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A Philadelphia man was convicted of fatally stabbing Nicki Minaj's manager outside a Philadelphia bar in 2015.

After two trials, Khaliyfa Neely was convicted Friday of stabbing Devon Andre Pickett to death on Feb. 18, 2015 outside a bar in Germantown.

Neely, 38, was found guilty of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

The first trial ended in a hung jury, but District Attorney Larry Krasner's office continued to pursue justice in the case. Krasner said his office had "solid evidence" to convict Neely.

"It is our duty to persist in the pursuit of justice, even in the face of challenges," said Krasner.

Neely's sentencing hearing is set for April 24. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of murder.

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A dance coach for the Lifetime reality show "Bring It" was sentenced to only 9 months in prison for exposing a 16-year-old boy to HIV.

John Conner III was also sentenced to four years probation and he must register as a sex offender for life.

Conner, 30, pleaded guilty in November to criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure and solicitation of a minor for indecent purposes.

Police said Conner met the teenager o social media in 2015 and invited the boy to join his Infamous Dancerettes dance team. Conner and the boy had unprotected sex on several occasions, according to the affidavit.

Conner didn't tell the teenager he was diagnosed with HIV in 2015. The teenager later tested positive for HIV.

After Conner cut a plea deal with the Memphis District Attorney's office, a judge sentenced him to only 9 months in prison and four months probation.

The DA decided Conner's crime was "minor" and punishable by less than a year in prison.

Lifetime's "Bring It" was a television dance competition that featured teams from the Mid-South, including Conner's.

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Steven Spielberg's troubled daughter Mikaela Spielberg has been arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, for domestic violence, RadarOnline.com reports exclusively.

According to an inmate report from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Mikaela, 23, was arrested Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6:33 a.m. and booked into Hill Detention Center.

The report noted that Mikaela wasn't eligible for release "at this time" as she was being held under suspicion of "Domestic Violence - 12 Hour Hold."

Domestic violence is a misdemeanor under Tennessee law.

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Mikaela made headlines last week when she announced her plans to pursue a career in adult entertainment.

Her announcement reportedly broke her father's heart. Mikaela was adopted in South Africa as an infant by Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw.

Mikaela, who lives in Nashville with her 47-year-old boyfriend, said she was molested as a child. But she said the predators were not family members or family friends.

She said her childhood abuse helped contribute to her emotional and psychological problems as an adult.

She explained that adult entertainment would give her the opportunity to use her body to satisfy others on her own terms.

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On the night he died, rapper Pop Smoke held a private party at the $2.5 million home he leased from Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp.

The 20-year-old Brooklyn drill rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, had signed the lease a month before he was gunned down inside the house by four masked home invaders at 4:29 a.m. on Feb. 19.

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10 days after his death, the LAPD have hit a roadblock, unable to identify the four suspects seen on surveillance video entering the house on the 2000 block of Hercules Drive in Los Angeles.

About 20 people attended a party at the home to celebrate Pop Smoke's recent album release. But detectives say they have no leads due to a lack of witnesses.

Law enforcement tell TMZ that people are unwilling to talk about what they saw.

The potential witnesses cops have spoken to keep changing their stories, or telling outright lies. To make matters worse, cops wasted precious hours viewing videos online that turned out to have no connection to the case.

One Instagram blog with thousands of followers posted surveillance footage that purportedly showed the shooting inside the house. But the video turned out to be footage from a deadly home invasion in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Cops are having trouble coming up with a motive for the murder. Adding to their frustration, the victim lived in Brooklyn, but spent time on the West Coast. Which means cops have had to spend extra time tracking down witnesses who returned to the East Coast.

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Pop Smoke was not a household name when he died, but his murder boosted sales of his music, including his 2019 breakout hit "Welcome to the Party."

For two days after his death, Hercules Drive was lined with TV trucks and fans paying tribute to the drill rapper.

When a reporter visited on Friday afternoon, the street was all but empty, except for two construction workers painting a house nearby.

"It was impossible for a few days," one neighbor told reporter Tarpley Hitt, of theDailyBeast.com. "But now it seems weirdly normal."

While Hitt canvased the neighborhood looking for witnesses, three young girls drove up to the cream colored house, taking pictures of the small shrine that included flowers and a crumpled dollar bill.

"We love him," one of the girls told Hitt. "We only heard about him when he died, from the Internet."

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Atlanta police say a man pretended to be same-sex oriented in order to gain the trust of a lesbian before raping her.

36-year-old Taurence Callagain met the unidentified woman at a MARTA commuter train station in Atlanta's West End in 2015, and the two struck up a conversation before exchanging numbers.

