly hitting Ryan in the head over a dispute involving their son. Interestingly, she lists the date of separation as Nov. 24. Our sources say it's not the first time the police got involved in their marriage. We're told Naya called the cops on Ryan 3 times during their marriage.
Broadway isn’t just for stage actors. Singer Kandi Burruss announced she’ll be part of the cast of “Chicago,” and she joins a slew of other vocalists who have been apart of the 21-year-old show. But that’s not the only musical that has attracted superstars. Listen below to see your favorite celebrities in action. Kandi Burruss Xscape member and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta Star” Kandi Burruss is no stranger to the stage. She put on her own play, “A Mother’s Love,” in 2014. If her emotional performance back then is any indication, she’ll be a hit while playing Matron “Mama” Morton for her debut Broadway stint from Jan. 15 – March 11, 2018.
Jennifer Hudson Vocal powerhouse and “The Voice” coach Jennifer Hudson played Shug Avery during the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple” beginning in 2015. She departed the production in May 2016, but it was actually her third stage performance. JHud appeared in “Hair” and “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Fantasia Like JHud, fellow “American Idol” alum Fantasia has also appeared in “The Color Purple.” The singer played Celie in the Broadway production of the acclaimed novel and hit film beginning in 2007 and ended after the 2008 New Year. Brandy Singer Brandy recently completed a second stint as part of the Broadway cast of “Chicago.” Resuming the role of Roxy Hart, Bran returned for 17 shows in August after completing a four-month run on the musical in 2015.
Usher Singer Usher also appeared in “Chicago” beginning in 2006. Usher played Billy Flynn in his Bway debut but the run ended after two months when strep throat sidelined the star. He hasn’t stepped back into musical theater since then, but he’s acted as Sugar Ray Leonard in the biopic, “Hands of Stone.”
LiAngelo Ball has withdrawn from the UCLA men's basketball team upon request of his father, Lavar, according to JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 RADIO ATLANTA and ESPN. "We are exploring other options with Gelo," LaVar Ball told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. "He's out of there." LiAngelo Ball, 18, was in his freshman year but did not play a game for the Bruins. He was one of three players suspended indefinitely after being arrested for shoplifting on a trip to China before the team's season opener against Georgia Tech. LiAngelo is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who played just one season at UCLA before declaring for the NBA draft.
LaVar Ball also pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High School in favor of home-schooling him for the final two years before college. LaMelo spent much of his summer playing for the Big Ballers AAU basketball team, which is coached by LaVar. LaMelo is committed to UCLA as part of the 2019 class. The news comes on the same day that ESPN reported that the Los Angeles Lakers have implemented a post-game policy that prohibits media members to interview guests or family members of players after games. LaVar Ball is one of the most vocal sports figures in Los Angeles and has been openly critical of the team and the coaching staff.
Xscape is the group's name but Tamika Scott could barely make it out of the jumpsuit she was wearing onstage over the weekend, instead going down like a pile of bricks. The foursome was playing the Spectrum Center Saturday in Charlotte when, during the dance break for "Hot Boy" ... Tamika had a wardrobe malfunction of epic proportions.
Scott, Tiny, Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott and their dancers start off strong, barely missing a step, until it's time for the top layer to come off. Looks like a chair got in the way ...
and gotta hand it to Tamika, she recovered like a pro. But still worth watching. Repeatedly. SHARE ON FACEBOOK
Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of L.A. just won $15 million. Katy had a deal to buy a convent from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It's unclear, but it looks like Katy want to use the convent as a home. Thing is, a restaurant owner named Dana Hollister claimed she had already bought the convent from 2 nuns.
The Archdiocese went to the nuns and said they had no right to sell the property. That launched a 2-year battle over who had the right to sell the property. The jury determined Katy and the Archdiocese had the valid deal and were damaged because it never went through. Katy got $5 million from Hollister and the Archdiocese got $10 million which represented the profit it would have made off Katy.
French Montana's birthday party at his Calabasas, Calif., home last month made the news because of a fight that broke out between two women during the shindig. Now, more information is coming out about another incident that allegedly happened at the function. A woman called 911 from the party and claimed she'd been drugged and assaulted. JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA has obtained the 911 call where the woman tries to explain her story to the operator, but struggles to do so. "This guy keeps pushing me," she repeats. "At French Montana's house. They gave us drugs. They took our shoes and they kicked us out," the woman attempts to explain. "These guys tried to rape us. They literally kicked us out naked and they hit us," she goes on.
The woman tells the operator she wants police to arrive, and she wants to press charges, but has a very difficult time giving her location. According to JAMZ, police arrived on the scene and didn't see any evidence to back up the accuser's claims. They left without making any arrests. It's worth noting, there is no mention of French Montana being involved in the allegations directly, and the Bronx rapper is not being accused. As previously reported, cops were also called out to the home after two women began fighting at the house. Police and EMTs arrived a short time later and evaluated the women's minor injuries. Alcohol seemed to clearly be involved. No arrests were made in that incident, and the two women involved in the disturbance were made to leave the property. JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA has reached out to French Montana's team at Epic Records for comment.
A young mother and mail carrier who had only begun working for the United States Postal Service three weeks ago was fatally shot Friday evening outside a post office in Decatur, Georgia, JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA confirms. Tyrika Terrell, 22, was shot in the head in the parking lot of the Wesley Chapel Post Office, according to a statement from Clifton Bell, the spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service’s Atlanta Field Office. Authorities tell JAMZ RADIO the investigation into the death is being handled by Postal Inspectors — the law enforcement branch of the USPS — with assistance from the DeKalb Police Department. After being shot,
Terrell was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where she was pronounced dead. Bell’s statement, provided to JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA, emphasizes the investigation is ongoing, and that investigators cannot reveal more details about the case. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Terrell’s relatives pay for her unexpected funeral. In a message posted to the page, her mother, Eugenia Terrell-Grant, says Rika, as she was known to relatives, became a mother just six months ago, after giving birth to her daughter, Tkyrra. Local ABC affiliate WSB-TV spoke to two alleged witnesses, who said they heard four shots coming from the loading dock at the post office at the time of the fatal incident.
The witnesses, who are not named in the report, further claim to have seen a man who appeared he was tracking someone’s movements in a laundromat across the street from the post office that same evening. “I noticed it was something because he kept peeping out the window like he was looking for something or somebody,” one witness told the station. Efforts to reach Terrell’s family were unsuccessful Wednesday. Authorities are asking that anyone with any information about the shooting call (877) 876-2455 and ask to speak to an Atlanta USPS inspector.
Lowell Hawthorne, the founder and CEO of the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, most famous for its Jamaican beef patties, has died of anapparent suicide, according to law enforcement. He was 57 years old. Hawthorne reportedly shot himself inside of his Bronx, N.Y., factory about 5:30 pm on Saturday. Many familiar with Golden Krust also became acquainted with Hawthorne himself thanks to a 2016 Undercover Boss episode in which he starred. Lowell Hawthorne on the one year anniversary of the Undercover Boss episode. The New York Post reports that Lowell emigrated to the United States from Jamaica and opened the first Golden Krust store in the Bronx in 1989. Hawthorne,
his wife Lorna, four of his siblings and their spouses, reportedly pooled their money to get the store off the ground. At the time of his death, Golden Krust operated or franchised 120 locations in nine states. Many of his employees reacted with sadness and shock of his passing. “The Jamaican people, they feel it. All of us are Jamaican. We lost a Jamaican, we feel it,” said three-year-employee John Harrison to the New York Post Hanaku Oxori, who had worked at the plant for 17 years, said thesuicide was “a surprise.” “We saw him every day. He talks to everyone.He was always in a good mood,’’ he added. The founder of the fast food empire was chairman of the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (UWI), according
to the Jamaica Gleaner. In 2000, he won the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the accounting firm Ernst & Young. Hawthorne also wrote a book, The Baker’s Son: My Life in Business, published in 2012. Hawthorne is survived by his wife Lorna and his four children who all worked for the company: Daren, a lawyer who’s corporate counsel; Omar, director of franchising; Monique who runs the company’s foundation and Haywood, vice president of manufacturing.
