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Veteran TV character actor Gregory Sierra has passed away at age 83.

The actor, who appeared in beloved TV comedy shows Sanford and Son and Barney Miller, lost his battle with cancer on January 4, according to a family spokesman.

Born in New York, Sierra worked with the National Shakespeare Company and also appeared in off-Broadway plays before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1960s.

He landed roles on popular TV shows such as The High Chaparral, Mod Squad, and Kung Fu and in films Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno.

He was cast as Fred Sanford's sympathetic neighbor Julio Fuentes in Sanford & Son in 1972, and three years later he was a regular on another TV favorite, playing Sgt. Miguel 'Chano' Amenguale in Barney Miller.

He continued to rack up TV credits throughout the 1980s and 1990s with roles in Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and Murder, She Wrote, while his film career also features appearances in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Hot Shots! Part Deux, and Mafia!

JoJo Siwa says she's the "happiest" she's "ever been" since coming out as part of the LGBT+ community.

She is pictured above at her Sweet 16 birthday party with guests (L-R) Ryan Romulus, North West, Penelope Disick and a friend in April 2019.

The 17-year-old dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality, born Joelle Joanie Siwa, has built a career around her public image of an ageless pre-teen wearing colorful hair bows and rainbow clothing.

Her catchy songs include "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store," and she appeared on "Dance Moms" for two seasons along with her mother, Jessalyn Siwa.

JoJo sparked rampant speculation when she began dropping hints on social media that suggested she was planning to come out of the closet - including wearing a "best gay cousin ever" T-shirt and lip-syncing along to Lady Gaga's hit song "Born This Way."

On Saturday, Jan. 23, she went live on Instagram to tell her pre-teen fans:

"Personally, I have never, ever, ever been this happy before and it feels really awesome. I've been happy for a little bit now. It's just so, so, so awesome. You guys probably haven't seen me this happy since I was on tour."

JoJo stopped short of giving herself a label, instead identifying as simply "part of" the LGTB+ community.

"The reason I'm not going to say this answer is because I don't really know this answer. I think humans are awesome, I think humans are really incredible people," she explained. "Right now, I'm super-duper happy and I want to share everything with the world, but I also want to keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public.”

Parents of JoJo's adolescent fans were skeptical about her coming out party. Many believe she is simply hopping on the LGBT+ bandwagon because her career as an adolescent singer and dancer is fading fast.

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Candace Owens announced the birth of her first child, a boy, on social media over the weekend.

"It's true what they say - the whole world stops when your child is born. 1/13/21
My firstborn son,"
she tweeted on Saturday. She included a verse from the Bible: "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him." -Psalm 127:3."

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of an adult holding a near-perfect Caucasian newborn. Candace departed from the American celebrity tradition of showing only a hand or foot of their newborns.

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Owens, a well-known conservative pundit and author, married George Farmer, a British hedge fund employee, in 2019. They got engaged just 3 weeks after they met.

Owens announced her pregnancy on August 28, saying she and her husband, also 31, were expecting their first child together.

Her followers were thrilled for her. Leftists were also happy in the belief that Owens would take time off from stumping for former President Donald Trump.

But being pregnant didn't slow Owens down. She continued to tweet until the birth of her baby.

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A new prison photo of legendary cocaine kingpin Big Meech surfaced online on Friday.

The photo shows Meech, center, wearing a tank top and shorts while surrounded by hard legs on the prison courtyard

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Although he looks buff and healthy in the photo, the Detroit News reported that Big Meech, 52, suffers from various ailments including hypertension and cardiac problems.

The Black Mafia Family leader, real name Demetrius Edward Flenory, and his brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory began selling cocaine on the streets of Detroit during their high school years in the late 1980s.

The brothers expanded their drug operation and established cocaine distribution rings in numerous U.S. states.

A two-year federal investigation began after Meech and Terry began to feud over Meech's flashy lifestyle. Terry moved to California and establishing his own drug organization.

In November 2007, the brothers pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise. They were sentenced to 30 years in prison each.

Terry was granted an early release in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Meech was denied early release and is serving out his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.

He is scheduled for release on May 5, 2032, around his 64th birthday.
 

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Keyshia Cole's sister dragged her for making Ashanti wait an hour for their long-awaited Verzuz battle on Instagram Thursday night.

The lip-sync battle was canceled twice -- the first time because Ashanti tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Keyshia brought out a surprise guest while lip-syncing to her 2005 hit song "Love." OT Genasis recored a parody track of "Love," titled "Never Knew," an ode to the Crips street gang.

Keyshia was not happy with the disrespect. Some shade was thrown after OT said nasty things about Keyshia's mother's drug addiction.

But it was all love when Keyshia brought the rapper out on Thursday.

 

One person who wasn't thrilled about the friendly duet was Keyshia's sister, Elite Noel, who expressed her displeasure on Instagram.

She captioned the video, "It went left !!!! And it ain't funny !!!!! I'm not backing down, who want it?"
 


 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has assured his female fans that he is still on the market amid reports that he is engaged to Anna Monroe, the "lead dancer" at his strip club.

According to the NY Post, a source said Floyd, 43, and Anna, 29, have set a date to marry, months after he met her dancing at his strip club. The source said they plan to "try for a baby this year."

Floyd, who craves attention, was reportedly "annoyed" that Anna, who was raised in England, is flaunting a massive engagement ring in posts on social media.

He took to his Instagram on Thursday to shut down the rumors, saying "I have never been engaged or married".

But a source said the engagement is real, and that "Floyd was annoyed at first that news of their relationship broke because he wanted to keep it private."

