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Jada Pinkett Smith had no idea her mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones overdosed on drugs in the past, but she hopes her mom's honesty will benefit others dealing with similar addictions.

Adrienne, 66, has been sober for 30 years, but during Wednesday's episode of Jada's Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, "Coping With Addiction During Covid-19," she told her daughter and granddaughter, Willow Smith, about her multiple past overdoses.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Jada confessed she "didn't have knowledge" of what her mom was going to say, explaining: "The great thing about Gam (Adrienne), and one of the reasons why I wanted to have this episode, is she's in her 30th year of sobriety and she has so much information to offer to those who are struggling right now.

"She just has some really veteran, useful tips in regards to how to stay clean, how to stay connected, and what to do. It's like I always tell people, 'Never judge the journey you've been on because once you get through on the other side, you're gonna have so much to offer other people who are going through it as you once had'."

Meanwhile, Jada, 48, who has been sober herself for more than 20 years after previously battling alcoholism, said that like many people, she is "dealing with old fear patterns" while quarantining.

"I haven't had a drink in a long time but those psychological patterns that once would make me drink or make me look for solace outside myself are creeping back in," she confessed. "These times are so uncertain... For me, I just had to deepen some of my spiritual practices and deepen my faith."

The star added: "All those concepts and ideas that got us to a place of sobriety are the places we need to return to and hold onto even more fiercely than we have before."

If you are struggling with drug or alcohol addictions and you need help, call the national drug help hotline today at 1-844-289-0879.

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NBA coaches and players have reached out to fallen NBA star Delonte West after disturbing video shows a man punching and stomping him on a Washington D.C. highway.

The video shows vehicles driving by slowly as a man punched and stomped West who lay in a crumpled heap in a roadway.

A second video shows a shirtless man who resembles West sitting on a curb with his wrists handcuffed behind his back. West has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

West's Saint Joseph's teammate, ex-NBA star Jameer Nelson, and their former coach Phil Martelli expressed concern for West's mental health.

West is best known for briefly dating LeBron James' mother Gloria James, while he was LeBron's teammate in Cleveland.

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In addition to dating LeBron's mom, West also briefly date actress Vivica A. Fox (pictured).

West bounced around the NBA after being chosen by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round of the 2004 NBA draft.

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West is pictured with his wife Caresha and son Cash when he played for the NBA's G League team Texas Legends in 2015.

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A 48-year-old man who was arrested for trying to abduct a drug-addicted woman off a subway train in The Bronx is giving his side of the story.

Sonny Alloway was arrested after a viral video showed him picking up a homeless woman and dragging her off the No. 6 train at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30.

He was charged with unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, and released.

The woman and a male friend, also homeless, were sleeping on the train to stay warm when the incident happened.

Cell phone video shows Alloway, who was seated across from them, tap the woman's leg and motion toward the door.

At the next stop, Alloway grabbed the frail woman and carried her off the train, as she yelled for help.

The woman and her friends spotted Alloway on the street the next day, and the mob delivered some street justice before the police were called.

In a new video released on New Year's Day, Alloway gives his side of the story. He claims the woman is a "crackhead" who asked him to help her get away from her pimp.

Watch the video below. The second video shows the attempted abduction. In the 3rd video, Alloway is seen professing his affection for young girls.
 

 

 

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An ex-girlfriend of rapper Juice Wrld says they broke up after she tried to help him kick his drug habit before he died of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday.

In an exclusive interview with Dailymail.com, Alexia Smith, 21, said she knew the rapper's cause of death when she heard the news.

Smith said Juice Wrld, real name Jarad Higgins, had a habit of taking three 30mg Percocets with lean, a concoction of codeine cough syrup and hard candy mixed in a soda beverage.

"[That's] already a lot but the problem was he was drinking lean on top of it," she said.

In 2018, record labels fought for the right to sign the rap newcomer. Smith said the labels "wanted him so bad they would have given him anything."

She recalls flying to out to meet Higgins in Los Angeles where he was taking meetings with record label executives.

Smith said "someone from a label gave him morphine and cocaine" on the third day she was visiting.

"Breaking down in tears, Smith said: "Seven days away from me, he ended up in the hospital. When he was away from me for seven days, he ended up hospitalized from collapsing on stage. One year away from me, and he's dead."

She said they broke up after dating a for few months because their fights got physical and left her with bruises.

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Higgins' girlfriend at the time he died, Ally Lotti (pictured), was on the private jet with him when he collapsed. Lotti told police he popped several Percocets and drank lean while on board the jet.

Higgins obsessed over his many failed relationships with women in his songs.

In his breakout hit "Lucid Dreams (Forget Me)", Higgins rapped:

    You left me falling and landing inside my grave
    I know that you want me dead
    I take prescriptions to make me feel A-OK
    I know it's all in my head

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The effeminate rap star says he was influenced by rapper Future Hendrix to drink lean after hearing Future rap about the addictive drug in his songs.

Higgins also blamed his absentee dad for his addictive personality.

"I didn't have a man giving me no type of guidance. My father wasn't in my life like that," he said. "So listening to this grown-ass man rap about lean, I'm like, 'Well, that sounds really appealing.'"

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Future said he was "really bothered" to hear his songs influenced youngsters to try drugs.

"I was like 'Oh s**t. What the f**k have I done?' How many other sixth-graders did I influence to drink lean?".
 

