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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Kid Rock Goes on Alcohol-Fueled, Profanity-Laced Anti-Oprah Winfrey Rant

Kid Rock is no fan of Oprah Winfrey.

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Media mogul, Bob Johnson offers advice to the Democrats

Media mogul and Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Robert Johnson gave an exclusive interview to CNBC this week and didn’t hold his words in discussing the presidential election and his predictions of the outcome.

“I think the president has always been in a position where it’s his to lose based on his bringing a sort of disruptive force into what would be called political norms,” says Johnson, who founded RLJ Companies business network, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble.

— BET Founder Bob Johnson wants Black folks to give Trump credit for what he’s allegedly done for the culture

Johnson further explains in the sit-down interview that Trump “brings his style” to the way he handles governmental issues. “That’s something that the president’s supporters like and the reason why they voted for him and will do so again next year,” added Johnson.

Believing that Trump has the enact ability to “dominate the news cycle” is what allows him to hold an advantage over the Democrats that plan to run against him. Often moving in a reactionary form, Democrats are often agitated over something that the president says or tweets, often taking them off their game. In addition, Johnson believes that “none of the Democratic presidential candidates appear to be “enough in the center” where most voters are, particularly African-American voters.”

— AMC Networks to acquire majority control of Robert Johnson’s streaming company for $60 million

You might recall, in September, Johnson went on another CNBC show expressing support for Donald Trump, saying “There used to be an old saying, that ‘When White America catches a cold, African-Americans get pneumonia,’” he explained in the interview. “It’s going the opposite way now. White unemployment is going down, [and] African-American unemployment is going down. That’s a plus-plus that you can’t argue with.”

“I give the president credit for doing positive things; when I see a president doing positive things, particularly for African Americans,” added Johnson.

Even with the recorded previous praise for Donald Trump; Johnson continues to describe himself as a longtime Democrat who has always been a man that speaks his mind no matter the outcome.

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Snoop Dogg has a new album and it’s a snooze fest

West Coast Hip Hop legend, Snoop Dogg, is releasing a baby-friendly, lullaby album, called Rockabye Baby!

News of Snoop’s latest project was confirmed by Rockabye Baby! Music; the company well known for making infant-friendly renditions of some of your favorite rappers’ songs. They have covered music for the likes of everyone from Eminem and Drake, to rapper Kanye West. Snoop Dogg is the latest to join the line-up. The company confirmed the release of the project on their official Instagram:

READ MORE: Snoop Dogg declares himself ‘Sexiest Man Alive,’ shares hilarious mock cover

The new project, titled, Lullaby Renditions of Snoop Dogg, will include instrumentals of Snoop’s classic hits, including “Gin and Juice,” “Sensual Seduction,“Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and many more. The 12 track project is slated to be released next week, December 6th, however, a vinyl version is said to have already been released on November 29, in honor of “Record Store Day.”

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to babies and is always showing his love and admiration for his grandchildren on his Instagram page. Recently, Snoop’s wife Shante revealed that the couple had lost a grandchild, “Kai Love,” just 10 days after their son’s girlfriend gave birth.

Over the course of the years, the 48-year-old Hip Hop icon and grandfather has shown his versatility in music, including the release of a Gospel album back in 2018. Before Kanye released a Christian-inspired album, Snoop’s Gospel efforts, Bible of Love, scored the artist his first number one on the gospel charts.

READ MORE: Snoop Dogg releases first video from his gospel album ‘Bible of Love’

The tracklist for Lullaby Renditions Of Snoop Dogg, below:

1. Gin and Juice
2. What’s My Name?
3. Beautiful
4. Drop It Like It’s Hot
5. Lay Low
6. Sensual Seduction
7. Young, Wild & Free
8. Snoop’s Upside Ya Head
9. California Roll
10. Trust Me
11. Slow Down
12. Doggy Dogg World

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Ex- Grey’s Anatomy Star Isaiah Washington Lands Gig on Fox Nation

Guess who’s coming to dinner ... or a smart TV, mobile phone or tablet near you.

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Kid Rock continues to bash Oprah during his recent performance

Kid Rock is receiving backlash after his derogatory remarks and sexually explicit insults towards Oprah Winfrey, and other women in entertainment.

