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A Philadelphia man was convicted of fatally stabbing Nicki Minaj's manager outside a Philadelphia bar in 2015.

After two trials, Khaliyfa Neely was convicted Friday of stabbing Devon Andre Pickett to death on Feb. 18, 2015 outside a bar in Germantown.

Neely, 38, was found guilty of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

The first trial ended in a hung jury, but District Attorney Larry Krasner's office continued to pursue justice in the case. Krasner said his office had "solid evidence" to convict Neely.

"It is our duty to persist in the pursuit of justice, even in the face of challenges," said Krasner.

Neely's sentencing hearing is set for April 24. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of murder.

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A dance coach for the Lifetime reality show "Bring It" was sentenced to only 9 months in prison for exposing a 16-year-old boy to HIV.

John Conner III was also sentenced to four years probation and he must register as a sex offender for life.

Conner, 30, pleaded guilty in November to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor for indecent purposes.

Police said Conner met the teenager o social media in 2015 and invited the boy to join his Infamous Dancerettes dance team. Conner and the boy had unprotected sex on several occasions, according to the affidavit.

Conner didn't tell the teenager he was diagnosed with HIV in 2015. The teenager later tested positive for HIV.

After Conner cut a plea deal with the Memphis District Attorney's office, a judge sentenced him to only 9 months in prison and four months probation.

The DA decided Conner's crime was "minor" and punishable by less than a year in prison.

Lifetime's "Bring It" was a television dance competition that featured teams from the Mid-South, including Conner's.

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Steven Spielberg's troubled daughter Mikaela Spielberg has been arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, for domestic violence, RadarOnline.com reports exclusively.

According to an inmate report from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Mikaela, 23, was arrested Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6:33 a.m. and booked into Hill Detention Center.

The report noted that Mikaela wasn't eligible for release "at this time" as she was being held under suspicion of "Domestic Violence - 12 Hour Hold."

Domestic violence is a misdemeanor under Tennessee law.

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Mikaela made headlines last week when she announced her plans to pursue a career in adult entertainment.

Her announcement reportedly broke her father's heart. Mikaela was adopted in South Africa as an infant by Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw.

Mikaela, who lives in Nashville with her 47-year-old boyfriend, said she was molested as a child. But she said the predators were not family members or family friends.

She said her childhood abuse helped contribute to her emotional and psychological problems as an adult.

She explained that adult entertainment would give her the opportunity to use her body to satisfy others on her own terms.

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On the night he died, rapper Pop Smoke held a private party at the $2.5 million home he leased from Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp.

The 20-year-old Brooklyn drill rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, had signed the lease a month before he was gunned down inside the house by four masked home invaders at 4:29 a.m. on Feb. 19.

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10 days after his death, the LAPD have hit a roadblock, unable to identify the four suspects seen on surveillance video entering the house on the 2000 block of Hercules Drive in Los Angeles.

About 20 people attended a party at the home to celebrate Pop Smoke's recent album release. But detectives say they have no leads due to a lack of witnesses.

Law enforcement tell TMZ that people are unwilling to talk about what they saw.

The potential witnesses cops have spoken to keep changing their stories, or telling outright lies. To make matters worse, cops wasted precious hours viewing videos online that turned out to have no connection to the case.

One Instagram blog with thousands of followers posted surveillance footage that purportedly showed the shooting inside the house. But the video turned out to be footage from a deadly home invasion in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Cops are having trouble coming up with a motive for the murder. Adding to their frustration, the victim lived in Brooklyn, but spent time on the West Coast. Which means cops have had to spend extra time tracking down witnesses who returned to the East Coast.

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Pop Smoke was not a household name when he died, but his murder boosted sales of his music, including his 2019 breakout hit "Welcome to the Party."

For two days after his death, Hercules Drive was lined with TV trucks and fans paying tribute to the drill rapper.

When a reporter visited on Friday afternoon, the street was all but empty, except for two construction workers painting a house nearby.

"It was impossible for a few days," one neighbor told reporter Tarpley Hitt, of theDailyBeast.com. "But now it seems weirdly normal."

While Hitt canvased the neighborhood looking for witnesses, three young girls drove up to the cream colored house, taking pictures of the small shrine that included flowers and a crumpled dollar bill.

"We love him," one of the girls told Hitt. "We only heard about him when he died, from the Internet."

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Atlanta police say a man pretended to be same-sex oriented in order to gain the trust of a lesbian before raping her.

36-year-old Taurence Callagain met the unidentified woman at a MARTA commuter train station in Atlanta's West End in 2015, and the two struck up a conversation before exchanging numbers.

