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Grammy-winning opera singer Jessye Norman has died at age 74. Once considered the world's number one soprano singer, Jessye Norman won four Grammy Awards, including a Grammy lifetime achievement award, and the National Medal of Arts for her legendary talents.

Ms. Norman's death was announced by her family. She died in New York on Monday from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015, according to the statement.

"We are so proud of Jessye's musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy," the statement from her family reads. "We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education."

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Ms. Norman is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She began singing in the Mount Calvary Baptist Church at age four. Her mother, Janie King-Norman, a schoolteacher, insisted she start piano lessons at age 5.

She earned a scholarship to the historically black college Howard University in Washington, D.C. to study music. She also studied at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Michigan.

Ms. Norman made her operatic debut in 1969 in Berlin, and has thrilled audiences in Milan, London and New York.

The Rachel Longstreet Foundation and Norman partnered to open the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, a tuition-free performing arts after-school program for economically disadvantaged students in Augusta.

She is best known for her roles in the operas of Richard Wagner, such as Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Tristan and Isolde.

Norman was never married and had no children.
 

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Rapper Drake is looking over his shoulders after a series of threats targeting his California home and OVO store.

Last week rapper Drake's Hidden Hills, California home and Los Angeles OVO store were vandalized. Well, a source tells Hollywood Unlocked that Drake's OVO store in Chicago was hit by bullets over the weekend.

Video footage obtained by HU shows the scene outside the Chicago store. A man is heard saying to the camera, "He's f-cking with the wrong ni--as. I don't do that" before producing a handgun and walking up to the store. In a second video clip, plywood covers the shot out window in the front of the OVO store.

According to published reports, the vandalism on the West Coast occurred after the Toronto rapper sent a private message to Don C's wife, Kristen Noel Crawley, on social media, asking her to intervene in his squabble with her husband.

A video making the rounds on social media last week shows the OVO storefront in Los Angeles covered in red spray paint. The message reads: "Leave L.A."

Drake's Hidden Hills mansion was also vandalized last week.

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Former friends Drake and Don C are both signed to Nike, designing high-profile sneakers for the sportswear giant.

It is also being reported that someone is surveilling Drake's father, Dennis Graham.
 

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A radical new California law will allow college student athletes the right to profit from their names and likeness while they are still in school.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay for Play Act into law at a Los Angeles barbershop associated with LeBron James's HBO show The Shop: Uninterrupted.

James, 34, celebrated the Fair Pay for Play Act on Twitter.com on Monday. "You the man Governor Gav! Appreciate you as so many many more as well!" he tweeted.

The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2023, makes it illegal for California colleges to deny student athletes the opportunities to earn hard cash for the use of their names, images and likenesses in video games, advertising, apparel and sports gear.

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The new act will benefit student athletes like LaMelo Ball, left, and Liangelo Ball, center, brothers of former Lakers star Lonzo Ball, right.

Student athletes will be allowed to earn money for sponsoring youth camps, just like professional athletes. They can also sign lucrative endorsement contracts with shoe companies, apparel companies, car dealerships, etc.

The law does not require colleges and universities to pay student athletes, but it collides head on with the NCAA's rules.

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California is the only state that allows college student athletes the right to be paid for their own names and likeness.

According to Sports Illustrated, California colleges, the Pac-12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA will all challenge the legality of the new law.

A lot is riding on the line for California schools.

Once the Act goes into effect, California colleges will no longer be permitted to participate in national championships organized or sponsored by the NCAA. And California schools might be kicked out of the NCAA altogether.

But supporters of the law, including James, believe the pros of the new law outweighs the cons.

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R. Kelly's lawyers filed court papers begging for his release from prison after his health deteriorated behind bars.

The R&B singer/songwriter is reportedly suffering from a hiatal hernia and his physical condition is deteriorating.

A hiatal hernia is an opening in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal organs to protrude through the diaphragm into the chest. The condition can be fatal if not treated by a surgeon.

Every prison has medical staff and psychiatric staffs to treat patients. But a hiatal hernia can not be treated in jail.

Lawyers for the jailed singer have filed new documents in an effort to get their client the medical help he needs behind bars.

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In court documents, obtained by TMZ, the lawyers asked a judge to allow Kelly to be released on house arrest, where his physical condition would improve.

