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NeNe Leakes officially confirmed her departure from Real Housewives of Atlanta after denying the rumors for months.

The news that NeNe was let go from the reality TV franchise was first reported by blogger B. Scott in June.

The mom of two responded to allegations that she was not invited back to the show due to insubordination and being a b*tch to her castmates.

"I promise I'll be the first to tell you myself! Thanks you for the love," she tweeted in June.

NeNe's manager also shut down rumors that she was dismissed from the cast after repeated acts of insubordination on and off the set.

"It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA," Leakes' manager, Steven Grossman tells PEOPLE. "Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be."

A confidential source told Sandrarose.com that NeNe was "hurt and depressed" after being dismissed from Bravo's longest-running 'Real Housewives' franchise.

"She thinks her friends have abandoned her and she can't trust anyone."

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Negotiations between NeNe, Bravo and her manager reportedly broke down after NeNe demanded more screen time in every episode, according to Tamara Tattlez, who added that NeNe was offered a 5% raise in her letter.

NeNe finally confirmed the inevitable in a video on her YouTube channel on Thursday. "I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation," she said.

NeNe tried to save face by claiming she made the decision to leave.

"There's been a lot of emotion flying from both sides. It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and very difficult decision to not be a part of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' Season 13. It wasn't an easy decision for me. It was hard."

Word has it that the producers thought NeNe, at age 52, wasn't connecting with Gen-Z. Her constant rants and jabs at everyone from her castmates to producers grew tiresome.

"I'm just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for black ensemble reality shows," she said.

She thanked Bravo's producers for "all the memories, the laughs, the tears."

Bravo isn't done cleaning house. Other aging cast members who will be phased out next year reportedly include Cynthia Bailey, 53, Kenya Moore, 49, and Kandi Burruss, 44.
 

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Now we know why Kanye West hates Jay Z with a passion. Kanye went on a Twitter rampage, posting his contracts and urinating on his Grammy Award.

@lavidaNOTA, who calls himself The Authority, is a South African record label owner who read over the contracts that Kanye posted on Twitter.com this week.

@lavidaNOTA writes, "I have 16-years experience in the music business... It took me all night to understand Kanye's contracts. Aspiring artists have no idea what they are getting themselves into. This is why it’s important to ask people who have been through it for advice!"

Apparently, Jay Z sold the masters to Kanye's first six albums just so he could get his own masters back.

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!"

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that’s what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

@lavidaNOTA says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banning Kanye from Twitter had nothing to do with him posting a Forbes editor's phone number.

"Jack Dorsey aka @jack was jogging with Jay Z just a few weeks ago. Now Kanye is banned from tweeting for 12-24 hours. Sounds about rights!"

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Jerry Harris, star of Netflix's cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," was arrested Thursday and charged with production of child p0rnography three days after FBI agents removed bags of evidence from his Naperville, Illinois home.

The 21-year-old male cheerleader was the subject of a federal investigation after the mom of 14-year-old twin boys, Charlie and Sam, found sexually explicit texts and alerted Varsity Brands, who, in turn, notified police.

The twins are suing Harris over sexual exploitation harassment that began when they were just 13. The brothers filed separate lawsuits against Harris this week, accusing the flamboyant star of harassing them at cheer competitions.

It was reported on Monday that the flamboyant cheerleader was under investigation amid allegations he "solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from a minor".

The criminal complaint alleges Harris requested nude photos from the boys.

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In one Snapchat exchange, Harris asked one of the twins, "Would you ever want to****." The boy interpreted the message as a sex act.

In another message, one of the boys sent Harris a photo of himself and Harris allegedly responded: "Do it naked and take a video."

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In court documents, the siblings, who are Caucasian, alleged they befriended Harris, who is Black, during a cheer competition in 2018, and were "star struck" by him.

Following steamy text messages from Harris requesting nude photos from the boys, they met up with Harris in "secluded locations at various competitions".

After their mother found out about the sexually explicit messages, she reported him to cheerleading organization Varsity Brands, who contacted police.

Harris, who was 19 at the time of the incidents, worked for Varsity at a cheer camp last year.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Since Cheer premiered in January, Harris has covered the Oscars red carpet for Ellen DeGeneres, signed endorsement deals with Schmidt's deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle and racked up over a million followers on Instagram.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a chat with Harris weeks before investigators raided Harris's home.

