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ESPN fired NBA analyst and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce for attending a maskless party on his day off over the Easter weekend.

The Instagram live video shows the 43-year-old married father-of-three drinking at a party with exotic dancers.

The video shows Pierce getting a back rub from one busty dancer while another scantily clad woman was seen twerking on the floor behind him.

The room was full of ball players being entertained by the women.

"Oh my god," said a friend who watched Pierce's live-stream of the party. Pierce urged one absent dancer to fall through.

"Monica, you should be here. You could make some money, girl. Stop playing," he said.

None of the partygoers wore face masks. One vlogger suggested that the corporate media -- "Wanting to control athletes" -- will "demonize" Pierce for declining to comply with the political agenda.

The news that ESPN terminated Pierce's employment was first reported by Front Office Sports on Monday. Reps for Pierce declined to comment on Pierce's departure.

Pierce led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008. He was named NBA MVP that season.

He joined ESPN full-time in 2018 after retiring from the NBA in 2017. Pierce was a regular on ESPN's sports programs, "NBA Countdown" and Rachel Nichols' show "The Jump."

On Monday night, he posted a video of himself laughing on Twitter with the message: "Big things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile. #Truthshallsetufree."

Watch the response video below.
 

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Legendary singer/songwriter, Maxwell, celebrated his 25th anniversary album, Urban Hang Suite, with his very good friend Ryan Cameron on Majic 107.5/97.5 radio in Atlanta on Monday.

They discussed what the album meant at that time, and how it inspired the next generation of R&B.

Maxwell explained why he turned down a Verzuz battle against D'Angelo in March.

Maxwell said it "was a question of timing". He was also dealing with the loss of family members to Covid-19.

"I got love for my brothers and I know that the people needed something. I did my best and my best wasn't able to come through in that way," he said.

"So, I couldn't commit to it at the time, but I'm always open to doing anything I can to bring entertainment to the people that I love and respect who have made my life what it is for sure."

Maxwell told Ryan he got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine the day before the interview and he's still feeling the effects from the shot.

Listen to a snippet of the interview below.
 

Click here to hear the full interview. Maxwell and Ryan discuss:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic
  • If he's heard Tank's latest single, "Can't Let It Show"
  • Watching the Derek Chauvin trial
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    DJ Funkmaster Flex ripped into DMX's music industry "friends" for not helping him when he was struggling with drug addiction.

    The New York deejay took aim at DMX's music industry pals for not helping the troubled rapper beat his drug addiction.

    The 50-year-old Ruff Ryders star is currently in a "vegetative state," at a Plains, NY hospital, according to reports.

    He reportedly suffered a heart attack overdosing on drugs on Friday, April 2. Speaking to Page Six about DMX, Flex said, "(The music business) is a gorilla. It's a bottomless pit of happiness or depression. I don’t wanna say people don't help you but I do want to say there are people who actually know (when a star is struggling, but don't help) sometimes.

    He continued: "You don't always get the best help when money is being made. It's rough for someone like a DMX who may be in a mental and emotional state of childhood trauma that has happened to him and then being thrown into the money and fame."

    Flex hopes DMX's story will serve as a cautionary tale for up-and-coming rappers: "I know he shares his demons and we may have to amplify that demon and amplify his story and his feelings so that the next generation can kind of see a little better, a little clearer."

    DMX's drug addictions started at age 14 when he was tricked into smoking a marijuana cigarette laced with cocaine.

    DMX, which stands for Dark Man X, rose to fame in the early 1990s when his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.

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    A vigil was held for him outside the Hospital on Monday April 5. DMX's ex-wife Tashera Simmons (left) and his fiancee Desiree Lindstrom (right) were among those in attendance.

    DMX's family, friends and supporters played his music and recalled their favorite memories of the star, who was born Earl Simmons. Some of his 15 children were also present.

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    Cher apologized for offending others when she suggested she could have saved George Floyd if only she'd been there to stop former cop Derek Chauvin from kneeling on him.

    On Friday, April 2, she tweeted:

    "Was talking With Mom & She Said 'I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried'. I Said 'Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking ... Maybe If I'd Been There ... I Could've Helped."

    Aside from the weird capitalization of every first letter, Cher's assertion that she could've saved Floyd from dying was not well received.

    The social media response was brutal. Twitter users taunted Cher and accused her of having a Savior Complex.

    One user wrote: "Oh yay another white person centering themselves around [Black] [people] pain. I wish I was there to stop you from tweeting this... [sic]"

    Another user wrote: "This might not be your intent, but you basically just called every bystander a coward in positioning yourself as the superhero who could have prevented this tragedy."