During a performance at “Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse,” in Nashville earlier this week, the rocker could be seen and heard on camera, telling the likes of Winfrey, Joy Behar, and Kathie Lee Gifford to “suck d*** sideways.”

“I’m like, Oprah Winfrey or Joy Behar, they can suck d— sideways,” the star said in the video, which was obtained by TMZ. Rock even proceeded to repeatedly motion his hands and make a gesture, as if he were emulating someone’s head toward his crotch.

READ MORE: Black bartender alleges she was fired from Kid Rock’s restaurant for sporting an afro

The 48-year-old artist is seen on video continuing his rant saying, “F** Oprah Winfrey and fuck Kathie Lee Gifford.” Someone in the audience, possibly the person recording the incident, can be heard saying, “He’s blackout drunk,” in the background.

Later into his rant, Kid Rock addresses those who he claims may try to accuse him of being “a racist” later.

“‘Well, I’m pretty sure Kid Rock’s a racist,” he said, “I’m, like, ‘Fine. F– off,’ sideways.”

He continued, “I’m not the bad guy in this equation. I’m the f–in’ guy you want, like, hey, he’s pretty cool.”

Last night (Nov. 29), Rock tweeted the reason behind his personal disdain for the billionare mogul and powerhouse:

 

Rock’s rant occurred just days shy of the one-year anniversary of him doing a live morning show with “Fox & Friends” in which he referred to Joy Behar as the b-word, during a discussion with host Steve Doocy. “Screw that Joy Behar bi###,” Rock said.

READ MORE: Kid Rock says he loves Black people in open letter

This isn’t Kid Rock’s first time being flagged for being out of line for women, and more specifically, women of color.

Back in 2015, during Rock’s controversial interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he expressed his disinterest in Beyonce’s fandom, and undermined her star-power:

“BeyoncΓ©, to me, doesn’t have a f***ing ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on earth,” Rock told the magazine. “How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’?”

His then went on to criticize Mrs. Carter’s popularity, as it pertains to beauty. “People are like, ‘BeyoncΓ©’s hot. Got a nice f***ing ass.’ I’m like ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big tits.’ Doesn’t really f***ing do much for me.”

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Twitter bans Republican candidate Danielle Stella after targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar

After tweeting a series of seemingly crude and threatening tweets targeted at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), Republican candidate Danielle Stella has been banned from Twitter.

Stella, a vocal supporter for Trump who is looking to unseat Rep. Omar in the following election year, took to the official Twitter of her now deactivated campaign page (@2020MNCongress) to say the following:

“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella wrote Tuesday of Omar.

Stella reportedly followed up with an “a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows,” according to The Washington Times.

READ MORE: Rep. Ilhan Omar uses Africa visit to troll Trump on Twitter

Stella’s remarks stem from her beliefs that Omar has shared sensitive intelligence with the Iranian government, The Washington Times reports.

Following her ban, Stella told the Times in her own personal statement that Twitter’s ban to her account proves that the social media platform sides with “terrorists.”

Twitter simply stated that Stella violated “Twitter Rules.”

“The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules,” the company said.

READ MORE: Woman makes salacious claim against Ilhan Omar in divorce filing

On Friday (Nov. 29), Rep Omar reacted to the suspension in a post on Twitter, stating that “violent rhetoric” leads to “violent threats.”

“This is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dog whistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets. Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”

 

A spokesperson for Omar recently told the Jerusalem Post: “Since the day she was elected, Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces have targeted Omar with misinformation and conspiracy theories.”

Rep. Omar is the first Somali-American member of Congress and is one of two of the first Muslim women ever elected along with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

 

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Gabrielle Union responses with grace and humility after ‘America’s Got Talent’ exit

After much speculation surrounding her exit from America’s Got Talent, actress Gabrielle Union has taken to Twitter to express she is “humbled and thankful.”

“So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever,” the former AGT host said in one of two new tweets since news of her departure from America’s Got Talent went viral.

