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DaBaby clapped back at "cry babies" during his first performance since his headline-grabbing homophobic outburst at the Rolling Loud music festival last month.

The 29-year-old rapper was humbled after NY radio station Hot 97 allowed him to perform at its Summer Jam festival at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, August 22.

A plethora of summer music festivals canceled the outspoken rapper's bookings after he uttered anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ insults at Rolling Loud.

Before DaBaby took to the stage, a pre-recorded video was shown in which he thanked Hot 97 for letting him "to share my gift, share my blessing with y'all out here live on this stage amongst all the chaos and all the backlash."

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"They accepted my sincerity and all my apologies when I said I never, ever meant to offend anybody or say anything to make anybody feel any type of way live on that stage a few weeks ago.

"Hot 97 was also willing to stick they neck out on the line, willing to go against all odds with everything going on out here in the world, and still allow me to come out here on this stage and utilize they platform to help the world move forward."

After DaBaby hit the stage, he took the opportunity to apologize once again to the LGBT+ community:

"I never in my life meant to offend anybody, you know, and I apologize... that ain't even how I rock.

"But check this out, other than the people that was truly offended, I feel like the rest of y'all motherf**kers are being cry babies."

His remarks neatly segued into "Cry Baby" - his hit collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.
 

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Embattled rapper DaBaby apparently deleted his official apology to the LGBT+ community from his Instagram page.

The formal apology was posted to DaBaby's IG page last week -- before he was dropped from the Lollapalooza lineup and replaced with rapper Young Thug.

DaBaby was "canceled" after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

He has since lost lucrative summer concert gigs including the Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival, among others.

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On Friday, Aug. 6, it was announced singer Ne-Yo will replace DaBaby in the lineup at the Can't Wait Live concert scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13, in Philadelphia.

The 29-year-old rapper reportedly refused to meet with LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS groups to develop a comprehensive anti-stigma HIV and LGBT+ campaign.
 
READ ALSO: DaBaby rejects calls by LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS Organizations to meet
 
GLAAD published an open letter to DaBaby on its website.

The organization asked DaBaby to "be a powerful and influential voice" within the Black community and to "become an agent of truth and change."

LGBT+ groups fear DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, has sabotaged their efforts to raise HIV awareness and decrease LGBT+ stigma in the Black community.

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DaBaby refuses to apologize for a 4th time for his anti-HIV, homophobic rant at Rolling Loud festival last week.

The 29-year-old rapper paused his set at Rolling Loud in Miami, saying:

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that'll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up.

"Ladies, if your p**sy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up."

DaBaby's second and third apologies were met with more outrage since he clearly was not remorseful.

He dug in his heels as A-list celebrities such as Elton John and Madonna dragged him.

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Then he was dropped from the upcoming Governors Ball and Lollapalooza.

As the intense outrage and fallout continued, DaBaby's publicist issued a formal apology on Monday for "hurtful" and "triggering" comments.

The lengthy apology included soothing, damage control language such as:

"Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate and learn from your mistakes. As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging."

However, the publicist's apology only made the rapper's critics declare that his publicist's apology is not accepted.

The comments were turned off on the Instagram post, but critics weighed in on Twitter.com.

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Rapper DaBaby issued an official apology for his homophobic Rolling Loud festival rant in Miami, Florida on July 23.

In his official apology, the rapper admitted his comments were "insensitive" and disrespectful to the LGBT+ community and HIV/AIDS survivors.

The rapper upset gay rights activists with his speech about HIV and AIDS sufferers during his set.

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air," he said.

He added, "Fellas, if you ain't suck a n**ga's d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lights in the air. Keep it f**king real."

His comments sparked major backlash online and in his bank accounts. His critics included his "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa, who said she was "surprised" and "horrified" at his comments.

DaBaby tweeted on Tuesday:

"Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y'all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies But the LGBT community... I ain't trippin on y'all, do you. y'all business is y'all business [sic]."

 

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Rapper DaBaby's homophobic and anti-HIV speech at the Rolling Loud music festival sparked outrage on Twitter.

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The 29-year-old Capricorn uttered the comments during his live set at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, July 25.

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in 2, 3 weeks, then put your cellphone light up.

"Ladies, if your pu$$y smell like water, put a cellphone light them up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot put your cellphone light up. Keep it real."

Ghey Twitter lit up as users expressed their outrage when the video went viral last night.

HIV advocacy groups slammed the rap star for "spreading misinformation about HIV."

"It's wrong for people living with HIV to be made to feel lesser or excluded because of their diagnosis – it should be unacceptable in the musical industry and in society at large," said Richard Angell, campaigns director at the Terrence Higgins Trust.

He added:

"Comments like DaBaby's perpetuate HIV-related stigma and discrimination, as well as spreading misinformation about HIV.

