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Rapper Future officially claimed Lori Harvey as the latest addition to his harem. Future already has seven children by as many baby mamas.

The 36-year-old rapper posted video on his Instagram story that showed him in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. In the clip Future is in the backseat of luxurious car. He scans over to show Lori sitting right next to him.

He then posted a solo photo of Lori posing in an all-black ensemble in a well-appointed hotel lobby. She is dripping in diamonds. He captioned the post, "Flawless. Tap for details."

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Lori was Future's special guest at his star-studded all-white birthday bash in Atlanta recently. She stayed in the shadows all night and was reportedly surrounded by armed bodyguards.

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Lori is the daughter of Atlanta socialite Marjorie Harvey, who married comedian Steve Harvey in 2007.

The 22-year-old Capricorn is best known for briefly dating entertainment mogul Sean Combs and his son Justin Combs. She was briefly engaged to soccer player Memphis Depay and had a brief fling with bisexual R&B singer Trey Songz, among others.

Rapper Meek Mill elevated Lori's status when he shouted her out on a rap song. She has no children, but that will probably change soon.

Lori was involved in a hit & run arrest while driving her Mercedes SUV in Beverly Hills in October. Her car flipped and the other driver had to remove Lori from her vehicle. She reportedly left the scene and was ticketed when police tracked her down, according to The Blast.

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Kid Rock slammed Oprah Winfrey in a drunken tirade during a scheduled performance at the Honky Tonk bar in Nashville, Tennessee.

In video footage obtained by TMZ, Rock, 48, used profanity in reference to the billionaire media mogul.

"F--- Oprah ... She can s--- d--- sideways," he said while holding a drink in his hand onstage.

"I don't like Oprah Winfrey or Joy Behar... they can suck a dick sideways," he said before adding he would tell them to "fuck off."

As some audience members called him out for being racist, Rock said "I'm not a bad guy, I'm just an honest guy, saying I don't like Oprah Winfrey and Joy Behar."

At the end of the video, Rock is physically removed from the stage by a uniformed officer.

The club owner later apologized and offered refunds to the show.

On Friday, Kid Rock tweeted an explanation for the incident. "My people tried to get me to do The Oprah Winfrey Show years ago and her people wanted me to write down five reasons why I loved her and her show... I said fuck that and her. End of story."

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Rock is no stranger to controversy. He alienated many of his Black rap fans when he aligned himself with President Donald Trump. The two men share a love for golf.

Last year, Rock was kicked out of the Nashville Christmas parade after making profane remarks about Behar.

And back in 2011, Rock was chastised for waving a Confederate flag on stage and accused of racism by protesters.

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In a Thanksgiving photo shared by his stepson Gabrielle Union, Zion Wade, 12, posed on curved steps with Union, his father, Dwyane Wade, and his 1-year-old sister Kaavia. In the photo, Zion wears acrylic stiletto nails.

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Stiletto nails are all the rage among celebrities, such as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Cardi B (pictured below). But the tips are considered dangerous due to their sharp pointy tips.

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Stiletto nails are hard acrylic nails painted with layers of polish and often decorated with tiny art or rhinestones.

Wade's fans praised him on social media for allowing the boy to live in his truth. They said 12 is not too young for the child to express his sexuality at an age when he should be playing sports.

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Zion is Wade's son with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. Wade's oldest son with Funches, 17-year-old Zaire Wade, is a top ranked high school basketball star.

Union, 47, was let go as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent last week. She has since opened up about being fired from the show.

"When the world feels like it's falling apart. Try to find your peace," she captioned a video clip.

In a tweet, Wade, 37, said he was proud of Union for "standing up for what she stands for" and practicing what she preaches to their daughter Kaavia.

"As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US. So [cheers] to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we've talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world."

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President Donald Trump surprised U.S. troops in Afghanistan by serving them dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Trump arrived in Afghanistan after a 13-hour flight on Thursday. It was his first visit to the war torn country.

Trump's secret trip caught most of the news media off guard. Reporters in the press pool were not allowed to announce where they were going. Newsweek magazine erroneously described the President as spending Thanksgiving Day tweeting at his golf course.

After three and a half hours on the ground in Afghanistan, Trump boarded Air Force One for a long flight back to Florida.

The President looked exhausted after landing in Florida. According to published reports, Trump, 73, will spend the rest of the holiday weekend with his family at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach.

"Just returned to the United States after spending a GREAT Thanksgiving with our Courageous American Warriors in Afghanistan!," he tweeted on Friday.

Trump was ridiculed on Twitter.com after he tweeted a meme of his head Photoshopped on Rocky Balboa's body. Rocky Balboa is a beloved fictitious boxing champion played by actor Sylvester Stallone in the 'Rocky' film franchise.

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Trump tweeted the meme after getting a clean bill of health from his personal physician. There was talk that Trump suffered a mild heart attack last weekend, but the rumors were unfounded.

The meme was a hit among pro-democracy protesters who held up copies of Trump's tweet during a Thanksgiving Day rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China.

The demonstration was their way of saying thank you to the United States after Trump signed legislation supporting the Hong Kong protesters. The new legislation requires annual reviews of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms.

China expressed disappointment in the new legislation.

Jennifer Lopez has a lot to be thankful for. She is engaged to be married to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and she's still in demand as a performer and an actress at age 50.

But some of J-Lo's fans were baffled when Alex, 44, posted photos of Lopez and his two daughters Natasha, 15, and Ella, 11, on Instagram. The images excluded J-Lo's twins by her ex-husband Marc Anthony.

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The girls are A-Rod's daughters by his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, whom he divorced in 2008. J-Lo reposted the images on her Instagram.