"They had an argument about it but soon made up. And then he decided to pop the question on Saturday. Anna has told family and friends she's getting married and wants to have a baby with Floyd this year. She hasn't announced it on social media but everyone could see the huge rock on her hand on her latest Instagram snaps. Her family and friends have had their concerns about the relationship but she's an adult, it's her decision and they want her to be happy."

Anna's family is reportedly "concerned" about reports that Floyd has a history of violence against women, including his ex Josie Harris, who accused him of domestic violence.

Harris, the mother of three of Floyd's four kids, was found dead at the wheel of her car in California on March 9 last year after an accidental drug overdose.

Floyd was engaged to Instagram model Shantel Jackson, but the engagement ended in 2013.

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Comedienne Luenell called out music mogul as a "notorious woman beater" who gets a pass because he's "popular."

In an interview with VladTV, Luenell discussed the longstanding rumors about Dr. Dre's pimp hand. Multiple women over the years have insisted they were punched, and even shot at by Dre, who allegedly struggled with his sexuality as a young man.

Luenell was not at all sympathetic that Dre was, at the time of her interview, still in a Los Angeles hospital after allegedly suffering a brain aneurysm. She said a lot of women weren't hoping Dre pulled through.

"Now, one would say, does Dre get a pass at being such a notorious woman beater because he makes good music? One would say. One would say that some people ain't gonna be praying for Dr. Dre. A lot of women, you know, but you can get a pass, it seems, if you're popular, you know. He a notorious woman beater. I love Dr. Dre's music, don't get it f*cked up, and I don't want to see any of our icons die, rest in peace to Ecstasy, you know."

She continued: "...Some of the charges his wife was making was even that he had been violent with her. His track record sucks."

Luenell added that Dr. Dre's alleged violence toward women is a "character flaw" that he just can't seem to control. "He might go years and not do it and then he might just go off."

Watch the clip below:
 

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Clare Crawley opened up about her doomed relationship with Dale Moss. The couple met during season 16 of The Bachelorette in early 2020.

Filming was halted due to the coronavirus outbreak. Clare, who made history as the oldest "Bachelorette" at age 39, was already smitten by the 32-year-old former football player before she even met him in person.

The hairstylist confessed that she fell in love with the hunky athlete while staring at his dreamy bedroom eyes in photos on his Instagram account.

She was excited when filming resumed in June 2020. After less than two weeks of filming in July 2020, she broke off her relationships with the other 16 contestants and ran off with Dale.

A month into their whirlwind courtship, Clare accepted Dale's marriage proposal in August 2020.

Then the dopamine faded and Dale lost interest in Clare.

Rumors that Dale cheated on Clare began circulating on the blogs when Dale was spotted enjoying a romantic "candlelit dinner" with a mystery woman at Cipriani Downtown in New York City in November 2020.

A source told Us Weekly that the woman was simply "a longtime friend" - a real estate broker who had been looking for an apartment for him and Clare in NYC.

Dale finally confirmed their breakup on January 19.

"I wanted [to] share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways," he wrote on Instagram. "We appreciate the love and support we've received from so many people, but this is the healthiest decision for both of us at this time."

Two days later, Clare broke her silence, saying she wasn't on the same page as her former fiancé.

"I was made aware of a 'mutual' statement at the same time you all were, so I've needed some time to really digest this," she wrote on Thursday. "Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed. This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this."

Clare added that she was "looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel" after "battling severe anxiety post-show..."

She added: "Our relationship was not perfect. But I can say that I was genuinely invested with all of my heart. I may not have the answers, but I do know this — I will continue to show up, stand by my word and be committed to love."

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Actor Neil Patrick Harris says it's "sexy" for straight actors to play LGBT+ roles.

The former child star, best known for his role as Doogie Howser, M.D., is bucking the trend of shaming straight actors for playing LGBT+ roles.

He even said it can be "sexy" to cast a straight actor in same-sex relationships on the screen, according to the NY Post.

"I think there's something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role — if they're willing to invest a lot into it," Harris, 47, told The Times.

Harris later explained that straight actors should do more than ghey for pay -- they should be willing to participate in steamy sex scenes with another man on-screen.

Heterosexual actor Darren Criss, who played the late fashion icon Gianni Versace, announced in 2018 that he will no longer take on roles that could be filled by LGBT+ actors.

Hollywood movie houses and TV producers say they will increase LGBT+ visibility 40% in roles in 2021.

The LGBT+ community is 6% of the U.S. population.

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Kodak Black was released from a federal prison in Illinois after being pardoned by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office.

Black tweeted his thanks to Trump on Wednesday: "I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence. I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing. @DanScavino."

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But according to reports, prosecutors in South Carolina are preparing to pursue the rapper on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Ed Clements, the 12th Circuit Solicitor in Florence County, tells TMZ that he filed a retainer against the rapper and plans to "aggressively" pursue Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri.

Trump commuted Black's 46-month sentence for making a false statement on a federal document to purchase a gun in Florida. Convicted felons can't purchase firearms, and pardons for a federal crime have no impact on state cases.

Prosecutors in S.C. claim Black forced himself on an 18-year-old girl in a hotel room after a Feb. 2016 concert, allegedly raping her and biting her neck and right breast, according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

Black's attorney in S.C., Beattie Ashmore, tells TMZ, "Aggressively prosecute? It's been four years. That speaks volumes. Kodak was on bond and on tour for two years before his federal case even began. Ed's a very fine and experienced prosecutor and I look forward to once again speaking with him about this case. It's been awhile."

Black faces up to 30 years in state prison, if convicted.