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Dr. Anthony Fauci was at a loss to explain why coronavirus cases and deaths continue to fall in Texas despite the state reopening.

During an interview on MSNBC Tuesday morning, Fauci was asked to comment on the positive numbers in Texas.

The MSNBC host said, "Texas effectively opened up, dropped all those restrictions and said, 'It's back to life.' And if you go to Texas, as you know, it looks like 2019. The restaurants and the bars are full and open. The ballparks are full, and yet, we've seen cases and hospitalizations since then continue to tick downward."

Fauci, senior advisor to the White House, was pressed by MSNBC to explain why the cases aren't spiking.

"Yeah, you know, it can be confusing because you may see a lag and a delay, because often you have to wait a few weeks before you see the effect of what you're doing right now," said Fauci. "There are a lot of things that go into that. When you say they had a lot of activity on the outside like ball games. I'm not really quite sure... I hope they continue to tick down, if they do that would be great. But there's always the concern that when you pull back on methods, particularly things like indoor dining, and bars that are crowded, you can see a delay, and then all of a sudden cases tick back up."

Fauci soldiered on, despite being wrong about the coronavirus in the past.

"We've been fooled before by situations where people begin to open up -- nothing happens, and then all of a sudden several weeks later, things start exploding on you."

It has been more than a month since Texas reopened. And states such as Florida and Georgia have been wide open since last summer.

Watch part of the interview below.
 

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TV personality Michael Strahan has closed the distinctive gap in his teeth by getting veneers fitted.

The "Good Morning America" host admitted his fans and family advised him not to alter the distinctive feature. But he dismissed their advice and had a temporary dental veneer fitted.

Speaking in a video documenting the process, he said: "I go home they say, don't do it, if I post something, it'll be like don't do it, if I talk to my friends, they say, don't do it, my business partner, he'll say don't do it. But I gotta do what I wanna do for myself."

Later in the video, the former NFL player showed off his new smile.

"I love it! Holy f**k!" he exclaimed.

He captioned the video: "I did it. @smiledesignmanhattan #GoodbyeGap."

Michael Strahan wants to be a role model for young people with gaps in their teeth. He recalled an experience early in his NFL career, when he contemplated closing his gap.

"I was at the dentist having him do mock-ups. I thought about it, man... I was in my twenties. I was playing with the Giants. There's so much pressure to be perfect. You can fix anything now. For me, I made the conscious effort to say, 'This is who I am.' I'm not perfect. I don't want to be perfect. At this point, I don't think my kids would recognize me without it."
 


 

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Rapper Lil Nas X sparked controversy in the religious community with his new video "Montero (Call Me By My Name)."

The Queens admitted they were wrong to co-sign LNX as a role model for their children.

The 21-year-old rapper came under fire for appearing to worship the devil in his music video. In one scene, Lil Nas X kisses the devil and gives Lucifer a lap dance.

The Queens looked puzzled and befuddled. You could almost hear them asking, how could we have been so wrong?

"It's a lot for the kids that are watching," said host Claudia Jordan.

Co-host Syleena Johnson was the most conflicted of the Queens. She straddled the line between expressing support for the LGBT+ community and condemning the Satanic message in LNX's music video.

"Who are the people that are advising him?" Johnson asked. Who is over there saying this is good?"

According to Johnson, Lil Nas X's advisors could have given him better guidance and rejected his anti-religious symbolism.

"Black folk don't play when it come to the Lord," said actress Vivica A. Fox.

"I think that he just went too far," said co-host LisaRaye McCoy, whose granddaughter is a huge LNX fan.

"...[H]e's an artist and he just wanted that shock value, which is what he fed into," she said.

"I don't want my grandbaby seeing that at all now," she said. "I'm like no, and I'm afraid that when she goes to [play] his 'Old Town Road' video, that that one is gon' play next..."
 

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A 12-year-old Miami boy is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center after he was abducted, raped and shot in the head by a Hispanic male.

Miami police say the Hispanic boy was abducted off the street around 2 a.m. Saturday in the Brownsville neighborhood of Northwest Miami-Dade County.

The boy was walking down a street when a man pulled up alongside him, forced him into a vehicle, sexually assaulted him, shot him and then pushed him out of the vehicle, WPLG Local News 10 reported.

A bystander heard the boy's screams and took him to a nearby convenience store where an employee called 911.

Local News 10 talked to the Good Samaritan who asked to be identified only as Johnny. He said he was on his bicycle when he heard the boy screaming for help.

Johnny accompanied the child to the Foodland Market at NW 47th Street and 32nd Avenue, where the boy collapsed on the ground.

