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R&B crooners Omarion and Mario will go head-to-head in a Verzuz battle live from Los Angeles tonight, June 23. The event will be streamed live across Verzuz Digital platforms, according to a press release.

The music battle series is the brainchild of music producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

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Fans of both heartthrobs have been in a frenzy since the "Night of R&B" battle was announced this week.

Mario, who has more hit songs, says he will be the clear winner of the battle. But Omarion's fans think differently.


 

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Update: 5:35 p.m. ET

A Virginia judge allowed an ex-TMZ employee to testify in Johnny Depp's $50 million defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Judge Penney Azcarate ruled against TMZ's emergency motion to block former assignment manager Tremaine Morgan from testifying as a witness for Depp.

TMZ had argued that Morgan should not be forced to give up a source regarding a video that was provided to him. The video shows Depp yelling at Heard and slamming doors. TMZ published the video in 2016.

Depp's lawyer, Ben Chew noted that Morgan was not subpoenaed, that he, in fact, contacted the legal team on his own.

Morgan told the court that he contacted Depp's legal to help them with the timeline of the video.

"You know this case is being televised, right?" Heard's lawyer asked Morgan in court on Wednesday.

"I am aware that there are cameras," Morgan replied.

"And so this gets you your 15 minutes of fame, doesn't it?" she asked him.

"I stand to gain nothing from this," Morgan said, before adding that he is making himself a "target" of TMZ, which he described as "a very litigious organization."

Watch the video below.
 

 

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Update: 1:09 p.m. ET

TMZ filed an emergency motion to block Johnny Depp's legal team from calling a former employee to testify in court.

According to the motion, TMZ is seeking to prevent Morgan Tremaine from getting on the witness stand in Johnny Depp's ongoing defamation trial against ex-girlfriend Amber Heard.

Tremaine worked as a field assignment manager for TMZ, according to the NY Post.

TMZ is worried that Tremaine might spill secrets told to him by an unnamed source.

"TMZ promised this source that it would maintain their confidentiality and would not disclose their name or other information about them," TMZ's lawyers said in a statement.

"TMZ makes such promises of confidentiality, from time to time, so that it may publish information in the public interest, and it relies on the journalist's privilege protecting the identity of confidential sources to do so."

Depp's legal team wants to speak with Tremaine, who provided TMZ with a video of Depp yelling at Heard and slamming doors. The attorneys want to know if the tape was given to Tremaine by the unnamed source.

TMZ's lawyers argued that Tremaine had nothing to do with the video and that any testimony given would be based on "rumor and conjecture."

TMZ said Tremaine's testimony would be irrelevant to the defamation trial.

Watch the trial live below.
 

 
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Johnny Depp's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss, denied any violence took place in their relationship. Moss appeared via Zoom at Johnny Depp's defamation trial early Wednesday.

Moss denied Heard's claim that Depp pushed the model down a flight of stairs while on vacation with him in Jamaica.

Moss appeared via Zoom from her home in Gloucestershire, England. Moss said that Depp "never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs."

Moss was expected to support Heard's claims of violence and abuse in Heard's relationship with Depp. But Moss denied the allegations.

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Moss admitted she fell down the steps and that Depp helped get her medical attention.

Questioned by Depp's attorney Benjamin Chew, Moss said, "He carried me to my room and got me medical attention."

Moss and Depp dated in the 1990s. Thy were both notorious for their hard partying, drinking and drug use.

At the time, the "Edward Scissorhands" star was at his peak as a young actor.

Moss later said that she "cried for years" over their breakup. She ended up in rehab after her drinking and drug use escalated out of control.

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After Moss' testimony, Heard reportedly said, "So Johnny Depp didn't abuse Kate Moss. That makes him 1 for 2 in the abuse column."

In 2012, Moss was ranked #2 on Forbes' Highest Paid Models List, with earnings of almost $10,000,000.

