Instagram model Gena Tew has regained some of her vision after going blind in one eye amid her battle with AIDS.

Gena tells TMZ, her vision is partially restored after she underwent a successful procedure on her eyes Thursday in Memphis.
 
RELATED: Instagram Model Gena Tew, 27, Reveals Battle with AIDS, Wasting Syndrome
 
Gena, 27, says before the surgery she was totally blind in her left eye, but she's already able to see some shapes. She has hopes her vision will be completely restored.

Cytomegalovirus retinitis causes vision loss and blindness in patients with AIDS. It is one of the AIDS-defining illnesses.

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Gena tells TMZ she weighed just 65 pounds at the peak of her illness, but she is slowly gaining weight thanks to her medication regimen and excellent medical care.

The model, who attended Hollywood parties with Nick Cannon, Chris Brown, and Chief Keef, said she informed her sex partners about her AIDS diagnosis and they all tested negative.

She refused to name her partners to protect their privacy, but she denied being intimate with Brown or Cannon.

Gena says she gave up hope when she was first diagnosed with AIDS. At the time, she didn't realize she had been living with AIDS for 10 years. She is sharing her story to inspire other young people who are diagnosed with the HIV virus.

Gena tells TMZ she is still receiving tons of support online, including a donation from R&B singer Ari Lennox via her GoFundMe page.

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An HIV organization is showing support for Gena Tew, the Instagram model who learned she had AIDS after 10 years without testing.

The 27-year-old revealed her decade-long battle with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in a TikTok post.

In the video, Gena said she didn't know she had AIDS until a doctor told her after she complained of unexplained weight loss, nausea and vomiting, and extreme fatigue.

In an interview with TMZ, Gena said she's blind in one eye and she is unable to walk without assistance due to wasting syndrome, an AIDS-defined illness.

The model, who attended parties with Nick Cannon, Chris Brown, and Chief Keef, said she informed her sex partners about her diagnosis and they all tested negative.

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She refused to name them to protect their privacy, but she denied having sex with Brown or Cannon.

After reading about her situation, an HIV organization reached out to Gena on Twitter to offer support.

Let's Beehive is an Orlando-based organization that provides innovative HIV/AIDS health education workshops and prevention programs for children and adults to increase HIV awareness, according to their Twitter page.

Let's Beehive is an acronym that means "Let's Be HIV Educated." It is not associated with singer Beyonce's fanbase that calls themselves the "BeyHive."

The company tweeted:

"We are sending our love, thoughts, and prayers to @GenaTew. Thank you for your amazing courage and strength. You are not alone sis! Your story is increasing HIV awareness and helping more women and girls get tested and knowing their status. We are here for you [bee emoji] #letsbeehive [heart emoji]."

In a follow-up tweet, they wrote: "We love you @GenaTew. Don't let them #breakyoursoul. We are here for you! #letsbeehive."

The tweet referenced Beyonce's new single "Break My Soul" off her new album, Renaissance.

A GoFundMe account has raised over $10,000 for Gena's medical bills and to help her move closer to her late sister's family.

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Donations poured in to two fundraisers for the four children of Joe and Irma Garcia who died within 48 hours of each other.

$2.5 million was raised for the children of Irma Garcia, one of two teachers killed by an 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, May 24.

Irma was killed alongside her co-teacher Eva Mireles, 44, and 19 of their students by a crazed gunman who was then shot dead by an elite Border Patrol agent.

Garcia's husband, Joe Garcia died within hours of placing a bouquet of roses at a memorial for his wife and the other victims.

KHOU aired video that shows Joe, 48, and his four children - Cristian, 23; Jose, 19; Lyliana, 16; and Alysandra, 12 - visiting a memorial to his wife and their mother on Thursday. Two hours later, Joe died of a "broken heart," according to his family members.

On Thursday evening three of the four Garcia children sobbed at a mass for their parents, as the town gathered to pay tribute.

Father Eduardo Morales blessed the three siblings who attended the service and told them: "We are your family. Your mother and father will always find a way to take care of you."