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Rapper Juice WRLD is dead after suffering a heart attack at Chicago's Midway Airport on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a 21-year-old male suffered a "medical emergency" after getting off a private jet at a hangar away from the main terminal at Midway Airport.

Langford said the male was in "cardiac arrest" before he was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Juice WRLD, born Jarad Higgins, made a name for himself in 2018 with the release of his SoundCloud EP, Goodbye & Good Riddance. The EP featured his surprise hit single "Lucid Dreams".

The moody single, told from the standpoint of a heartbroken lad whose girlfriend left him, prompted Interscope Records to offer the 20-year-old budding rap star a $3 million recording contract.

The music video for "Lucid Dreams" was dark and morbid.

    You left me falling and landing inside my grave
    I know that you want me dead
    I take prescriptions to make me feel A-OK
    I know it's all in my head

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With the popularity of his follow-up single "All Girls Are the Same,", Higgins left Chicago's Southside behind him and settled into a leased Beverly Hills mansion, complete with a recording studio and enough space for his newfound friends.

"I went from sitting on the couch in my mom's house watching TV to being in Los Angeles around all these big people, being able to record any time I want," he told Billboard magazine.

Higgins was raised by his single mother in Chicago. He described his absentee father as "in and out" of his life while growing up.

He frequently praised his single mother for influencing his musical taste and not letting him listen to rap. "[My mother] is a very religious person who loves gospel music," he explained in an interview with The Gulf Times. "She stopped me listening to rap. I'd hear some rap thanks to my cousins but not much. I was primarily into pop and rock which my mother considered as more acceptable."

Higgins's mixtape WRLD on Drugs, a collaborative effort with rapper Future, peaked at Number 2 on the album charts.

In most of his songs he rapped about his dependency on lean, aka purple drank and sizzurp. Lean is a concoction of codeine cough syrup and hard candy mixed in a soda beverage.

On his single "Candles," off his EP Goodbye & Good Riddance, Higgins rapped "Don't pray for me/ Just give me drugs."

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In an interview with Billboard magazine in March, Higgins, pictured left, suggested his struggles with drug addiction may be due to his absentee father, who passed away in June.

"I didn't have a man giving me no type of guidance. My father wasn't in my life like that," he said. "So listening to this grown-ass man rap about lean, I'm like, 'Well, that sounds really appealing.'"

Higgins embraced his status as a role model to his young fans:

"I look at it like this - you can't change a motherfucker's life by pointing and judging. It takes a motherfucker that has been through the same shit to say, 'I understand how it feels. We're going to get through this together.'"

 

 

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Former Detroit Lions player Charles Rogers died of liver failure on Monday, Nov. 11. He was 38.

The standout Michigan State wide receiver, who was the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, played three seasons in the NFL before he was released by the Lions for multiple failed drug tests and a suspension for marijuana use.

Rogers struggled with sports injuries that contributed to his dependency on prescription pain killers. He blamed the team doctors for his addiction to Vicodin, an addictive pain killer.

"(The Lions) were giving them out like candy," he told USA Today. "Whatever you want, man. Whatever you want. (They) weren't even questioning as long as you are on the field. They were passing them out like Skittles. I was straight hooked on them things for 3 or 4 years.”

Rogers was working at an auto repair shop in Florida while trying to get his life together.

"A fresh start. Do I need a little love? Yeah," Rogers said. "Am I still trying to find Charles Rogers? Yeah. I stay optimistic and positive. I've been to hell and back, but I stay strong. I still have faith. I'm still a young man. It ain't over. I'm going to be all right, you know? I'm going to be all right."

A former high school coach said Rogers had cancer. "He had cancer, whether that was related to his liver I don't know," Marshall Thomas told MLive.com. "They had given him 30 days to live if he didn't get a liver transplant."

Another coach, Don Durett, spoke with Rogers in the hospital before he died.

"I called his mom at the hospital over the weekend and got a chance to talk to Charles," Durett told the Detroit Free Press. "He said he was going to the Lord."

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Chicago rapper Famous Dex apparently suffered a seizure during a performance at a Los Angeles nightclub early Friday, Nov. 1. According to TMZ, the incident happened at L.A.'s 1 Oak nightclub where Dex was performing.

Cell phone video shows club patrons supporting the motionless rapper who appears to be out cold. Dex's camp released a statement on Friday morning, saying he is in good spirits and recovering from an epileptic seizure.

If you're wondering if drugs are involved, they might be. According to XXL, Dex's fans were very concerned about his apparent battle with drug addiction last year.

He reportedly struggles with addictions to lean, aka purple drank or sizzurp. Lean is a toxic potion containing codeine cough syrup, a soda beverage and hard candy. The concoction is known to cause seizures when guzzled in large amounts.

Last year, the 26-year-old rapper appeared to pass out during an Instagram Live session. He promised his fans that he would quit drinking lean and popping Xanax, a prescription drug that is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorders.

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Other famous rappers who suffered seizures from drinking lean include Lil Wayne (pictured), Rick Ross, Lil Baby, and rap legend Pimp C, who unfortunately died. Rappers prefer to gulp down lean in a large styrofoam cup.

Wendy Williams swallowed her pride and revealed to her TV audience that she was a resident in a drug rehab halfway house in Queens, NY. According to the Daily Mail, the 54-year-old daytime talk host is picked up early on weekdays and driven to the studio where her popular talk show is taped.

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Another Black male was found dead in the home of wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck. The man's body was found in Buck's West Hollywood apartment at 1:05 a.m. Monday after police and paramedics responded to a report of a person not breathing.

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