Police say Callagain pretended to be same-sex oriented to gain the woman's trust after she confided she was a lesbian.

According to a statement from the Fulton County District Attorney's office, "The victim is a lesbian and has a female partner who she was is in a relationship with when she met the defendant."

The statement continues: "Callagain led the victim to believe he was gay, so she was under the impression that their relationship was strictly platonic."

Weeks later, after the victim missed the last MARTA bus of the night, Callagain offered to give drive her home, according to the DA's office.

After stopping at his home to pick up marijuana, Callagain lured the victim inside the house to smoke weed.

The woman followed the man to his bedroom "when he began to strangle her and proceeded to violently rape her," according to the DA's office.

"During the rape, Callagain told the victim if she fought or screamed, 'I will get my boys to come in and hold you down.'"

After the rape, the victim fled the home and ran 3 miles in the middle of the night to her home. She later went to a hospital to seek treatment and called police.

Callagain, who is facing a separate aggravated assault case in Fulton County, claimed at his trial that the encounter was consensual.

He was convicted of rape on Tuesday. A sentencing hearing date has not been set.

In Georgia, punishment for a rape conviction can range from 25 years in prison to the death penalty.

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Anthony Mackie has confirmed his character Sam Wilson will become the first Black Captain America in Disney Plus's upcoming series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Chris Evans originally portrayed the iconic superhero in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, but his character Steve Rogers passed his iconic shield on to Mackie's Sam Wilson to take the mantle of Captain America at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

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Speaking at the premiere of Altered Carbon, the 41-year-old actor, who is Black, confirmed to website shadowandact.com he'll take on the "daunting" task of "being a black man and becoming Captain America".

Mackie said he thinks America is ready to welcome a Black Captain America superhero.

"At this day and age in America, I think we are open-minded to the idea of having my face represent us, as a country," Anthony said. "And my race represent us as a country because we're truly a melting pot. So there is no distinctive look or feel or design of an American. We're all Americans."

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Mackie suggests his Captain America won't reflect his African roots or be too ethnic.

"To be Captain America, I want my Captain America to represent everybody. Not just a specific group of people."

The star also hinted fans will get to know Sam more in the Disney series, which launches in August.

"You really get to know Sam Wilson. You really get to know Bucky Barnes, as individuals and human beings and their thoughts and feelings. So I'm excited for people to see that part of Sam," he said.

He continued: "These shows are very different than the movies. These shows are art pieces. They are individual… They're not origin stories. They're more a day in the life story."

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Rapper Jim Jones argues that being a rapper today is more dangerous than being a soldier in Iraq.

Most rap enthusiasts agree that rap music went 10 toes up a long time ago. But Jones's analogy between a rapper and a soldier at war didn't sit well with on Iraq war veteran.

"Heard the comments you made about 'being a rapper is harder than fighting a war in Iraq...' You allowed to have your opinion without any facts nor truth to it, but as a Vet and hip hop fan, I found it extremely disrespectful and ignorant," the vet wrote on Instagram.

The vet, who goes by the username @mramcore, said his unit fought in Iraq in 2004 and lost more Marines in two months than 'rappers' in the past three years.

He added: "Keep talking but there is no comparison!"
 

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Critics were outraged when President Trump named Vice President Mike Pence to head a task force overseeing the nation's response to the Coronavirus.

They pointed to Pence's handling of the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana when he was governor.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noticed a spike of new HIV cases clustered in Scott County in March 2015.

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Nearly 200 people tested positive for HIV in small time period in tiny area of the US. The HIV outbreak was eventually traced to intravenous drug users sharing dirty needles.

The CDC and the local health department suggested a needle exchange program similar to the one in California that allowed IV drug users to exchange their dirty needles for clean ones.

But Pence, a devout Christian, had his doubts about enabling intravenous drug users by giving them needles to feed their habit.

After pressure from the CDC, he eventually issued an executive order allowing a program in Scott County before signing a law allowing the state to approve the program for counties on a case-by-case basis.

But critics said Pence's action was too little too late.

They claim Pence dragged his feet for a year - allowing more drug addicts to contract HIV and hepatitis C.

Greg Millett, director of public policy at amfAR, said Indiana's HIV outbreak would have been "entirely preventable" if Pence had only acted sooner.

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Pence took credit for Indiana's successful needle exchange program in an interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Wednesday night.

"We worked the problem early in the year from a law enforcement standpoint, from a health standpoint. I don't believe in needle exchanges as a way to combat drug abuse, but in this case we came to the conclusion that we had a public health emergency, and so I took executive action to make a limited needle exchange available."