The couple were high school sweethearts who were married for 24 years. Joe was a teacher, while Irma was a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary for 24 years.

Two GoFundMe pages set up to help the Garcia children had collected more than $2.5 million in donations by Thursday night.

Parents of the deceased students are outraged by officers who stood around for an hour while the gunman shot 38 people inside the school.

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The husband of Irma Garcia, a fourth grade teacher who was killed in the Texas school massacre, has died, according to family members.

A gunman barged into a fourth grade classroom at Robb Elementary and barricaded himself inside.

After announcing "You're all going to die," the gunman shot 32 people in 2 adjoining classrooms.

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Irma, left, was found dead on top of one of her students. She worked at Robb Elementary School for 23 years. Her co-teacher, Eva Mireles, 44 (right), was also killed, along with 19 of their students. 17 people were injured in the shooting.

Joe Garcia died Thursday morning, as the result of a "medical emergency," according to a GoFundMe page set up by Irma's cousin Debra Garcia Austin.

"I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 30 years was too much to bear," Austin wrote.

"EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma's husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief," Garcia's nephew tweeted on Thursday. "[I] truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling."

Irma and Joe were married 24 years and shared four children, according to Irma's bio on the Uvalde school district’s website.

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Keith Sweat's former girl group Kut Klose, featuring Athena Cage (right), Lavonn Battle (left) and Tabitha Duncan, center, launched a GoFundMe page to raise cash for their sophomore album.

The ladies posted a video on their GoFundMe page, asking fans to donate money for their long-awaited sophomore album after 27 years.
 

 
Kut Klose, who are in their 50s now, took the R&B world by storm in the mid-1990s. Their debut album, Surrender, spawned the hit singles "I Like", "Lovely Thang", and "Surrender" in 1995. The album peaked at number 66 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album's lead single "I Like" peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is still in rotation on old skool radio stations.

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The album was mainly produced by their mentor Keith Sweat who featured them on his single "Get Up On It" off his platinum album by the same title in 1994.

The girls were also featured on Keith's hit song "Twisted" off his self-titled fifth album released in 1996. "Twisted" spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart.
 

 

 

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Pastor Jamal Bryant threw Kevin Samuels under the bus in a fiery sermon on Mother's Day after the relationship guru died on May 5

Bryant knows which side his bread is buttered on - and who is buttering it. So it's no surprise that he threw Samuels under the bus in front of cheering women in his church.
 
RELATED: Kevin Samuels' Net Worth in 2022
 
Bryant gave a fiery sermon on Mother's Day after the relationship guru died suddenly in his Buckhead apartment on May 5.

Bryant criticized Samuels for insulting single women over 35 by calling them "leftovers."

"How can a man say that you are of low value after 35? How can a man say that you do not have the level of traction of a high-powered man when that man has got to get a GoFundMe for his funeral?"

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Samuels' family has since denied that a GoFundMe was created to bury the YouTube influencer in Oklahoma City.

A GoFundMe page was supposedly launched by family friend Melanie King with a goal of $50,000. The page has since been removed.

According to Blacksportsonline, Samuels died broke with just $1,000 in his bank account.

However, Samuels had over 1.4 million subscribers and 400 million views on his YouTube channel. Google pays $2,000 per 1 million views (you do the math).

That was just revenue from his videos. He also received revenue from Patreon, Cash App, his lifestyle consulting brand, and other sources. So, the math isn't mathing.
 

 




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"Little Women" star Ms. Juicy Baby is out of the intensive care unit after reportedly suffering a stroke.

The reality TV star's reps tell TMZ she is on the road to recovery after being moved out of ICU.

Her team says she suffered a stroke, and she "wants everyone to know she is fighting and ready to go home."

Ms. Juicy's sister, Tanya Evans, created a GoFUndMe on Monday to raise money for her medical bills.