The woman who called 911 from French Montana's birthday party claimed someone loaded her up with drugs, then tossed her out of the house naked, but her biggest concern seemed to be getting out of Calabasas. JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA obtained the call placed last month from French's crib, where his 33rd birthday celebration went into the wee hours. The woman struggled to provide details ... first claiming to be in Beverly Hills,
then telling the 911 operator she was texting photos. The poor operator had to tell the caller, several times, you can't send pics, ma'am. When asked what's around her, all she could say was, "Calabasas." The caller did drop some outrageous allegations -- claiming she'd been raped and punched. Law enforcement sources tell us responding cops found no evidence to support the allegations and made no arrests. They did find 2 women who'd been fighting and, as we reported, told them to leave. The full call goes nearly 10 minutes
Outside a West Side medical clinic late last summer, a fed-up Tyler Lumar told Chicago police he'd had enough. Officers were called to the East Garfield Park clinic after Lumar, a 22-year-old with asthma there for a first visit after his longtime doctor died, yelled and allegedly threatened a physician who refused to refill his cough medicine prescription, then tossed papers on the floor and said he would come back and shoot the place up, according to a police report. "I'm so tired of racism, bro," Lumar said outside the clinic, according to a Chicago police squad car dashcam recording of the encounter, alleging the incident began when the doctor accused Lumar, who has no criminal record, of reselling his prescription drugs. "That's racial profiling. I don't gangbang, I went to Oak Park and River Forest (High School). I played baseball." Police let Lumar go without charges, but moments later the same officers stopped him as he walked down Madison Street, records show. They arrested him because a western Illinois county had issued a warrant over an overdue $25 payment in a misdemeanor traffic case but had failed to remove the warrant when Lumar paid up. Less than 24 hours later, the father of one attempted to hang himself in a Harrison District police holding cell, police said. As a result, he's suffered massive brain injuries and can no longer move or speak; he's spent the past year on life support, racking up medical bills of about $2 million. Meantime, his family has tried to determine why he was kept locked up overnight on a low-level warrant even though he had the cash, according to an arrest report, to bail himself out. They have filed a federal lawsuit alleging
Lumar was wrongfully detained and that Chicago police failed to check on him every 15 minutes in his cell - even falsifying the inspection logs, a record-keeping breach the lawsuit says is a common police practice in Chicago. "My son never should've been there (in a police lockup)," his mother, Lisa Alcorn, a Verizon Wireless training manager from River Forest, said in an interview as tears streamed down her face. The case is not only another example of the city's and county's alleged failure to keep nonviolent offenders from languishing in jails - an issue experts say disproportionately affects the poor and minorities - but also highlights the
tightrope that defendants walk even in misdemeanor cases, where a slightly late payment can land someone in jail. Lumar's longtime girlfriend, Casey Tecate, 23, who once thought of becoming a cop herself, said "it definitely is scary; it goes to show it could literally happen to anybody. I feel like they, meaning the police, just don't ... look at certain people as people. They're just like 'Oh (this is) some person from the West Side of Chicago.' They weren't looking at him as Tyler Lumar: a dad, a brother, a son." She spends part of most days in a Des Plaines rehab hospital with the now 23-year-old man she had planned to marry. Sometimes Tecate brings their daughter, Savannah, now 4. Alcorn, who visits her son after work, said she hopes the lawsuit will not only help the family pay for Lumar's medical care but change how Chicago police treat those they arrest.
"In Chicago, you should be scared for your son," she said. Her lawsuit alleges Chicago police wrongfully detained Lumar, concealed from Lumar the fact that he could have bonded himself out and were "deliberately indifferent" to his medical needs by failing to check on him every 15 minutes as required. The city is responsible, too, the lawsuit alleges, because it ignored the widespread police practice of falsifying cell inspection records. The Cook County sheriff's office, which briefly housed Lumar in the county jail, is also being sued. Attorneys for the city and its police officers say they did nothing wrong and have asked a judge to dismiss the case. "Plaintiff has failed to plead that Lumar's suicide attempt was a constitutional deprivation instead of just a tragic decision by Lumar himself," the police officers' attorneys wrote in a recent court filing.
In response to Tribune inquiries, Chicago police did not say why Lumar remained locked up despite having the cash in his pocket to bond out. A traffic violation in western Illinois, and trouble in Chicago On a 2015 weekend trip to see a friend in western Illinois, Lumar was pulled over and ticketed for driving with a suspended license by authorities in Lee County, which includes Dixon. He pleaded guilty a month later and was assessed $673 in court costs. He paid a chunk upfront and then submitted $25 monthly payments - all of them on time - for a year before making his June 2016 payment five days late, according to the lawsuit. Lee County authorities issued an arrest warrant two days after his payment was due. It didn't rescind the warrant after receiving the June payment along with on-time payments for July and August, according to the lawsuit. Soon after Lumar's arrest in Chicago, police there contacted Lee County about the warrant and learned it carried a $500 bond, the lawsuit says. The way the system works, he could have posted 10 percent - $50 - and gone home. Lumar had $130 on
him, according to the arrest report. But for unknown reasons, Chicago police put an extradition hold on him - meaning he would be jailed while waiting for Lee County to pick him up - "falsely stating" on an arrest report that the bond information wasn't available, according to the lawsuit. "If this were a rich white kid, they would've gladly taken his $50 and let him walk," said Alcorn's attorney, Eileen O'Connor. The next day, while he was in a Cook County Jail bullpen waiting to go to court, a sheriff's officer found a packet of crack cocaine near Lumar, according to the lawsuit. But security video shows another inmate removing the item from his shoe and tossing it next to Lumar, O'Connor says. Police had searched Lumar at least eight times prior without finding drugs, according to the lawsuit. Now facing narcotics charges, Lumar was returned to the Harrison District around 11 a.m. as part of a police investigation into the drug case at the jail, according to the lawsuit. Nine minutes later, he was found hanging from his own shirt inside
Cellblock E2. Later that day, as Lumar lay in an intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago police announced they were releasing him from custody and that no charges would be filed. His family was then on the hook for his medical bills. In Lumar's third-floor hospital room, the days are marked by the whir of a ventilator and the sun's slow course across a pair of windows overlooking a cluster of two-story apartments. "Don't Give Up" say the plastic letters arranged on one window. Lumar grew up in Aurora, a larger-than-life personality who loved baseball, taught himself to play "Purple Rain" on the piano as a child and loved dancing so much his godmother made him a black sequined Michael Jackson jacket. His mom later moved the family - Lumar has a younger sister - to Oak Park. His father lives in Atlanta.
Now his family is grateful that he opens his eyes when they arrive. Though he's unable to speak or move, sometimes he will grasp a hand, move a finger on command or shed tears when they show him videos of himself - dancing at weddings, acting goofy and making everyone around him laugh, his family says. Tecate reads to him most days, and when she recently began crying as she read a romance novel, he cried too, she said. Lumar and Tecate have been together since they were 16-year-old sophomores at Oak Park and River Forest High School and Lumar cut off his dreads for Tecate, who preferred a clean-cut look. Within a year, the couple, who attended separate colleges, knew they'd be married one day and had each other's names tattooed on their torsos. Before their daughter was born in their freshman year, they each added another tattoo of her name. Until they began dating, Tecate's only experience with
cops was chatting with her father's friends. She soon saw racial disparity in police treatment firsthand - if Lumar drove, they were sometimes pulled over and searched, something that didn't happen when she was behind the wheel. "He was always superrespectful to them, so it never crossed my mind it could happen to him," Tecate said. "It goes to show it could literally happen to anybody." After Lumar's devastating injuries, Tecate got a single word tattooed on her body: Faith. Some days she wants to stay asleep and live in the dreams where he's up and talking. But on others she can still see a future where Lumar is playing with their daughter again. "I want to come home and find chocolate stains in my bed because he let her eat M&Ms in my bed. Things that used to bother me, I want it all back."