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Harris was part of Biden's plan to help "win back the internet."

"If the same percentage of young blacks turned out and registered to vote as the average voter, you'd increase voting by several million people, you could change the outcome of elections," Biden told Harris.

During a recent episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket," Harris, who was referred to as a "gay icon," said his late mom was watching over him.

"I feel like she's very, very happy and excited for everything that's been going on, and she's really loving it," said Harris, whose mother died of lung cancer when he was 16. "I know she's telling me to always stay humble, because she doesn't want to see me get a big head."

Harris met his cheerleading inspiration, Gabrielle Union, last month.
 

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Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige films an episode of 'POWER' outside the MCM store in SoHo, New York. The songbird-turned-actress was seen wearing MCM from head to toe.


 

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Nelly, Skai Jackson, Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart were seen arriving for Dancing with the Stars practice at the dance studio on Wednesday.

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Ivry Hall (right), a sophomore majoring in business at Alabama State University, is a person of interest in the murder case of ASU student Adam Dowdell, whose body was found behind a church on Monday.

Dowdell's mother, Toya Cohill identified Hall as the friend who went with her son to an ATM machine last week. Dowdell, 21, never returned to his dorm room.

He was missing for 5 days when his body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Hall, a 20-year-old Chicago native, grew up on the South Side, and overcame incredible odds to become Valedictorian at Tilden high School.

According to ABC7, Hall moved in with a cousin after his single mom passed away from cancer when Hall was 12.

"When my mom passed away, I was so hurt. And I just wanted to do better," he told ABC7.

"I had to get on three buses and one train!" Hall said. It took him 2 hours to get to school.

Hall said his childhood was filled with trouble.

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"Gang banging. I used to smoke when I was little," Hall said, adding that he dropped out of school at one point.

"I did a lot of stuff. That's just from the image I was seeing so I wanted to do it too," he said.

"I don't believe in giving up, and I think that failure is not an option," Hall said.

When he was a senior, he lost his dad to lung failure.

"Of course, I lost my mom. I lost my dad. I wish they were still here to see what I've accomplished now, but they're not. Everything is not going to come as you want it," he said.

Despite the tragedy and setbacks in his life, Hall persevered and studied hard to become school valedictorian.

"I always wish that I could graduate valedictorian, and look, I did," Hall said. "I was beyond happy."

In 2019, Hall headed to Alabama State University on a full scholarship.

"Major in business, so I can open up my own business. I'm not for sure what I want to open up, but I want to help people, like she's doing," Hall said, referring to his mentor, Sally Hazelgrove, who runs an Englewood boxing gym.

"I'm going to go to college and graduate, so I'm going to find a way to study. I'm going to find a way to do everything without giving up. If I give up, I will be just like everybody that I know," Hall said.

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Nashville, Tennessee officials concealed "extremely low" coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in leaked emails, according to WZTV.

The leaked emails between a senior adviser to Nashville's mayor and a health department official reveal a "disturbing effort" to conceal the low number of coronavirus cases among people who patronize bars and restaurants without wearing masks or face coverings.

"On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes causing problems more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases," according to one leaked email obtained by WZTV.

In the same email chain, Leslie Waller from the health department asks "This isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor's Office?"

"Correct, not for public consumption," writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

In another email exchange, Tennessee reporter Nate Rai asked the health department to clarify the low number of COVID cases coming from bars and restaurants.

"If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn't that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?"

His query left health department official Brian Todd scrambling for a suitable response.

He asked five other health officials: "Please advise how you respond. BT."

The response from an official whose name was redacted from the leaked email:

"My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site. We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be "because that number is increasing all the time and we don't want to say a specific number.""

For months now, conservatives have accused health officials of over-exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic to keep Americans on lockdown until after the November elections.

Atlanta has fully reopened after a 3-month lockdown. Every bar and nightclub within the Atlanta city limits is packed with patrons who don't wear masks or social distance.

There has not been a spike in coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in Atlanta.

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Alexis Skyy claims she suffered food poisoning after eating a Travis Scott burger from McDonald's.