Evans writes:

"Although we don't have a definitive date of when she will be out of the hospital and be able to get back to work, we do need your help until she recovers. Whatever you can give, we would deeply appreciate it."

Ms. Juicy's reps added, "She wants to thank her fans for showing so much love and keeping her in their prayers."

Ms. Juicy Baby, born Shirlene King Pearson, began her career as a radio personality on "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" in Atlanta, Ga.

She is best known as a cast member on Lifetime's reality TV series "Little Women".

Ms. Juicy was born with Pituitary Dwarfism on Jan. 5, 1972. She is 50.

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Tokyo Toni's effort to help her daughter, Blac Chyna, raise $400,000 to appeal the Kardashian verdict is paying off.

Tokyo launched a GoFundMe account with a goal of $400,000 a day after a Los Angeles jury handed Chyna a devastating loss in her $100 million defamation lawsuit against the Kardashians and Jenners.

The GoFundMe page, titled "Cheering for Blac Chyna's Appeal," reads:

"Hi I am Shalana Hunter BKA Tokyo Toni. I would like to appeal to the courts this Go Fund Me Fundraiser to help my daughter, Angela R. White BKA Blac Chyna financially in this endeavor to get justice.

"APPEAL FOR A NEW TRIAL"
COMING SOON

Sincerely,
Momma Tokyo."

As of this morning, Tokyo's GoFundMe account has raised $960 toward its $400,000 goal.

The top donor was a superfan named Pamela Gayle who gave $100. While Kim Kardashian herself donated $5 toward the cause.

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TMZ caught up with Tokyo on Tuesday in L.A., and she thinks Blac Chyna has a solid chance to win on appeal — if they successfully raise that $400K for legal fees.

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Tokyo also had a message for the Kardashians to "do what's right" and end the war against her daughter, especially since Chyna and Rob Kardashian share 5-year-old Dream Kardashian.

Tokyo was by Chyna's side for the entire hearing —— until the judge had her booted from the courtroom and told her to never return.

Question: Do you plan to donate to Blac Chyna's appeal fund?

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More details have emerged about beauty queen Zoe Sozo Bethel who died after suffering a traumatic brain injury earlier this month.

Bethel, who was named Miss Alabama 2021, died Friday, Feb. 18, after she was removed from life support.

Bethel's official manner of death was ruled "accidental" by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner, according to the Miami Police Department.

Multiple media outlets have reported conflicting stories about how Bethel suffered a brain injury. Some outlets report that she was in a car accident. DailyMail.com quoted a source within the Miami Police Department who said she "attempted suicide" by jumping from a seven-story condo.

Now the story has evolved again.

The Miami Police Department tell PEOPLE that officers "responded to a call of a possible suicide attempt" on Feb. 11 at about 12:05 a.m.

Their preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, who was identified as the 27-year-old, "fell out of a third-floor window."

"This was a tragic accident, and no foul play is suspected," the statement said.

Bethel's family launched a GoFundme page to raise money for emergency surgery before she passed away. $47,000 has been collected so far. On Tuesday, the goal was raised to $500,000 without explanation.

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Milwaukee authorities say a robbery that left a 16-year-old Burger King employee dead was staged, and she was in on it.

Niesha Harris-Brazell was working the drive-thru window on the night of January 2, when a black Chevy Impala drove up and the driver demanded cash.

The driver leaned through the restaurant window, pointed a gun at Niesha and ordered her to hurry up.

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As Niesha turned to get the money from the cash register, she signaled to her co-workers for help.

One of those employees, Derrick D. Ellis, 34, produced a handgun and fired twice at the robber who slid down into the driver's seat and sped off empty handed.

Niesha fell to the floor and told her co-workers she was shot. She was rushed to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

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Police say she was shot by her co-worker, Ellis, a convicted felon who is now in the wind.

Surveillance video shows Ellis scrambling to pick up the spent shell casings off the floor after accidentally shooting his co-worker. He then handed the weapon to a store manager who hid it in the restaurant's safe.