Tyga's clothing brand shop got busted into, and cops are investigating ... JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us ... someone broke into the rapper's Last Kings flagship store in L.A. either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
We're told it was a forced entry and various clothing items were jacked. An employee showed up to open the store Saturday, discovered the burglary and alerted police. Cops say as of now ...
there are no suspects and the value of what's been stolen is unclear.
XXXTentacion thought he was catching a huge break in his domestic violence case, but it looks like prosecutors are shutting that door on him ... JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTAhas learned. The rapper and his attorneys submitted a document on Friday they say was signed by his ex -- the woman he allegedly beat while she was pregnant. According to the doc, obtained by JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA, she's now refusing to cooperate with prosecutors and wants the case to go away.
It wouldn't guarantee XXX is off the hook, but it would make it more difficult to convict him. However, Miami-Dade prosecutors are calling BS, telling the judge they doubt the ex-girlfriend really signed the doc. They also say, even IF she did, it doesn't stop them from going forward with prosecution. Bottom line, all signs point to the D.A.'s Office pushing forward.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are giving friends and family an extra day to recover from their wedding because they're reportedly tying the knot over Memorial Day Weekend. The wedding date is set for Saturday, May 26 ... according to one British tabloid. That would work out perfectly not only for their American guests, but also the Brits.
That Monday is a Bank Holiday in the UK. As we reported, they're getting hitched at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle outside of London. If you're a Royal fam fan ... plan your holiday accordingly.
Someone crook pretended to be Britney Spears' manager and got her record label to send a bunch of yet-to-be-released music ... JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA has learned.. According to docs obtained by TMZ ... the suspect impersonated Larry Rudolph, Brit's longtime manager, and emailed RCA Records to ask for tracks that at the time were unreleased. The person went so far as to create email@example.com ... which is
not Larry's actual email address. Didn't matter ... RCA reps got duped and uploaded 49 digital files. In all, law enforcement says the culprit nabbed 12 tracks intended for Britney's album, "Glory," which was released in August 2016 ... shortly after this caper. Law enforcement obtained search warrants in October 2016 and June 2017 to search AOL and Microsoft records for the suspect's email account -- and they now have a suspect.
They say he's an attorney who's studying intellectual property law at UCLA. There goes the Dean's List ... allegedly. The case is still under investigation. We spoke to the suspect, and his attorney, and they say the authorities have the wrong guy.
John Cena is on Ford's $#&% list for allegedly flipping his new $500k '17 Ford GT -- violating a contract with the company -- and they're takin' him to court. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan, Cena was "selected from thousands of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the Ford GT." Ford says Cena signed a deal in which he agreed to hold onto the car for at least 2 years ... prior to unloading it. However,
Ford claims, soon after receiving the car, Cena flipped it for a big profit. "Mr. Cena has unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip of the vehicle, and Ford has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale." Ford is demanding that Cena hands over all the profit from the sale, as well as other damages. According to the suit, for his part, Cena told the company he sold the car, along with other property, to pay bills.
Ford is demanding that Cena hands over all the profit from the sale, as well as other damages. According to the suit, for his part, Cena told the company he sold the car, along with other property, to pay bills. FYI -- Cena ain't the only celeb who's had the GT ... Justin Verlander and Joey Logano also own the whip.
JAY Z is opening up about dealing with deeply personal issues. In an intimate Q&A with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, the 47-year-old rapper opens up about therapy, and the issues that led to him to being unfaithful in his marriage to Beyonce. JAY Z reveals that he was able to find a good therapist through friends of his. "I grew so much from the experience," he shares. "But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at such a ... you're at such an advantage. You know, you realize that if someone's racist toward you, it ain't about you. It's about their upbringing and what happened to them, and how that led them to this point. You know, most bullies bully. It just happens.
'Oh, you got bullied as a kid so you trying to bully me.' I understand." "And once I understand that, instead of reacting to that with anger, I can provide a softer landing and maybe, 'Aw, man, is you O.K.?'" he continues. "I was just saying there was a lot of fights in our neighborhood that started with, 'What you looking at? Why you looking at me? You looking at me?' And then you realize: 'Oh, you think I see you. You’re in this space where you’re hurting, and you think I see you, so you don’t want me to look at you. And you don’t want me to see you.'" JAY Z says it's this attitude that led him to "shut down emotionally" when it came to his relationships, specifically, with women. "You have to survive," he explains.
"So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions. So, even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect. ... In my case, like, it's deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity." JAY Z says he and Beyonce never sat down and planned both of their latest albums, Lemonade and 4:44, to be confessionals about their marriage. "It didn't happen in that way," he stresses. "We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So, her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. We still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, 'I’m making this album.' I was right there the entire time." Not surprisingly,
he admits that listening to the music made them both "very, very uncomfortable." "But the best place in the hurricane is in the middle of it," he shares. "The best place is right in the middle of the pain. And that's where we were sitting. And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another's craft. I think she's amazing." "You know, most people walk away, and, like, divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves," he says of his marriage to Beyonce. "The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself." During the candid interview, JAY Z also talks about his rocky relationship with Kanye West. West reportedly left Tidal in July over a money dispute, and last October, West publicly slammed JAY Z during a concert rant. "I [talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he's my brother," he reveals. "I love Kanye. I do. It's a complicated relationship with us."
"'Cause, you know — Kanye came into this business on my label," he continues. "So I've always been like his big brother. And we're both entertainers. It's always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother. And we both love and respect each other's art, too. So it's like, we both -- everyone wants to be the greatest in the world. You know what I'm saying? And then there's like a lot of other factors that play in it. But it's gonna, we gonna always be good." Still, Jay Z admits there's currently tension between the two. "But that happens," he stresses. "In the long relationship, you know, hopefully when we're 89 we look at this six months or whatever time and we laugh at that. There's gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through. And the only way to get through that is we sit down and have a dialogue and say, 'These are the things that I'm uncomfortable with.
These are the things that are unacceptable to me. This is what I feel.' I'm sure he feels that I've done things to him as well. I'm not a perfect human being by no stretch." While JAY Z calls West "highly evolved," he hints that West's behavior is at least part of what led to the problems brewing between the two. "[West is] a very compassionate person. And a lot of times he get in trouble trying to help others," he muses. "So, I can identify with it. It's just that there's certain things that happened that's not really acceptable to me. ... And we just need to speak about it. But there's genuine love there." JAY Z received a whopping eight 2018 GRAMMY nominations for 4:44, which were announced on Monday. The rapper is competing in three major categories -- Album of the Year, Record of the Year ("The Story of O.J.") and Song of the Year ("4:44").
Now, nearly three years later, the dexterous rapper has revealed that she was in the hospital the night before the record-breaking performance, and had a moment of uncertainty. “#Fact no1 knew I was in the hospital the night before I had to perform at the SuperBowl,” Elliott tweeted Wednesday, adding that she was “SO SHOOK” when she ultimately took the stage and heard the opening notes of her 2001 hit “Get Ur Freak On.”
“I will NEVER forget this night & I’m 4ever HUMBLED,” she said. While the Grammy winner didn’t attribute that hospitalization to it, she was diagnosed in 2008 with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune illness affecting the thyroid. She opened up to PEOPLE about her condition in 2011, saying she felt “great.” “I’ve been off medication for about a year and I’m completely managing the condition through diet and exercise.”