 

READ MORE: Gabrielle Union shows she’s above ‘America’s Got Talent’ drama in precious family photo

Although the 47-year-old actress has yet to address the details surrounding her departure, an exclusive story from Variety reports that Union, a new hire for the 14th season of the show, went to producers to report a racially insensitive joke made by former NBC late-night host, Jay Leno, during a taping where Leno starred as a guest judge on America’s Got Talent.

According to the media outlet, Leno joked about host Simon Cowell‘s painting of Cowell’s dogs, commenting that the pets appeared to be something that one would find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant,” four witnesses present for the taping told Variety.

The line was ultimately cut from the episode when it eventually aired on August 6, Variety reports.

READ MORE: Dwyane Wade backs Gabrielle Union after she exits ‘America’s Got Talent’ over reported racial issues

Multiple insiders familiar with the incident said that Union urged producers to report it to human resources, however, several insiders also told Variety that the report was never filed.

Since news of Union’s exit from America’s Got Talent went public last week, fans speculated racism as the root of Union’s departure, with the conversation being that Union was the personal victim. Some even speculated that Union was fired for her many, culturally-inspired hairstyles as seen on the show.

Prior to her most recent tweet, Union’s husband, Dwayne Wade, went public with his support for his wife, following her leave from the show.

 

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The Best Black Friday Deals You Can Still Buy [Updating]

We’ve saw a lot of incredible deals during Black Friday, and while a lot have disappeared into the sunset, these ten are still available.

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Back to Africa: Twitter Chief Jack Dorsey Plans to Live in Africa in 2020

Jack Dorsey has designs on The Motherland.

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Shooter of Detroit honor student, Taea Hines, is still at large

The alleged suspect in the shooting of Detroit teen and high school honor student Taea Hines, currently remains at large nearly a month after an altercation that stemmed from music.

According to Hines’ mother, Shonta Hines, on Nov 3., she and her daughter were being kept awake by the loud music of their next-door neighbor. Upon approaching a woman at the residence, a small altercation ensued between Shonta Hines and the resident, and her 16-year-old daughter came to her aide.

READ MORE: Florida father grapples with death of his mother as 13-year-old son is accused in killing

“The girl is outside the car with her jacket and her shoes off coming at me like she wants to fight,” the mother told FOX 2 News Detroit while detailing the moments leading up to the shooting of her daughter.”In the process, I hear a gunshot. Then I hear my roommate say ‘oh he’s got a gun.’ Then I hear two to three more gunshots and then I hear my daughter say, ‘I think I got hit,’ Hines continued.

She then added the gruesome details surrounding the aftermath of her daughter’s attack. “She was bleeding from here and bleeding from here.”

The shooting took place around 1:45 a.m. Sunday at apartments on the 9500 block of Vaughan Street on Detroit’s west side.

READ MORE: Chicago man denied bail in killing of student who admitted ignoring his catcalls

The horrified mother told the local news outlet that her daughter is a bright student and regular churchgoer. “[An] honor student, she goes to school for cosmetology, she’s a well-rounded child, she’s involved with the church, she has a job,” Shonta described of Taea.

While Hines is expected to make a full recovery, she has already undergone six surgeries in the past month and as a result, has established a Gofundme page to help support.

According to FOX 2 Detroit, the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was said to have last been seen fleeing the scene in a 2011 Infiniti car, with a driver. He has been described as a 5’5 man, black hair, brown eyes and is 37-years-old. A photo has also been released of the suspect, and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Hines’ family told the station that they know the shooter.

“We’re familiar with him. We see him all the time he is a next-door neighbor to her,” said cousin Ashley Elledge.

If you have information on this incident or know the whereabouts of the suspect, contact Detroit’s 6th Precinct’s Investigative Unit at 313-596-5640 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

 

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In The Water: Rhiannon Giddens Pays Musical Tribute to the Painful Legacy of Wilmington, N.C.

Rhiannon Giddens is nothing if not prolific; the Grammy award-winner and Macarthur Genius Award recipient may have initially made her mark as co-founder and lead vocalist of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but her musical acumen spans genres. From the roots music of her banjo-based all-female super-quartet Our Native…

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How Entrepreneurs Can Make the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. A record number of shoppers are making plans to support their favorite businesses, as small business owners across the nation gear up for #ShopSmall.