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The ongoing defamation trial began on April 11 in Fairfax County, Virginia. Plaintiff Depp sued Heard for $50 million in damages. She is countersuing him for $100 million.

So far, Depp is the fan favorite to win.




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Amber Heard broke down in tears on the stand while explaining why she filed for divorce from actor Johnny Depp.

She shed dry tears when the sensational defamation trial resumed on Monday, May 16, at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
 
RELATED: Doctor who evaluated actress Amber Heard for 12 hours diagnosed her with violent tendencies
 
The bisexual actress was married to Depp from 2015 until they divorced about a year later. She said violence began in their relationship while they were dating on and off in 2012.

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Heard, 36, became emotional as she recalled Depp's first act of physical violence. But she contradicted an earlier statement when she said the violence began in 2013.

Heard said the violence started when Depp attacked her after she asked about his "Wino Forever" tattoo - a tribute to his ex-girlfriend, actress Winona Ryder.

Heard's lawyers provided multiple photos of Heard at red carpet events with "scars" on her arms. They claimed the scars occurred in Australia, when Depp held her against a glass-covered countertop and sexually abused her with a liquor bottle. She said the bottle slashed the tip of his finger.

But Depp, 58, previously said the injury happened when she hurled a liquor bottle at his hand.

Heard previously testified that Depp accused her of defecating on his side of their bed.

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When asked why she filed for divorce, she told her attorney, "I knew if I didn't, I'd likely not survive. I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me. I really didn't want to leave him, I loved him so much. I couldn't stay. I believe he would've taken it too far and I wouldn't be here. The violence was normal and not the exception."

Heard also told the court that everything she said until now "has been the truth."

Depp will be brought back to testify before the trial wraps up.

Watch the trial livestream below.
 

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Kevin Samuels' untimely death last week came as a shock to his fans and his enemies.

Samuels, 56, made a small fortune disparaging Black women in videos on his YouTube channel. Samuels died of an apparent cardiac arrest on the morning of Thursday, May 5.

Once Samuels' death was confirmed late Thursday, Black women took to social media to celebrate his passing.

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Fatherless men who uplifted Samuels as their hero and father figure lashed out at the women for celebrating online.

Rapper T.I. rushed to Samuels' defense, saying the relationship guru is being bullied in death.

In a video on Instagram, the aspiring comedian called Black women "Grouchy, miserable, despicable mutha------s."

"Y'all bullying a dead man basically," he said.

"You're ganging up on a dead man. Sh-t is... a travesty of justice. I can't stand it. I can't stand it. I ain't gon' let y'all bully this dead man. Let this man rest in peace. Whatever he did, he did it and he gone."


 
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Video footage from Kevin Samuels' last livestream shows him talking to a mystery woman the night before he passed away.

Samuels, 56, died of an apparent cardiac arrest on Thursday morning, May 5.

In the video, Samuels' seems annoyed by a woman walking around his apartment while he's on livestream.

At one point he shouts "No, no, NO!" before telling her, "I'm trying to protect you."

He then tells her dismissively to "Just get wherever you're gonna get to."

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Bloggers believe the mystery woman is the same one who called 911 to report Samuels was "injured" in his Buckhead apartment on Thursday.

But others speculate that she was probably a housekeeper or a platonic friend, since they seemed familiar with each other.

According to a police report, a woman who identified herself as a nurse said she met Samuels on Wednesday and spent the night with him.

On the morning of May 5th, she said he awoke and complained of chest pain before collapsing on top of her. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Piedmont Hospital.

Watch the short clip below, courtesy of VladTV. The next video is the full livestream. Fast forward to the 15:30 mark.
 


 


 
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The 2022 MET Gala started at 6 p.m. and already Twitter users are griping about the underwhelming fashions. Watch the Met Gala Live below.

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The complaints are already pouring in online as celebrities such as co-host La La Anthony (top), Venus Williams, left, and Janelle Monáe (right) failed to impress the Twitter fashionistas.

La La was adorned in a cut-out gown by designer LaQuan Smith and David Yurman jewelry.

