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America's response to the coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people feeling hopeless and despondent over mounting debt from job losses.

The suicide rate in America is rising as many Americans feel desperate, hopeless and lonely. 75% of Americans are on lockdown around the nation.

A 38-year-old man in Wilson, Pennsylvania attempted a murder-suicide after losing his job. He opened fire on his girlfriend before fatally shooting himself on Monday. His girlfriend survived.

2 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets took their own lives after being quarantined on campus in Colorado Springs, CO. They were due to graduate in May.

Phones are ringing off the hook at suicide hotlines around the country in recent weeks. One Suicide Prevention Services hotline in Illinois does not have enough staff to field all the calls.

"We are seeing a massive shift to anxiety," said Suicide Prevention Services Education and Training Director Natasha Clark. She said callers are not necessarily worried about catching the virus, they are more fearful of its financial impact on their lives from job loss, homelessness, and loneliness.

"Alone with their thoughts, so many callers are on the brink. It's creating a sense of deep despair among callers," Clark told the Chicago Tribune.

"We can't even count on accessing emergency resources because even that is tenuous right now."

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Da Brat made headlines when she shared an Instagram video revealing her relationship with Instagram entrepreneur Jesseca Dupart, aka BB Judy, 38.

Da Brat explained:

"I have never experienced this feeling. It's so overwhelming that often I find myself in a daze hoping to never get pinched to see if it's real so I can live in this dream forever."

On an episode of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show last Friday, the 45-year-old semi-retired rapper said she made the decision to come out of the closet because times have changed and the industry isn't as homophobic as it was in the '80s and '90s.

"I've always been an advocate of privacy, pretty much to protect the interest of the other party involved. Because if you're not used to this life and the scrutiny that come with it, it can break you."

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Da Brat dumps out an ashtray while one of her ex-girlfriends looks on in a photo taken in 1994.

"I've been talked about for over 20 years or more so I'm kind of conditioned for it. My coat of armor is pretty thick so I learned what to say and what not to say and the battles that I decide to choose to fight. Most of the time I just stay silent and let people speculate."

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Robyn Rihanna Fenty says she is open to raising children as a single mother after multiple failed relationships with emotionally unavailable men.

The 32-year-old Bajan, who is fast approaching the high-risk age for pregnant women, graces the cover of British Vogue magazine.

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Rihanna posed for a high-fashion photo shoot by well-known fashion photographer Steven Klein.

She revealed to British Vogue that she is aware of her emotional flaws that led her to have failed relationships with men and at least one woman.

She said that, despite her history of failed relationships, she still wants to raise "three or four children" alone if she has to.

"Would I do it on my own? Hell yeah!" she told the magazine. She said she wants to have children within the next 10 years.

Rihanna dismissed the advice of childcare experts who say children are more well-rounded and mentally healthy if they grow up in a stable 2-parent household with a mother and father.

"I feel like society makes me want to feel like 'Oh you got it wrong...' They diminish you as a mother, [if] there's not a dad in your kids' lives," she said.

Rihanna suggested she wants to have children to give her the happiness she feels she can't get from men.

"The only thing that matters is happiness, that's the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That's the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love."

The pop singer split from Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel in January after dating long distance for three years.

Her exes include troubled singer Chris Brown and bisexual rappers Drake and A$AP Rocky.

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the brother of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, says he tested positive for Covid-19 after suffering from flu-like symptoms for a week.

Cuomo, 49, tweeted he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. He says he is now quarantining himself away from his wife and children in the basement of his home and will continue to film his nightly CNN show from there.

Governor Cuomo mentioned his brother's diagnosis during his daily press briefing on Tuesday. Gov. Cuomo said the number of cases in his state had increased by 9,298 to 75,795. Roughly 1,550 New Yorkers have reportedly died from the virus.

Gov. Cuomo said he last saw his brother two weeks ago. He used his brother as an example to urge essential workers to exercise caution.

Covid-19 causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms in healthy adults under age 50.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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Shaquille O'Neal was positioned to be the face of Papa John's Pizza after the company spent $50 million to scrub founder Joe Schnatter's face from pizza boxes and delivery vans.

But now it seems O'Neal may get the pink slip for missing too many shareholder's meetings.

O'Neal is pictured with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the grand opening of his Papa John's franchise store in Atlanta in August 2019.

Last year, O'Neal reportedly approached then-CEO Steve Ritchie and activist investor Jeff Smith and told them, "I would like to be involved, if I can be on the board and if I can purchase a couple franchises.”

Papa John's signed O'Neal to a lucrative partnership last year that included nine franchises and a seat on the board.

O'Neal, who is in high demand as a product endorser, apparently took the money and ran -- at least that's what he's being accused of by an advisory firm.

Institutional Shareholder Services, a corporate advisory firm, is encouraging Papa John's to kick O'Neal off the board for missing 75% of shareholder meetings.

ISS wants the board members to vote to remove O'Neal at its April 23 shareholder's meeting.

In its SEC filing, Papa John's revealed every member attended at least 75% of meetings "except for Shaquille O'Neal," who was unable to attend board meetings due to prior business commitments.