When Small Business Saturday first began, incentives got people to come in and shop. But today, it has become a movement to support local businesses. Since 2011, Congress has designated a National Small Business Saturday, which is November 30 this year.

A One Day Shopping Event for Millions

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010, as a response to small business owners’ most pressing need; getting more customers. Held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday helps rally communities nationwide.

NFIB data shows that, in 2015, restaurants and independent retailers saw $16.2 billion in spending during Small Business Saturday, a 14% increase from the $14.3 billion in sales during Small Business Saturday 2014. Fortune also reports that, in 2015, 95 million consumers participated in this event.

Since 2014, there have been more than 1.6 million new small businesses added to this one-day shopping event. For 2016, American Express has teamed up with basketball icon Shaquille O’NealΓ‚ to encourage card members to Shop Small and get two times the rewards this holiday season. American Express, an official sponsor of the NBA and six of its teams, has also partnered with O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion, for the 2016-17 NBA season.

The Key to Small Business Saturday Success

Part of what helps make Small Business Saturday successful, in terms of getting consumers to #ShopSmall is a Small Business Saturday coalition of supporting organizations. Essentially, national, state, and local associations help coordinate #ShopSmall activities with merchants, consumers, and small business owners.

Another group that drives Small Business Saturday activities are the Neighborhood Champions, which is comprised of small businesses, associations, local Chambers of Commerce, and other community groups.

Small business owners can make the most of this day through social media. Your online presence, email marketing, and social media networks are great ways to target and connect with local consumers, through timely updates and compelling calls-to-action. Develop themes for your email templates and update your website and Facebook profile picture. To be part of the nationwide conversation, use the hashtags #SmallBizSat and #ShopSmall on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

It’s likely that many other small businesses in your community also rely on the holidays for a good chunk of income. So, see if you can partner with complementary stores or businesses to cross-promote each others’ goods or services, as suggested by the U.S. Small Business Administration. One example the SBA cites is that a cosmetic store and a hair salon might develop a cross-promotion, which offers a time-limited discount on makeup and hair coloring if the customer frequents both businesses.

 


Editors’ Note: This article has been updated since it originally published on November 25, 2016.



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How Entrepreneurs Can Make the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. A record number of shoppers are making plans to support their favorite businesses, as small business owners across the nation gear up for #ShopSmall.

When Small Business Saturday first began, incentives got people to come in and shop. But today, it has become a movement to support local businesses. Since 2011, Congress has designated a National Small Business Saturday, which is November 30 this year.

A One Day Shopping Event for Millions

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010, as a response to small business owners’ most pressing need; getting more customers. Held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday helps rally communities nationwide.

NFIB data shows that, in 2015, restaurants and independent retailers saw $16.2 billion in spending during Small Business Saturday, a 14% increase from the $14.3 billion in sales during Small Business Saturday 2014. Fortune also reports that, in 2015, 95 million consumers participated in this event.

Since 2014, there have been more than 1.6 million new small businesses added to this one-day shopping event. For 2016, American Express has teamed up with basketball icon Shaquille O’NealΓ‚ to encourage card members to Shop Small and get two times the rewards this holiday season. American Express, an official sponsor of the NBA and six of its teams, has also partnered with O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion, for the 2016-17 NBA season.

The Key to Small Business Saturday Success

Part of what helps make Small Business Saturday successful, in terms of getting consumers to #ShopSmall is a Small Business Saturday coalition of supporting organizations. Essentially, national, state, and local associations help coordinate #ShopSmall activities with merchants, consumers, and small business owners.

Another group that drives Small Business Saturday activities are the Neighborhood Champions, which is comprised of small businesses, associations, local Chambers of Commerce, and other community groups.

Small business owners can make the most of this day through social media. Your online presence, email marketing, and social media networks are great ways to target and connect with local consumers, through timely updates and compelling calls-to-action. Develop themes for your email templates and update your website and Facebook profile picture. To be part of the nationwide conversation, use the hashtags #SmallBizSat and #ShopSmall on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

It’s likely that many other small businesses in your community also rely on the holidays for a good chunk of income. So, see if you can partner with complementary stores or businesses to cross-promote each others’ goods or services, as suggested by the U.S. Small Business Administration. One example the SBA cites is that a cosmetic store and a hair salon might develop a cross-promotion, which offers a time-limited discount on makeup and hair coloring if the customer frequents both businesses.