"You can now live a long, healthy life with HIV thanks to medical progress when you're diagnosed and accessing treatment.

"That's why it's important to challenge anything that deters people from testing and learning the facts about HIV."

Watch the video below.
 

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Phylicia Rashad is fighting to keep her position as dean at Howard University. Rashad, 73, was heavily criticized after she showed support for her TV husband, Bill Cosby, in an exuberant tweet.

Cosby, 83, was released from prison last week after serving three years of a 3- to 10-year sentence for alleged sexual assault.

Rashad, who starred with the comedian on the TV sitcom "The Cosby Show", tweeted:

"FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"

After facing furious public backlash, Rashad deleted her tweet and backtracked, saying "I fully support survivors of sexual assault".

Liberal officials at woke Howard University pressured Rashad to apologize again after students called for her termination.

Rashad hastily released a lengthy statement, saying her "remarks were in no way directed toward survivors of sexual assault."

Rashad received overwhelming support from her celebrity friends, including singer Stephanie Mills who urged Howard U. to "give back the millions" Cosby donated to the school.

The 64-year-old "Home" singer took to Instagram and wrote:

"I love you @phyliciarashad [heart emojis]. If it's true that Howard University wants to terminate her Position because they feel her comments about Mr. Cosby were insensitive, then they should give back the millions of dollars that he donated to the university."

Mills referred to the millions Cosby donated to Howard in return for an honorary college degree in 1989.

Cosby also donated millions to the all-women Spelman college in Atlanta, Ga.

The former Broadway star is best known for her hit singles "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", "I Feel Good All Over", "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" and "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)".

She won a Grammy Award for "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (watch her sing live below).
 

 

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Adam Mendelsohn, the longtime adviser to LeBron James, apologized for saying he was "exhausted" by the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements.

LeBron James is a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter.

Mendelsohn, who is white, made the remark in a secretly recorded phone call with ESPN anchor Rachel Nichols in July 2020.

At the time, Nichols was under quarantine at a Walt Disney World resort near the NBA bubble in Orlando, as part of the NBA's Covid protocol.

Alone in her room, she used an ESPN video camera to host "The Jump" and appear in ESPN's pregame and post-game shows.

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Nichols, who is white, was upset that Black ESPN anchor Maria Taylor (left) was given the 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig. Nichols felt ESPN bosses were "pressured" due to their "crappy" history on diversity.

At some point during the phone call, Mendelsohn said, "I don't know. I'm exhausted. Between Me Too and Black Lives Matter, I got nothing left." Nichols laughed, apparently in agreement.

Unbeknownst to Nichols, the video camera in her room was still on and recording her phone call with Mendelsohn. The recording was live-streamed to a server at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., according to the NY Times.

The audio clip was made public by the New York Times in an in-depth article about the racial rift between Nichols and Taylor that was published on Sunday, July 4.

Mendelsohn has since apologized in a statement to CNBC:

"I made a stupid, careless comment rooted in privilege and I am sincerely sorry. I shouldn't have said it or even thought it. I work to support these movements and know that the people affected by these issues never get to be exhausted or have nothing left. I have to continue to check my privilege and work to be a better ally."

The leaked audio clip confirmed the suspicions of several Black ESPN employees who believe their white colleagues support Black Lives Matter in public but act differently behind closed doors.

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American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson apologized to her fans for failing a drug test, that resulted in a 30-day suspension.

A source tells NBC that Richardson tested positive for THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

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The positive test result means Richardson won't be allowed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which kicks off on July 23 in Japan.

The 21-year-old Dallas native issued an apology on NBC's "Today" show on Friday morning. "I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did. I know what I'm supposed to do. I know what I'm allowed not to do, and I still made that decision."

Richardson blamed her mother's sudden death last month for her lapse in good judgment. She said learning of her mother's death sent her into a state of "emotional panic."

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Richardson, who was raised by her aunt and grandmother, added:

"(I'm) not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me ... that definitely was a very heavy topic on me. I greatly apologize if I let you guys down, and I did."

She dismissed rumors that she used performance-enhancing steroids. "It's never been a steroid. It will never be a steroid."

"Don't judge me because I am human. I'm you, I just happen to run a little faster."
 

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Designer Michael Costello has apologized to Leona Lewis after she complained that he body shamed her during a dress fitting in 2014.

Costello admitted he was "completely blindsided" by the singer's claims that he bullied her.

Lewis, 36, shared her experiences with Costello after he accused Chrissy Teigen of bullying him to the point of considering suicide.

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Lewis said that back in 2014, she was asked to take part in a fashion show to raise money for charity. Costello was assigned as her designer.

However, the British star claimed she felt "very awkward and uncomfortable" at the fitting because "the dress was a sample size and he/his team clearly did not want it to fit me".