They also assured the judge that the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer will not intimidate witnesses if he is released and they insist he is not a flight risk, because he doesn't currently have access to his passport.

Kelly, 52, was arrested in Chicago earlier this year and charged with 18 new counts, including child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, kidnapping, forced labor, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.

He is also wanted on similar charges in New York and Minnesota.

In August, a Minnesota prosecutor charged Kelly with soliciting a minor and prostitution.

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A 12-year-old student who claimed three white boys held her down in a classroom and cut off her dreadlocks admits she made the whole story up, according to police.

Amari Allen's dreadlocks were long and didn't appear to have been cut when she tearfully told a reporter her story on the local news.

Amari claimed she was held down on the classroom floor by three white boys at her $12,000-a-year private Christian school in Virginia.

Amari gave a tearful interview on the local news, saying the boys called her hair "ugly" and "nappy".

The three boys were questioned and they denied the allegations.

The story went viral on social media after it was reported that Vice President Mike Pence's wife worked at the school.

On Monday, Amari's parents released a statement apologizing to the boys and their families.

"To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused," the statement reads.

"To the administrators and families of Immanuel Christian School, we are sorry for the damage this incident has done to trust within the school family and the undue scorn it has brought to the school."

The school's administration also issued a statement:

"We can now confirm that the student who accused three of her classmates of assault has acknowledged that the allegations were false.

"We're grateful to the Fairfax County Police Department for their diligent work to investigate these allegations. While we are relieved to hear the truth and bring the events of the past few days to a close, we also feel tremendous pain for the victims and the hurt on both sides of this conflict."

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Actress Stacey Dash was arrested for assaulting her husband, Jeffrey Marty in their Florida home on Sunday night.

According to a police report, Dash, 52, slapped Marty during a domestic dispute. But her manager said Dash was acting in self defense after Marty choked her out.

The Clueless star was taken into custody at her home in Pasco County, Florida on Sunday.

Police say Dash slapped and scratched her husband's face, according to the police report.

She was arrested and charged with domestic battery after police observed injuries to Marty's face.

She is being held in jail on $500 bond.

Dash is universally hated in the Black community for supporting President Donald Trump.

Dash is best known for her role as Dionne Marie Davenport in the 1995 comedy film Clueless, also starring Alicia Silverstone.

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To hear the Democrats tell it, former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden are two brothers from a different mother. But according to an upcoming book, there was no love lost between Obama and his vice president.

The 'bromance' between Barack Obama and Joe Biden was more of a figment of Biden's imagination, according to the book: Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership.

The book, written by Steven Levingston, is set to be published by Hachette Books on October 8.

The book explores the secret animosity Obama held for Biden, whom he refused to endorse in 2016 or 2020.

"Barack had placed his bet on Hillary, the one he believed would confirm his revolutionary stamp on American's political culture - the first black president passing the baton to the first woman president," Levingston writes.

To save face, Biden claims he never asked Obama to endorse him, but he was offended when Obama met with other potential presidential candidates.

During a rambling speech by Biden in the early 2000s, Obama rolled his eyes and passed a note to his adviser Robert Gibbs, saying: "Shoot. Me. Now."

According to Levingston, Obama harbored a thinly veiled hatred for bumbling Joe Biden. He thought Biden was error prone and had a fast and loose tongue.

Obama reportedly with Biden to ask him not to run for president. Obama's choice for the nomination is California Senator Kamala Harris.

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After decades of chasing skirts, rapper Too Short has settled down and become a father for the first time at the age of 53. It's hard to believe the horn dog rapper, who had a plethora of groupies with children over the years, never fathered a child of his own.

Sources close to the "I'm a Player" rapper tell TMZ.com that his girlfriend, Sue Ivey, gave birth to a daughter, Yanni in December, but he kept the news under wraps until now.

Fans will get to see plenty of baby Yanni in the future, as TMZ reports that Too Short has been shooting a documentary with Ray J and his manager, David Weintraub, for over a year now.

The documentary focuses on how the rapper, Ray J and Weintraub raise their little girls in Hollywood.

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Too Short is pictured at a birthday party for Weintraub's little girl, Stevie, who turned 2 last year.

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Brandy Norwood celebrates the 25th anniversary of her self-titled album by releasing a new single "Freedom Rings" (Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One). The single is available now online.

"Freedom Rings" is the first track off Brandy's upcoming 7th studio album of the same title.