 


Editors’ Note: This article has been updated since it originally published on November 25, 2016.



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Friday, November 29, 2019

City Of Los Angeles Names Intersection 'Berry Gordy Square' in Honor of Motown Records Founder

Berry Gordy’s name will forever be remembered.

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Singing sensation, Summer Walker is in hot water over Toronto show

Singer Summer Walker made a huge splash in the music industry this year with her debut album Over It, but it seems that fans have not been happy with her in-person appearances, including her concerts.

Toronto fans claim that Walker’s highly anticipated Monday night concert was a nightmare as she had been more than three hours late. According to Billboard, angry fans took to social media citing how they braved the frigid Toronto temps while seeing Walker post photos hanging out with Drake and London On Da Track earlier in the night.

 

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Billboard also reported that when Walker finally came on stage, she performed for under an hour at the further disappointment of waiting fans.

— Summer Walker drops highly anticipated debut album ‘Over It’

Summer Walker is really on a field trip while her fans in Toronto are getting hypothermia. You hate to see it,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another user took a screenshot of what looked like Walker’s Instagram stories and said, “The fact that summer walker had the audacity to post too is what’s sending me…talkin bout ‘I love Toronto.'”

Someone else tweeted, “Summer Walker is corny. Mental health and social anxiety is one thing but having your fans wait in the cold while you stroll around Toronto & posting it is wild unprofessional.”

There was so much outrage that Walker decided she had to defend herself. The singer took to Instagram Live on Tuesday to explain what happened:
“Y’all don’t even know what goes on behind-the-scenes. I had to fire my sound team twice,” she said. “I couldn’t find my passport and birth certificate. I had to be up at 5 a.m. to go to two different offices to get a new passport and birth certificate. By the time I got to Toronto, all I had time to do was check-in, wash my a–, and get to the venue. I didn’t even know I was motherf—–g late.”

“I go on stage when I’m told to go on stage,” she continued. “Drake told me he was going to come to my show, and I told him not to come because I suck. He comes — very grateful and nice man. He’s extremely sweet. The thing is, we only spoke for two minutes. Him, Meek, and some other n—s walked in. We say hello and take a picture. We probably exchanged about two sentences and then they said, ‘Summer, it’s time to go on stage.’ I did what I was supposed to do. If I had known motherfuckers were waiting for four hours, I would’ve apologized.”

Toronto police arrest man who threw buckets of poop on people

This is not the first time Walker had to defend herself when it came to fan outrage. She recently revealed that she suffers from social anxiety, which caused her to cancel two dozen tour dates. Though some fans found her mental health struggles relatable, there were many others that wondered why she would choose to be famous in the first place, according to ESSENCE, one of the critics was none other than Wendy Williams.

“I can’t even accept an award in peace,” Walker on Instagram Live. “You see how I spoke…I was scared. Everyone else gave a long ass speech. I didn’t because I have social anxiety. “I just want to let y’all know—not me b-tch because I’m living a great life—but this is how people commit suicide. When people tell you what’s literally going on with them and then people still continue to bully them.”

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The oldest living American, Alelia Murphy, dead at 114

Just months after celebrating her 114th birthday, Harlem resident, Alelia Murphy has passed away.

Murphy’s granddaughter Nefer Nekhet confirmed that her grandmother died on Saturday. The health care workers union, 1199SEIU, for which Nekhet is a member, released a statement on Wednesday announcing Murphy’s passing.

“It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Mrs. Alelia Murphy,” the statement read.”Mrs. Murphy was the oldest living American, having celebrated her 114th birthday in July, surrounded by her family, friends, community leaders, and members of our AFRAM Caucus.
According to CNN, Murphy, who was born in North Carolina in 1905, moved to Manhattan at the peak of the Harlem Renaissance and her involvement with community organizations, and her church over the years made her a local icon. After being widowed in 1953, she continued to support her children as a seamstress.
In July, her 114th birthday celebration in the Harlem neighborhood she had lived in since 1926 made national headlines as she was named the oldest living American. Murphy was surrounded by friends, family and the community that loved her dearly. July 6 had also been declared “Alelia Murphy Appreciation Day.”