Johnny, who said he didn't have a phone, noticed the boy was bleeding from a head wound. The boy told him he had been shot.

The child was wearing only a blue t-shirt, blood-stained underwear and socks.

Police are searching for a Hispanic male with long curly hair, about 30 to 40 years old, driving a black sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477.
 

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Legendary hip-hop artist Melle Mel explained why he said old skool rapper Jay Z is "overrated".

Mel clarified his statement that Jay Z, 51, is overrated during a sit-down interview with VladTV this week.

"I think a lot of rappers are overrated. Yeah," said Mel, before adding that guys like Jay Z quickly forget where they came from.

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"[T]he main problem I have with dudes like that, with a lot of these dudes, when you made it, you made it. Now you out. Forget the street guy act. You're not street like that. I'm not even a street guy, I'm a hood n***a. I'm not a street n***a 'cause I know I'm not gon' be out on the street like that. And then, to take it a step further, these guys live in the big houses, they live in the best neighborhoods, there ain't no street dudes around, but you're gonna have this street dude thinking that being on the street is the right thing to do and the right person to be? You gotta give the people that's left in the hood something to hold onto to make it out of the hood."

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Mel said Jay Z and other rappers promote a system to keep Black kids down in the 'hood while rappers move to the suburbs.

"A lot of this hip-hop sh*t made the ghetto permanent. You ain't supposed to stay there like that. That's why I say a lot of them is overrated because what they're doing is they're selling a product and then after the product is sold, now they're still thinking they got product to sell. And they don't. You live a nice life. Their kids are never going to see the inside of a jail or the inside of a public school, thank god."

Watch Melle Mel's interview below.
 

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Hot 97 radio personality Ebro Darden addressed his statements to rapper Saweetie that she says triggered her PTSD.

Saweetie, 27, was promoting her single "Icy Girl" in 2018 when Ebro asked her whether she was a "rapper rapper" or just another "pretty girl who raps a little bit."

Holding her microphone tightly with both hands, Saweetie replied, "I'm a rapper. I'm a rapper rapper."

Saweetie recalled the "gut punch" encounter with Ebro in a cover interview for Cosmopolitan magazine's April 2021 issue.

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She said she felt "ambushed" by Ebro, who told her she needed to do more to "impress" him.

"It was a really dark point in my life. I went from being so loved so quickly because of 'Icy Grl' to, on my first promo run, well, you saw the interview. The script flipped really quick, like night and day. I was like, Wait... I had PTSD from that."

Ebro addressed Saweetie's statement that she suffered from PTSD after he questioned her free styling skills.

"Apparently having an opinion on her freestyle rap gave Saweetie PTSD," he tweeted on Wednesday, "should I feel bad?"

On the Hot 97 blog, Ebro clarified the situation further.

"You want to rap and it is just 'cool,' we gone tell you," he wrote in the comment section of a Neighborhood Talk post. "So happy for her success, but that doesn't mean we can be dishonest about freestyle... love @saweetie tho."
 

 

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Sherhonda Gaulden clapped back at Wendy Williams for criticizing her son, NBA YoungBoy.

Sherhonda doesn't play about her children. The entrepreneur was a teenage mom when she gave birth to NBA YoungBoy, real name Kentrell Gaulden.

The 21-year-old father-of-7 was arrested by the LAPD after a brief foot chase on Monday in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ, the rapper was arrested on an outstanding warrant for firearms possession stemming from an arrest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in September.

At issue were two weapons police found on YoungBoy at the time of his arrest last year. He is currently in FBI custody, pending possible RICO charges.

As part of her job as the reigning gossip queen of daytime talk TV, Wendy Williams spoke on YoungBoy's arrest during Tuesday's "Hot Topics" segment.

"He's got to go to jail," said Williams. "How do you do a hot pursuit? There are innocent people out here. You could've hurt innocent people in your hot pursuit and running through people's backyards. Nobody wants that – bringing down the property values.

"And, and how is it that you do what you do with seven kids at only 21-years-old? And I wonder what Yaya Mayweather's father, Floyd, is saying about this," she said, referring to YoungBoy's 7th baby mama, Yaya, who gave birth to his son, Kentrell Gaulden Jr., last year.
 

YoungBoy's mother was furious and she checked Wendy about her comments on her son.

"F**k Wendy Williams around here letting a half-dead 90-year-old white man suck her d*ck worried about my child stop tagging me in b***h."

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In a follow-up meme after Instagram removed her Wendy diss, she wrote: "They removed my post remove her show [sic]."