One Twitter user wrote:

"#LaLaAnthony in #LaQuanSmith just looks tacky. She's another host who completely ignored the theme. And I still have no clue as to why she is a host. #MetGala2022."

La La is a TV personality and former DJ, best known as an MTV VJ on Total Request Live. She was asked whether her burgundy gown was on theme. She responded, "I think it's on theme, but it still feels like me."

Invited guests were asked to make a fashion statement in keeping with the theme "In America: An Anthology of Fashion: Gilded Glamour and White Tie."

The term "Gilded Age" was coined by author Mark Twain in a novel in the 1800s. It means an embarrassment of riches and excessive materialism.

Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour was criticized for being "out of touch" with the times. As many Americans struggle with rising inflation, high rent, high food, and high gas, Wintour celebrates smug opulence.

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Michael Strahan and 5 others are set to launch into space aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket Saturday morning.

The space launch comes as the Federal Aviation Administration closes its investigation into the safety of Blue Origin's rockets. The investigation was inconclusive.

A crew of six will take off at 10:00AM ET from Blue Origin's launch pad in Van Horn, Texas.

In addition to the Good Morning America host and former NFL linebacker Strahan, the crew includes Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Strahan and Shepard are non-paying guests.

The paying customers include: Evan Dick, an investor, Lane Bess, the founder of Bess Ventures, and Bess' son Cameron Bess, and investor Dylan Taylor.

The Blue Origin capsule carrying its 6-man crew will launch into space on top of a rocket, then separate 62 miles above earth where the crew will experience zero gravity.

When they land minutes later, they will be awarded commercial astronaut wings by the FAA.

The astronaut wings are awarded to people who fly more than 50 miles above earth on a commercial spacecraft.

However, the FAA announced it will end the special astronaut wings program to discourage further private launches into space.

This means Strahan and his crew will be the last to be awarded the FAA wings.

Watch the launch live below.
 

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The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial surprised everyone by asking to rewatch the drone video footage that the prosecution allegedly withheld from the defense.

According to Fox News, the request by the jury was not "unexpected" for a complicated case.

Late Tuesday, the jury retired for the night after failing to reach a verdict. Two jurors allegedly withheld their verdicts out of fear of public "backlash".

Rittenhouse's legal team filed a motion for a mistrial late Tuesday after they learned the prosecution had a high-definition video of Rittenhouse shooting the first victim.

The defense argued that the high-def video was not given to them until Friday or Saturday.

On Wednesday morning, the jury halted deliberations again to request they be allowed to rewatch the drone footage of the August 25, 2020 shooting of Antifa protester Joseph Rosenbaum.
 

 
The prosecution explained to Judge Bruce Schroeder why the copy of drone footage was "compressed" which caused the video to be blurred.

Assistant District Attorney James Kraus claimed he sent the high-definition video footage to one of Rittenhouse's attorneys. He claims the video was "compressed" by the lawyer's Android phone.

Evidence is usually emailed between attorneys via Dropbox.

Watch the video below.
 

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The prosecutor in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial claims the teenager lost his right to self-defense because he carried a gun.

State prosecutor Thomas Binger told the jury:

"You lose the right to self-defense when you're the one who brought the gun... When you're the one creating the danger. When you're the one provoking other people."

Rittenhouse is on trial for killing two armed Antifa activists who charged at him during the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020.

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Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, carried a borrowed AR-15 rifle while protecting a car dealership during the riots.

Judge Bruce Schroeder allowed the jury to consider lesser charges during closing arguments on Monday. However, he dismissed the charge that the teen was unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Wisconsin law states that anyone under 18 who carries a dangerous weapon is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Rittenhouse faces 5 additional charges, including intentional homicide and recklessly endangering safety.

Closing arguments are still underway at this hour.

Watch the closing arguments live below.
 

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Kim Kardashian and her four children have arrived to Kanye West's DONDA album listening party in Atlanta -- but Kanye is still not in the building.