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"Freedom Rings" is very emotional for the 40-year-old R&B Diva. She recently opened up about working on the track with producer LaShawn Daniels, who died tragically in a car accident at age 41 earlier this month.

"And me and Lashawn will shine again!" she sings on the track.

Brandy celebrates the 25th anniversary of Brandy, which was released on September 27, 1994. The album was a critical success and introduced the Moesha star to a new audience of fans.

Brandy was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.
 

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After months of delays, Kanye West's long-anticipated Jesus Is King gospel album is finally here. But not everyone is impressed.

Jesus Is King is just 35 minutes long and relies heavily on Biblical texts.

Fox News called Jesus Is King "an evangelical rant about the evils of the modern world."

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Kanye held listening parties in Detroit, Chicago and New York City over the weekend. While in New York, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian-West took their children, North West, 6, Saint West, 3, and 1-year-old Chicago West to Cipriani's for lunch before holding his Sunday Service.

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After dropping his album Kanye surprised fans by announcing he will stop making secular music and focus only on gospel music.

The announcement was met with skepticism and shock.

Many social media users believe Kanye is suffering from a mental illness characterized by religious fanaticism.

Religious fanaticism is defined as an obsessive enthusiasm and hypercritical devotion to religion.

Religious fanaticism is linked to many psychiatric illness, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, depression and anxiety.

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On Sept. 9, the Atlanta school board met in secret and voted not to extend Superintendent Meria Carstarphen's contract, which expires June 30, 2020.

Carstarphen's ouster divided the city and sparked widespread condemnation of the school board for holding a secret majority vote by a public body. Parents called into local radio shows to express their outrage over Carstarphen's ouster.

Carstarphen's forced departure made national news.

As Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, Carstarphen (pictured left) led the district's nearly 52,000 students, 6,000 full-time employees and 87 schools and oversaw the system’s $1 billion annual budget.

Verdaillia Turner, educator and president of 1,700-member Atlanta Federation of Teachers, says the Atlanta school board should be "transparent" in its search for a replacement for Carstarphen.

In a guest column published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Turner said the school board should listen to the advice of educators rather than business interests that played a key role in selecting Carstarphen.

She accused the APS of entering into long-term contracts with companies and organizations that favor privatization under the banner of charter schools.

And she urged the APS to choose a superintendent who believes in public education.

"Hiring a superintendent is a monumental task and the Atlanta Board of Education should learn from the recent past to avoid pitfalls that could have serious ramifications for the future of the school system," she writes.

"Atlanta Public Schools needs a superintendent who will implement models that have been proven to work, such as the Community Schools approach that emphasizes meeting the whole family’s needs, real family engagement, community partnerships, and wrap-around services.

She added: "In a city such as Atlanta where most students suffer from poverty, this model is especially needed. A recent study identified Atlanta as the city with the least economic mobility for poor children."

Turner also criticized the school board for selecting Carstarphen, a Tulane and Auburn graduate, who has little teaching experience.

"Shouldn't a superintendent have spent time in the classroom interacting with students, parents, and other teachers?" she wrote.

Atlanta public schools are among the lowest performing schools in the nation. The Atlanta school district is still digging out from under the teacher cheating scandal of 2009.

Top teachers and principals in the Atlanta Public Schools were arrested for cheating on state-administered standardized tests. The teachers have since been released from prison.

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Big box retail and grocery store chains are struggling to combat increasing shoplifting offenses in their stores.

One Atlanta grocery store has come up with a controversial solution for a decades long shoplifting problem: caged grocery store aisles.

Customers who enter the College Park Kroger in South Fulton, southwest of Atlanta, are confronted with a second set of doors and glass facade inside the store.

Customers argue that the glass enclosure is racist and makes them feel like caged animals. They worry that they will be trapped inside the enclosure with the criminals.

"I think it's kind of racist you definitely see that here on Old National," a mother of three told CBS46 News.

"You won't see that in Fayetteville or maybe Cobb County anywhere, doubt it," said the mother.

Others expressed their anger in social media posts featuring photos of the enclosure.

But some Atlantans agreed the security measure is necessary to prevent major grocery store chains from moving their stores out of high crime neighborhoods.

They see the cages as a short-term solution to a long-term problem. South Fulton residents who don't own cars would be forced to take public transportation to other neighborhoods to buy groceries.