Alexis said she threw up after eating one of the burgers offered as part of a limited time only specialty meal at McDonald's fast food restaurants.

The Love & Hip-Hop cast member posted a copy of her receipt to her Instagram Stories. She captioned the image: "I'm sorry but I have to throw up after eating that sh*t."

The marketing campaign has faced public criticism and negative feedback from franchise owners who didn't want the Travis Scott meal on their menus.

The meal includes a Quarter Pounder with cheese, fries, bacon with BBQ sauce and a Sprite beverage, which Scott claims is his favorite meal.

McDonald's is also battling the rumor that the Travis Scott meals include human body parts.

The 28-year-old mumble rapper was signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. music production house, Very G.O.O.D. Beats, and Epic Records in 2012. He shares a 3-year-old daughter, Stormi, with Kylie Jenner, 23.

Alexis, 26, is best known as rapper Fetty Wap's baby mama. The ex-couple share a daughter, Alaiya.

Alexis first appeared as a cast member on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in 2017.

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David J. Johns penned an interesting opinion piece for theGrio.com, in which he praised Andrew and R. Jai Gillum's diverse Black marriage.

"Let's celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same," writes Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition.

In an exclusive interview with Tamron Hall that aired on Monday, Gillum, 41, came out as a bisexual man with a wife and three children.

Johns, who is same-gender attracted, asked his readers to celebrate the diversity of the couple's modern family.

"I write to thank my brother, Andrew Gillum, and my sister, R. Jai Gillum, for inviting us in. Andrew and R. Jai are a family. Period, full stop," Johns said.

Johns added: "[T]here is a need to battle systemic oppression and marginalization of people who are members of racial/ethnic and sexual minority communities, there are some among us, like myself, who live public lives to disrupt assumptions that we don't exist."

Johns suggests that Black women should protect Gillum and look beyond the complexities of sharing their men with other men.

Johns continues:

"[T]oo many members of our community suffer, often in silence, because we have not done the work, as a community of diverse Black people, to hold space and to have conversations that honor every member of our community. It is for this reason alone that Black people should commit to protecting Andrew Gillum who is among the first highly visible Black men to identify as bisexual.

"At this moment in the movement for Black lives, let’s celebrate Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts for finding love. Let’s celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same. Let’s celebrate the culture shift that holds space for Black LGBTQ/SGL people to thrive—as we are—without having to shrink or hide critically important parts of themselves."

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Atlanta entrepreneurs Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker appear to have closed their new restaurant before it even opened.

A loyal reader emailed a photo that shows the RHOA cast members took down that gigantic "Blaze" sign over their shuttered steak & seafood restaurant in Southwest Atlanta.

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If you recall, Kandi and Todd announced the opening of their newest establishment in the Camp Creek Marketplace last month. They also placed a "NOW HIRING" sign in the window.

But, according to my spy, the big Blaze sign came down days ago and there is no indication that the restaurant will be opening its doors anytime soon.

The new restaurant was inspired by their infant daughter, Blaze Tucker, who was delivered via surrogate on Nov. 22, 2019.

The couple already own and operate three "Old Lady Gang" soul food restaurants around the metro Atlanta area.

My spy noted that Blaze steakhouse may have been in conflict with Blaze Pizzeria restaurant chain in Atlanta.

But a quick search of Atlanta businesses turns up other "Blaze" establishments, such as Blaze strip club, the Atlanta Blaze men's lacrosse team, Blaze radio, and Blaze Sports America, among others.

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Another explanation is that the funding for Kandi and Todd's new restaurant fell through. They managed to secure funding for Blaze restaurant through the government's PPP coronavirus stimulus relief package.

According to Screenrant.com, the couple received between $150,000 and $350,000 in PPP funds set aside for struggling small businesses amid the pandemic.

The loans were approved on April 29 and the funds were disbursed through TruFund Financial Services, despite the fact that Kandi allegedly has a net worth of around $30 million.

According to Screenrant.com, Kandi and Todd shouldn't have been entitled to the PPP loans in the first place since they pass themselves off as a wealthy couple.

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Kanye West was temporarily banned by Twitter after he shared a screenshot of a journalist's phone number.