Lopez's fans were annoyed that the family pictures didn't include J-Lo's 11-year-old twins - Emme and Maximillian - who were right there in the kitchen with them.

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Lopez did post shots of her daughter Emma (2nd from right) and her son Max - but the images were inside a gallery and not prominently displayed like the family portraits.

Men don't know any better, but J-Lo's fans felt she should've included her kids in the family shots - especially when the photos are posted on social media for all the world to see.

Question: What do you think of A-Rod and J-Lo's Thanksgiving family portraits? Should she have included all four children in the shots?

Check out more celebrity family Thanksgiving photos below.
 

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It's the day after Thanksgiving - traditionally Black Friday in America - when most Americans hit the malls to take advantage of after Thanksgiving sales.

Rapper French Montana is thankful to be out of intensive care and in a regular hospital room for the holidays. He posted an image on Instagram.com that shows his fresh haircut after spending 2 weeks in ICU in a San Fernando Valley hospital.

Montana captioned the photo:

"Thank you Everyone for all of the prayers, love and support. I’m finally out of ICU and am getting better one day at a time !!!"

The rapper was hospitalized on Nov. 21, after he collapsed at home and complained of abdominal/chest pain, nausea and shortness of breath. Medics who responded to his home reported he had an elevated heart rate (palpitations).

Some of Montana's fans were worried that the EKG monitor in his room shows his heart rate is still high at 127. But that heart rate is Ok if he's moving around. What doctors want to see is how quickly his heart rate returns to normal (60-100) while he's at rest.

Montana's hospitalization comes a few weeks after the Moroccan rapper celebrated his 35th birthday in Africa. Rumors are swirling that Montana picked up a nasty infection that weakened his heart. This type of cardiac infection is potentially deadly. Montana's signs and symptoms can also be caused by narcotic abuse.

Online sources say Montana's worried ex-girlfriend Khloe Kardashian checks up on him daily.

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The annual Egg Bowl college football rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State ended in bitter defeat for Ole Miss because of the selfish act of one player.

Ole Miss was down 21-14 when wide receiver Elijah Moore scored a touchdown with four seconds remaining in regulation.

With Mississippi State holding on to a slim 21-20 lead - and with Moore's family watching on Thanksgiving Day - Moore crawled to the back of the end zone on all fours, raised his leg and pretended to pee like a dog.

Moore was hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty, setting the ball back 15 yards further than normal for a 2-point conversion try. Ole Miss had to settle for an extra point kick to possibly tie the game. But Luke Logan's extra point kick missed wide right, giving MSU the win that clinched bowl eligibility with a 6-6 record for the season.

After the game, Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke called Moore "a good kid who got caught up in the moment." He said Moore's dog pee celebration was "disappointing" and "not who we are" as a team.

But ESPN analyst Louis Riddick called Moore's stunt the "ultimate act of selfishness". Odell Beckham was also flagged for doing the same thing during an NFL game.
 

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A wide receiver who participated in Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout in Atlanta received a tryout of his own with the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Kaepernick, 32, is still waiting for any team to call.

According to NFL reporter and talk show host Howard Balzer, wide receiver Jordan Veasy, got a private tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

Veasy, a former California Bear, caught passes from Kaepernick during his controversial workout at a high school in Atlanta earlier this month.

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Kaepernick angered NFL execs when he switched the location of his workout at the last minute. His stunt "disappointed" Jay-Z who, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, arranged the workout for Kaepernick.

According to BET.com, "the Browns just signed J'Mon Moore to their practice squad, so it's unlikely they'll add Veasy as well."

The Browns are 5-6 on the year and could use help at the quarterback position. But Kaepernick's antics have shut the door on his chances to be a part of an NFL roster.

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Singers Ciara (pictured), Idina Menzel, TLC and Kelly Rowland were among the performers who braved strong winds to celebrate the holiday at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City on Thursday, Nov. 28.
 

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Idina Menzel performed the holiday classic "Sleigh Ride". Menzel, 48, performed on top of the Balsam Hill float. She wore a luxurious light brown coat with fur trim and white knit hat.
 

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The ladies of TLC, T-Boz and Chili, waved to fans as they rode atop a huge float, while Ciara, and Rowland all wrapped up warm as they sang for the crowds atop elaborate floats.
 

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Ciara, wife of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, made sure everyone in the crowd knew her name as she performed atop a giant float.
 

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The event also featured live sets from Ashanti (pictured), the Black Eyed Peas, Chicago, NCT 127, Lea Michele, Billy Porter, Natasha Bedingfield, Debbie Gibson, and The Roots.
 

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade almost canceled its traditional colorful big balloons due to the strong wind gusts, but the New York Police Department announced the giant balloons would be allowed to fly lower than normal just moments before the parade was set to start.

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Kanye West released his dark music video for his single "Closed On Sunday". It's fitting that Kanye released the visual on Thanksgiving Day since it's basically a plug for Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants.

The single is off his newly released platinum album Jesus Is King, which he describes as "an expression of the gospel." Listen to Jesus Is King here.

The video opens with Kanye watching over his wife, Kim Kardashian-West and their children, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm, as they sleep on a rock formation in the desert.

In the next scene we see a caravan of light armored vehicles arriving in the desert, ready to do battle against unseen forces. The music video has an apocalyptic end-of-days tone to it.

After taking group portraits, Kanye climbs a rock formation to commune with God. "Follow Jesus, listen and obey," he raps. "No more livin' for the culture, we nobody's slave."