The College Park Kroger store is the only one in the area with the controversial security installation.

CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy asked customers if they knew that shoplifting and theft were issues at the store. "Yes I have, I have, yeah, quite a bit," said a longtime Kroger shopper.

Other shoppers tell CBS46 that many people take things from shelves and use them in the bathroom without paying.

A South Fulton police officer who moonlights at the store said the College Park Kroger doesn't have more shoplifting incidents than other stores in the area.

In a statement to CBS46, a Kroger spokesperson was unapologetic:

"Thank you for reaching out to us. These changes are being implemented to help improve operational efficiencies, provide better inventory management and increase profitability. We take pride in keeping our shelves fully stocked with the items our customers want and need and we believe these changes, which are part of a pilot project, will help us do so."

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A Florida man fatally shot his wife of 33 years and mother of his five children after suspecting her of cheating on him.

Police say Eddie Harris shot and killed his wife Shanica Harris in their Liberty City home before turning the gun on himself on Saturday night. The couple's 2 grandchildren were in the house at the time of the shooting. They were not injured.

Neighbors called 911 to report gunshots in the house at 24th Avenue and 60th Street around 8:51 pm.

Police arriving on the scene saw two men running from the 2-story stucco home. The men said Eddie Harris shot his wife inside the house and he had a long rifle with him.

Harris was arrested after a stand-off with SWAT officers. The grandchildren, ages 6 and 9, were rescued through an open window.

The Harrises shared 5 children and three grandchildren. They met when they were both 15.

"He barricaded himself in the house and kept my sister at blood death, with my grandniece and grandnephew in the house," Shanica's sister, Thomasina Goddard, told Local 10 News.

Just one week earlier, Eddie bought his wife a new Mercedes-Benz SUV. Shanica took to Facebook.com to complain that she didn't get the color she wanted. Shanica said she preferred the color red.

"Now he knows I love red cars!!! But OMG!!!!!! Why couldn't I pick out my own car," she wrote on September 21.

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Facebook friends say Eddie Harris suffered from psychological problems and delusions. They say his mind hasn't been right since his namesake son, Eddie Harris Jr., 19, was shot dead in the street in 2016.

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Eddie and Shanica posed with a standup cut out image of Eddie Jr. at an event in his honor in 2016.

On September 27 Eddie wrote a series of Facebook posts about his wife cheating on him and setting him up to be killed.

In one post featuring a photo of a grey Mercedes SUV, he wrote: "I f*cked up buying this car for the wrong girl shanicaharris."

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In another post, he wrote: "...my wife Shanicaharris cheating on the train now she playing sick on the job."

In other posts he wrote that his wife had a boyfriend who drove past the house in a white Impala.

"Shanica Harris got them trying to kill me," he wrote. Shanica was dead hours later.

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Kanye West treated lucky fans to an advance preview of his album Jesus Is King in Detroit, Michigan on Friday night.

The rapper was supposed to drop his highly anticipated gospel album on Friday, but instead, he hastily organized a mystery fan get together in Detroit.

Earlier in the day, a spokesperson at the Fox Theater told Rolling Stone magazine the star booked the event on the same day and refused to share further details.

The spokesperson said he usually doesn't book the theater on the same day - but it's Kanye West!

Lucky ticket holders who attended the gathering, dubbed Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience, enjoyed a sneak preview of the long-awaited gospel album.

The event was free but ticket holders were asked to surrender their phones during the secretive event to prevent leaks. The preview session also featured a video clip from Kanye's upcoming IMAX documentary, Jesus Is Lord.

The Yeezy mogul's wife Kim Kardashian shared a clip online of fans cheering the star as he made a special appearance.

She later took to her Instagram stories to announce the project was set to drop on Sunday, in addition to more listening sessions to be held in his native Chicago and NYC.

"Kanye's doing a listening session in Chicago tomorrow, then NYC (New York City) Sunday. He's dropping the album Sunday. Just a few final tweaks to the mixes."

The 12-track album reportedly includes the previously released track "Water", which he debuted at one of his Sunday Service gospel gatherings earlier this year, along with tunes including "Follow God", "New Body", "Up From the Ashes", and "Sunday".
 