Needle exchanges were illegal in Indiana before Pence changed the law. The needle exchange program now operates in nine of Indiana's 92 counties.

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An L.A County Sheriff's trainee is in hot water for trying to impress a woman with gruesome death scene photos from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site.

The trainee reportedly met the woman at a bar and tried to impress her by pulling out his cell phone and showing her gruesome pictures of the mangled bodies at the crash site.

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Kobe, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

The trainee was busted when a bartender overheard the conversation and called the cops.

The horrific photos were passed around by members of the L.A. County Fire Dept. and, according to TMZ, the department is now investigating.

The Sheriff's Dept. contacted family members of all the victims on Wednesday, after TMZ called them and inquired about the crime scene photos.

The Sheriff's Department would only tell TMZ "The matter is being looked into."

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Pictures and video have surfaced of the male nanny hired by Dwyane Wade to watch his two young sons 24 hours-a-day.

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Wade had just divorced his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches, and received full custody of his young sons. But he was a star NBA player who was often on the road. He needed someone to watch his kids. So, rather than call their mother, he turned to a male nanny.

Wade, 38, recently made headlines when he announced his 12-year-old son, Zion Wade, calls himself "Zaya" and prefers feminine pronouns.

The Internet wondered if someone influenced young Zaya to lean towards an alternative lifestyle.

In one video uploaded to social media by activist Tariq Nasheed, the nanny is seen boating with young Zion, who seems to be every bit a wide-eyed, fun-loving boy.

The Internet believes someone touched Zion when he was very young. Child experts say young children are eager to please adults in their lives. Some children are very easily manipulated by trusting adults.

Was Dwyane Wade a little too trusting with a non-family male around his sons? Is that why all images of the male nanny were scrubbed from Wade's social media?

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Rapper T.I. is like any other man who wants safety and security for his family. The rapper probably had peace of mind when he moved into the exclusive, gated Eagles Landing subdivision in Henry County, Georgia.

But despite 24/7 guard presence and a gate, a robbing crew is breaking into homes in the upscale neighborhood. And now families are concerned about their safety among million-dollar homes.

Channel 2's Matt Johnson reports that families of Indian descent are bing targeted.

"These guys are smart," said one Indian man who asked Channel 2 not to show his face on camera. The resident said Indians are being targeted because they typically keep a lot of cash and gold jewelry in their homes.

The victim said thieves broke his back window to gain access to his upscale home while he was gone out Saturday night.

It's the third home burglary in the past two weeks inside Eagles Landing, where comedian Chris Tucker also owns a home.

The victim said he isn't sure the thieves are coming in from the outside.

"How they are getting in the neighborhood, that is a little bit mystery," said the man.

At another house, a mother and daughter returned from karate class to find a back window smashed and the house ransacked. $9,000 in cash and an expensive necklace were stolen.

Another family told Johnson that thieves stole at least $30,000 in jewelry from their home while they were gone.

The homeowner's association held a meeting with residents on Thursday to discuss the home break-ins.

Henry County police are investigating the cases.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest of fugitive Afzal "Bobby" Khan, who had been on the run since October 2014.

The former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" TV personality was wanted for his alleged involvement in a $1.7 million luxury car scam in Bergen County, according to a report.

Khan, 37, who was captured in the UAE in early February, was added to the FBI's "Most Wanted List" after he fled the country with his family to avoid prosecution in 2014.

The former luxury car dealer, who opened the Emporio Motor Group in Ramsey in 2013, was a high profile cast member on RHONJ. Some of the cast members were listed among his clients.

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Khan is charged with 5 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of bank fraud after he allegedly obtained 21 car loans for luxury vehicles that he never delivered.

Khan allegedly used his clients' information to take out large car loans and then pocketed the cash, leaving his clients on the hook for car payments for vehicles they never received.

Among the cars Khan secured loans for in 2014 were a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche 911, a Audi, and a 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost.

The loan amounts ranged from $50,000 for the Audi to $160,000 for the Rolls Royce Ghost, according to NJ.com.

Khan nor Emporio had the titles to the cars, authorities said. People who bought the cars were unable to register or legally drive the vehicles.

Khan also allegedly sold luxury cars on consignment for clients, but failed to deliver the cars or the cash.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Khan on October 21, 2014 after more than 75 customers filed complaints, according to the FBI.

An agent with the FBI's Newark field office said Khan called his office from the United Arab Emirates to negotiate his own surrender after 5 years on the lam.

He reportedly begged for free passage for himself and his family on a government charter flight back to the U.S. if he turned himself in.