JAMZ 101.5 HD2 has learned Meek Mill has 99 problems and a wrongful death lawsuit against him and Jay-Z's Roc Nation is one of them. Meek and Roc Nation are being sued by the family of Jaquan Graves, who was gunned down in a parking lot outside a Connecticut concert venue back in December. According to the lawsuit, Graves
had just left the facility when gunfire erupted and he was struck and killed. The suit claims Meek and Roc Nation "allowed thugs to remain on the premises, after exhibiting disorderly, disruptive, argumentative, angry and/or agitated behavior toward patrons." There was a second victim and his family has also filed a lawsuit against Meek. The estate is suing for unspecified damages.
Adidas and Kanye West continued their partnership with the release of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 2.0. Sold out in a matter of minutes after its release, the silhouette was said to be discontinued after its initial drop, but according to Yeezy Mafia, the coveted sneakers will make a return for a final release starting tomorrow. The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 2.0 is a familiar silhouette to a lot of sneakerheads.
Taking cues from the Beluga pair that was released last year, this new version of the shoe, will feature adidas' signature PrimeKnit material in a heather gray upper with hits of black across the canvas. Complemented by an orange colorway on the "SPLY-350" branding and heel tab, this new iteration of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 stays true to the sneaker's aesthetics. One slight change sneakerheads will notice about this 350 V2 model,
is the missing matching stripe that's been symbolic with the previous 350 V2 releases, indicating a possible change moving forward with the V2 silhouette. The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga 2.0 is set to re-release tomorrow, Nov. 29, at adidas.com and YEEZY.supply.
Rihanna's getting honored with her own street in Barbados and it's the very same one she grew up on. The Government of Barbados will officially change Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive Thursday in honor of RiRi.
The sign's already up, but Thursday there's going to be an official name changing ceremony and the "Kiss it Better" singer is expected to show face. Rihanna lived at the home until the age of 16 when she left to pursue her music career. Her family doesn't live there anymore but it remains a major tourist attraction, and with that paint job it's kinda hard to miss.
Kim Kardashian's mission to free Alice Marie Johnson is kicking into high gear ... and the 62-year-old grandmother has expressed her "deep and heartfelt gratitude." According to a thank you note from Alice to Kim, obtained by JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA ... Alice was floored when she found out Kardashian had enlisted high-powered lawyer Shawn Holley to help with her case. Johnson is currently serving a life sentence for her involvement in a cocaine ring ...
her first offense. Alice wrote, "Ms. Kardashian you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family. I was drowning and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope." Johnson also believes Kim's crusade will be a defining moment in history, and will show she was a "key figure in meaningful criminal justice reform becoming a reality.
" Kim's not just focused on Johnson's case either -- she's also involved in the effort to free Cyntoia Brown, a Tennessee woman who killed a man who was allegedly using her as a sex slave when she was 16. Kardashian and Holley are continuing to communicate with Johnson, Brown and their lawyers in order to develop the best plan for clemency. And as Alice says ... "THE BATTLE IS ON!"
Jennifer Hudson agreed to let David Otunga see their son again, but only because he's out of her house and no longer a physical threat to her ... according to sources connected to the singer. The sources say Jennifer dropped the restraining order keeping Otunga away from 8-year-old David Jr., purely in the child's best interest. Although Jennifer's restraining order docs say, "I am now living in fear for my physical and emotional safety and that of my son" -- we're told she was referring to emotional scarring David Jr. would suffer if he saw his father threaten his mother. She never accused Otunga of physically threatening their child.
As we reported, Otunga's been removed from their home, and as a result, we're told Jennifer's satisfied as the emotional risk to their son is no longer present. As for who's been the child's primary caregiver -- our Jennifer sources say she's always made mothering her top priority, even while working to support the family. When she first went to London a year ago to shoot 'The Voice' ... she not only brought Otunga and David Jr., but she also paid Otunga's mom to tutor her grandson. She did the same during her 6-month Broadway run in "The Color Purple.
" On the issue of custody going forward -- as we reported, David Jr. is with his father right now while Jennifer works in London. However, sources on her side stress David hasn't won anything. The judge hasn't ruled on custody yet, and neither parent's been deemed "primary" caregiver. We're told Jennifer will continue making decisions based on what's best for her son.
Matt Lauer was terminated by NBC on Wednesday for what the network called “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s “Today” show co-host, made the announcement to viewers on the air at the top of Wednesday’s show. “This is a sad morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” Guthrie said before reading a memo from NBC chairman Andy Lack to staffers sent moments before. “Dear colleagues, on Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Lack wrote. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News,” Lack continued, “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences. No matter who the offender, we are deeply saddened by this turn of events but we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.” Lauer’s firing comes a little more than a week after CBS fired veteran news anchor Charlie Rose after the Washington Post published a report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct by eight women against him. PBS also canceled Rose’s eponymous show. President Trump was quick to react to the news of Lauer’s firing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is nominated for eight honors, including album, song, and record of the year. Bruno Mars is also nominated for the big three, while Kendrick Lamar — who earned seven nominations — and Childish Gambino are also up for major awards. Jay-Z’s personal and revealing album, “4:44,” is nominated for album of the year alongside Mars’ 90s-inspired R&B adventure
“24K Magic,” Lamar’s hard-hitting rap masterpiece “DAMN.,” Gambino’s funk-soul project “Awaken My Love!” and Lorde’s critically acclaimed pop album, “Melodrama.” Record of the year nominees include Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson; Mars’ Top 5 hit, “24K Magic”; Lamar’s No. 1 smash, “Humble”; Gambino’s “Redbone,” which peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100; and the year’s biggest hit, “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. “Despacito” is also nominated for song of the year — a songwriter’s award — along with Mars’ No. 1 hit, “That’s What I Like”; the title track from Jay-Z’s “4:44”; rapper Logic’s suicide prevention anthem, “1-800-273-8255”; and “Issues” by Julia Michaels, the singer who has written hits for Bieber,
Selena Gomez and other pop stars. Michaels is also nominated for best new artist, where R&B and rap rule again: Her competition includes singers SZA, Khalid and Alessia Cara, as well as rapper Lil Uzi Vert. No rock or country acts were nominated in the top four categories. The rap- and R&B-heavy nominations, which include numerous black and Latino artists, come after the Grammys were criticized earlier this year when some felt Beyonce’s multi-genre “Lemonade” album should have won album of the year over Adele’s “25.” Adele also expressed that Beyonce should have received the prize. The win for Adele, though, marked another year when the Grammys awarded its biggest prizes to an artist outside of the rap or R&B genre.
Kanye West, Eminem, Mariah Carey and others have also lost in the top categories over the years to pop, rock and country acts despite owning the year in music, critically and commercially. “We have a current membership that is savvy and certainly timely, is current, and reflective of what music is about today and in the future. And clearly the diversification work that we’ve done for our membership is evident in all of the nominations this year,” Neil Portnow, the academy’s president and CEO, said in an interview. “I think it’s a testimony to our hard work and intention of having a very vibrant, current, relevant, diverse voting membership.” Jay-Z or Lamar could make history next year when the Grammys take place in New York City on Jan. 28, 2018: Either album could become only the third rap-based album to win album of the year; and either song could become the first in the rap genre to win record or song of the year.