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Comedian Faizon Love and TV personality Towanda Braxton sat in for Majic 107.5/97.5 radio host Ryan Cameron who is on vacation. Also making an appearance on Thursday's Ryan Cameron Uncensored show were Towanda's current boyfriend Sean Hall and special guest - "President Of R&B" Johnny Gill.

During the celebrity-driven Ryan Report, Faizon recalled seeing Towanda's famous sister, Toni Braxton, out & about with the late rapper, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright.

We all know Eazy-E got around, but we didn't know Toni was one of his sexual conquests.

Towanda immediately questioned Faizon's recollections, but the portly comedian stood firm. Johnny, who knows the Braxton family well, couldn't confirm Faizon's report and he couldn't stop laughing.

Faizon recalled seeing Toni hopping out of a brand new BMW that Eazy E owned, down to the paint color. There were skeptical looks all around the room, especially from her sister, Towanda, who quickly got Toni on the phone.

Toni is engaged to Cash Money Records founder, Bryan "Baby" Williams, who still has money problems that she may or may not be helping him to resolve.

Listen to the audio below to find out if Toni Braxton ever dated Eazy E or comedian Chris Tucker!
 

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A judge set bond at $1 million each for an Alabama woman and her son who are charged with murder after an argument over a missing dog.

According to court documents obtained by AL.com, Shakeem Butler, 24, and his 56-year-old mother, Shana Muldrow, were arrested Wednesday for the fatal beating of Joseph Minnifield, who police said was romantically linked to Muldrow.

Minnifield was dropped off at the Vaughan Regional Medical Center around 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 20. He was pronounced dead from his injuries at the hospital.

Muldrow initially denied knowing Minnifield when she was questioned by police.

She claimed that she was pulling into her backyard when she spotted a body in the middle of the street and decided to get help.

But a witness told police Muldrow and Butler struck Minnified multiple times in the face and body. The same witness said the argument started after Minnifield lost Butler's dog.

Butler and Muldrow appeared Thursday before Dallas District Judge Bob Armstrong, who set their bonds at $1 million each.

They are currently in the Dallas County Jail. Their preliminary hearings have been set for Oct. 29.

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A female skydiver was killed when she drifted onto a busy California highway and collided with a semi-truck. The 28-year-old woman died when her parachute drifted over a busy highway and she was hit by a truck in Lodi, California on Thursday afternoon.

The unidentified woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fresno Bee.

The fatality sparked chain reaction accidents that caused a 4-hour traffic jam on Highway 99 in northern California. The woman was attempting to return to Skydive Lodi Parachute Center in Acampo when she was killed.

Winds were blowing at 17 mph at the time of the incident, according to the NY Daily News. The winds were strong enough to prevent light aircraft from landing at a nearby airport.

"I drove by and saw the truck pulling over. There was a body lying on the (pavement)," Rich Edwards told the Fresno Bee. "I saw a [parachute] on the road and a bunch of people."

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The beef between rapper Drake and street-wear designer Don C escalated when Drake's Hidden Hills, California home and OVO store were vandalized.

According to published reports, the vandalism occurred after the Toronto rapper sent a private message to Don C's wife, Kristen Noel Crawley, on social media, asking her to intervene in his squabble with her husband.

A video making the rounds on social media shows the OVO storefront in Los Angeles covered in red spray paint. The message reads: "Leave L.A."

Drake's Hidden Hills mansion was also vandalized over night.

Former friends Drake and Don C are both signed to Nike, designing high-profile sneakers for the sportswear giant.

It is also being reported that someone is surveilling Drake's father, Dennis Graham.
 

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Amber Guyger, the former Dallas cop who fatally shot her unarmed Black neighbor in his own apartment, cried on the witness stand on day 5 of her murder trial.

Guyger, 31, claims she was "scared to death" when she shot Botham Jean twice as he stood up from the sofa when she entered his apartment on the night of Sept. 6, 2018.

She cried while defense attorney Toby Shook questioned her about the events that led up to the shooting.

Guyger testified that she believed a stranger was inside her own apartment when she arrived home after working a 13-hour shift.

"I was scared to death," Guyger said, adding that her "heart rate just skyrocketed."

The Dallas native said she "never wanted to take an innocent person's life."

Guyger then reenacted how she arrived at the apartment on the 4th floor - one floor above her own.

She testified that when she put the key into the lock she noticed the door was ajar. She then saw the silhouette of a figure and pulled out her gun and yelled, "Let me see your hands! Let me see hands!" she said.