    I pray to god that he'll strengthen my hand
    They will think twice steppin' onto my land
    I draw the line, it's written in the sand
    Try me and you will see that I ain't playin'


    Now, back up off my family, move your hands
    I got my weapons in the spirit's land
    I, Jezebel don't even stand a chance
    Jezebel don't even stand a chance

Everyone's favorite part of the video is the final shot - when little North screams "CHIC-FIL-AAAAA!"
 

Kanye West - Closed On Sunday

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Texas authorities confirmed an attack by a pack of feral hogs killed a 59-year-old woman on her way to work on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Christine Rollins bled to death after she was attacked by feral hogs in the front yard of a home in rural Anahuac, according to the medical examiner and Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne.

The Jefferson County medical examiner's office ruled the cause of death as "exsanguination due to feral hog assault."

"We can kind of tell that from the different sizes of the bites," Hawthorne said during a news conference Monday, according to CBS Houston.

Rollins was one of three caretakers who provided around-the-clock care for an elderly couple who lived in the home near where she was attacked. The 84-year-old homeowner and his 79-year-old wife have severe dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

When she didn't show up to work that morning, the 84-year-old man went outside and found Rollins laying between her vehicle and the home's front door in the 400 block of State Hwy 61. Sheriff Hawthorne called it one of the most horrific scenes he's ever seen.

No one heard the attack on Rollins. Neighbors in the rural area told ABC13 they have complained about the roaming packs of feral hogs, also known as feral pigs, swine, wild boar, razorbacks, or Eurasian wild boar.

"As soon as I seen the news report on that, my heart goes out to the family," said "Cajun Bob" Thornberry, of Sweeny. He said he's used trees to escape from charging packs of hogs.

"If you walk up on a bunch of these hogs, don't try to run because they can outrun you," Thornberry warned. "Try to get close to a tree and if you can't get close to a tree, at least carry a gun with you. Like any wild animal, feral hogs attack when they feel threatened."

Residents say hogs in that rural part of Chambers County are becoming a bigger problem.

"We've got individuals that hunt hogs with dogs. They put Kevlar on these dogs for a purpose because those hogs are vicious," said neighbor David Bennett. "And when they feel threatened, they're coming after you."

Rollins would have turned 60 years old on Christmas Day. She leaves behind one adult daughter and two adult grandchildren.

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Gabrielle Union thanked social media fans for cheering her up after she lost her lucrative gig as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent last week.

Lovebscott.com first reported that Gabrielle and fellow new judge Julianne Hough would not be returning to the popular show after just one season, leaving fans to speculate over the reason for her dismissal.

Following reports of a "toxic" atmosphere on set regarding "racism" and "sexism", VAriety.com reported that the 47-year-old actress was offended by staffers complaints about her ethnic hairstyles.

Union took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank fans for their continued support, saying she was "lost" and all "alone" after being let go from her job.

"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," she tweeted.

While the mother-of-one and stepmother of four didn't address the NBC show directly, she went on to like a tweet from a reporter who mentioned she'd been "fired" from the franchise.

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Union spoke out after her retired NBA star husband Dwyane Wade shared his support for his wife by suggesting network bosses tried to pin a drop in viewership on the new judges.

"Men lie, Women lie, numbers don't," he tweeted, quoting lyrics by rapper Jay-Z, on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Wade, 37, expressed surprise upon learning that Union was fired from the show. They thought for certain that being LGBT allies would elevate her status in Hollywood.

"Over this past year I've been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they've started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show. So when i got the news that my wife was being fired - my first question was obviously why!? Iam (sic) still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she's an advocate for our community and culture."

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A Marietta woman will spend the Thanksgiving holidays in jail for firing a handgun into a Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-thru window because she didn't receive a fork or napkins with her order.

Jonelle Jade Dare, 33 was arrested Tuesday, nearly a month after she was accused of shooting into a KFC restaurant in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

The incident occurred Oct. 28, Shelbyville police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No one inside the restaurant was injured.

Witnesses said the woman was irate about not receiving napkins or utensils with her meal, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

After exchanging words with the cashier, Dare pulled a handgun and fired through the open drive-thru window.

Investigators tracked her to Atlanta and secured warrants for her arrest with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the AJC.

She was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in Sandy Springs. A handgun was recovered.

Dare is being held without bond while awaiting extradition to Kentucky, according to AJC.com.

"Fulton County Sheriff's deputies have notified authorities in Kentucky that Ms. Dare is available for pick up," the agency told AJC.com. "They have 15 business days to do so."

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Gabrielle Union is breaking her silence after she was let go as a judge on America's Got Talent for complaining about the "toxic" work environment. The outspoken 47-year-old actress lasted only one season on AGT before network bosses terminated her and fellow judge Julianne Hough, 31.

According to Variety.com, staffers at the NBC talent competition complained over "half a dozen times" about her various ethnic hairstyles.

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Staffers reportedly complained about Union's hair weave products, telling the mother-of-one that her various hairstyles were "too black" for the show's audience.

But a network source denied that Union only received feedback about hair continuity during season 14.

The news was first reported by lovebscott.com that the Bring It On star and fellow judge Julianne Hough were dropped from AGT ahead of season 15. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, who are Caucasian, and host Terry Crews, who is Black, are expected to return next season.

According to Variety.com, numerous incidents left Union uncomfortable - such as when guest judge Jay Leno allegedly made a racially insensitive joke while visiting the show's offices.

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"Leno made a crack about a painting on display in a hallway of the show's Simon Cowell, surrounded by his dogs. Leno joked that the pets looked like something one would find 'on the menu at a Korean restaurant'," according to four people who were present at the time of Leno's wisecrack.