The ban came after Kanye went on a tweeting rampage over the past few days that including a video of himself urinating on a Grammy Award and posting screenshots of his recording contract.

On Wednesday, Kanye shared a screenshot of a phone number belonging to Forbes magazine chief content officer Randall Lane. He wrote: "If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist... this is the editor of Forbes."

Kanye was temporarily banned from the social media platform until he logged in and deleted the tweet.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the offending tweet had not been deleted, but Twitter has hidden the tweet from public view.

Earlier in the day, the 43-year-old mega producer tweeted a video that showed him urinating on one of his 21 Grammy Awards submerged in a toilet bowl.

"Trust me... I WONT STOP," Kanye wrote alongside the video clip.

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The father of four also complained about his recording contract.

"90% of the record contracts on the planet are still on a royalty A standard record deal is a trap to NEVER have you recoup, and there’s all these hidden costs like the ‘distribution fees’ many labels put in their contracts to make even more money off our work without even trying."

According to Showbiz411, Kanye received a $12 million advance in 2012 for his 2013 album Yeezus - that went on to sell just 609,000 copies in 7 years.

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A Georgia deputy who beat a Black man unconscious for refusing to show his driver's license has been fired.

Sean Williams, an attorney for Roderick Walker, a 26-year-old Black male who was repeatedly punched by a Clayton County deputy during a traffic stop, is demanding that criminal charges be filed against the terminated officer.

"They almost killed him," Williams told USA Today. "They committed an aggravated assault on this man and luckily I'm not talking to you about Mr. Walker's death."

According to MSN.com, the incident occurred Friday in Clayton County, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. Video of the assault went viral after it was uploaded to social media by Walker's girlfriend, Juanita Davis.

Williams said Walker, Davis, their 5-month-old son, and Davis' 5-year-old son from a previous relationship, had dropped off a rental car and paid a man $10 to drive them home. Police stopped the vehicle for a broken tail light.

Williams said the deputies asked Walker, who was in the passenger seat, for his ID and Walker stated he did not have one. A struggle ensued when the deputies ordered Walker out of the car for back-talking them.

Davis is heard hysterically screaming "Get off of him" and "Don't kill him. He said he can't breathe, officer."

Her son is heard yelling, "Daddy!" in the background of the video.

The sheriff's office fired one of the deputies, but Williams wants the second officer to be fired also and both should face criminal charges.

The sheriff's office said it turned over the criminal investigation to Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley.

Mosley, who is Black, said in a statement that she had requested materials related to the investigation and would consider charges upon receiving them.

"If the final outcome of the investigation leads us to bring charges we are unsure at this time when it will come before a Grand Jury," Mosley said.

Walker has been transferred to the Fulton County Jail to face outstanding warrants on probation violations in Fulton County.

Williams said Walker was "illegally arrested" and police are using the outstanding warrants to "deflect from their horrendous acts."

"Roderick Walker is in jail solely because he was illegally arrested after being assaulted by Clayton County Sheriff deputies, not because of anything he did during that incident or in the past," Williams said. "Mr. Walker would not be in jail if it were not for this unlawful arrest that violated his legal and constitutional rights."
 

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WNBA star Maya Moore has married the man she helped to free from prison.

The 31-year-old basketball star put her career on hold to help overturn Jonathan Irons' wrongful conviction. The couple exchanged vows as husband and wife, just weeks after Irons was released following a 23-year stint behind bars.

"We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we’ve been doing together, but doing it as a married couple...," she told Good Morning America on Wednesday.

"We got married a couple of months ago. We're excited to share this new chapter of life together."

Irons was originally sentenced to 50 years behind bars in 1998 after he was convicted of breaking into a Missouri home and shooting a homeowner. In March, a judge ruled prosecutors suppressed fingerprint evidence that would have strengthened his defense, and he was released from prison on July 1.

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The 6-foot-1 small forward led the University of Connecticut to two NCAA Championships in 2009 and 2010. She is a 3x WNBA All-Star Game MVP and a 4x WNBA champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017).

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A stressful marriage can take a toll on a woman's health. Women who suspect their husbands may be cheating on them are especially vulnerable.

Kandi Burruss took to her Instagram Stories to confess that she gained 20 pounds since May. Ironically, that's around the time when rumors swirled about her husband, Todd Tucker, and a certain voluptuous real estate agent.