She said she saw the figure move and that Jean yelled "Hey! Hey! Hey!" in an "aggressive" voice.

"I was scared he was going to kill me," she testified.

Prosecutors say Guyger was so distracted by steamy text messages from her police officer lover that she didn't notice Jean was sitting in his own living room eating a bowl of ice cream.

Dallas Det. Stephen Clearly also pointed out that Guyger's apartment had photos hanging on a wall, a bookshelf in the corner and a small table with a vase of flowers against the wall. Jean's apartment had art hanging on the wall behind the couch, an ottoman in the living room and a workstation set up near the bar.

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Most women are attracted to men who are macho or masculine in appearance and behavior. But certain women prefer men who are more feminine.

According to Psychology Today, macho men have exaggerated masculine traits that women find valuable. They also think macho men are more virile and make good biological fathers.

Women who prefer feminine men usually have a past history that includes physical abuse or rape. Such women consider feminine men to be more sensitive, gentler and kinder than masculine men.

"In some circumstances, masculine qualities are more valuable. In others, a more feminine partner might be the better choice. The results of 15 years of research consistently show that women prefer masculine men more for a short-term fling than for marriage, perhaps because macho men are generally less committed."

A research study by Glasgow University's Iris Holzleitner tested 500 women who rated the attractiveness of a set of male faces that had been manipulated to appear more feminine or more masculine.

Holzleitner found that, generally, women most preferred male faces that were moderately masculine.

Women also differed in their preferences according to their own attractiveness: Women who thought they were highly attractive didn't find feminine male faces very attractive at all.

Women who thought of themselves as less attractive were more attracted to men with feminine features, according to Holzleitner.

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Rapper Snoop Dogg is mourning the loss of his 10-day-old grandson, Kai Love. Kai is the third child of Snoop Dogg's 25-year-old son, Corde Broadus, who revealed his newborn died on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Corde posted a video online of his daughter kissing Kai, who never left the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital where he was born on Sept. 15.

The grieving dad also shared the sad news on his Instagram account, writing: "Kai Love 9/15/19 – 9/25/19 My Son Kai brought so much love and positivity into this world. His energy will live on and these 10 days of love will always be special to us. Let's all cherish life and those we love while we are here."

The baby's cause of death was not announced.

Snoop's wife, Shante, dedicated a heartfelt song to her late grandson on Thursday and posted video of herself tearfully singing along to The Dells' hit "The Love We Had Stays On My Mind". Snoop has yet to address the tragedy.

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Kai was Snoop and Shante's fifth grandchild. Snoop and Shante, both 47, have three adult children, Corde, Cordell, and Cori.
 

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Prince Harry donned protective gear to walk through a "partially cleared" minefield in Angola, near the minefield where his mother, Princess Diana, was once famously photographed before she died in 1997.

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The site of the former minefield where Princess Diana walked is now a paved street with buildings and sidewalks.

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Prince Harry retraced his mother's steps through the minefield which is now a bustling city with colorful buildings and sidewalks. Harry visited Angola to highlight the ongoing threat of explosive munitions in Angola.

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Prince Harry paused to reflect at the base of The Diana Tree in Huambo, Angola, which marks the spot where the Princess of Wales was photographed walking through a minefield in 1997. Harry, 35, visited Dirico, Angola on day 5 of his and Duchess Meghan's royal tour of Africa on September 27, 2019.

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While Prince Harry visited Angola, his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex met with 7 weeks old baby Sumeya at mothers2mothers, a nonprofit African charity that trains and finds jobs for women living with HIV/AIDS, during her royal tour of South Africa in Cape Town.

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Black Twitter expressed outrage over a Texas Ranger's testimony in defense of former cop Amber Guyger who is on trial for murdering Botham Jean in his own apartment.

After working a 13-hour shift on Sept. 6, 2018, Guyger, 31, parked on the wrong floor and claimed she entered the wrong apartment under the belief that it was her own.

But prosecutors say Guyger was distracted by steamy text messages from her lover when she entered Jean's apartment located directly above her apartment.

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Texas Ranger Sgt. David Armstrong took the witness stand and said the former Dallas police officer did not commit a crime when she entered Jean's apartment and shot him dead.

"I don't believe that (the shooting) was reckless or criminally negligent based on the totality of the investigation and the circumstances and facts," he said earlier this week.