During the ceremony, New York state Sen. Brian Benjamin dubbed Murphy a “Harlem landmark.
“She is the glue that holds this family together,” Nekhet said of her grandmother at the time.
Though Murphy did not speak at the ceremony, she did have family reveal that she believed she had reached her major milestone because of God and “being a good person.”
According to CNN, Hester Ford of North Carolina, who also was born in 1905, now holds the title of the oldest living American.

As of Friday afternoon, it is not clear if officials have determined Murphy’s cause of death.
We send out sincerest condolences to Murphy’s family.

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From Carmen to Nefertiti, J'Nai Bridges Is the Next Big Voice in Opera

Amid the surrealist sets, majestic costumes, soaring voices and intricate harmonies of the Met Opera’s current revival of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, based on the 17-year reign of the revolutionary 18th Dynasty Egyptian king, one of the most striking elements is that of his famed queen, Nefertiti.

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T.I. and Tiny discuss prison in part 2 of Red Table Talk

The highly-anticipated episode of Red Table Talk with rapper T.I. had his wife Tiny by his side, was expected to address the controversy surrounding comments about the “Top Back” rapper’s daughter. Part two of the episode will be just as dramatic as part one, as the couple addressed life after T.I. returned home from prison.

In clips posted to the Red Table Talk Facebook page, T.I. and Tiny are seen in a second part of their now infamous “hymen gate” episode taking on the topic of how their relationship dynamics changed after the Atlanta rapper came home from prison. It is no secret that both artists have had their run-ins with the law. According to People, in October 2007, T.I. was arrested before the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta Georgia and charged with two felonies: possession of three unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

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He was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. He reported to prison in May 2009 but was released seven months later. Then in 2010, both T.I. and Tiny was arrested on drug charges, which led to his 11-month sentence, which he served from Nov. 2010 until Aug. 2011.

“When I went to prison I guess she felt like, ‘Well now I have to figure out what I’m going to do. Because I don’t have you here to continue the protocols and practices that we established in the fundamental stages of this relationship.'” He said. “So when I got back the world was upside down. She kinda had an air like, ‘It’s my time.’ I thought we were going to hit the ground running and get back to things being the way they were.”

In a second clip, Tiny, who did not speak much in the first part of the episode, seemed to take offense to her husband’s perspective on her newfound voice.

“Once I got on my own two feet, I felt like I should have a voice too,” Tiny said, “and that voice, it was a little different than what he was used too. And that to me is what caused the issue. It wasn’t because I was being outlandishly disrespectful.”

T.I. attempted to interject, but his wife wasn’t having it.

Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris reports $750k worth of jewels stolen from Lambo including wedding ring from TI

“If you recall,” she continued, “you could not move, you could not go anywhere. I was still in the house [because] I was still on probation doing all the things, but because I had a voice that was not so timid; to me this is my outlook on it.”

“This is her perspective,” host Jada Pinkett-Smith said as T.I. continued trying to interrupt.

“He felt like ‘this is not the woman I left,” Tiny said, “‘this is not the woman I wanted. If I tell her this she’s gonna listen and she’s going to do it the way I want her to do it. He went and found somebody where he could be like ‘hey, don’t move. Do that,’ and I was not her.”

‘Family Hustle’ trailer reveals T.I. and Tiny living in separate homes

In 2018, footage leaked online appeared to show the once self-proclaimed “King of the South,” cheating on Tiny. The couple addressed the video on their show The Family Hustle.

The dramatic episode will air Monday on Facebook Watch.

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NFL Superstar and Super Bowl Champ Richard Sherman Pays Off School’s Cafeteria Debt

Richard Sherman was already Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl superstar but now the NFL baller is a superhero for young students who’ve had trouble paying for meals at school.

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Alabama Supreme Court ruled Birmingham cannot move nor change Confederate monuments

After almost a year-long battle, the Alabama Supreme Court proved that even with the presence of Black Lives Matter, a former Black President, and an elevated amount of Black excellence and achievement in this country, the South still has a long way to go.