“4:44,” which includes songs about Jay-Z’s relationship with Beyonce and family life, marks the rap icon’s first nomination for album of the year as a lead artist; it is Lamar’s third in the top category. Lamar will compete with Jay-Z in all seven categories he is nominated in, including best rap album, best rap song, best rap performance, best rap song performance and best music video. Mars is behind Jay-Z and Lamar with six nominations, including best R&B album, best R&B song and best R&B performance. Gambino, better known as Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Donald Glover, scored five nominations. Others who earned five nominations include SZA, Khalid and No I.D., who produced Jay-Z’s album and is up for non-classical producer of the year. Ed Sheeran, who has the second best-selling album of the year with “Divide,”
was snubbed in the top categories. “Divide” earned a nomination for best pop vocal album, while his No. 1 hit, “Shape of You,” is up for best pop solo performance. Nominees for best pop vocal album include Lady Gaga’s “Joanne,” Coldplay’s five-song EP “Kaleidoscope,” Imagine Dragons’ “Evolve,” Lana Del Rey’s “Lust for Life” and Kesha’s “Rainbow,” marking her first Grammy nomination. Kesha, who has been in a legal war with former mentor and producer Dr. Luke, is also nominated for best pop solo performance for “Praying.” Leonard Cohen and Chris Cornell are both nominated for best rock performance; other deceased nominees include Glen Campbell, Gregg Allman and Carrie Fisher, who is nominated for best spoken word album, where Bernie Sanders, Mark Ruffalo and Bruce Springsteen are also nominated. In the country categories, Chris Stapleton leads with three nominations. Miranda Lambert, who earned two nominations, was surprisingly shut out of best country album though her double album,
“The Weight of These Wings,” was a critical favorite. Others who earned multiple nominations include Pharrell, Ledisi, Nothing More, Alison Krauss, Daniel Caesar and Foo Fighters. Randy Newman’s song “Putin,” his sardonic ode to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is nominated for best arrangement, instruments and vocals. Taylor Swift, who didn’t earn nominations for her single “Look What You Made Me Do” — released before the Grammy cutoff date — did earn a nod for best country song for writing Little Big Town’s No. 1 hit, “Better Man.” Swift is also nominated for best song written for visual media for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her collaboration with Zayn from the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack. Her new album, “reputation,” will qualify for nominations at the 2019 Grammys.
Cardi B, who had one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” earned two nominations: best rap song and best rap performance. Another female rapper scored nominations, too: Rapsody is up for best rap song for “Sassy” and best rap album for “Laila’s Wisdom.” In the latter category, she will compete with Jay-Z, Lamar, Migos and Tyler, the Creator. Snubs include Future, J. Cole and DJ Khaled, who has two of the year’s biggest hits with “Wild Thoughts” and “I’m the One.” Albums and songs eligible in the 84 categories at the 60th annual Grammys had to be released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. This year is the first year the Grammys used online voting for its main awards show; it started online voting for the Latin Grammys last year.
To help celebrate this year’s Art Basel in Miami, Jordan Brand will launch two pairs of exclusive Air Jordan 1 Retros themed after the Art Deco heritage of the Southern Beach region. Dropping in the month of December, both Retro kicks will feature a Miami vibe like no other Jumpman kicks. The two South Beach-friendly colorways offered by Jordan Brand—Rust Pink and Igloo—will serve as the two exclusive iterations for the city of Miami.
The Rust Pink model will feature a white and black leather upper with hits of pink on the tongue, heel and outsole, while the Igloo iteration is dressed in a black and white leather upper with hits of powder blue on the tongue, heel and outsole. News of the Igloo and Rust Pink pairs come on the heels of Jordan Brand's recent launch of the Air Jordan 1 Top 3 Gold, which sold out in matter of minutes on Cyber Monday. As of now, Jordan Brand has yet to announce a release date for the Air Jordan 1 Retro Igloo and Rust Pink. Listen Live to: wwwjamz101fm.com Worldwide.
This Evening, nominations for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards were revealed, and hip-hop fans had a lot to say—for better or for worse. Up for the prestigious award are JAY-Z's 4:44, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., Migos' Culture, Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy and Rapsody's Laila's Wisdom. Many fans agreed that either Jay or Kendrick will walk away with the award, but others are holding out hope for another artist. "Personally i'd love to see tyler or kendrick win," one rap fan wrote on Twitter. "I'm Going Wit DAMN.
But Flower Boy Is A Great Contender," tweeted another. "Laila's Wisdom Was Dope As Well But Not Dope Enough To Beat Those 2." Another fan wasn't as kind to Tyler's Flower Boy, tweeting, "Tyler's album was trash wtf? And so was migos kendrick or jayZ gotta take this.. real rap." One hip-hop supporter took it even further, vowing to leave Earth if K. Dot doesn't take home the award. "If @kendricklamar doesn't win i'd like to say goodbye to everyone
cause i'm dippin off this planet." JAY-Z's latest nod for Best Rap Album is his eighth time being nominated in the category, as well as Kendrick's third time. For Rapsody, Migos and Tyler, it's their first time ever being nominated for Best Rap Album.
Prince Harry hadn't even finished his proposal when Meghan Markle kept interrupting -- CAN I SAY YES NOW?! The newly engaged couple dished details about their engagement in an interview with the BBC ... revealing some pretty spectacular details about how it all went down. According to the couple ... the engagement happened a few weeks ago earlier this month at Harry's Nottingham Cottage inside Kensington Palace.
Harry got down on one knee and made his case ... but apparently a way-too-excited Meghan couldn't and wouldn't let him finish before charmingly butting in and asking, "Can I say yes now?" Adorbs. And check this out ... Harry included 2 diamonds that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana, in Meghan's engagement ring "to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together." Harry and Meghan met about a year and a half ago, but the relationship was turbocharged just 4 weeks into it ... when they headed to Botswana. Turns out, they never went more than 2 weeks without seeing each other. Completely fooled us. Again ... congrats!
Al Sharpton ?met with Meek Mill behind bars, and says the rapper told him he wanted to serve as a vessel of change for others who are wrongly imprisoned ... like he is now. Al appeared Monday alongside Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina?, to address his prison visit with the guy he promised to help, and he says Meek wants him to help shed a light on a broken criminal justice system. Al says Meek is also determined to be a voice for the voiceless.
The civil rights leader explained that Meek appears determined, strong and without a trace of bitterness after being sentenced to prison for 2 to 4 years for violating his probation ... violations that Al says weren't pursued as crimes, but punished as such, regardless. He also talked about his time going to bat for Tupac Shakur in the '90s to help get him out of solitary confinement, explaining how he's the right guy to help Meek fight his case now. Sounds like Al's officially in Meek's corner.
Lil Peep's death is now the subject of a police investigation and some very troubling private messages are under the microscope ... JAMZ 101.5 HD2 ATLANTA has learned. We've learned the Tucson PD has opened an investigation into Peep's apparent OD from less than 2 weeks ago. Law enforcement sources tell JAMZ 101.5 HD2... police are interested in texts allegedly sent from a woman named Mariah Bons ...
who we're told went to the tour bus to see Peep shortly before he died. She allegedly sent a message to a friend that reads, "GBC [Lil Peep] high af because of me and my friend lol." Bons also allegedly texted, "He passed the f*** out my brother called and I tried to get him to say hi to my brother but he wouldn't wake up.. cops are also investigating whether the Xanax Peep ingested was laced with fentanyl.
Last night (Nov. 27), fans of Atlanta rapper Trouble received some alarming news after he admitted he would be turning himself in to law enforcement authorities today. XXL has confirmed the "Brick" rhymer is in police custody at the DeKalb County Jail in Georgia now, and has been detained on four separate drug charges. Trouble was booked at the DeKalb County Jail at 1:08 p.m. EST today. He was hit with possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. In the Instagram post leading up to his voluntary return to jail, Trouble shared a video of himself listening to Boosie BadAzz and Z-Ro's somber track "Go Away.
" "This Been like the Best year of my life #OnLord ainnn lyin!," the rhymer wrote in the caption. "So i guess its only right it ends with a lil chaos!. I foreva have and will Be responsiBle for anythang i commit myself to! You gotta take these Losses the same way you do when you Win!!.. SpeedBallin, i lost my freedom again, But never my faith." "For those who don’t know But do care, i’ll Be turning myself in in the morning to finish this chapter off Back Behind the G-Wall,
unfortunately!!" he continued. "To my fans friends and family i love yall. ErBody move smooth out dis Bitch dawg! I’ll see yall next year!" As of press time, Trouble's release date remains uncertain. XXL has reached out to the rapper's team for further details.