According to Variety, Union asked producers to report the incident to Human Resources but, following a conversation with a NBC executive, the matter was dropped.

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Other incidents Union complained about included one involving a white male contestant, who wowed the audience with his quick changes between costumes. At one point, he donned dark make-up to look like the American singer Beyonce - which angered Union and caused her to object to the contestant being in the show.

The contestant was apparently still allowed to audition, but the audition was cut before the show aired.

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The Variety report also claims that both Union and Hough (pictured) were consistently given "excessive notes on their physical experience," which had a big impact on their morale - particularly for Hough.

However, Hough, who wants to keep working in Hollywood, denied the claims in a statement to E! News, telling the outlet: "I had a wonderful time on America's Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC."

Meanwhile, NBC hit back at the report in their own statement, which read: "America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.

"The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."

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Social media activist Tariq Nasheed revealed he suffers from chronic gout. Gout is a common form of arthritis that causes intense pain, inflammation and swelling in the joints.

In a video, Tariq shared that he recently underwent surgeries on his foot to debride an infected wound caused by uric acid deposits in his toe joint. He said his gout is hereditary since his father also has "very bad" gout in his foot and had to have a toe amputated.

What Causes Gout?

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Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is a normal waste product from the digestion of foods that contain high levels of purines.

Purines are normally produced in the body and are also found in foods, particularly organ meats such as liver, kidney and sweetbreads, and seafood, including shrimp, anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, tuna, mackerel and haddock.

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These foods should be avoided if you have gout. You should also reduce your alcohol intake.

What are gout attacks?

Gout attacks, also known as flare-ups, occur in waves of sudden, intense pain, redness of the joints and swelling. The pain usually wakes you up at night when the body temperature is lower. The pain intensity peaks at 24 hours and lasts for five to seven days.

After the attack subsides sufferers usually are symptom-free until the next flare up.
Gout can be acute (newly diagnosed) or chronic (longterm). Chronic gout is when people experience 2 or more gout attacks per year. Some people have only short breaks between multiple gout attacks. While others may only have 2 gout attacks per year.

Who is at risk for gout?

1-2% of Americans suffer from gout. Anyone can get gout, but it is more common among older Black men in their 40s and menopausal women. Risk factors include medications, such as diuretics and cyclosporine.

Doctors believe gout is associated with kidney disease which may be undiagnosed. People who suffer from gout are unable to clear the uric acid from their bloodstream via their urine due to kidney disease. Since uric acid is not removed from the body in urine, it builds up in the blood and forms irritating crystals which are deposited in the joints.

Untreated gout can lead to kidney disease and, in rare cases, kidney failure. Some people can have high uric acid levels and never develop gout.

50% of gout attacks occur in the feet, particularly the joint at the base of the big toe, but gout can also be found in other joints, including the ankles, elbows, knees, fingers and wrists.

What are signs and symptoms of gout?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Joint may feel hot to touch
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Shiny skin over affected area
  • What is treatment for gout?

    Fortunately treatments are very effective in relieving gout pain. Ice packs can make you feel good. Also taking medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Motrin (ibuprofen), Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). Colchicine is an alternative for those who suffer from stomach ulcers and are unable to take NSAIDs. Glucocorticoids (steroids) are as effective as NSAIDs. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider for treatment that works best for you.

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    Gout - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
     

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    As millions of Americans prepare to spend the holidays with their families this holiday weekend, doctors have issued a strong warning not to kiss babies.

    According to Channel 2 Action News, Acworth mom Julie Gamull is still sharing her son John's story from seven years ago. She urges parents to be careful who you let pick up and kiss your baby.

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    "People don't want to hurt great granny's feelings or uncle so and so's feelings. It's about protecting the baby. It's not about getting your snuggles and stuff," Gamull told Channel 2 Action News.

    She says John almost died from a respiratory virus he caught from a family member one Thanksgiving.

    "He was born November 13, so we already had friends and relatives in for Thanksgiving not thinking anything of it. Nobody looked like they were sick."

    In fact, Gamull didn't even know John was sick until she took him in for a checkup. That checkup turned into a Life Flight to Egleston Hospital. John was having trouble breathing.

    "We almost thought he couldn't make it. We had a priest come in and give him last rites."

    Jon was diagnosed with a respiratory infection caused by the RSV virus.

    "RSV is really common, especially this time of year," said Dr. Matt Linam, associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

    Linam said for adults, RSV can feel like a common cold, but for babies, it can be very serious.

    "Often, these infants come into the hospital and they need IV fluids because they get dehydrated and they need oxygen because they're having trouble keeping it up on their own. So they can be pretty sick," Linam said.

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    He explained that anyone can spread these harmful germs to babies by simply touching them or breathing on them.

    "Often, these infants come into the hospital and they need IV fluids because they get dehydrated and they need oxygen because they're having trouble keeping it up on their own. So they can be pretty sick," Linam said.

    He explained that anyone can spread these harmful germs to babies by simply touching them or breathing on them.

    That's why Gamull shares John's story every holiday as a precautionary tale.

    "Don't be afraid of hurting somebody's feelings because I think that was probably my fault," Gamull said.

    "I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. 'Of course you can hold the baby.' But now that I've been unfortunately on this other side, I would definitely use a lot more caution."

    Thankfully, John is now a healthy and happy 7-year-old, according to WSB-TV.

    Doctors caution travelers to wash your hands frequently, and avoid kissing babies.

    Moms say ask for permission to hold their child and if you think you may be sick, stay home.

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    Gabrielle Union was let go as a judge on America's Got Talent after she made one too many complaints to bosses about the show's "toxic culture" on the set, according to WENN.com.