"Mr. Khan came to the sobering reality that he could not outrun the FBI," said Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie.

Khan is being held in Bergen County Jail without bail while he awaits trial. He faces 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting disability payments while working at a DeKalb County strip club.

Valencia D. Williams, 31, worked nights stripping for money under the name "Chrissy the Doll," federal prosecutors say.

The Lithonia resident told the Social Security Administration she was bedridden due to severe anxiety and depression and she was unable to work.

Williams pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud after it was determined she collected over $60,000 in disability benefits that she was not entitled to, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Williams applied for benefits in July 2010, citing major depression and a panic disorder that prevented her from working or even leaving her home, prosecutors said.

After her benefits began rolling in, Williams applied for an adult entertainment permit in 2014 and took a job dancing at Strokers Adult Entertainment Club in Clarkston, Ga.

Authorities say she danced until 4 a.m., taking home thousands of dollars in tips per week. A search of county public records shows she obtained adult entertainment permits each year through 2018.

"The Social Security Administration's (Supplemental Security Income) program is intended for individuals whose income is below the federal poverty guidelines, who are truly disabled, and cannot engage in work activity," U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said, according to the AJC.

"Williams was able to work and therefore she was not disabled. Moreover, the income she received by working would have likely rendered her ineligible for SSI. By getting SSI when she did not qualify, she stole money from the most needy members of our communities: the poor and the disabled."

Williams sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 26.

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Tyler Perry has hired a well-known medical examiner to conduct a second autopsy on his nephew, Gavin Porter's body, after the 26-year-old allegedly committed suicide in prison on Tuesday night.

Officials at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana insist Porter hanged himself in his cell, after being placed in solitary confinement following a fistfight with another inmate.

Porter's mother, Perry's sister, isn't convinced her son took his own life. She expressed her doubts which lead the Union Parish Sheriff's Office to open an investigation into the alleged suicide.

The Sheriff's Office noted there is no evidence of foul play. Porter was alone in the cell when he was found hanging.

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Perry, 50, is using his own clout by hiring Dr. Michael Baden to conduct a second autopsy on Porter's body.

Dr. Baden is best known for conducting a second autopsy on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan jail in August. Baden concluded Epstein's cause of death was homicide.

Explaining the move to hire Dr. Baden in a post on his Instagram page on Thursday night, the famed director wrote:

"I have hired Dr. Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon. I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly."

Perry added that he had hoped Porter would eventually turn his life around after being handed a 20-year prison sentence for fatally shooting his biological father in 2016.

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"Despite this horrible act, before he went to prison I went to see him in the local jail," Perry continued.

"I assured him that we all still loved him, but it was important to all of us, including his mother, that he was punished for this horrific crime that he had committed. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

"It was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me. Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come."

In an interview, Tyler confessed he struggled with thoughts of suicide after enduring years of abuse at the hands of his father.

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Angela Rye had some choice words for Trump supporters such as the group of Black political and religious leaders who prayed over the U.S. President after he held a meeting to celebrate Black History Month on Thursday.

The group of about 2 dozen Black leaders and Pastor Paula White lay hands on President Trump and prayed over him in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Afterwards, he did not answer reporters' questions about the stock market's worst loss in almost nine years on Thursday.

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The group of prayer warriors included activist Candace Owens, Pastor Darrell Scott, Martin Luther King Jr's niece Alveda King; Terrence Williams, and Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, otherwise known as pro-Trump activists Diamond and Silk.

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CNN political commentator Angela Rye attacked Black people who continue to show strong support for the president.

"Shame on you," said Rye during a segment on CNN's "Tonight."

"I think Donald Trump does not have a strong record to stand on as it relates to black unemployment. He has Barack Obama's record to stand on with that, and I think that at some point, black folks have got to look themselves in the mirror..."

She added, "Instead, you want to give Donald Trump kudos for throwing Cheez-It bits at you and then criticize the people who have spent their careers doing things for the betterment of black people and black society. And I would just say at that point, if you still go over to Donald Trump after that, shame on you. Period."
 

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Rapper Future Hendrix has run out of excuses and time. A Georgia judge ordered him to take a DNA test to determine if he fathered Instagram model Eliza Seraphin's daughter, Reign.

Bossip reports the judge ordered Future to undergo DNA testing within the month or face penalties.

The father of 8 or 9 was also ordered to submit his income and other financial documents to the court within the next 10 days or face possible sanctions.

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Seraphin told the court she served Future with the paternity suit three times and the last contact was 45 days ago.

Meanwhile, the 36-year-old rapper is busy traveling the world with his latest sexual conquest, Steve Harvey's stepdaughter Lori Harvey.