Police say Callagain pretended to be same-sex oriented to gain the woman's trust after she confided she was a lesbian.

According to a statement from the Fulton County District Attorney's office, "The victim is a lesbian and has a female partner who she was is in a relationship with when she met the defendant."

The statement continues: "Callagain led the victim to believe he was gay, so she was under the impression that their relationship was strictly platonic."

Weeks later, after the victim missed the last MARTA bus of the night, Callagain offered to give drive her home, according to the DA's office.

After stopping at his home to pick up marijuana, Callagain lured the victim inside the house to smoke weed.

The woman followed the man to his bedroom "when he began to strangle her and proceeded to violently rape her," according to the DA's office.

"During the rape, Callagain told the victim if she fought or screamed, 'I will get my boys to come in and hold you down.'"

After the rape, the victim fled the home and ran 3 miles in the middle of the night to her home. She later went to a hospital to seek treatment and called police.

Callagain, who is facing a separate aggravated assault case in Fulton County, claimed at his trial that the encounter was consensual.

He was convicted of rape on Tuesday. A sentencing hearing date has not been set.

In Georgia, punishment for a rape conviction can range from 25 years in prison to the death penalty.

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Anthony Mackie has confirmed his character Sam Wilson will become the first Black Captain America in Disney Plus's upcoming series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Chris Evans originally portrayed the iconic superhero in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, but his character Steve Rogers passed his iconic shield on to Mackie's Sam Wilson to take the mantle of Captain America at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

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Speaking at the premiere of Altered Carbon, the 41-year-old actor, who is Black, confirmed to website shadowandact.com he'll take on the "daunting" task of "being a black man and becoming Captain America".

Mackie said he thinks America is ready to welcome a Black Captain America superhero.

"At this day and age in America, I think we are open-minded to the idea of having my face represent us, as a country," Anthony said. "And my race represent us as a country because we're truly a melting pot. So there is no distinctive look or feel or design of an American. We're all Americans."

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Mackie suggests his Captain America won't reflect his African roots or be too ethnic.

"To be Captain America, I want my Captain America to represent everybody. Not just a specific group of people."

The star also hinted fans will get to know Sam more in the Disney series, which launches in August.

"You really get to know Sam Wilson. You really get to know Bucky Barnes, as individuals and human beings and their thoughts and feelings. So I'm excited for people to see that part of Sam," he said.

He continued: "These shows are very different than the movies. These shows are art pieces. They are individual… They're not origin stories. They're more a day in the life story."

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Rapper Jim Jones argues that being a rapper today is more dangerous than being a soldier in Iraq.

Most rap enthusiasts agree that rap music went 10 toes up a long time ago. But Jones's analogy between a rapper and a soldier at war didn't sit well with on Iraq war veteran.

"Heard the comments you made about 'being a rapper is harder than fighting a war in Iraq...' You allowed to have your opinion without any facts nor truth to it, but as a Vet and hip hop fan, I found it extremely disrespectful and ignorant," the vet wrote on Instagram.

The vet, who goes by the username @mramcore, said his unit fought in Iraq in 2004 and lost more Marines in two months than 'rappers' in the past three years.

He added: "Keep talking but there is no comparison!"
 

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Critics were outraged when President Trump named Vice President Mike Pence to head a task force overseeing the nation's response to the Coronavirus.

They pointed to Pence's handling of the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana when he was governor.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noticed a spike of new HIV cases clustered in Scott County in March 2015.

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Nearly 200 people tested positive for HIV in small time period in tiny area of the US. The HIV outbreak was eventually traced to intravenous drug users sharing dirty needles.

The CDC and the local health department suggested a needle exchange program similar to the one in California that allowed IV drug users to exchange their dirty needles for clean ones.

But Pence, a devout Christian, had his doubts about enabling intravenous drug users by giving them needles to feed their habit.

After pressure from the CDC, he eventually issued an executive order allowing a program in Scott County before signing a law allowing the state to approve the program for counties on a case-by-case basis.

But critics said Pence's action was too little too late.

They claim Pence dragged his feet for a year - allowing more drug addicts to contract HIV and hepatitis C.

Greg Millett, director of public policy at amfAR, said Indiana's HIV outbreak would have been "entirely preventable" if Pence had only acted sooner.

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Pence took credit for Indiana's successful needle exchange program in an interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Wednesday night.