    The outspoken 47-year-old actress served as a judge on the competition reality TV show this year, alongside Julianne Hough, who was also let go from the show in November.

    According to Variety.com, numerous incidents left Union uncomfortable - such as when guest judge Jay Leno allegedly made a racially insensitive joke while visiting the show's offices.

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    "Leno made a crack about a painting on display in a hallway of the show's Simon Cowell, surrounded by his dogs. Leno joked that the pets looked like something one would find 'on the menu at a Korean restaurant'," according to four people who were present at the time of Leno's wisecrack.

    According to Variety, Union asked producers to report the incident to Human Resources but, following a conversation with a NBC executive, the matter was dropped.

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    Other incidents Union complained about included one involving a white male contestant, who wowed the audience with his quick changes between costumes. At one point, he donned dark make-up to look like the American singer Beyonce - which angered Union and caused her to object to the contestant being in the show.

    The contestant was apparently still allowed to audition, but the audition was cut before the show aired.

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    The Variety report also claims that both Union and Hough (pictured) were consistently given "excessive notes on their physical experience," which had a big impact on their morale - particularly for Hough.

    However, Hough, who wants to keep working in Hollywood, denied the claims in a statement to E! News, telling the outlet: "I had a wonderful time on America's Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC."

    Meanwhile, NBC hit back at the report in their own statement, which read: "America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.

    "The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."

    Union has yet to publicly respond to the allegations.

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    Patreon shut down the account of a person alleging to be R. Kelly's long-suffering girlfriend Joycelyn Savage, 24. The account was disabled after the person behind the account failed to respond to requests to verify their identity.

    "After multiple unsuccessful attempts to verify the identity of the account holder, we closed the Patreon page allegedly associated with Joycelyn Savage due to potential impersonation." Patreon said in a statement on Tuesday. "All patrons who signed up for the membership page were refunded and the creator did not receive any funds."

    Savage, a native of Atlanta, Ga, met Kelly when she was a 19-year-old aspiring singer. She lived with Kelly and other members of his harem in a rental home in a suburb north of Atlanta.

    Kelly, 52, was arrested earlier this year on 13 felony counts of child molestation and human trafficking. He is being held without bond in a Chicago jail.

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    Savage, left, and another one of Kelly's former girlfriends, Azriel Clary, 21, denied allegations of abuse by Kelly in a televised interview with CBS earlier this year.

    The women told CBS's Gayle King there was nothing inappropriate about their relationship with Kelly.

    The person behind the account took to the site on Saturday, claiming to be Savage and accusing Kelly of abusing her and keeping her a prisoner in his home. The Patreon page was linked to Savage's Instagram account that has over 86,000 followers.

    "I didn't have any type of privacy at all now that I think about it," she wrote. "If I showered one of his assistants would have to be by the door while I shower. I couldn‘t talk to my parents in private sometimes. I was told what to say on the phone to them."

    The account has made a significant amount of money, with a reported 2,000 users signing up for membership, with fees ranging from $3 to $25 . If the account does turn out to be fake, the money will be returned.

    So far, the real Joycelyn Savage has not come forward to confirm or deny the account is hers.

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    Deyjah Harris's mother, rapper Ms. Niko, seemed to call her ex-boyfriend Tip "T.I." Harris a "narcissist" after the rapper apologized profusely for joking about accompanying his daughter to the gynecologist to make sure she was still a virgin.

    "Whew chile, the narcissism," Ms. Niko wrote in a post on Instagram.com. Her followers assumed she was referring to T.I.

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    Following an art therapy session in October, Ms. Niko opened up about a "lying" ex-boyfriend.

    In a video on her IG page Ms. Niko displayed a drawing she made featuring 3 black vertical lines on white paper.

    "This line right here represents him because his ass be lying, Ok?" she said. "And, if you notice, there's two more lines on the outside because he stay f---ing lying, Ok. He lies all. the. time." She continued: "I almost put a line right through the middle of this because he has crossed very many lines!"

    T.I., 39, and his long-suffering wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, 44, visited Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk web series in an episode that aired on Monday, Nov. 25.

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    T.I. told Jada he was joking about comments he made regarding his daughter Deyjah's annual virginity check-up.

    He admits the remarks he made during a recent podcast chat were said in a "very joking manner."

    "I began, from a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate. People took it extremely literal. If you put any of my reputation about who I am as a father and who I’ve been, I honestly thought people knew me better than that."

    The "Paper Trail" rapper decided to break his silence after friends urged him to admit he was exaggerating. But he stressed that his priority was protecting his daughter from sticky-fingered boys in heat.

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    "I think that in the age or the time when our women - black women - are the most unprotected, unattended, disregarded women on the planet, I'm being criticized because I'm willing to go above and beyond to protect mine," he said in the chat, which premiered on Monday.

    "Anything that is the most important thing to me in my life, I am going to deal with that with very extreme care," he continued. "And I don't understand how that is looked at as being so wrong."

    FYI: Gynecologists do not perform hymen checks or Pap smears on children. A doctor would not perform a "virginity check" or "hymen check" on girl children unless there was a medical reason for the exam.

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    Wendy Williams reacted angrily to a Radar Online report that claims she has given up on men and is dipping her toes in the lady pond for the first time in her life.

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    According to the report, Wendy, 55, is dating Whitney Houston's former personal assistant Robyn Crawford, also 55. Robyn is hawking a book about her alleged sexual relationship with the late pop music icon. According to Radar, Wendy and Robyn were spotted out & about together after Robyn appeared on Wendy's show.