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Seraphin believes Future has earned over $19 million in 2019, and she wants her cut for their daughter.

In his response to the court, Future accused Seraphin of calling their 9-month-old daughter Reign a "check baby."

Future's lawyers defined a "check baby" as urban slang for conceiving a child for the sole purpose of profiting financially by extorting money from a wealthy sperm donor.

Additionally, the 36-year-old rapper alleges that Eliza took fertility pills to ensure she would get pregnant.

Court documents obtained by TMZ shows that Future spoke with a friend of Eliza's, who confessed that Eliza researched the total amount of child support he pays to his other baby mamas.

In a social media post on Wednesday, Seraphin denied calling her daughter a "check baby."

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A 51-year-old man who went on a shooting spree at Miller Coors brewing company in Milwaukee complained repeatedly to HR about racism and harassment in the workplace.

Anthony Ferrill, who is Black, was a former employee who killed five people before turning the gun on himself on Wednesday afternoon.

Ferrill made multiple complaints about racist incidents in the workplace at the Miller Coors brewery.

The allegations came to light in a Facebook post by a Milwaukee businessman who explained "the reason why our Brother snapped at Miller Coors!"

Tony Muhammad wrote: "Why isn't local news asking the why questions? Miller Brewing in Milwaukee has a long and present-day history of employment/on the job discrimination against African American males."

He said Ferrill suffered racial discrimination and harassment from white co-workers. He recently filed a civil lawsuit against Miller Coors's racist work environment, that included a noose hung on his locker.

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Mike Tyson does not play about his children. The former heavyweight boxing champ debunked a rumor that he offered $10 million to any man he would marry his daughter, Mikey Tyson.

Tyson took offense to comedian Michael Blackson for offering to impregnate Mikey.

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"Where she at? I'll tear her a** up," Blackson wrote on social media. He added: "I'll then go shopping plus she's kinda cute."

He messaged Tyson privately, offering to marry his daughter and give him grandchildren.

"IF this is true, I think I'm finally ready to settle down. I known I've ben dipping n dabbing a few snow bunnies and Asian persuasion but I'm ready for your beautiful queen."

He continued:

"I'm ready to give u some grand kids that will have the complexion of Tyson Bedford [sic], knowledge of Cicely Tyson, talk like you Mike Tyson and hopefully not built like Tyson Fury. I really don't give a f**k about the money but I'll take it. Waiting to hear from you father in law sir."

Tyson was not impressed and allegedly threatened bodily harm if he ever catches Blackson offline. Blackson shared Tyson's private DMs on Instagram.

"Listen u black little bitch, this st ain't real and soon as I find the person that started that meme, imma knock hem [sic] the f*ck out so make sure it ain't you burnt roach looking bitch."

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The 53-year-old father of seven added: "My daughter is happily in a relationship with a nice looking man so she's not interested in an overcooked hotdog like you. Next time you do my podcast, imma knock the black off you. It might take a year because you black as f**k."

He concluded by telling Blackson to stay out of his DM "before I get your black a** deported you geico lizard looking b***h."

Mr. Blackson should heed Tyson's warning. Fathers don't take kindly to social media trolls using their daughters as click bait for likes and follows.
 

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Jordan Peele released the gory first trailer for his thriller 'Candyman'. The MGM/Universal Pictures remake was released on Thursday and tells the story of an artist fixated on finding a mysterious hook-handed killer, who appears when his name is repeated 5 times.

Jordan's version of Candyman is set in 1992 in Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing projects. The last of the buildings that comprised Cabrini-Green Homes was demolished in March 2011.

The area where the projects once stood is now a landscape of gleaming high-rise buildings and upscale townhouses on the gentrified Near North Side of Chicago.

According to urban legend, "Candyman" is summoned when anyone repeats his name 5 times in a mirror.

"The urban legend is, if you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, he appears in the reflection and it kills you," says Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays artist Anthony McCoy.

Candyman's murderous rampage begins when a group of girls says his name five times in a mirror and are promptly murdered.

McCoy becomes obsessed with finding out if the Candyman is real. He takes photos around the old Cabrini-Green neighborhood, basing his art exhibit on the elusive slasher, as bodies begin piling up.
 

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President Trump announced on Wednesday he is appointing Vice President Mike Pence to head a task force to confront a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

As President Trump said, "The risk to the American people remains very low" since the common flu virus is far deadlier than the coronavirus outside of Asia.

The typical flu virus kills an average of 40,000 people a year in the U.S. There are no coronavirus deaths in the U.S.