"We worked the problem early in the year from a law enforcement standpoint, from a health standpoint. I don't believe in needle exchanges as a way to combat drug abuse, but in this case we came to the conclusion that we had a public health emergency, and so I took executive action to make a limited needle exchange available."

Needle exchanges were illegal in Indiana before Pence changed the law. The needle exchange program now operates in nine of Indiana's 92 counties.

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An L.A County Sheriff's trainee is in hot water for trying to impress a woman with gruesome death scene photos from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site.

The trainee reportedly met the woman at a bar and tried to impress her by pulling out his cell phone and showing her gruesome pictures of the mangled bodies at the crash site.

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Kobe, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

The trainee was busted when a bartender overheard the conversation and called the cops.

The horrific photos were passed around by members of the L.A. County Fire Dept. and, according to TMZ, the department is now investigating.

The Sheriff's Dept. contacted family members of all the victims on Wednesday, after TMZ called them and inquired about the crime scene photos.

The Sheriff's Department would only tell TMZ "The matter is being looked into."

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Pictures and video have surfaced of the male nanny hired by Dwyane Wade to watch his two young sons 24 hours-a-day.

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Wade had just divorced his first wife, Siohvaughn Funches, and received full custody of his young sons. But he was a star NBA player who was often on the road. He needed someone to watch his kids. So, rather than call their mother, he turned to a male nanny.

Wade, 38, recently made headlines when he announced his 12-year-old son, Zion Wade, calls himself "Zaya" and prefers feminine pronouns.

The Internet wondered if someone influenced young Zaya to lean towards an alternative lifestyle.

In one video uploaded to social media by activist Tariq Nasheed, the nanny is seen boating with young Zion, who seems to be every bit a wide-eyed, fun-loving boy.

The Internet believes someone touched Zion when he was very young. Child experts say young children are eager to please adults in their lives. Some children are very easily manipulated by trusting adults.

Was Dwyane Wade a little too trusting with a non-family male around his sons? Is that why all images of the male nanny were scrubbed from Wade's social media?

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Rapper T.I. is like any other man who wants safety and security for his family. The rapper probably had peace of mind when he moved into the exclusive, gated Eagles Landing subdivision in Henry County, Georgia.

But despite 24/7 guard presence and a gate, a robbing crew is breaking into homes in the upscale neighborhood. And now families are concerned about their safety among million-dollar homes.

Channel 2's Matt Johnson reports that families of Indian descent are bing targeted.

"These guys are smart," said one Indian man who asked Channel 2 not to show his face on camera. The resident said Indians are being targeted because they typically keep a lot of cash and gold jewelry in their homes.

The victim said thieves broke his back window to gain access to his upscale home while he was gone out Saturday night.

It's the third home burglary in the past two weeks inside Eagles Landing, where comedian Chris Tucker also owns a home.

The victim said he isn't sure the thieves are coming in from the outside.

"How they are getting in the neighborhood, that is a little bit mystery," said the man.

At another house, a mother and daughter returned from karate class to find a back window smashed and the house ransacked. $9,000 in cash and an expensive necklace were stolen.

Another family told Johnson that thieves stole at least $30,000 in jewelry from their home while they were gone.

The homeowner's association held a meeting with residents on Thursday to discuss the home break-ins.

Henry County police are investigating the cases.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest of fugitive Afzal "Bobby" Khan, who had been on the run since October 2014.

The former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" TV personality was wanted for his alleged involvement in a $1.7 million luxury car scam in Bergen County, according to a report.

Khan, 37, who was captured in the UAE in early February, was added to the FBI's "Most Wanted List" after he fled the country with his family to avoid prosecution in 2014.

The former luxury car dealer, who opened the Emporio Motor Group in Ramsey in 2013, was a high profile cast member on RHONJ. Some of the cast members were listed among his clients.

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Khan is charged with 5 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of bank fraud after he allegedly obtained 21 car loans for luxury vehicles that he never delivered.

Khan allegedly used his clients' information to take out large car loans and then pocketed the cash, leaving his clients on the hook for car payments for vehicles they never received.

Among the cars Khan secured loans for in 2014 were a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche 911, a Audi, and a 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost.

The loan amounts ranged from $50,000 for the Audi to $160,000 for the Rolls Royce Ghost, according to NJ.com.

Khan nor Emporio had the titles to the cars, authorities said. People who bought the cars were unable to register or legally drive the vehicles.

Khan also allegedly sold luxury cars on consignment for clients, but failed to deliver the cars or the cash.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Khan on October 21, 2014 after more than 75 customers filed complaints, according to the FBI.

An agent with the FBI's Newark field office said Khan called his office from the United Arab Emirates to negotiate his own surrender after 5 years on the lam.