 

Armstrong claimed the evidence shows Guyger had access to Jean's apartment because his door was ajar.

"On multiple occasions, the door would close all the way and the door would also not completely close depending on the distance. And we were just letting go of the door not using any force and sometimes it would close all the way sometimes it wouldn't, depending on the distance."

But neighbors posted videos on social media that showed their apartment doors closing completely and locking automatically when they let go.

Armstrong also explained Guyger's mental state when she confronted Jean in the living room of his own apartment.

"Physically your heart rate goes very, very high," said Armstrong. "Your vision becomes narrowed, which is commonly referred to as tunnel vision. You begin to think very, very quickly and because your vision is narrowing, you begin to concentrate on what you believe your threat is … and that's due to blood rushing to the major organs of the body because your body is saying ‘I need to do this right now,' which is either fight or flight."

Prosecutor Jason Hermus objected to the testimony, saying Armstrong was not qualified to speak to Guyger's state of mind.

"What Ranger Armstrong believes is Ranger Armstrong's opinion. His opinion and belief doesn't help the jury. … The fact that he believes something based on evidence doesn’t mean the jury is going to believe the same thing."

According to published reports, Armstrong also has blood on his hands. He was previously investigated for killing a man while driving twice the speed limit. Armstrong was never tried in that case.

A lawsuit stated the accident would not have occurred if Armstrong was driving the legal speed limit.

Black Twitter reacted strongly to Armstrong's testimony in Guyger's defense.

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Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker are expecting another child via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and a surrogate.

According to editors at E!, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd will soon add another bouncing baby to their family.

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The former Xscape star's surrogate journey will be documented on the upcoming season 12 of RHOA.

Though IVF was routine among white Hollywood stars for decades, the IVF trend among urban stars was popularized by part-time singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, who reportedly had all three of her IVF children delivered via surrogates.

Kandi took advantage of IVF to conceive her son Ace Tucker and deliver him herself.

Earlier this year, the 43-year-old reality star and part-time singer expressed her hopes to expand her family to include another baby.

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"It was a blessing we was able to get (our son) Ace through IVF, but in the process of doing IVF, we still have two more embryos. And with that being said, as soon as we had Ace, we knew that we would want to possibly use our other embryos, but I had a high-risk pregnancy last time, so that's why we decided we would consider surrogacy," Kandi explained to The Daily Dish. "Todd and I are both nervous about it. I think it's easier for Todd to handle or deal with because as a man he's used to somebody else carrying the baby."

Kandi also got advice on the process from openly ghey TV host Andy Cohen, who welcomed a son in February 2019 via surrogate.

"I had made a comment. I said something like, 'I guess I'm gonna have a baby mama.' And he said to me, 'Don't you ever say that because you are the mother,'" Kandi recalled during an appearance on Busy Tonight. "'And to say she's your baby's mom is taking away from you.' It made me feel better."

Kandi is already mom to daughter Riley, 17, and Todd is dad to daughter Kaela, 22.

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In addition to being a rapper, entrepreneur and label owner with his own roster of artists, T.I. hosts his own podcast, ExpediTIously.

T.I. sat down with "Infowars" owner Alex Jones for an intense debate about President Trump’s immigration policies and leadership skills.

The range of topics included the Tuskegee Experiments, Black genocide and rat infested Baltimore.

Jones didn't humiliate the articulate rapper when T.I. said Appalachia was a foreign country.

Check out the full interview on Apple Podcasts and PodcastOne.
 

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Toy maker Mattel, Inc. is doing its part to help minor children choose their own genders with a new line of gender-nonconforming dolls.

The Creatable World gender nonconforming dolls are available with short hair and a kit containing long wigs and a variety of gender neutral clothing options.

Children can create over 100 different genders with the dolls.

"Toys are a reflection of culture and as the world continues to celebrate the positive impact of inclusivity, we felt it was time to create a doll line free of labels," said Kim Culmone, senior vice president of Mattel Fashion Doll Design.

Mattel worked with parents, doctors and other child experts to create the new line of dolls that will help children rethink the former boy, girl gender standard.

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The dolls were tested on 250 families, including 15 children who identify as transgender, gender binary, gender nonconforming, etc.

The new toy line is part of Mattel's push to eliminate the boy, girl stereotypes in today’s culture.