The event started at 8 p.m. It's 9:28 p.m. and the crowd is growing restless inside the sold-out Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta, as fans await Kanye's appearance at his album listening party.

Not much is going on. The crowd has been chanting and cheering whenever a vehicle arrives at the stadium.

Watch the full listening party below.
 

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Kwame Brown and Tommy Sotomayor are waging a war of words on YouTube. They both claim one is using the other for Internet fame.

Brown, who played in the NBA for 12 seasons, gained Internet fame for responding to his critics in YouTube videos.

He took offense when Sotomayor said, "I'm the one that helped you start your YouTube career."

Brown insists other people helped him get started on YouTube. He said he exchanged texts with Sotomayor maybe twice in the past year. "How did we become such good friends?" Brown asked sarcastically. "Its almost like you want to stand on my shoulders."

Sotomayor responded to Brown's rant on his livestream. Watch the videos below.
 

 

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Jeannie Mai-Jenkins took questions from her YouTube subscribers during a livestream on April 29, titled "Let's Talk About The Wedding."

As you know, Jeannie and rapper Jeezy (Jay Jenkins) recently tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony for family and friends at their near Atlanta home.

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In her livestream, she wore the same pajamas that she changed into after her wedding ceremony.

Viewers couldn't help but notice Jeannie's immodesty in her livestream. Jeannie explained that her boobs kept popping out of her pajama top because her Fabletics bra is "a little too small for me."

In response to the question about her co-hosts, Jeannie explained that the guest list was restricted to people she and Jeezy knew personally.

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She said Jeezy had a guest list of people that were "so special to him", but they weren't invited because they didn't know her personally.

Then she tried to clean it up by stating the guest list was kept small due to "Covid restrictions" in Atlanta (there are no Covid restrictions in Georgia).

Jeannie also said her co-hosts were among the first to know about the wedding because she called them and informed them beforehand.

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She said everyone will be invited to her and Jeezy's second wedding -- including her co-hosts and others outside of her inner circle.

Question: Would you go to a co-worker's second wedding if you weren't invited to the first nuptials?

Watch as Jeannie answers the question about her wedding guests below. The FULL video is here.
 

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Fans of rapper DMX, aka Dark Man X, lined the streets outside Brooklyn's Barclay Center where his star-studded memorial is being held.

DMX's casket arrived on the back of a monster truck escorted by bikers and record label executives wearing Ruff Ryders gear.

The rapper, real name Earl Simmons, died on April 9 at age 50 from a heart attack after an apparent drug overdose.

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DMX's family and friends will be in attendance at his Celebration of Life ceremony on Saturday at 4 pm ET. The memorial service is closed to the public, but fans can view the ceremony live on his YouTube channel here.

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A second celebrity tribute to DMX will be broadcast live on BET Sunday at 2:30 pm ET from a church in New York City.

Tune into the livestream here.

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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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Comedienne, actress and "Windy City Live" contributor Erica Faye Watson has died. She was 48.

The Chicago native's brother said she died Saturday after she was diagnosed with Covid-19. Her cause of death was not confirmed by a coroner, but Watson was morbidly obese.

Morbid obesity is a risk factor for Covid-19, along with respiratory disorders (such as asthma); heart disease, diabetes, smoking and HIV.

Watson died in Jamaica where she moved during the Covid-19 breakout in the United States in 2020.

She was a contributor on ABC7's Windy City Live, and appeared in the Oscar nominated film "Precious" and “ChiRaq."

"Erica was loved and adored by just so many people. She had such a vibrant, vivacious spirit," her agent, April Williams, told WBBM. "I really hope and am praying that she knew what a gem to Chicago she was and how proud we were of her."

She also hosted "Night Cap with Erica" as "Miss Poundcakes" on her YouTube channel. She talked about Black Americans who have made their exit from America and moved to Jamaica permanently on her "BLAXIT to Jamaica" episode (see below) and join their private BLAXIT Facebook group.