He reportedly begged for free passage for himself and his family on a government charter flight back to the U.S. if he turned himself in.

"Mr. Khan came to the sobering reality that he could not outrun the FBI," said Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie.

Khan is being held in Bergen County Jail without bail while he awaits trial. He faces 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting disability payments while working at a DeKalb County strip club.

Valencia D. Williams, 31, worked nights stripping for money under the name "Chrissy the Doll," federal prosecutors say.

The Lithonia resident told the Social Security Administration she was bedridden due to severe anxiety and depression and she was unable to work.

Williams pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud after it was determined she collected over $60,000 in disability benefits that she was not entitled to, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Williams applied for benefits in July 2010, citing major depression and a panic disorder that prevented her from working or even leaving her home, prosecutors said.

After her benefits began rolling in, Williams applied for an adult entertainment permit in 2014 and took a job dancing at Strokers Adult Entertainment Club in Clarkston, Ga.

Authorities say she danced until 4 a.m., taking home thousands of dollars in tips per week. A search of county public records shows she obtained adult entertainment permits each year through 2018.

"The Social Security Administration's (Supplemental Security Income) program is intended for individuals whose income is below the federal poverty guidelines, who are truly disabled, and cannot engage in work activity," U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said, according to the AJC.

"Williams was able to work and therefore she was not disabled. Moreover, the income she received by working would have likely rendered her ineligible for SSI. By getting SSI when she did not qualify, she stole money from the most needy members of our communities: the poor and the disabled."

Williams sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 26.

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Tyler Perry has hired a well-known medical examiner to conduct a second autopsy on his nephew, Gavin Porter's body, after the 26-year-old allegedly committed suicide in prison on Tuesday night.

Officials at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana insist Porter hanged himself in his cell, after being placed in solitary confinement following a fistfight with another inmate.

Porter's mother, Perry's sister, isn't convinced her son took his own life. She expressed her doubts which lead the Union Parish Sheriff's Office to open an investigation into the alleged suicide.

The Sheriff's Office noted there is no evidence of foul play. Porter was alone in the cell when he was found hanging.

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Perry, 50, is using his own clout by hiring Dr. Michael Baden to conduct a second autopsy on Porter's body.

Dr. Baden is best known for conducting a second autopsy on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan jail in August. Baden concluded Epstein's cause of death was homicide.

Explaining the move to hire Dr. Baden in a post on his Instagram page on Thursday night, the famed director wrote:

"I have hired Dr. Michael Baden to do a second autopsy, and we are expecting the results soon. I want to be clear that we are not a family of conspiracy theorists, and we want to believe that there was no foul play, just as the sheriff has stated publicly."

Perry added that he had hoped Porter would eventually turn his life around after being handed a 20-year prison sentence for fatally shooting his biological father in 2016.

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"Despite this horrible act, before he went to prison I went to see him in the local jail," Perry continued.

"I assured him that we all still loved him, but it was important to all of us, including his mother, that he was punished for this horrific crime that he had committed. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

"It was my hope that after serving his time, really reflecting, showing much remorse, and asking God for forgiveness, that he would have been able to come work for me. Where he would join all the other former inmates that work for me and turn his life around, just as they have. But that day will never come."

In an interview, Tyler confessed he struggled with thoughts of suicide after enduring years of abuse at the hands of his father.

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Angela Rye had some choice words for Trump supporters such as the group of Black political and religious leaders who prayed over the U.S. President after he held a meeting to celebrate Black History Month on Thursday.

The group of about 2 dozen Black leaders and Pastor Paula White lay hands on President Trump and prayed over him in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Afterwards, he did not answer reporters' questions about the stock market's worst loss in almost nine years on Thursday.

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The group of prayer warriors included activist Candace Owens, Pastor Darrell Scott, Martin Luther King Jr's niece Alveda King; Terrence Williams, and Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, otherwise known as pro-Trump activists Diamond and Silk.

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CNN political commentator Angela Rye attacked Black people who continue to show strong support for the president.

"Shame on you," said Rye during a segment on CNN's "Tonight."

"I think Donald Trump does not have a strong record to stand on as it relates to black unemployment. He has Barack Obama's record to stand on with that, and I think that at some point, black folks have got to look themselves in the mirror..."

She added, "Instead, you want to give Donald Trump kudos for throwing Cheez-It bits at you and then criticize the people who have spent their careers doing things for the betterment of black people and black society. And I would just say at that point, if you still go over to Donald Trump after that, shame on you. Period."