"We're ready. We're ready for anything," Pence said. "We're all in this together. This is not the time for partisanship. This president will always put the health and safety of America first."

The Coronavirus (known as COVID-19) has not yet hit the U.S. as hard as it has hit Asian countries.

So far, there are 60 confirmed cases in the U.S. and no deaths.

The coronavirus enters the body by attaching to ACE2 receptors. ACE2 (Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) is an enzyme that is expressed predominantly in the heart, kidneys and testicles.

East Asians and Caucasian men have more ACE2 enzyme receptors and are more at risk for Coronavirus infections.

The risk of infection is lower for Black people of African descent, women and white Europeans.

According to health experts the coronavirus is highly contagious and can enter the body through the mucous membranes of the eyes as well as inhaled into the lungs.

Mucous membranes lines various openings of the body including the eyes, inner nose, inner ears, inner lips, mouth, vagina, urethral opening and the anus.

Unlike our skin, mucous membranes are porous and allows the passage of gas, liquid or microscopic viruses into the bloodstream.

The coronavirus is smaller than the HIV virus, which means COVID-19 can easily enter the body through openings such as the eyes, mouth and nasal passages.

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When treating patients infected with COVID-19, medical personnel must wear face masks and eye protection shields (such as this one) to protect against the virus entering the body through the eyes, mouth and nose.

If you think you have been infected with Coronavirus, the CDC advises you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus. Wash your hands frequently, and drink plenty of fluids.

Piedmont's WellStreet Urgent Care Clinics in Atlanta and surrounding suburbs sent out a newsletter to educate patients about the coronavirus.

The following are excerpts from the newsletter:

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus infection?

The symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, many infected people will have rather mild symptoms, like a sore throat. While it is unclear why some people deteriorate, most of those infected with Coronavirus recover fully after a mild illness.

How is Coronavirus spread?

The virus spreads through contact with another infected person. It may take 2-14 days for someone to become ill after being exposed to the Coronavirus. This time frame is called the incubation period. As you may already know, while there are sporadic cases in many countries throughout the world, the vast majority of infections remain in China. For that reason, if you have NOT traveled to China within the past 14 days or been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus infection, you are highly unlikely to have the disease.

What should I do if I get a fever and cough?

While things can certainly change, for now, you are far more likely to have influenza or another type of respiratory infection. At Piedmont Urgent Care, we can evaluate and test for flu and other infections. There are treatments available that can help shorten the duration of flu and reduce symptoms. And if needed, we can check for pneumonia with a chest x-ray.

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Robert Pattinson loves rapper A$AP Rocky's fashion choices, but he regrets not being able to pull Rocky's style off.

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The 'Twilight' star admires Rocky's flamboyant confidence, but he fears he'd look like a "moron" if he tried to emulate his style icon.

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"I wish I could dress like A$AP Rocky," Pattinson tells British GQ. "He just has serious style. We have been to quite a few different fittings together and I will see the craziest thing and really want to wear it, but I'd look like a total moron.

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"Then we will go to the show and I will see Rocky in it and be like, 'Jesus Christ, you can literally wear anything!'"

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Pattinson hates a lot of his old red carpet looks, but his fashion choice for the London premiere in Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire in 2005 was the worst or the worst.

"I was wearing leather trousers with these cowboy boots and a velvet jacket," he recalls. "I mean, it literally looked like a kid had gone into a dressing-up box."

Question: Do you prefer a man who dresses like Robert or A$AP?

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Rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have filed a second lawsuit against Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 152 inmates over the "abhorrent and barbaric" conditions prisoners suffer at Parchman Farm.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, against eight defendants including the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The lawsuit follows a similar one filed last month on behalf of 29 more inmates.

The latest suit details the "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation" prisoners at the facility, also known as Mississippi State Penitentiary, have had to endure over lack of funding and not enough staff.

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"The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution," the complaint states.

Additionally, the complaint states that the prisoners, who live in "medieval" conditions at the jail, are rarely able to obtain any medical help they require - leading to inmates "inserting their own catheters, treating their own stab wounds, vomiting up blood, teetering on the verge of diabetic comas, and suffering through seizures without medical care.

Even a broken neck can go without treatment at Parchman, with the inmate being left to suffer through his injury while sleeping on exposed, steel bedsprings with no mattress."

Following the first lawsuit filed in January, an investigation into the conditions at Parchman and three other Mississippi prisons was opened by the Department of Justice. That investigation is ongoing.

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Jermaine Dupri rushed to defend his friend, Usher Raymond, when the R&B crooner teased his new single - and everyone thought he was singing about herpes.