    Wendy was livid! She denied the claim during her top-rated daytime talk show on Tuesday.

    "I am no lesbian. I like women for friendship," said the New Jersey native, who added, "I like men and I like the D.".

    "I'm like, first of all, I'm not down with that," Wendy continued. "All due respect to the lesbians. And Robyn is married, she's got kids and I'm not a home wrecker!"

    Click here to watch Wendy's response video

    In her book, Robyn claimed she had a brief romantic interlude with Whitney, but Whitney's friends called her out, saying she betrayed Whitney to sell a few books.

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    Wendy divorced her husband of 22 years, Kevin Hunter Sr., 47, after she learned he fathered a baby girl with his longtime mistress Sharina Hudson, 34, earlier this year. Wendy and Kevin Sr. share a son, Kevin Hunter Jr. 19.

    Wendy was raised by two loving parents who are still married to each other. There is nothing in Wendy's background that suggests she is homosexual or that she needs to be with a woman to substitute for the affection she didn't receive from her mother.

    Child experts agree that homosexuality is a psychosexual disorder that is caused by genetics and random environmental factors, including if babies don't bond well with one or both parents.

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    Megan Thee Stallion visited fellow rapper French Montana who is laid up in an intensive care unit after allegedly suffering cardiac issues at home.

    Megan posted a video of her visit to see Montana just before attending the 2019 American Music Awards on Sunday. In the video, Megan, 24, tells Montana to "Get your motherf----- ass out this motherf------ bed and go home. They can't keep a real ni--a down."

    Montana shared a since-deleted video that shows he is in an isolation room in intensive care. He captioned the video "6 days in icu." He wore a pulse oximeter on his index finger to monitor his respiratory status.

    His hospitalization comes a few weeks after the Moroccan rapper celebrated his birthday in Africa. Rumors are swirling that Montana picked up a nasty infection that weakened his heart muscle while over there.

    Online sources say Montana's worried ex-girlfriend Khloe Kardashian is also checking up on him daily.

    Police were called to the rapper's Calabasas, Calif. mansion at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in response to a burglary report which turned out to be a false alarm. But the cops called an ambulance when the rapper collapsed after complaining of shortness of breath, abdominal/chest pain and nausea.

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    Former President Barack Obama reportedly told a Democratic candidate that Joe Biden "really doesn't have" a bond with the voters.

    According to Politico's Ryan Lizza, Obama held meetings for Democratic candidates in his Washington, D.C. office earlier this year. The candidates were there seeking advice on how to evict President Donald Trump from the White House in 2020.

    Lizza reported that Obama provided advice to candidates he met with. The meetings also gave him a chance to get to know each candidate to determine who is most likely to defeat Trump in next year's election.

    According to Lizza's source, Obama offered the candidates advice about their strengths and weaknesses. Obama was reportedly "blunt" and honest with weaker candidates who didn't have what it took to defeat Trump.

    "And you know who really doesn't have it? Joe Biden," Obama allegedly said.

    Obama repeatedly declined to endorse Biden for President in the past, and he has kept his distance from his former vice president who has insurmountable issues that will weigh him down if he is nominated.

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    Alabama police believe a body that was found in Macon County may be the remains of missing college student Aniah Blanchard, 19.

    Authorities have "strong reason to believe" the remains may be Blanchard, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser Monday afternoon.

    Ibraheem Yazeed was the first suspect arrested on Nov. 7 in connection with Blanchard's disappearance. Blanchard was last seen on surveillance video at a convenience store in Opelika on Oct. 23.

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    Aniah's remains were found in a wooded area shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. The discovery was announced before a second suspect, Antwain "Squirmy" Fisher, appeared in court on kidnapping charges.

    A third suspect, David Johnson Jr., was arrested in connection with Blanchard's disappearance. Johnson, of Montgomery, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser news.

    Blanchard's car, a black 2017 Honda CR-V, was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 60 miles away from where she was last seen alive.

    There was extensive damage to the right bumper, right wheel well and right passenger side door. Her family said the car was not damaged when they last saw her earlier that day.

    Evidence recovered from inside the car led investigators to believe Blanchard was harmed and a victim of foul play.

    Blanchard is the stepdaughter of heavyweight UFC MMA fighter Walt "Big Ticket" Harris, 36. He used social media and his contacts in the UFC community to help get the word out about her disappearance.

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    Gabrielle Union was unceremoniously fired from America's Got Talent after speaking out against "problematic" racism and sexism on the show.

    The story was first reported by lovebscott.com. Gabrielle Union, 47, was let go from America's Got Talent and, according to B. Scott, there's apparently a lot more to the story than what was officially announced.

    NBC sources tell lovebscott.com exclusively that Union's termination came as a result of her speaking out about "problematic” situations on the set. A source tells lovebscott.com there were racist and sexist situations on the set.

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    "[Gabrielle's] contract was not renewed after being the #1 talent on the show, NBC and network TV," the source tells B. Scott.

    "They only replace the women and blacks at Simon’s whim. She wouldn't walk away from $12 million because she's 'busy.' Based on weekly interactions on social media, by the time AGT finale aired Gabrielle was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. Why not pick up someone’s option in extreme success?"

    NBC reportedly fired Union to switch things up on the show. The NBC sources continue:

    "Social media engagement is the new measuring stick for talent and Simon isn't on social media. Juliane and Gabrielle were both way higher ranked/engaged than Howie. The idea the network wants to "switch things up" only applies to women and Black folks. Nick Cannon wasn't crazy. He walked away from 8-figures over how [AGT] operates."

