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Thousands attended the star-studded memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, at the Staples Center on Monday, Feb. 24.

Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash along with seven others last month.

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The memorial service, which started at 10 a.m. local time, drew fans from around the country, some of whom paid up to $250 for a ticket.

Organizers urged people without tickets to stay away from the arena. LAPD reported no disturbances, according to NBC New York.

Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant gave a tearful speech after an introduction by Jimmy Kimmel.

"I'd like to thank everyone for coming today," she said. "The outpouring of love and support that my family has felt from around the world has been so uplifting."

She was joined by her daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and 7-month-old Capri They were surrounded by family and friends on stage.

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"She was daddy's girl but I know she loved her mama," Vanessa said of Gianna. "She was one of my very best friends."

Semi-retired singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, performed one of Kobe's favorite songs at the service.

"I'm here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs," said Beyonce before performing her hit single "Halo" along with a live orchestra.

Alicia Keys also performed one of Kobe and Vanessa's favorite musical sonatas by Beethoven on a purple piano. Kobe learned how to play the piece by ear.

NBA legends Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal made stirring speeches.
 


 


 


 

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Alicia Keys turned heads as she headed into the NRJ Radio station to promote her upcoming album on Tuesday evening.

Despite the chilly weather, the musician, 39, flashed her toned abs and her body jewels in a white cropped top with multicolored paint printed pants and a white puffer coat.

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Alicia, who went makeup-free a few years ago, showed off her glowing complexion, as fans snapped selfies with her. Alicia shares two sons with husband Swizz Beatz, 41.

The pop singer paid tribute to NBA star Kobe Bryant at the Grammy Awards hours on Sunday, hours after he died in a helicopter crash.

"None of us can still believe it now, to this day. It was definitely a crazy feeling because literally minutes before we were going to do something else. We had to really figure out how could we properly honor him in his house [LA's Staples Center] on this night."

Alicia enlisted three members from Boyz II Men to sing their hit "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday" in honor of Kobe.

Alicia has been promoting her her seventh studio album, Alicia, which is set for release in March, ahead of her 49-date world tour which kicks on June 5 at Dublin's 3Arena.

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Music producer Swizz Beatz dropped hints that his baby mama, Jahna Sebastian, is mentally unstable.

The Russian singer lashed out at Swizz's wife, Alicia Keys, in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday.

Jahna, who shares 9-year-old daughter Nicole Dean with Swizz, put Alicia on blast for "forcing" Nicole to call her "Umi," which means "Mother" in Arabic.

Jahna also bashed Alicia for allowing Nicole to have her own iPhone - which Jahna believes is inappropriate for a minor child. She said Alicia overstepped her boundaries as a stepparent by registering the minor child on the social media app TikTok.

Jahna noted that only the biological parent - not the stepparent - can register social media accounts for minor children.

But in a social media post, Swizz, 41, took the blame for supplying his daughter with an iPhone so she can keep in contact with her mother - and not call him.

In a follow-up post, Swizz told Jahna she knows his house phone number and she should call him if he wants to talk.

In a new Instagram post, Swizz, who is not a mental health professional, hinted that Jahna has mental health issues.

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British singer Jahna Sebastian lashed out at Alicia Keys in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday. Jahna, who shares 9-year-old daughter Nicole Dean with Alicia's husband, Swizz Beatz, checked Alicia for "forcing" Nicole to call her "Umi," which means "Mother" in Arabic.

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Jahna also bashed Alicia for allowing Nicole to have her own iPhone - which Jahna believes is inappropriate for a minor child. She said Alicia overstepped her boundaries as a stepparent by registering the minor child on the social media app TikTok.

Jahna noted that only the biological parent - not the stepparent - can register social media accounts for minor children.

"I am speaking up now. There are women in the same position," Jahna wrote. "Women in general have been constantly told throughout history to not say anything, when there have been issues. This is the time for the truth."

She continued:

"This is the rule in my family. I am the only Mother to my child. I am the One raising her, who gave her life, British Citizenship, knowledge, and everything else. I am not only the biological mother, I am THE MOTHER.

"This will remain forever. I am the one who feeds her, is raising her, who came out through the hard times with her and for her, taught her to be a great human being and everything about life. I am the Only Mother to my daughter. No one else will be called any kind of 'mom' name in English, Arabic, not an 'Umi' or anything else in other language by her."

But rather than sympathize with a mom who thinks her only child is being manipulated by a wealthy celebrity, Alicia's fans dragged Jahna for filth.

One Instagram user wrote:

"Do not post about Alicia Keys and not expect the fans to blow you up. Your music sucks and so does your makeup. I'd be bitter too if I was you."

 

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Alicia Keys says her four-year-old son Genesis worries he will be bullied for wearing rainbow fingernail polish.

It all started in August when Alicia, 38, posted Instagram images of her son wearing fingernail polish. She captioned the images "Family time is the BEST time".

But her followers were drawn to the little boy's painted fingernails. "Bye with this foolishness," wrote one disgusted follower.

"This is only my opinion no disrespect. This should have been a teaching moment. I believe each generation has demons to fight but l am from the era [I] don't recall one man or young boy l know wanting to wear nail polish, lipstick, dresses ect. This has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. I know times has changed but we must become cognizant of the fact our children and some adults emulate what we see".

Another user wrote:

"Whatever happened to tonka trucks and baseball bats etc for a 4yr old. Dear Parents it's time to do better. We are who God created boy, girl, man and woman and we can't change that and it's definitely not up for debate. As for the kids making fun of him, well what else do you expect from a kid when even they know it's not normal. It's really sad that this generation if children will miss out on the joy of JUST BEING A KID in this world of acceptance".

On Tuesday, Alicia expressed her frustration in a video posted on Instagram along with the caption, "Less Labels, More Expressions. Been thinking about how over labeled and over judged we all are... can u feel me??".

She said she took her son to the nail salon and he was excited to have his nails painted in rainbow colors, but he hesitated because he was concerned about the public reaction.

"Four years old. He's four and he already understands the concept that someone's gonna judge him because he chose rainbow color on his nails," Alicia told her followers.

She told the boy to stick with his decision to paint his nails in the rainbow colors.

"You chose it, you like it, you do it," she said before telling him that a lot of men painted their nails too. "It's not like some strange thing that you only do," she added.

"That made him feel better," she said.

"But it just got me to thinking how completely judged we are all the time. The way I see it, there is masculine and feminine energies inside of us all and that's period. That's how it is. And it gets concerning to me that we can't just explore these different sides of ourselves."

Alicia then opened up about her own inner struggles to suppress her masculine side.

"Even for me myself, I oftentimes express the masculine energy that's inside of me. And it's very natural to me. That's how I feel. We should be able to explore and express them however we want to."

Needless to say, her followers went IN.

One follower wrote:

"Why would you take your son to go get his nails done at 4? He should have been with his father @aliciakeys so if your husband comes back home with a lace front wig nails and hair done and now sleeps with men is he expressing himself and his feminine energy ... things to think about".

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