According to TMZ, the diminutive music producer and part-time DJ, cleared the air when speculation ran rampant that Usher's new single "Confessions Pt. 3" contained a reference to his "sickness."

"Don't let that 'sickness' lyric fool you," JD tweeted on Wednesday. "The song is about a girl cheatin' on him and gettin' pregnant by another man. She is then being stuck with the decision to keep or abort it. Now that he knows, Should he stay or Leave???"

Usher teased the new single during his live set at the Cricket Lounge this week.

    "Remember that time I was sitting up sick, couldn't sleep on the middle of the night? / And you said bae let me take you to the ER / I said 'Nah, Imma be alright / Well, the next day I found out from f*cking around that the sickness I had was life / And I was fixed with the decision to keep it / Knowing I had to get rid of it, rid of it, live with it / You don't know, he don't know, I had to deal with it."

The song concludes with: "That's the test to see if you're strong."

Then, addressing the audience directly, Usher says, "You realize what I just told you? You don't realize it, huh? Well, you can play it back."
 

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Anyone can lease a Ferrari, but not everyone has the pleasure of owning one. That's because Ferrari is such an exclusive carmaker that they can pick and choose who gets to own one of their coveted luxury supercars.

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Celebrities must abide by the same stringent rules of Ferrari ownership that other elite applicants are subjected to.

According to Yahoo Sports, when accepting applications for purchase, Ferrari picks carefully. There's a saying that goes: "You don't own a Ferrari, Ferrari owns you."

Driving a Ferrari off a lot comes with certain privileges that are not available to just anyone.

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Stars like Scott Disick (pictured top) and Travis Scott (pictured above) own Ferraris because they are low-key and not very flashy on social media.

Ferrari owners reflects the brand overall. Anyone who comes off as flashy, tacky or gaudy, will likely be denied ownership. Using their cars for self-promotion is also frowned upon.

If you're a celebrity with millions of social media followers, but zero class and a poor reputation for paying your bills, you're probably better off leasing a Ferrari.

Here are a few celebrities who have been banned from owning a Ferrari.

Tyga

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Tyga is a washed up rapper with terrible credit and a shameful history of car repossessions. Among his repossessions was a Ferrari 458 Spider. It's safe to say that Tyga will be denied if he ever applies for Ferrari ownership.
 

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The champion boxer earned his ban by flaunting his Ferraris for social media clout and only keeping his luxury supercars for a few months at a time. He is also banned from purchasing a Ferrari due to "financial trouble.”
 

Blac Chyna

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The West Coast socialite can never purchase a Ferrari under her name, according to Yahoo. Black Chyna upset the automaker when she repainted her Ferrari in Barbie pink colors -- destroying the brand's specially formulated candy coated paint job in the process.
 

Amber Rose

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Amber is on the ban list for repainting her Ferrari Pepto Bismol pink. Ferrari execs reportedly became sick their stomachs when they saw it.
 

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian is prohibited from buying a Ferrari because she once accepted one as a gift back in 2011 from someone known for committing fraud, according to Yahoo.
 

50 Cent

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50 Cent is an exotic car enthusiast who owns an impressive collection of vehicles. But he will never own a Ferrari outright. That's because Ferrari frowns upon social media trolls using their products for clout. Fiddy had a dead battery in his Ferrari 488, so he took to social media to call his car a "f*cking lemon," which left a bad taste for the automaker.
 

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber famously "lost" a 458 Italia while partying it up on the town, according to Yahoo. The blue Ferrari was found 3 weeks later by one of his assistants. Bieber's application will be rejected if he ever tries to purchase another one.

Question: What's your favorite Ferrari?

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Last November, reality TV couple Ray J and Princess Love called it quits. Eyebrows were raised when the R&B crooner blocked his then-pregnant wife on Instagram.

Ray J, 38, apparently blocked his wife after she accused him of abandoning her and their 1-year-old daughter Melody in Las Vegas after attending the Soul Train Awards.

"Left me and Melody stranded in Vegas and blocked me from calling," she wrote, "now you wanna post family photos #ByeUgly."

But the couple appeared to reunite shortly before she gave birth to their second child, a baby boy they named Epik.

According to TMZ, Ray J and Princess Love remain married, and they are committed to raising their children, but they just can't live together under the same roof.

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ, Princess stays at her luxury Beverly Hills condo while Ray J sleeps at a bachelor pad just a few miles away.

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According to the gossip tabloid, she keeps the kids but Ray comes by to visit daily, and he keeps their dogs at his house. "Ray J and Princess are getting along fine now ... doing family stuff together with no drama or arguing."

It's always better to go your separate ways if your negative energy causes a toxic environment for your children.