Prosecutors filed a murder charge and felony gun possession charge against Ellis last week, Yahoo News reported. He is still on the run.

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Police later arrested the driver of the Impala, Antoine Edwards (pictured), and charged him with felony murder, intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child with death as a consequence, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Meanwhile, Niesha's family created a GoFundMe account to raise $5,000 for her funeral expenses. The account collected over $40,000 before it was shut down by GoFundMe after the case took a bizarre twist.

According to court documents, investigators say Edwards is the father of Burger King employee Mariah Edwards who was working with Niesha at the time of the robbery.

Mariah told investigators that the botched robbery was staged with the help of her father and Niesha. She said Ellis was not in on the robbery.

Mariah confessed that the robbery was planned for a time when the Burger King register was expected to be full of cash.

However, Antoine Edwards told police his daughter was not involved, and that Niesha was his only accomplice. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

Niesha's mother, Liceal Brazell, denied the allegations that her daughter was involved in staging the robbery.

She told FOX6, "It's really making me mad, it's making me angry. You told so many different lies, now you're going to tell more lies. That's not going to help you. That's not going to help your father."

GoFundMe has frozen the more than $40,592 collected for Niesha's funeral expenses.

A message on the account reads:

"This fundraiser is no longer accepting donations. If you are the organizer, beneficiary, team member, or donor, sign in to see additional information."

GoFundMe prohibits raising funds for people involved in criminal activity. If it is determined that Niesha was an accomplice in the robbery, the money will be refunded to donors.

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An Arkansas waitress was fired for refusing to share her $2,200 tip with other servers and the shift manager.

The incident ocurred on Dec. 6 when Ryan Brandt and another server waited on a party of more than 40 at Oven and Tap restaurant in Bentonville.

The large party of diners chipped in $100 each as tips for the two servers.

"We knew servers really hit hard through COVID, and it was something that we had come up with to help give back," Grant Wise told CBS 5.

But the restaurant's manager instructed Brandt and the other server to pool the $4,400 for all of the servers and the shift manager.

Brandt said servers never shared their tips in the three years she worked at Oven and Tap.

"I was told that I was going to be giving my cash over to my shift manager, and I would be taking home 20 percent," Brandt told CBS 5.

When Wise found out Brandt wouldn't receive all of her tip, he called the restaurant and demanded the manager return the $4,400 tip money to Brandt and the other server.

Brandt was terminated the next day.

"They fired me from Oven and Tap over the phone and I've been there for 3 1/2 years and that was really heartbreaking," Brandt told CBS 5. "Especially because I didn't think I did anything wrong."

In a statement to CBS 5, Oven and Tap said Brandt was fired for reasons unrelated to the tipping incident and that it "fully honored" the customer's request to turn over the $4,400 in tips to the two servers.

The statement said the other server -- who received $2,200 -- was still employed at the restaurant.

Grant Wise, left, launched a GoFundMe page for Brandt, which raised nearly $10,000 as of Monday morning.

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A Kansas mom and her two minor daughters returned home to find their apartment cleaned out and their personal belongings thrown away.

Myrohn Guthrie said her jaw dropped when she walked into the empty apartment and realized her furniture, electronics, and even the children's toys were gone.

"I just started crying immediately and my jaw dropped and I was like, oh my God," Guthrie told FOX 4 Kansas City.

She said the Gateway Plaza Townhomes property management told her to call the police when she initially thought she had been robbed.

Then it became apparent that she was evicted from her home of two years due to a clerical error.

A company hired to clear out the apartment mistakenly missed their assignment by one number.

"They [property management] haven't responded to anybody and I move Monday, thank God," Guthrie told Fox News.

Guthrie and her daughters are staying with friends until they find another place.

Guthrie said she doesn't have renters' insurance and she created a GoFundMe page to help raise money to pay for furniture, new clothes, toiletries, dishes, pots and pans, and other essentials for the family's new home.

She estimates her furniture, electronics and other items were worth about $32,000. But some of her personal belongings were irreplaceable, such as her children's baby photos, original birth certificates and important documents like social security cards.