She said Costello canceled on her, adding: "He no longer wanted to dress me and he abandoned his commitments to me and the show which made me well aware that I wasn't the body type required."

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Lewis, who has since lost weight, said she suffered "personally and professionally" due to Costello's actions, adding: "The most hurtful thing is that it was to raise money for charity, and this went against everything we were trying to do."

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Costello, who is openly ghey, responded in a post on his Instagram page, insisting he was "surprised" by the singer's allegations because he "fangirled" over her at the fitting.

"I was really surprised to hear about your traumatic experience with me from the Go Red Women charity event in 2014. I flew to New York just to fit you and we had a wonderful time at the fitting. I fangirled over you and told you how much I loved your songs. You are one of the most talented and beautiful women I know. We took photos and I left options of dresses for you with the charity.

"You told me you absolutely loved the dresses, so much so that even after that event in 2014, you continue to wear and post me on your own IG in 2015, Your team has continuously reached out to me to pull custom looks for you, which I was happy to create. The most recent request I received from you was May 17, 2021."

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The 38-year-old designer, who employed this plus-size model during his L.A. Fashion week runway show in 2019, continued:

"I don't take accusations of body shaming lightly, as I have built a career as celebrating diverse women of all shapes and sizes," he continued. "But if I did unintentionally hurt you and you continued to support me, I want to apologize to you directly. This caught me by surprise, I am completely blindsided."

Concluding his open letter, Costello wrote: "Whenever you're ready, I'm here. Let's have a heart-to-heart conversation. @leonalewis."

Lewis was discovered on the TV talent show 'The X Factor.' Her debut album, Spirit, went 10x platinum in the UK and became the 4th best selling album of the 2000s.

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Chrissy Teigen issued a lengthy new apology, vowing to do better after she was canceled for bullying young women on social media.

With her world crumbling around her, the 35-year-old Sagittarius issued a lengthy apology for her bad behavior in an essay published on Medium on Monday.

Teigen said she has grown up in the "very humbling few weeks" since she was canceled.

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"Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven't felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I've said in the past," she wrote.

She said she thought it was "cool" to bully celebrities, and she believed she needed to "impress strangers to be accepted."

In addition to saying she's ashamed of herself, the mom-of-three apologized to actress Courtney Stoddard and others she disrespected online.

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She didn't name names publicly, but she said she is reaching out to everyone she dissed, including Stoddard, Lindsay Lohan, Farrah Abraham, and Quvenzhane Wallis.

"Many of them needed empathy, kindness, understanding and support, not my meanness masquerading as a kind of casual, edgy humor. I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry."

Chrissy was recently dropped from a Netflix show due to the controversy, and she lost all of her corporate sponsors.

There is also a rumor that her husband, singer John Legend, is considering exiting the marriage.

Chrissy was previously canceled for her creepy, pedo tweets about small children.

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Twitter users expressed outrage at WNBA star Liz Cambage for calling Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller a "little white one".

Cambage, 29, used the slur in response to Miller wight-shaming her during a game on Sunday.

Miller was fined $10,000 by the WNBA for criticizing Cambage's weight during the Suns' 72-65 win over the Aces at Michelob ULTRA Arena.

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Cambage is perfectly proportioned for her height, but she took offense to the comment anyway.

The Australian bauty posted a video to Twitter in which she said Miller was arguing a call and told a ref, "Come on, she's 300 pounds."

"One thing about me is that I will never let a man disrespect me - especially a little white one," Cambage said in the video. "For a coach on another team to be yelling like protected abuse, 'cause we can't do nothing back, it's just crazy to me."

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She went on to say she was 6-foot-8 and weighed 235 pounds.

"So to the coach of Connecticut — I'm sorry, little sir man, I do not know your name. But the next time you try to call out a referee trying to get a call being like, 'come on, she's 300 pounds,’ I'm going to need you to get it right baby, 'cause I'm 6-8... I'm weighing 235 pounds and I'm very proud of being a big b----, big body, big Benz, baby."

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But Twitter criticized dragged Cambage for bringing Miller's skin color into the discussion.

"I like Liz Cambage, but she clapped back by calling him a "little white boy"?? That's even ground for suspension if we're playing this game," said Rob Stukenborg on Twitter.

Another user slammed the New York Times for "conveniently" leaving Cambage's "racist" comment out of its report about the controversy. The paper cut off Cambage's quote before she mentioned the slur.

Richard Bradley tweeted: "I just don't get how it's wrong for a coach to say a player weighs 300 pounds but it's acceptable for a player to refer to that coach as 'a little white one.'"

Twitter user Frankie, wrote: "So Liz Cambage can get mad at a man for bringing up her size in the heat of a game, but it's okay for her to say that she will 'never let a little white man' disrespect her? What she said is worse lmaooo."