Ray J's wife, Princess Love, is pregnant despite what the doubters say... and the sonogram proves it. Ray J went on "The Real" Monday morning and announced he and Princess are expecting their first child. After the announcement, a bunch of people on social media were calling BS.
The sonogram was performed 2 weeks ago. We're told the two tried for a long time to get pregnant, and it finally happened. The baby is expected in the summer.
Kevin Hart shared an adorable picture of himself Sunday cradling his newborn Kenzo. Kenzo, Hart's second son but first child with wife Eniko, was born Tuesday. Kevin has two previous kids -- Heaven and Hendrix -- with ex-wife Torrei. It's not technically the first pic of baby Zo.
Eniko teased a photo of the newborn Saturday, but only showed the top of his head. Hart went a step further Sunday posting two photos of Zo along
with a really sweet poem, although he might want work on his rhyming.
Earlier today, Reverend Al Sharpton announced he will visit Meek Mill in prison on Monday, November 27. He discussed the trip during a rally in Harlem, held by his non-profit civil rights organization National Action Network, as NBC and the Philadelphia Inquirer report. “Just because someone does something that is wrong, does not give you the right to do wrong to them,” Sharpton reportedly told the crowd. “The sentence must fit the violation.
” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Sharpton for further comment. Meek was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison earlier this month after a Philadelphia judge ruled that the rapper had violated his probation. In the wake of his sentencing, multiple musicians have come out against it. JAY-Z called it “unjust and heavy-handed” and also wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about it. One-time rival Drake also spoke out, saying,
“Free Meek Mill” during a concert. Meek has filed a motion to appeal the sentencing, and has also requested that the judge who handed down the sentence recuse themselves.
Kanye West's trip to one of L.A.'s most expensive stores on Black Friday might've been more of a genius marketing plan than him getting an early start on his Xmas shopping. 'Ye dropped by Maxfield's in West Hollywood, and although he came out empty-handed, it didn't take long for people to notice his kicks.
They appear to be a pair of Yeezy Boost 350s, but in a never-before-seen florescent yellow colorway. Unclear if they're a one-off prototype or if they're from Yeezy's next season/collection, but he recently dropped a pair of kicks called the Wave Runner 700, which had similar color laces. Yeezy's usually retail for around $300 ... until they sell out, so better start saving up.
After CBS (and PBS) immediately terminated veteran journalist Charlie Rose, many have been weighing in on who should replace him. Eight women initially accused Rose of making “unwanted sexual advances” on them in a lengthy story by The Washington Post Monday, Nov. 21. Since then, more women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. The following is a list of people who social media users say could take over for Rose’s spot on “CBS This Morning.”
“CBS This Morning” is said to be “begging” the media mogul to fill Rose’s seat.
“Not full time,” a source told Page Six Tuesday, Nov. 21. “But they are hoping she’ll do one day, two days, one hour, fill in ’til Christmas. Anything.”
If she does get the gig, she’d join her best friend Gayle King on the panel.
After leaving NBC’s “Today Show” over the summer, Hall announced she’s planning to launch her own daytime talk show, which is backed by The Weinstein Co. (Founder Harvey Weinstein launched the sexual assault scandal rocking Hollywood). But some Twitter users thought maybe Hall could take some time to sit in on CBS’s morning show.
Like Tamron Hall, Melissa Harris-Perry left MSNBC under unhappy circumstances. After denying her the editorial control she’s had for years, the network announced they were “parting ways” with her. She has since gone on to host the live event series, “Freedom on The Tap.” Would she do well to return to the airwaves on CBS?
The current host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” has long been part of the non-profit media organization. There, she’s worked the 2008 presidential election and reported from Capitol Hill. That combined with the journalist’s first award-winning work on the achievement gap would add a fresh perspective at the “CBS This Morning” table.
Soledad O’Brien has experience in morning news. She anchored CNN’s “Starting Point” for a year in 2012 and also spend five years at the network’s “American Morning.” She’s pretty busy nowadays with “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien,” but maybe she’d make room for CBS.
With all the women as suggestions, is there any room for a man to take over Rose’s role?
One person proposed News One host Roland Martin, who has long voiced his opinion on matters of race and politics. Maybe he could shake up the morning show.
Colin Kaepernick has been out of a job for nearly a year, but his resume still looks appealing ... to Hollywood! A well-known casting director posted on a message board for managers and agents last week, asking for someone representing the former NFL quarterback to contact her. The casting director is currently working on a TV pilot and -- more notably -- the Pepsi commercial-inspired movie "Uncle Drew" starring Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery,
Nick Kroll and sports legends like Shaq, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Lisa Leslie. It's unclear the role for which the casting director is eyeing Kaepernick, but a cameo in "Uncle Drew" seems like a good fit. If it works out ... it would be Colin's first acting gig. It's no surprise the ex-NFL star's a hot Hollywood commodity despite not playing this season -- he's still been in the limelight as an activist, philanthropist, and President Trump talking point.
Some friends buy a beer for a friend's birthday, but Future's peeps drop around half a million bucks to get him dripping in diamonds. The rapper was in Miami and hit up The Forge last weekend for a 34th bday celebration. We're told The Weeknd hooked him up with an icy "Low Life" pendant ... his manager, Ebonie Ward, gave him diamond-crusted dog tags -- and
Young Scooter got him a BMFBG piece. We're told all of the bling was commissioned by Avianne Jewelry in NYC. Elliot Avianne even threw in an awesome Pluto pendant. Bonus! Add in the 2 rings he scored from family members ... and Future's total haul was worth about $500k!!! Mask off, jewelry on!
Meek Mill might be spending his Thanksgiving locked up in prison for violating his probation. But he made sure to still do his part for the people in need in his hometown of Philadelphia by still going forward with his annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. Yesterday (Nov. 22), hundreds of families gathered in the city for Meek's fifth-annual turkey event, according to USA Today, which was sponsored by Meek's Dreamchasers label, Roc Nation and the local non-profit anti-poverty group, Unity in the Community. In all, 1,000 turkeys were passed out in poor neighborhoods.
"I take my hat off to Meek Mill," said Unity in the Community founder Anton Moore. "Now all these families have Thanksgiving (meals) they might not have had if he didn't give out those turkeys." Despite his circumstances, the Dreamchasers rapper seems to be in high spirits. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently talked to Meek and relayed a positive message from the imprisoned MC. "Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted ppl to know regardless of his unjust situation, he's in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him," Colin tweeted.
"We'll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other POC for generations." Meek's lawyers are puling out all the stops in order to try to get the rapper, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison, out of his current situation. Their most recent tactic has been to use the judge's past against her.
She may not be on Season 10 of Real Housewives of Atlanta (we will admit that we’re surprised that they didn’t even make her a recurring guest), but if you know anything about Phaedra Parks, it’s that she will always find a way to make a pretty penny. And, per the usual, she will do it in very interesting ways. When she’s not busy working as a lawyer or doing her side hustle of being a mortician, the 44-year-old will now be modeling for Wilhemina Models. She’s only 5’1″, so she doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of what most might think of when they think model. However, Parks says she represents an underrepresented sector of women in the industry, and yes, she believes she can be a model, and a darn good one.
Wilhemina clearly agrees. “I think I’m the face of ‘yes you can.’ I’m a small town girl who has followed her dreams,” she said in an interview with Us Weekly. “Yes you can be a mom, yes you can be a lawyer and yes you can be a model. When the opportunity presented itself some people asked me ‘Why?’ and I said ‘Why not?’ A supermodel started this company and she wanted to give power back to the women and I think I stand for the same things.