But Ray J must work even harder to be there every day for his kids -- if he doesn't want a Dwyane Wade/Zaya situation on his hands.
 

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Black Twitter is dragging Ava DuVernay by her dreadlocks for an old post she wrote defending serial rapist Harvey Weinstein.

DuVernay and her sisters in Christ - Oprah and Gayle King - are successful Black women who have come under attack for vigorously defending Weinstein in the past.

Now they won't answer his phone calls from his hospital room at Bellevue after the disgraced Hollywood mogul was convicted of sex assault charges on Monday.

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Minutes after Weinstein's split verdicts on Monday, Oprah turned off her Instagram comments. And DuVernay went on a blocking spree when Black Twitter retweeted an old post in which she proudly defended the now convicted rapist.

In her post dated June 1, 2012, DuVernay acknowledged she'd "heard all the Harvey stories over the years, but still a fan."

Winfrey and King, who also heard all the stories about Weinstein's sordid history, have yet to comment on their former friend's conviction.
 

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Actor Jason Mitchell is reportedly struggling to pay bills after he was fired from "The Chi" and dropped by his agent for sexual misconduct.

According to The Blast, Comerica Bank filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the 33-year-old struggling actor for defaulting on a $60,000 loan.

The bank claims it loaned Mitchell's company $60,000 in December 2016. He made payments on time until June 2019 - when he was let go by "The Chi" producer and close friend Lena Waithe.

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The bank accuses Mitchell of willfully defaulting on the loan a month after he was accused of sexually harassing co-star Tiffany Boone on the set of "The Chi" in Chicago.

Boone complained about the harassment to human resources and to Waithe, but her complaints fell on deaf ears. She ultimately felt unsafe and quit the show.

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Mitchell was let go in 2019 when bloggers got ahold of sexual misconduct allegations made by Mitchell’s other female costars.

Comerica Bank says despite numerous demands for full payment of $70,674.16, Mitchell has refused to pay up. The current balance of the loan is $59,268.50 (principal) plus $11,260.66 (interest) and $145 in late charges.

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A Florida woman was arrested Tuesday for killing her husband by zipping him inside a suitcase where he suffocated.

Sarah Boone, 42, told investigators she and her husband, Jorge Torres Jr., were playing a game of hide-and-seek when something went horribly wrong.

According to WFTV, Boone and Torres, 41, thought it would be funny if he climbed inside the suitcase and she zipped it up.

But police found video on her cell phone that showed Boone taunting her husband and refusing to unzip the suitcase because he cheated on her with another woman.

When Torres yelled that he couldn't breathe, Boone told him, "Yeah, that's what you do when you choke me," according to the affidavit.

Torres desperately pushed against the fabric of the suitcase, while yelling repeatedly that he couldn't breathe.

"That's on you. Oh, that's what I feel like when you cheat on me," she told Torres, before advising him to stop yelling to conserve his oxygen inside the suitcase.

Boone told police she passed out on the bed after a night of drinking with Torres. She said she forgot Torres was still zipped inside the suitcase.

Deputies responding to the residence in the 4700 block of Frantz Lane found Torres' lifeless body laying on the floor next to the suitcase.

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Kandi Burruss shared new Instagram photos of her infant daughter, Blaze Tucker, who was delivered by a surrogate. Twitter followers couldn't believe the baby is three months old already.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd Tucker share 4-year-old son, Ace Tucker. And Kandi has a grown daughter, Riley, by music industry veteran Russell "Block" Spencer.

Kandi, 43, froze her last remaining eggs after she gave birth to Ace at age 39. The busy entrepreneur hired a surrogate to carry Blaze.

"It seems like just yesterday when @acetucker was small like @blazetucker. Time flies!," the proud mommy shared on Instagram.com. "I can't wait to see what the future holds for #blazetucker... My sunshine on a cloudy day."

She captioned another adorable photo of Blaze: "My youngest turned 3 months old yesterday! Time is flying by. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for @blazetucker."
 


 


 

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Tyler Perry's family members are mourning the death of his nephew, who hanged himself in his prison cell on Tuesday night.

The family is demanding answers after the actor and director's nephew, Gavin Porter, committed suicide at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana.

Prison officials insist the 26-year-old inmate hanged himself in his cell, according to TMZ, but Perry's sister, who is the dead man's mom, isn't convinced he took his own life.

Sources tell TMZ Porter was placed in solitary confinement after fighting with another inmate over the weekend.

Gavin was arrested for shooting and killing his biological father in 2016. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years.

Perry has yet to comment on the family tragedy.

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