On Wednesday, a ruling was passed that would keep Birmingham, which is predominately Black, from revising or removing any of the Confederate monuments in the city. According to ABC News, the ruling concluded that the city violated the 2017 Alabama Memorial Preservation Act.

The state sued Birmingham for placing wooden plywood panels that blocked the inscriptions on a 52-foot tall obelisk praising the heroism of Confederate veterans.

Knowing the history of racial violence during the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, the presence of the monument has made some in the community more than uncomfortable.

ABC News reported that when the state initially sued, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of Birmingham, deciding that the Alabama law outlawing relocating, removing, changing or renaming buildings, streets, and memorials that had been in place for more than 40 years, actually violated free speech rights.

READ MORE: Supreme Court ruling worries blacks in Shelby County, Alabama

The Alabama Supreme Court decision now upholds the original law and reversed the decision that was made in January.

In a statement obtained by The Hill, a spokesperson for the city expressed their disappointment with the justices’ decision.

“This ruling appears to be less about the rule of law and more about politics,” Rick Journey, director of communications in Birmingham’s office of public information said.

In addition to Birmingham having to remove the adjustments made on the monument, the city has also been fined $25,000.

According to The Hill, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, who had called for the repeal of the circuit judge’s decision, said the state supreme court made the “correct conclusion.”

“The Supreme Court’s ruling is a victory for the Alabama law which seeks to protect historical monuments,” Marshall said in a statement.

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“The City of Birmingham acted unlawfully when it erected barriers to obstruct the view of the 114-year-old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Linn Park.”

Grio fam, what do you think? Should the monument remain out in the open or do the citizens of Birmingham have the right to obstruct the view? Sound off below. 

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Buttigieg says being gay allows him to relate to Black voters

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg may have gotten himself in some hot water with Black voters after claiming that his experience as a gay man helps him relate to the Black community.

Buttigieg made his controversial comments during the most recent presidential debate where he admitted that he did not have to endure discrimination because of his skin, but he could relate to Black voters in another way.

“While I do not have the experience of ever having been discriminated against because of the color of my skin,” Buttigieg began, “I do have the experience of sometimes feeling like a stranger in my own country, turning on the news and seeing my own rights come up for debate, and seeing my rights expanded by a coalition of people like me and people not at all like me.”

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There was sharp criticism almost immediately following his comments, including a critique from Sen. Kamala Harris, who called his comments “not productive” and “naive.”

The Indiana mayor has not been hugely favored among Black voters despite his recent lead in Iowa polls and New Hampshire polls. According to the Washington Post, he trails badly in South Carolina, the first primary state with a sizable African American population with less than 1 percent support among black Democrats there.

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Buttigieg is also not very popular among Black voters in his own constituency as mayor of South Bend, Ind. Earlier this year, Buttigieg’s concern for the Black community came into question following the police-involved killing of, Eric Logan, a Black man, as it had been revealed that Black community members had previously complained about the officer-involved, Ryan O’Neill, for whom Buttigieg had not been quick to discipline.

Oliver Davis, a black council member in South Bend, said he did not agree with Buttigieg’s comparison.

“When you see me, you would know that I’m African American from day one,” Davis said. “When someone is gay or a lesbian, unless they tell or they are seen in certain situations, then no one is going to know that. They are able to build their rΓ©sumΓ©s and build their careers.”

According to the Washington Post, Rev. Al Sharpton, who has been a supporter of Buttigieg claiming him to be misunderstood, said that the young mayor has a long way to go.

“I think Kamala had a point, and I understood what she was saying,”  Sharpton said. “He’s evolving. Do I think he’s where he needs to be? No.”

Rev. William Barber II, minister of the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C, told the Washington Post that he believed it should not be about who has been discriminated the most, but about dealing with the issues.

“Let’s not get caught up in who understands discrimination the most,” Barber said. “Let’s deal with the real issue, which is that the same entities that are against gay folks are the same entities who are against black folks and that we ought to be united in fighting discrimination in any form it arises.”

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Black Friday Special: Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store opens in New York City with exclusive merchandise

Almost eight months after Nipsey Hussle‘s tragic death, his legacy as an entrepreneur and rapper is being continued in a most surprising way with a pop-up shop in New York City.