"Through research, we heard that kids don't want their toys dictated by gender norms," Culmone said. "This line allows all kids to express themselves freely, which is why it resonates so strongly with them."

The new dolls are available now in stores.

Question: Do you plan to buy the Creatable World dolls for your children?

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Does Beyonce know about this? Latin superstars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have been booked by Jay-Z to perform during Super Bowl LIV halftime in Miami, Florida next year.

Lopez, 50, and Shakira, 42, are set to perform at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Feb. 2. The announcement was made on Instagram.com on Thursday.

Shakira shared a photo of Lopez, 50, and the caption: "Get ready 02.02.20."

Lopez added: "This is happening. 02.02.20." "Going to set the world on [fire] @shakira #PepsiHalftime #SuperBowlLIV @pepsi".

Coincidently, Feb. 2 is Shakira's birthday.

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Jay-Z was widely criticized for accepting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's offer to provide halftime music consultation in exchange for cash and a possible ownership in a NFL team.

Many believed the aging rapper's wife, Beyonce, would be the first artist he signed to perform during Super Bowl halftime.
 

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Rap mogul T.I. celebrated his 39th birthday with family and friends at Brasserie restaurant in Atlanta on Wednesday.

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T.I.'s faithful wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris gifted her husband with a diamond ring in a glass of champagne.

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Invited guests included Tiny's bestie Antonia Wright, Tiny's other bestie, Shekina Jo, Phaedra Parks, Lil Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant, rapper 2 Chainz, T.I.'s road manager Clay Evans, Monyetta Shaw and a few more notables.

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T.I. posed with his beautiful mom Violeta Morgan. He is her only child.

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3 generations: Tiny, her daughter Heiress and mom Dianne Pope attended T.I.'s birthday bash.

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Tekashi69 reportedly turned down the opportunity to enter the United States Federal Witness Protection Program. The 23-year-old rapper considered entering the program after testifying against fellow members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods street gang.

Last week, the troubled rapper testified that fellow rappers Jim Jones and Cardi B were involved with the Bloods gang.

He also admitted he helped try to kill a rival gang member, as part of a plea bargain to avoid a potential 47-year prison sentence.

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While Tekashi 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, was mocked by fellow rapper Snoop Dogg for being a "snitch", TMZ reported the rapper rejected an offer to enter the program because he wants to revive his recording career once he's freed from prison.

TMZ added that, instead of government-funded protection, he'll hire his own 24/7 security team to guard him and his family.

Although he's currently behind bars without bond, Tekashi apparently believes he'll be able to pick up his music career once he's out of jail - as early as next year, as part of his plea bargain with federal prosecutors.

Tekashi was expected to go into the witness protection program, but he was told he would have to pay to remove his distinctive tattoos.

Tekashi's trial is expected to wrap on Thursday. The trial will be documented in the upcoming Snapchat series Tekashi69 Vs The World, which is expected to drop soon.

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Latin Grammys bosses defended this year's Latin Grammy nominations following social media attacks from urban acts who were shut out of the major categories.

Daddy Yankee (pictured above) and J Balvin led the backlash following the announcement of the nominations on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Critics claimed the Latin Recording Academy voters favored Latin artists for the top prizes, while ignoring urban artists.

These artists weren't included in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, or Album of the Year categories - despite the fact they dominated streaming services over the last year.

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Balvin (pictured) wrote, in Spanish, "Without reggaeton, there are no Latin Grammys."

While Daddy Yankee added:

"Despite being nominated, I don't agree with the way they treated the genre and a lot of my colleagues. Remember one very important thing: Their platform was not the one that created this movement. This goes beyond a prize. This is culture, credibility, relevance, and RESPECT."

Latin Recording Academy bosses released a statement on Wednesday, denying the allegations:

"We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin music. In 2004, The Latin Recording Academy led the charge for recognizing reggaeton (urban) in several categories, adapting to the evolution of music. The Latin Recording Academy has followed a strict voting process for the past 20 years. The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination.

"The Academy has never influenced their decisions, have always honored, and respected their elections, even if there are people who do not agree with the results. Nevertheless, we hear the frustration and discontent. We invite the leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy. At its core, The Latin Recording Academy belongs to its members, from all genres, and our doors are always open. Together we can all make it work. Let’s do it!"

The Latin Grammys will take place in November.