Guthrie said the property management still hasn't contacted her to apologize or offer compensation for her loss.

Fox News reached out to the Seldin Company managers, but did not get a response.

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Coronji Calhoun Sr., who played Halle Berry's abused son in Monster's Ball, passed away from congestive heart failure on October 13. He was 30.

Calhoun was only 10 years old when he was cast to play Halle Berry's son Tyrell Musgrove in Lee Daniels' Monster's Ball.

Berry played Leticia Musgrove in the role that won her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002.

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Berry and Monster's Ball director Lee Daniels each donated $3,394 to a GoFundMe account created by Calhoun's mother, Theresa Bailey.

Bailey wrote:

"Coronji Calhoun Sr. recently joined the ancestors in watching over me and our family on October 13, 2021.

"We are blown away by the outpouring of love the community and Coronji's adopted family has shown during our process of grief. As we close this chapter, we ask that in your remembrance of him, you remember to love your neighbor as yourself, because that is what Coronji did for his entire community."

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9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest Astroworld victim, is in a medically induced coma in a Houston ICU.

Ezra suffered a severe brain injury during a crowd surge at Travis Scott's music festival at NRG Park on Friday.

Ezra was on his father's shoulders when the crowd surge began. His dad, Treston Blount, lost consciousness and both were trampled at the front of the stage.

Dad and son were separated in the ensuing chaos. Ezra was transported to a hospital in critical condition and admitted into ICU under the name "John Doe."

His family located him at the hospital and identified him.

They are distraught and demanding answers.

"How could this happen in the city of Houston? You know, when we go to concerts and different events we expect safety and security," Ezra's grandfather told ABC News.

Treston Blount launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for his son's medical expenses.

He wrote in the summary:

"We attended Travis Scott's Astro world fest I had my son on my shoulders awaiting drakes stage appearance I began to be crushed until I couldn't breathe I passed out And I woke up and my son was gone and due to his severe injuries which are swelling in the back of brain damage and trauma to nearly all organs we are certain that he was trampled and is still in induced coma we are thankful for his life and thankful for all the prayers and positivity we are asking for donations for his medical bills and anything that comes along with this tragedy."

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Jelani "J.J." Day, a 25-year-old graduate student at Illinois State University, has been missing since August 24.

His family last heard from him on the evening of Monday, August 23, 2021.

Jelani's mother is desperate for answers. "I can't even describe it to you, because it hurts really bad because I don't know where my baby is."

Carmen Bolden Day reported Jelani missing after he failed to show up for classes at ISU. She said she last heard from him on Aug. 23.

"He told me he was going to class and that he would call me later. He called me later on that night. (He) didn’t want nothing, we were just talking. And he said again, 'OK momma, I'll talk to you later. I just wanted to hear your voice.' And that was our last conversation, on Monday the 23rd."

She said Jelani was studying to be a doctor.

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Security footage showed Jelani wearing a black Jimi Hendrix Band T-shirt outside a cannabis store in Bloomington around 9:12 a.m. on August 24.

The Bloomington Police Department revealed they have no leads after his Chrysler 300 was found abandoned about 60 miles away in a wooded area near a YMCA.

The clothing Jelani wore outside the cannabis store were found in his car.

A man's body was pulled out of the Illinois River on Sept. 4 in LaSalle County, according to WMBD. Police don't believe the case is linked to Jelani.

The Day family is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to Jelani's whereabouts.

Jelani's sisters, Dacara Bolden and Zena, created a GoFundMe account to raise the reward money.

Nearly $16,000 has been raised of a $1 goal.

"I miss laughing with him," Zena told WAND News.

"Jelani is the one I could tell jokes to, like any joke. It can be anything. It could be a part of a movie. It can just be. We don't even have to talk. We got it. We can already know whats gonna make each other laugh."

"Everything's been hard, but the hardest part is just missing his presence. He's just not there," said Dacara.