I have the opportunity to show people that beauty can come in every size, shade, color and age. It’s exciting and an adventure!” While she would love the opportunity to be the face of a skincare brand, Parks is open to a lot, including showing a lot of skin. Pretty much all of it. “I don’t mind baring it all, I have been wearing g-strings and baring it all really every season for seven years,” she said. “I had two children on national T.V. I love nudity! I’ve brought a lot of exotic entertainers on the show, so I love my body and I’ve got curves. I’m a mother of two children, so I’m not perfect, but I have no problem getting naked.”
She also told Us that she’s in great shape for this opportunity thanks to her revamped fitness regimen. It includes swimming daily and doing pilates with a reformer machine. And while they asked if she got her “revenge body” together after her messy divorce from Apollo Nida, Parks said it was a number of stressors that pushed her to take better care of herself and focus on her happiness.
“Well, a lot of things happened in my personal life. Going through everything was so much stress, but then when it finished it was just effortless,” Parks said. “I feel like I turned into Benjamin Button and started aging backwards, I started being happy.” She definitely looks great these days. And honestly, working it for the camera is nothing new for Parks.
Check out her professional portfolio pictures by photographer Robert Ector, and a few times she slayed well before she signed that Wilhemina contract.
In what's become something of a new tradition, Chance The Rapper and Jeremih are currently gearing up to drop yet another Christmas project. Recently, Chano served up a preview of some of what sounds like the work he and his fellow Chicago native have been putting in. In the clips, Chance plays "Stranger at the Table," which is a track from he and Jeremih's first Christmas project. In another clip, he plays a snippet of a new song. It's much the same sort of sound we heard on the two Chicago artist's Merry Christmans Lil' Mama project last year. In other words,
we've got a lot to look forward to. This preview is just the latest addition to what's been an eventful week for Chano. On Saturday, the rapper hosted Saturday Night Live and delivered a series of hilarious performances in different sketches on the episode. One of them dealt with their version of Batman engaging in some serious racial profiling. Another saw Chano performing an ode to Barack Obama in a mock R&B group. A couple days later, Chance popped up back in Chicago to help announce a Jewel-Osco's $1 million donation to the struggling Chicago Public School system.
“You guys don’t receive the same benefits that a lot of other people do, and your parents pay the same money into the same government taxes,” said Chance, reiterating some points he made earlier in the year. “These are people and things that have a big impact on your lives and how you’re educated,” he added.
Earlier this week, 21 Savage called out OG rappers for talking down on the younger ones for making music about heavy drug use. The message was received pretty well, and now, 21's OG ATL counterpart, T.I., has stepped forth to support 21's message. Addressing Slaughter Gang rapper's thoughtful tweet, which claimed that rappers from every generation used drugs or talked about selling them, Tip explained why he agreed with 21, citing a few classic rap offerings to make his point. "@21savage lil bro speaking real truth tho," said Tip, who uploaded a screenshot of 21's original post. "The fact of the matter is...
There's been good,bad, great,mediocre artists,&otherwise in EVERY generation .... Even ours(2000s) , The Founding era (80s) & the golden era of the 90s. They're not the only generation to make "user music" either. Can anyone remember a Lil album called "The Chronic"? Or hit Recs like "Sippin on some Sizzurp".... Regardless of the subject matter...This is THEY TIME. Couldn't nobody tell us how to run ours,or make us sound how they thought we should... Live ya life & do ya stuff young'n. Just bare with us,&try to understand .... y'all niggaz kinda different & take some getting used to. As the elders gotta understand they're SUCCESS JUSTIFIES the CHANGE. The Numbers DONT LIE!!! Can't hate on that.??."
The subject of drug use and the perceived glorification of it once again permeated the rap game's collective consciousness when Lil Peep died after a suspected drug overdose last week. Russ recently engaged in a lengthy Twitter rant about his problems with drug user music. Smokepurpp called him a "bitch" a short time afterwards.
Former Dream singer Melissa Schuman claims Nick Carter raped her back in 2002 ... when she was 18 and he was 22. Melissa says she and the Backstreet Boys singer started talking because their managers suggested they date -- presumably for good PR -- even though she says she already had a boyfriend. She claims Carter invited her and a friend to his Santa Monica apartment for what she calls a "casual hangout" -- and after some boozing he started making out with her. In a very graphic blog post, Melissa claims he eventually took her into a bathroom, he forcibly performed oral sex on her ... and then forced her to reciprocate.
Melissa says she repeatedly told him she did not want to have sex, and was saving her virginity for her husband. She claims Carter took her to a bedroom, and then forced her to have intercourse. Schuman says she told her manager about the alleged rape, but was told Carter's legal team was too powerful, and publicly accusing him would hurt her career. We've reached out to Carter's reps ... but no word back yet.
Daivd Otunga just won a big legal victory in his custody battle with Jennifer Hudson ... he gets their son for Thanksgiving. TMZ has learned both sides squared off in court Tuesday and David made his case to spend the holiday with 8-year-old David Jr. TMZ broke the story, cops threw David out of the family home after Jennifer got an order of protection claiming she was afraid David would hurt her and her son. David says she's lying and vengeful because they were at an impasse over custody. We've learned, according to the new order, David Jr. will be with his dad from
Thanksgiving day at 3 PM to 7 PM the following day. There's a hearing set for Monday where David will ask the judge to vacate the order of protection. We're told David will also ask the judge on Monday to give him temporary custody of David Jr., claiming he's the primary caregiver. He also wants possession of the residence during the 2 weeks she'll be travelling for work -- between November 26th and December 8th.
The man who obtained a restraining order against Ray Allen says he was NOT catfishing the NBA star -- the two were in a romantic relationship ... but Ray's attorney tells TMZ Sports the man is lying. As we previously reported, Allen is in a legal war with Bryant Coleman -- a staffer in the communications dept. at the University of Central Florida. Coleman says Allen's allegations that he pretended to be a woman to obtain "private information" about Ray are false. The truth, according to Coleman, is that Allen offered up info -- along with pictures and videos -- knowing full well that Coleman is a man. He says their relationship goes back several years. "[Ray's] account of our relationship is false," Coleman says in a statement to TMZ Sports. "Ray knows how I look, he knows how my voice sounds, he knows how I think, and most importantly,
he knows my heart." "However, because of confidentially considerations, I am not in a position to provide a more detailed response to Mr. Allen's false and salacious claims. I will rely on the courts to protect me against Mr. Allen's violent threats and false accusations." The exact nature of the alleged "violent threats" is unclear, but as we previously reported ... Coleman obtained a restraining order, claiming Allen was stalking him. We reached out to Allen's legal team for comment and his attorney shot down Coleman's claims. "Mr. Coleman’s statement would be funny if it wasn’t so crazy," Ray's lawyer tells us.
"There has never been and never will be a relationship or friendship between Ray Allen and Mr. Coleman. They have never met and never have spoken." "Ray obviously hasn’t threatened anyone. Any statement or inference otherwise is a complete fabrication. Ray wants nothing to do with Mr. Coleman, who obviously has some serious issues with understanding the difference between fact and fantasy.”
Tyrese may have regained 50/50 custody of his daughter, but turns out there were strings attached. The judge issued a series of conditions, including: -- Neither Tyrese nor Norma Gibson can use corporal punishment in disciplining 10-year-old Shayla. -- Tyrese must take parenting classes focused on appropriate disciplining of his daughter. -- Both Tyrese and Norma must enroll in "high conflict parenting classes." -- Tyrese and Shayla must
enroll in joint therapy with a psychologist. Shayla must also undergo individual counseling. According to the order, Tyrese has Shayla for both XMAS and New Year's -- and all of his visits with her must be spent in Southern California ... until April 30. As we reported, Norma claimed Tyrese brutally disciplined their daughter, but the judge didn't buy it.