O'Neal also has sponsorship and endorsement deals with Ring, Steady, Forto Coffee Shots, Carnival Cruises, Icy Hot, Krispy Kreme, and National General Insurance, as well as a sports analyst gig with TNT.

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Cardi B wasn't seriously planning to start a campaign to free incarcerated Tiger King star Joe Exotic.

Joe is the subject of the Netflix series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The show follows the exploits of Joe, an eccentric tiger breeder, who ran a popular illegal zoo in Oklahoma.

While fans have taken to social media to rave about the show, rapper Cardi B took to Twitter to express her love and support for Joe after authorities sentenced him to time in prison for plotting to kill an animal rights activist and other wildlife violations.

"Bout to star [sic] a gofundme account for Joe .He shall be free," she wrote.

As the "Bodak Yellow" hitmaker's comments went viral online, she returned to the site to set the record straight, insisting, "Omg... I was just playing".

"I do love him tho and he deff needed better representation .oooooooooooooooooo here Kitty Kitty [sic]," she said.

Cardi's clarification comes after TMZ published a story revealing she wouldn't be allowed to start a campaign on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe, because the organization doesn't allow campaigns for convicted criminals.

GoFundMe pulled an account with Cardi's name attached to it and refunded the $100 it raised. TMZ added the account was not related to Cardi.

A representative from GoFundMe clarified the campaign was removed as money cannot be raised to fund the defense of inmates convicted of violent crimes.
 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is considering urging people to wear face coverings in public.

According to The Washington Post, two federal officials are saying the CDC was debating whether to advise the general public to wear masks in public.

As of Tuesday morning, the CDC's Covid-19 website recommended that only people with symptoms and those caring for people with symptoms cover their faces.

The CDC stressed that the public should reserve medical face masks for health care workers.

The news is the latest in a series of confusing messages by health experts at the CDC. The CDC previously urged the public not to wear faces masks after studies have shown that wearing face masks will not prevent infections.

Doctors and nurses wearing protective equipment such as face masks still contracted the virus after they put on and removed the masks with contaminated hands.

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Encouraging the general public to wear face masks will only lead to more infections. The correct way to put on a face mask is to have it fitted or adjusted to the face by someone else to ensure there are no gaps in the mask, such as in this photo.

But look at the man's hands: he is touching the mask near his eyes. If he has live virus on his hands he probably transmitted the virus to himself via his eyes.

If the CDC changes its guidelines, it will send another confusing message to the general public that will result in more infections.

The CDC still recommends that people wash their hands and avoid touching their faces while in public.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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DJ Jazzy Jeff is worried he has coronavirus, after battling pneumonia in both lungs.

The 55-year-old music producer, turntablist and actor revealed his fears in a post on his Instagram Stories, writing: "Pls say a prayer for all the sick... it's a lot more than you know!!

"I'm recovering from pneumonia in both my lungs... I lost my sense of smell and taste which is a main sign of the virus. I would NOT be here if not for my guardian angel of a wife!" Jeff has been married to Lynette Jackson since 2010.

Concluding, he wrote: "Please take this serious... It does not care who you are... what you do or what your plans are. Stay safe."

He forgot to add whether or not he'd been tested for the Covid-19 virus.

Jeff's post came after a tweet on March 7, in which he complained about feeling ill and hinted that he was receiving treatment in a hospital: "I'll be happy when I'm home and I can cough freely... LOL (laugh out loud)."

Jeff first rose to fame as DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (with Will Smith) in an era when the DJ received top billing over rappers.

He later appearing on 1990s TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith. Jeff has since gone on to become one of the world's most in-demand DJs.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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Rapper T.I.'s daughter Deyjah Harris shared a video discussing her ongoing struggles with mental illness.

In the video posted on YouTube.com, Deyjah admits she has been dealing with depression and anxiety since she was 11 years old.

She shared a message of hope for other young people dealing with mental health issues like hers.

"I feel like mental health overall is just a topic that needs more attention," she said. "There are so many individuals in the world that struggle with and suffer from it."

Acknowledging that she doesn't have all of the answers, Deyjah said the purpose of the video is to "lend a helping hand so that you can be better equipped for your journey ahead than I might've been."

The 18-year-old social media influencer hinted that others are using her "truth" to their advantage.

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Deyjah and her father, T.I., made headlines last year when he joked that he took her for an annual physical exam to ensure that her hymen was still intact. Deyjah’s mom, aspiring rapper, Ms. Niko, denied the story on social media.
 

Sources say Deyjah and her father were not really close as a child growing up. That is not a good sign.

Deyjah is usually the only child missing from most family get-togethers and photo shoots.
 

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Celebrity blogger Michelle "ATLien" Brown got former reality stars Peter Thomas and Apollo Nida to join her for Happy Hour Live on her YouTube channel.

Michelle reached out to Peter to hang out with her online on Sunday night because Real Housewives of Atlanta was in reruns. They were sitting around talking and drinking when Peter suggested adding Apollo to the chat.

Apollo joined the chat and spilled some tea about NeNe Leakes and Kandi Burruss. You will have to watch the 3-hour video to find out what they talked about. Lipstickalley.com has the Cliff Notes if you don't have time to watch.