According to Billboard, Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing (TMC) store will be selling exclusive merchandise to East-Coast fans during the three-day pop up at Live Nation’s Shop Nation location in New York City. Starting from Nov. 29 to December 1, Black Friday shoppers will be able to choose from Christmas sweaters, bomber jackets, TMC sweatsuits and more for their favorite man, woman, or child.

The Instagram post announcing the venture also promises that a few special guests will be stopping through during the weekend opening.

Hussle was gunned down in Los Angeles in March. Alleged shooter Eric Holder was arrested and charged in his death. Thousands of people bought tickets to his public memorial service that was held at the Staples Center, which was followed by an almost 30-mile funeral procession through South L.A. The rapper left behind two children, Emani and Kross Ashegdom.

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Earlier this month, 11-year-old Emani, celebrated her first birthday without her father. Her aunt, Samantha Smith, who is Hussle’s sister and Emani’s legal guardian, made sure her niece felt all the love and support she needed.

“Emani ain’t gon know the streets gotta keep her close to me..” Happy 11th Birthday to my Warrior princess,” Smith wrote in an Instagram post.

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“You are a strong courageous powerful fearless Leader with a bright Soul and an insightful Mind. I love you endlessly and am here to celebrate life with you every step of the way!!

Actress Lauren London, who was Hussle’s long-term partner and shared a son with him, also sent birthday love to Emani by sharing a sweet picture of her and Kross, calling them her favorite “little beings.”

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Earlier this month, the late rapper was posthumously nominated for the Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song at the 2020 Grammy Awards with songs, “Higher” where he was featured with DJ Khaled and John Legend, which is up for Best Rap/Sung Performance. He was also nominated for “Racks in The Middle” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy in the categories Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

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UFC fighter Walt Harris celebrates stepdaughter in touching IG post

On a day when families are supposed to come together and celebrate gratitude, UFC fighter Walter Harris is unfortunately dealing with an incredible loss.

According to CBS News, the Department of Forensic Sciences in Alabama confirmed on Monday that the human remains found in a wooded area in Macon County are that of Harris’ 19-year old stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard. The young woman had been missing for several weeks.

Harris finally took to Instagram to publicly express his thoughts about the confirmation of Blanchard’s passing.

“My sweet baby girl… I just wanna thank you for helping me change my life for the better… For teaching me how to be a man and a better father! For being my biggest fan win, lose, or draw! For always knowing what to say to put a smile on my face and lift me up when I was down and wanted to give up,” he wrote.

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“This pain is unbearable… I know you want me to be strong but it so hard baby it so hard. I’m gonna find a way I promise you I will. Right now nothing makes sense and I’m so lost. I just want you back. I hope I made you proud… I’m gonna keep going daddy just needs time. I love you so much.”

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My sweet baby girl… I just wanna thank you for helping me change my life for the better… For teaching me how to be a man and a better father! For being my biggest fan win, lose , or draw! For always knowing what to say to put a smile on my face and lift me up when I was down and wanted to give up. You light up my world I’m so many ways. This pain is unbearable… I know you want me to be strong but it so hard baby it so hard. I’m gonna find away I promise you I will. Right now nothing makes sense and I’m so lost. I just want you back. I hope I made you proud… I’m gonna keep going daddy just needs time. I love you so much. Look after us like you always did. We need you now more than ever. My lil mighty mighty tiger is a angel now. I love you baby girl forever and ever!

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Blanchard was last heard from on Oct. 23 in Auburn, Ala. Walter Harris used his platform as a UFC fighter to bring further awareness to her disappearance by using social media and the hashtag #FindAniah.

CBS reports that blood was found in Blanchard’s car and the case has now been labeled a homicide investigation; three men are now in custody in connection with the case, but authorities have yet to determine a cause and manner of death.

READ MORE: Suspect arrested in kidnapping of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter

At the convenience store where Blanchard was last seen, a witness told investigators that 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed, who is in custody, forced the teen into her car. He is being charged with kidnapping and is currently being held without bond.

Our thoughts remain with the Harris and Blanchard families during this difficult time.

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