Malia Obama's gonna remember her first Harvard-Yale football game -- and so is the guy she made out with during the tailgate party! Barack and Michelle's oldest was pregaming with friends Saturday outside the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT, and wound up kissing a mystery guy who seemed to be pulling for Harvard, too ...
based on his crimson tee. The makeout sesh is no big deal -- just a freshman doing what freshmen do -- but the fact Malia lit up a cigarette might not sit well with mom and pop. Remember, Michelle famously disapproved of Barack smoking. We'll say this though ...
Malia made out a lot better than her team. Harvard got crushed 24-3. Go Crimson!
Madonna more than dropped trou in front of a camera when she was 18 years old ... she went au naturel, and TMZ has the photos that are about to hit the auction block. Gotta Have Rock and Roll -- the same guys that had Tupac's confession letter to M -- ?will auction off a bunch of Madge's earliest known original nude pics with original negatives and copyrights.
To be exact ... 108 images and each with an opening bid between $8k and $12k. The pics show Madonna at the Art World Institute of Creative Arts where photographer Cecil I. Taylor ?got behind the lens. Madonna met the photographer when she lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There's also young M's signature -- along with Cecil's -- on the model release form she signed on May 19, 1977. It's also up for bid, and it all goes down
Wednesday. Madonna has fought tooth and nail to keep other items off the auction block, including her underwear and a letter to Tupac.
Earle Hyman, the man who played Bill Cosby's father on "The Cosby Show," has died. Hyman passed away Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey, according to a rep for The Actors Fund. The actor was a veteran theatre performer, having made his Broadway debut in "Run, Little Chillun" in 1943 and starring in multiple plays over the course of his career.
He has more than 40 acting credits attributed to his name from movies and TV roles. Hyman was perhaps most famous for playing Cosby's TV dad, Russell Huxtable -- he even got nominated for a guest performer Emmy in 1986 for his portrayal. Hyman was also well known as a voice actor on the '80s cartoon show "ThunderCats." He was 91.
Lil Yachty took a costly loss to 21 Savage in a recent game of NBA 2K. The two Atlanta rappers and their entourages were recently cooling out together and playing videos games when a wager on some games between the two MCs got up to $12,000. Lil Boat apparently thought he was better than he actually is and ended up getting waxed by the "Bank Account" MC. Yachty captured footage of the aftermath and posted it on social media. "You lost, nigga, $10,000. You got your ass spanked," Savage says into the camera. "I took a L, I ain't tripping," Yachty confirms.
21 Savage later shows off the knot of fresh $100 bills he received from Yachty for his conquest. "Shout out to my boy Lil Yachty, man," adds 21. "Giving me $10,000 on the 2K. He thought he could beat me on 2K. Thank you, Lil Yachty." Yachty commented on the loss on Twitter. He claims he beat 21 Savage on Playstation, but when the money was on the line he took an L while using XBox. The King of the Teens also admits 21 beat another two racks off of him. "Today I lost 12 thousand dollars to 21 and I ain't been right ever since... ):," he posted. It's not as bad as the time Drake lost $60,000 to French Montana in a bet over the 2016 NBA Finals.
Or the time Offset lost $50,000 betting on the Atlanta Falcons when they had their epic collapse in last year's Super Bowl. Still, $12,000 is nothing to sneeze at. But when you've made $13 million in 16 months, like Yachty reportedly did, the blow to the pockets isn't that bad.
Fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta saw star Cynthia Bailey find and fall in love with the stunning and tranquil lakeside home she affectionately named Lake Bailey on season 7 of the hit Bravo reality show. But what they don’t know is that the former supermodel almost never found the property to begin with. Just off a divorce with husband Peter Thomas and moving out of the townhouse they shared together, Bailey planned to downsize her life — moving her and her 18-year-old daughter Noelle Robinson into an apartment. “I wanted to go back to the New York City sort of lifestyle,” Bailey tells PEOPLE. “I travel a lot when I’m not here filming so I wanted a nice, luxury doorman building with all the services and conveniences of living downtown.” Set in her decision and already looking at properties before filming began,
Bailey was ready to pack it up. But to help tell her story on air, RHOA producers asked her to film a scene in which she toured a bigger house to document her thought process. “‘We know you’ve decided on an apartment,’ she recalls them telling her. “‘But we’d love to see you figure that out.’ ” Bailey’s realtor had one in mind. Cameras in toe, she chose to take Bailey to the one property she had not yet seen — the very house that would come to be known as Lake Bailey. “It’s so crazy,” Bailey says, looking back on it. “I went to film it thinking I wouldn’t like it and would easily be able to write it off. And as soon as I walked out on the deck, I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is my house. I have to have this house!’ ” Not wanting to act too quickly, Bailey “prayed on it” and decided to take some time with the decision. “I said, ‘If I wake up tomorrow and I’m still thinking about this house, I’m going to put a bid on it,’” Bailey remembered.
“And wouldn’t you know, I woke up and I was still thinking about this damn house!” Buying Lake Bailey wasn’t easy, though. When Bailey went to put a bid on the property, she learned someone else had beat her to the punch. Luckily, Bailey was able to outbid them and come out the victor. And now she calls the place her “dream home” — moving in last season and showing off the finished furnishings on season 8 (which premiered earlier this month). It’s easy to see why Bailey’s so in love with the place. With its sprawling windows, wood accents, animal population and private access to the lake, the picturesque property is “like living on vacation every day.” Plus, the lush greens appear to be a perfect place for a selfie as seen from the photoshoots Bailey often stages.
“It just kind of really was right in-sync to where I was at mentally and spiritually in my life,” Bailey says. “I’m sitting in my bedroom now and my artwork is the view of the lake. It’s incredible and so peaceful. “Coming out of a divorce, I’m someone who’s on a quest for peace and fun,” she adds. “It was just the perfect kickoff to turning 50 and being fine and fabulous.” The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.
Tyrese just scored a big victory in court after a judge denied his ex's request for a permanent restraining order which would have severely restricted the actor's access to his daughter, Shayla. The judge ruled Tyrese and Norma Gibson will get 50/50 joint custody beginning in January. Until then, we're told both sides have worked out a visitation schedule that will allow Tyrese to see Shayla over the holidays. After court, he didn't have much to say about the ruling ... but made it clear he will eventually. As we reported ...
Norma claimed Tyrese physically abused the 10-year-old, claiming he beat her 12 to 16 times. Tyrese says he only struck her once on the bottom, and that Norma is simply vengeful. Over the course of the 3-week court battle, Tyrese has posted multiple videos chronicling his own personal turmoil. Tyrese had an online meltdown that he blamed on a Rx drug he was taking for depression. He also claimed Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith gave him $5 million to dig himself out of a financial hole, but that turned out to be false. Nonetheless ... the restraining order is now history, opening the door to a renewed relationship between father and daughter.
5:00 PM PT -- Gabby has pulled a near 180, saying she didn't word her reply correctly and "regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable." She's also apologized and says she stands by her teammates.Simone Biles is publicly attacking her former Team USA gymnastics teammate Gabby Douglas -- and it's all over comments Gabby made insinuating some women invite sexual abuse by the way they dress. It all started with Aly Raisman ... their 2016 U.S. Olympic teammate who recently went public with allegations she was sexually assaulted by ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar. Raisman -- who famously posed nude for the ESPN Body Issue -- received hate from people who shot
down her story because of the provocative pics. Raisman clapped back with a message on social media Friday morning saying, "Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse." That's when Gabby got involved ... saying: "However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd." Biles saw Gabby's comment and went scorched-earth ... saying: "Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her." She continued, "I support you Aly ???? & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG. We reached out to Douglas for comment -- so far, no word back.