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    Tip "T.I." Harris says he was joking about comments he made regarding his daughter Deyjah's annual virginity check-up. The 39-year-old father of seven appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk FACEBOOK web series in an episode that aired on Monday, Nov. 25.

    T.I. admits the remarks he made during a recent podcast chat were said in a "very joking manner", but he is determined to protect his daughter from sticky-fingered boys in heat.

    "I think that in the age or the time when our women - black women - are the most unprotected, unattended, disregarded women on the planet, I'm being criticized because I'm willing to go above and beyond to protect mine," he said in the chat, which premiered on Monday.

    "Anything that is the most important thing to me in my life, I am going to deal with that with very extreme care," he continued. "And I don't understand how that is looked at as being so wrong."

    The musician, real name Clifford Harris, was heavily criticized for making the controversial comments to singer Miguel's wife, Nazanin Mandi, during her Ladies Like Us podcast.

    After confirming that he had the "sex talk" with his teenage daughter, he went on to joke about going to her gynecologist's visits to make sure her hymen was intact.

    "Deyjah's 18, just graduated high school now, and yes, not only have we had the conversation (about sex), we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," he said during the since-deleted podcast. "I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact."

    T.I. told Jada he regrets sharing personal details about Deyjah publicly. He admitted Deyjah was disturbed by his comments.

    "She did have a problem with me talking about it," said T.I., "and I understand that, and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. She understands my intentions and she knows who I am, who I've always been."

    A family friend who begged for anonymity told Sandrarose.com that he hoped the rapper would admit he was "exaggerating" about the gynecologist visits. The friend said T.I. took a lot of heat for a joke that was considered in poor taste. "He should just come clean and admit he was kidding," said the friend.

    FYI: Gynecologists do not perform hymen checks or Pap smears on children. A doctor would not perform a "virginity check" or "hymen check" on girl children unless there was a medical reason for the exam.
     

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    A 20-year-old Michigan woman secretly video recorded her boyfriend wiping his fingerprints off bullets before loading a handgun and shooting her to death.

    India Mackey, of Detroit, died a day after her 20th birthday. She used her cell phone to secretly record 18-year-old Kevin Dixon as he loaded a weapon while sitting in the passenger seat of a van in a parking lot.

    Mackey, who was in the driver's seat, had argued with Dixon before she was killed.

    "You think I'm playing, huh? Gonna hit you with these hollow-tip 45s," Dixon is heard saying in the video. Mackey stopped recorded a moment before she was shot in the head, according to WXYZ-TV news.

    "This video is being taken by a woman who is going to be killed in moments," Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith told WXYZ-TV.

    "It's unbelievable to me. The idea that he's pulling the bullet out, wiping his fingerprints off, showing it to her."

    Dixon then got out of the van and moved Mackey into the passenger side. He got behind the wheel and began driving the van erratically. He used Mackey's cell phone to call his mother and ask her to hide the murder weapon.

    His erratic driving caught the attention of a police officer in nearby Eastpointe. The officer pulled him over and found the mortally wounded Mackey in the van.

    She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Dixon's mother has also been charged as an accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence, according to WJBK-TV.

    Mackey's father, Joseph Polk, said he warned his daughter about dating Dixon. "I didn't like the young man and I got the wrong vibes from him," Polk told WJBK-TV.

    "I told her, I talked to her, I said, 'He's not the one for you, baby.' I try to pride myself on being a protector, but you can't protect your kids from who they interact with," said Polk, adding that he has 8 children.

    The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.

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    K-Pop fans are mourning the death of 28-year-old singer Goo Hara on Sunday. The former member of South Korean girl group KARA took her own life 6 months after a previous suicide attempt.

    Hara's body was found around 6 p.m. local time on Sunday in the exclusive Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea. A close friend of Hara's said she battled "severe depression" due to negative online comments.

    S. Korea police say Hara left a handwritten, "pessimistic" note on her living room table. Hara left a final "goodbye" on Instagram.com before she took her own life. Hara also said "goodbye" to fans on Instagram after her first suicide attempt.

    During her recovery Hara apologized to her fans for worrying them. "I am sorry for causing a commotion and concern," she told Sankei Sports.

    "In terms of health, I am recovering," she added. "I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues."

    Hara, who often spoke out about online bullying in the past, launched an anti-cyberbullying campaign after her first suicide attempt. She pleaded with her fans to leave more positive comments on her timelines. She vowed to ignore the negativity going forward.

    "From now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy," she said.

    Social media is linked to a dramatic increase in youth and young adult suicide rates and a hike in mental illness diagnoses.

    The news of Hara's death comes days after Twitter tech support announced the microblogging platform is offering users the option of hiding replies to spare their feelings.

    The "hide replies" feature is available to all users across mobile and desktop platforms. The new feature has been both hailed and criticized as "radical" and "controversial".

    Critics noted that a blue popup and an icon alerts users to the hidden replies - and simply clicking the popup reveals the hidden replies to any user.

    Critics worry that the new feature could encourage trolls to retaliate against Twitter users for hiding their replies.

    One Twitter user wrote: "I wonder if this pop up makes people more likely to pay attention to hidden replies than if they were never hidden in the first place".

    Another user tweeted, "What is the point of people hiding unwanted tweet replies if twitter fills the screen with a giant pop-up calling attention to the fact that there are replies they have hidden".

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    Jocelyn Savage (or someone pretending to be her) appears to have turned on her longtime boyfriend R. Kelly. Jocelyn is selling her story now that the troubled singer is locked up with no chance of getting out in the foreseeable future.

    In multiple interviews Jocelyn repeatedly defended Kelly after cops, acting on tips by parents, raided his Atlanta area home to conduct welfare checks on his harem.