The 44-year-old mom of three said she was struggling to lose 10 pounds, leaving her with 30 pounds as her weight loss goal.

"Okay so today is Wednesday, I believe it's the, is it the 16th of September? This is the first day back to working out," Burruss said.

Kandi added: "I gained 20 pounds since May. Since you know... well not at the beginning of Covid."

Marital stress can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, forgetfulness, insomnia and mood swings.

Women tend to pile on the pounds by eating greasy, fatty foods, rather than healthy foods from all 5 food groups (dairy, vegetables, fruit, grain and protein).

Kandi continued: "The beginning of Covid i was working out and i was in shape. And even then I wanted to lose 10 pounds but I ended up getting lax and comfortable and I ended up gaining 20."

"So that means I have have 30 pounds of which I would like to lose. I just want to better myself overall. I just want to get used to making working out a regular routine."

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In the video titled, "I need help! Thank God for family... I hope I can stick to this 7 am workout schedule," Kandi explained that her cousin Patrick has volunteered to work out with her.

"He's a trainer. He got up and came to my house at 7 to workout and that's going to be my regular time. I hope I can stick to this."

Kandi and Todd share two children. They also have grown daughters from previous relationships.

Here are some tips to handle stress in a marriage:

1. Seek Self-Awareness

Pick the most common stress response for you and your spouse. When you notice this behavior, acknowledge the presence of difficult emotions and discuss them.

2. Listen

Listen to your spouse. Sometimes thoughts and emotions are misinterpreted because you don't listen. If you're having a hard day, ask your husband to listen to you.

3. Explore

Encourage your spouse to explore his feelings and describe what's going on inside him. Try not to be judgmental or accusatory, but have empathy for what your spouse is feeling. Name and validate painful emotions. Offering comfort for past hurts can help reduce painful emotions.

4. Seek out stressors from your spouse's childhood

Seek out your husband's feelings. Ask him about his childhood. If he feels overwhelmed, anxious and burdened, ask him if he felt overwhelmed, anxious and burdened as a child. Ask him what happens when he feels this way.

5. Resolve stress

After listening, ask, "How can I help?" Perhaps he needs some time alone after an emotionally exhausting conversation. You don't have to anticipate what he needs, you just have to ask.
 

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Presidential hopeful Kanye West reportedly asked his staff to refrain from "fornicating" outside of marriage.

The unusual request is part of Kanye's morality clause to establish proper employee conduct on and off the job.

According to a former staffer, Kanye portrays himself as a godly man with high morals, and he expects no less from the people who work with him.

According to the NY Post, Kanye has made abortion a central focus of his campaign for president.

"You can't do that. I don't want to ban or stop or point fingers at anything," said the father of four, who pledged "stipends for families that need support, creating orphanages that are really high-level desirable for people to go to, and the redesign of communities and cities in general to be supporting of families."

The rapper is so committed to reducing abortion rates, that he asked his campaign staff to refrain from "fornicating" outside of marriage, a source told the NY Times.

Kanye's goals also include police reform, reducing household and student loan debt and bringing prayer back into schools.

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The future politician is pictured in 2003 with La La Anthony (left) and Motown exec Ethiopia Habtemariam at a surprise party for Jay Z in NYC.

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A viral video shows a father and his children confronting an absentee mother who hasn't seen the children in months.

We often hear about men abandoning their families, but absentee moms are becoming more common in the Black community.

The fed up father took his son and daughter to the cleaners where their mom worked to confront her while live-streaming on Facebook.

"How many months you ain't see your mama?" he asked their daughter, who responded, "Two months."

"Two months you been running from them," said the angry dad. "And I'ma stay up here 'til the police come!"

Her son told his mom, "You left me in the house alone!"

When an officer arrived, the woman stated she filed a restraining order on her ex, but the cop was unable to find proof of a protective order in the system.

"Ask her how long the kids ain't seen her," the frustrated dad said. "Man, I ain't seen my mama in a month," his son tells the officer. "Two months," his dad corrects him.

The angry dad told the cop he went to the workplace to give his ex some money. He added, he would bring his children to see her again if they asked him to.

FYI: This video contains excessive profanity.
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