    Another user advised the 74-year-old pop singer to learn from the dragging she received on social media.

    She responded to the backlash by apologizing profusely.

    "Wrestled With This Twt, Because I Thought some ppl wouldn't understand, Or Believe an Entertainer Could have Honest emotions about a human Being, suffering & Dying, even if It's Only Shown On tv. You Don't Know What I've Done, Who I Am, Or What I Believe. I CAN, I HAVE, & I WILL.. HELP."

    Cher couldn't understand why social media users didn't see how emotional she was about Floyd's death.

    "I Just got off phone With Friend Karen. Told her what Happened, & Realized, You Can Piss Ppl Off, & Hurt Them By Not Knowing Everything That’s "NOT Appropriate" To Say. I know Ppl Apologize When They're In a Jam, BUT TO GOD, IM TRULY SORRY If I Upset AnyOne In Blk Community. I Know My [heart]."

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    Yung Miami responded to fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion's offer to take her out on a date. Megan's fans were stunned when she flirted with the Miami rapper on social media.

    "I was too shy to tell her in person but @YungMiami305 I wanna date," Megan tweeted over the weekend.

    "I been wanted you too, so what's up?" Miami responded in broken English.

    Megan is in an open relationship with music producer, rapper Pardison Fontaine, who may or may not be bisexual himself.

    Miami, a member of rap duo City Girls, is in a relationship with music producer Southside, the father of her baby.

    Southside defended his baby mama's honor in a post on Instagram Live. He warned bisexual rapper Lil Uzi Vert for disrespecting Yung Miami on Instagram.

    Uzi, who is allegedly bisexual, is dating City Girls' member JT.

    Calling Yung Miami by her government name, Caresha, Uzi taunted her online.

    Uzi claimed he was "just playing," but Southside warned Uzi about bullying Miami.

    "I promise you, I'm a punch your teeth out your mouth. Don't say nothing else," he told Uzi.

    Fans were understandably confused by Megan flirting with Yung Miami.

    "Her man gonna make a video threaten to peel Megan's Muffin Cap Black Blue," wrote on Twitter user.

    Another fan said the innocent flirting between Megan, 26, and Miami, 27, was probably just a stunt.

    "Must be a new song coming up. Nice promo. Issa a new song bout to drop, they ain't slick," the fan wrote.

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    A scandal is brewing in Jamaica, after a young woman denied she is in a relationship with dancehall sensation Koffee (pictured right).

    Koffee has never confirmed or denied his sexuality (at least not publicly).

    The young woman, named Terri, posed for a photograph with Koffee at a popular Jamaican restaurant. The photo went viral after fans questioned if she is in a relationship with the lean, muscular rapper.

    Some Jamaican blogs rudely referred to the pair as "Koffee and Creamer."

    However, Terri took to social media to deny a relationship. "I'm not her woman or nothing like that. I’m just a fan who took a pic zemii."

    She stated many fans took photos with Koffee that day, but hers is the only one that went viral.

    "yea a lot of us took pictures with her the day we saw her at Sharkies but only mine seem to be sharing all over social media."

    The dancehall musician tried to convince a woman named "Fancy" to join her in lockdown in her song of the same title. Many assumed Terri was Fancy.

    The song drew criticism from Jamaicans who look down on homosexuality.

    "what kinda girl dress so?" wrote one disgusted fan in response to a photo of the singer wearing an oversized t-shirt and baggy pants below her waist -- similar to the way men wear their pants below their butts.

    Another wrote: "where's chuck fender, gash dem and light dem." While a third IG user wrote, "damn shame look at koffee look very disgusting."

    Koffee's popularity is increasing globally. She recently landed an LGBT-themed ad deal with MasterCard and an underwear ad with Calvin Klein (see below).

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    Kandi Burruss shamed herself by wearing a madame-inspired frock on RHOA Season 13 Reunion show on April 1. Fans called out the mom-of-two's ridiculous stripper attire.

    Kandi's co-stars, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams, Drew Sidora, LaToya Ali, Shamea Morton, and Marlo Hampton, all wore tasteful gowns for the all-black dungeon theme.

    But fans dragged Kandi Burruss for wearing a black bodysuit, shorts and thigh-high slipper boots with a floor-length duster.

    "[What the hell] do kandi have on," wrote one fan on Instagram.

    In response to Bravo's publicity photo of her outfit, Kandi insisted she was within the theme of what Bravo told the cast to wear.

    "I saw that ol' ugly picture that Bravo put out of my reunion look, I was like 'Really? That's the picture they chose?! Everybody tried to roast me but I actually was in the theme of what they told us the reunion was supposed to be which I was told it was supposed to be burlesque, 50 Shades Of Gray, dungeon, whatever."