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    Jocelyn and Kelly's other girlfriend, Azriel Clary, right, eventually moved with him back to Chicago. "I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I'm not being brainwashed or anything like that," Jocelyn said in an interview after the raid.

    Jocelyn's parents accused Kelly of giving her STDs and isolating her from her family. In interviews, Jocelyn said her own father introduced her to the singer when she was 15. Her father allegedly urged her to live with Kelly at age 17 to further her singing career.

    As a result of all the publicity generated by the parents, Chicago authorities arrested Kelly on multiple charges including sexual abuse and human trafficking.

    Now broke and on her last leg, Jocelyn is willing to throw Kelly under the bus for a dollar.

    Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg echoed the sentiments of many who say she is an opportunist looking for a quick payout.

    "It is unfortunate that Jocelyn now seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert," he said in a statement to Variety.com.

    "Obviously if she were to tell the truth no one would pay so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit. We know the real facts, and it was not until the money ran out that she decided anything was wrong. Hopefully people will see it for the obvious profiteering it is."

    R. Kelly fans let Jocelyn know that they won't support a freeloader who is capable of getting a job to support herself.

    Some of her followers left comments saying Popeyes and Chic-fil-A are hiring.
     

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    Researchers have announced a new breakthrough in male contraceptives. The first male birth control that is injected into the penis will be available in 7 months.

    According to the Hindustan Times, a government research agency has successfully completed a clinical trial for an injectable male contraceptive. The drug is awaiting final government approval.

    Dr. R.S. Sharma, who worked on the project, said 303 volunteers participated in 3 clinical trials with a 97.3% success rate.

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    The drug is injected directly into the two vas deferens ducts that carry sperm from the testicles. A local anesthetic is injected first to numb the pain. The injectable drug works by blocking sperm from leaving the testicles. The birth control effect lasts for 13 years and is not reversible.

    Dr. Sharma and other researchers worked on the medication since 1984 and "the final product is ready after exhaustive trials."

    Critics argue that the drug will be abused by governments eager to control certain populations.

    Dr. Sharma cautioned that the drug can only prevent pregnancy, not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Men should still practice safe sex by wearing condoms.

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    The NY Times contributor Carvell Wallace penned an emotional review of the new movie Queen & Slim, in theaters everywhere on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

    Wallace, a Black father of two teenagers, urges moviegoers to give Queen & Slim a chance. He says they might be among "the great love stories of all time."

    Queen & Slim is about a Black couple who meet on Tinder and go out to a Cleveland diner for their first date.

    The man (Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya) is a minimum wage Costco cashier whose deep faith in God is reflected on his vanity license plate that reads: "TrustGod."

    Queen (played by British newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith) is an uptight defense lawyer and atheist. The date is a disaster from the start. The only reason she went out with him, she says, is because he looked sad in his profile photo, and she felt sorry for him.

    Queen has an attitude because one of her clients was sentenced to die on Ohio's death row.

    "Was he innocent?" Slim asks. "Does it matter?" she snaps. "The state shouldn't decide who lives or dies."

    The movie's flimsy plot line is based on that argument.

    After dinner, Slim drives Queen home. On the way, his car is pulled over by an aggressive white cop.

    Slim is polite and courteous at first. But Queen, the defense lawyer, knows her rights and just won't stop talking (the film's director, Melina Matsoukas, was "haunted" by the footage of Sandra Bland's arrest).

    When Slim asks the cop to hurry it up because he's cold, the cop draws his weapon, because, you know, he fears for his life.

    Queen reaches for her cell phone to record the encounter while Slim and the cop struggle over the gun. The gun discharges, grazing Queen on the thigh. Now fearing for his life, Slim kills the cop.

    Slim wants to call his folks and turn himself in. He has a good case for self-defense. But Queen, the defense lawyer, decides to throw her law career away by ordering Slim to go on the lam with her.

    Matsoukas, who directed Beyonce's music video "Lemonade", takes the couple on a meandering journey from the Midwest to the Deep South.

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    Their first stop is the home of Queen's Uncle Earl in New Orleans. Uncle Earl (Bokeem Woodbine) is a war veteran and a pimp. Among his scantily clad hookers is Pose star Indya Moore, a cross-dresser who helps Queen remove her box braids so she will be less recognizable while on the run.

    Of all the eccentric characters Queen & Slim encounter on their journey, Moore is the least memorable. Yet Wallace spends time describing the moments between the biological female Queen and the male-to-female trans Moore.

    "The camera lingers on them in the intimate act of hairdressing; cool light fills the room. Queen breathes slowly, feeling protected for maybe the first time in the film."

    It isn't hard to figure out where Wallace is going with this: Queen didn't feel protected when she was with Slim, a heterosexual male?

    Wallace was physically and emotionally moved by Queen & Slim. After the film ended, he went into a bathroom for an ugly cry. "I put my sunglasses on because I was bawling, my whole torso heaving," he wrote.

    Wallace goes overboard in his praise of the movie, over-exaggerating the "love story" between the two hapless fugitives.

    Unlike the real Bonnie & Clyde, who were in a longterm relationship, Queen and Slim barely knew each other. They weren't even planning to go on a second date before the fateful encounter with the cop.

    Their brief relationship is described by Wallace as "true, active, life-affirming love... He allows her anger, makes space for her hurt. Isn't this what love is?"

    "If you allow it to be, Queen & Slim can be one of the great love stories of all time," Wallace writes.

    If Queen & Slim is considered to be the standard for mature, life-affirming love, it is no wonder the divorce rate in America is over 70%.