She captioned the crying laughing meme: "I'm sorry she not a man I lied she a woman I quit."
 

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Dating and relationship "expert" Derrick Jaxn humbled himself in front of his wife after cheating allegations surfaced on social media.

Jaxn, who made a career out of criticizing men and doling out relationship advice to lonely women, was caught out there being unfaithful to his long-suffering wife, Da'Naia Jackson.

Mischievous YouTube vlogger Tasha K first reported the cheating rumors after a woman named Candice De Medeiros alleged earlier this month she had an affair with Jaxn.

Medeiros said she assumed Jaxn and his wife had separated. Obviously she got that impression from Jaxn himself, who has dubbed himself a "Self-Love Ambassador."

In a new video, Jaxn said he had an honest discussion with his wife about the rumors and allegations -- and apparently she's okay with it as long as the checks keep rolling in.

They appear together in the video, holding hands as he explains the error of his ways.

"I want to be clear," he says, "I'm not talking about just casually kicking it, maybe a lunch or something like that. I'm talking about as serious as sex, sexual flirtation, and meeting up and those type of things."

He added:

"It's important that I let you know I don't stand by those actions. I don't want to encourage anybody to do that. Secondly, I know I can't build a platform preaching certain things, preaching against certain things, and then, in my real life, live contrary to that."

Jaxn and his wife are pictured on the cover of his book, Heal Together: Without Hurting Each Other.
 

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Steve Harvey ripped into Kirk Franklin's ungrateful son for publicly embarrassing his father by posting an audio clip of their argument.

Harvey shared his opinion on the controversy surrounding Franklin after his son, Kerrion Franklin, released audio of the gospel singer shouting and cursing at him.

The 33-year-old also alleges that his father was verbally and physically abusive toward him.

Harvey said he called Franklin before going in on Kerrion.

"Kirk Franklin has always been there for me. So I called him. And I told Kirk -- Kirk say, 'Unc, I'm having a tough day today.' And I just called him to lift him up, to tell him, 'Nah, man, get your head up out the dirt. Because you didn't do nothing wrong.'"

He added:

"The pain that Kirk Franklin was in was for twofold. First of all, the betrayal of his son. That had to be devastating. That you would think so little of me. That you would take me in one of my rawest moments and try to destroy me by posting something that was purely between me and you."

Harvey then addressed Kerrion directly:

"And his son knew exactly what he was doing. That's why he posted it. But his son only posted the part that he thought could hurt Kirk. He didn't post the part of what he was asking of Kirk. He didn't post the part of what led up to Kirk's anger.

"He ain't posted none of the years -- like Kirk was telling y'all about the therapy. But I'm telling you for a fact -- [Kerrion] didn't post and tell you about none of the years that he's tried to make Kirk feel guilty and drag him through the mud and expect more Kirk's new family was getting this and he didn't feel like he getting that..."

Harvey continued:

"This young man -- this boy is thirty three years old. How you 33-years-old and posting something your father said. That don't make no sense. That shows you the lack of manhood that this man has."

Harvey went on to chastise the church "wit y'all righteous self" for criticizing Franklin for using profanity.

"Y'all get off Kirk's back! 'Cause I tell you right now, you're making a mistake. You come over here, you gon' get cussed smoove out!"

Harvey added: Kirk don't owe none of y'all no apology."
 

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Five Oklahoma City police officers were charged with 1st-degree murder in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager robbery suspect.

Stavian Rodriguez, 15, was shot multiple times after robbing a convenience store on November 23.

The teenager was shot after he dropped a gun and raised his arms in the air outside an Okie Gas Express in Oklahoma City.

The officers were identified by police as Bethany Sears, Jared Barton, Corey Adams, John Skuta and Brad Pemberton.

Attorneys for the cops say they opened fire when he refused an order after climbing out of a drive-thru window.

"Show us your hands, sir," one officer said. "Nobody has to get hurt. Just show us your hands."

Rodriguez raised his shirt, taking the gun out of his waistband and holding it out by its extended magazine. "Oh, don't do that," one officer said, as Rodriguez dropped the gun on the ground.

Rodriguez reached toward his back pocket when cops told him to get on the ground. About a dozen gunshots rang out and Rodriguez is heard moaning.

The shooting of Rodriguez, a white Hispanic, led to protests in Oklahoma City last year and a negligence claim against the city. "How many more?" one protester wrote on a sign held outside a police station Dec. 12.

"No one should be executed because they made 'furtive movements.' Our systems are broken and need to be re-imagined and need rebuilding," Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon wrote on Twitter last year.