    Cast member LaToya Ali also embarrassed herself by wearing a barely there sheer, see through lingerie with just enough feathers to leave a little to the imagination.

    According to vlogger Michelle, of StraightfromtheA.com, Porsha won the Best Dressed trophy

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    Quindon Tarver, best known for his performance in Romeo + Juliet, died in a single car accident, according to multiple reports. He was 38.

    Tarver died after he crashed his car into a wall on the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas, Texas on Friday, April 2, his uncle Willie Tarver, told the Daily Beast.

    He gained fame as a child for his vocal performance in Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

    "He loved everybody," another uncle, Kevin Tarver, told the Daily Beast about his nephew. "He loved music since he was young, and singing eventually took him all around the world. That was his passion."

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    Tarver started out singing in church choirs and appeared as a choir boy in Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy. He performed covers of Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Rozalla's "Everybody's Free."

    He also appeared in Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video, and on seasons 2 and 7 of American Idol.

    In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2017, Quindon Tarver said his career tanked after he spoke out about being sexually abused by his former manager when he was on the same record label as B2K.

    "I was hurting. I had been molested, I had been raped, I had lost my career, which is what I had dreamed of doing all my life," he said.

    Tarver struggled with bisexuality, drugs, alcohol and suicidal thoughts. He was invited to sing "When Doves Cry" at a 2016 Prince tribute in Los Angeles, which he credits as a turning point in his life.

    The singer released a new version of "Everybody's Free" in 2017, and came out with a single, "Stand Our Ground," in October, 2020.

    In his final post on Instagram on March 25, Tarver spoke about suicidal thoughts and his belief in God.

    He captioned the video:

    "When I think of being at my lowest point in life & suicide was my only way out in 2012. After the attempted try that landed me on life support for 17 hours on a breathing machine... it was NOBODY BUT GOD that put breath back in my body! This @dorindaclarkcole song has been a testimonial song for me & it will hold dear to me heart forever! I thank God for being God!!!"

     

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    Kate Winslet opened up about "well known" celebrities who are hiding their LGBT+ status due to "homophobia" in Hollywood.

    In a recent interview, the "Titanic" actress spoke about "stigma" in Hollywood that terrifies celebrities.

    Winslet, 45, said well-known stars are afraid to come out of the closet because they will lose out on straight roles.

    "I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles," she said. "Now that's f***ed up."

    "I'm telling you," she continued. "A well-known actor has just got an American agent and the agent said, 'I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn't publicist that.' I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality. It's painful. Because they fear being found out. And that's what they say. 'I don't want to be found out.'"

    Winslet said the stigma applies more to males than females.

    "It's bad news. Hollywood has to drop that dated crap of, 'Can he play straight because, apparently, he's gay?'"

    "That should be almost illegal," she said. "You would not believe how widespread it is. And it can't just be distilled to the question about gay actors playing gay parts. Because actors, in some cases, are choosing not to come out for personal reasons. And it's nobody's business. Perhaps privacy. Perhaps conditioning and shame."

    The LGBT+ community is particularly sensitive to straight actors playing LGBT+ roles.

    "We could have had a conversation about how I feel about playing a lesbian and possibly taking that role from somebody," Winslet said. "But I'm done with not being honest about what my real opinions are, and I know the part was never offered to anybody else. In taking this part I had an opportunity to bring an LGBTQ story into living rooms."

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    YouTube star James Charles has lost his YouTube competition series following allegations that he groomed minors.

    The 21-year-old beauty vlogger will no longer host "Instant Influencer.", YouTube bosses confirm.

    "We can confirm Season 2 of the YouTube originals series Instant Influencer will take a new creative direction, including a new host," a YouTube spokesperson told Variety. "We thank James for a great first season, and look forward to building on the show’s success by expanding the opportunity to showcase a diversity of creators across the YouTube platform in our upcoming season."

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    Charles was accused of sexting minors and soliciting nudes from them. In his apology he confessed to sending inappropriate messages to boys.

    He suggested they lied about their ages.

    "I trusted the information that was given to me rather than the information I could have and should have gotten myself...," he said.

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    "As I did more research on this topic and self-reflected, I realized that the receipts and the screenshots and the specific details of the interaction don't matter, because I f**ked up and I need to take accountability for my actions and apologize to the people who were affected by them."

    Charles is the second social media star to be accused of misconduct with children recently.

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    Lil Nas X is also accused of exchanging inappropriate messages with minors.

    LNX's old Twitter account was suspended this week after fans uncovered disturbing messages about children.

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