Patti LaBelle Lands Major Role FELA! Play Backed By Jay-Z, Will Smith

Legendary R&B singer Patti LaBelle has joined the cast of the Tony Award-winning broadway musical FELA!. The Grammy Award-winning singer will take over the role of Fela’s Kuti’s mother (Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti starting this September. LaBelle decided the role was right for her, after seeing the show, which is executive produced by rappers Will Smith and Jay-Z, amongst others. “I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the cast of FELA! on Broadway,” Patti LaBelle told in a statement. “After seeing the show, I was struck by the choreography and work of Bill T. Jones, and the passion and joy that overflows from the stage. Fela’s mother, Funmilayo, was a strong, truly inspiring woman and I am so privileged to be able to pay tribute to her on the Broadway stage.” In June, FELA! won three Tony Awards for Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Custom Design of a Musical. The play is based on the life of Nigerian composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti.FELA!, which opened on Broadway in November of 2009, depicts Kuti as the target of 1,000 soldiers determined to put an end to his public performances at a legendary nightclub. Patti LaBelle will make her debut in the play FELA! on Tuesday, September 14th.



Demi Lovato puts Hollywood Hills home where Oxycodone overdose took place on market

Demi Lovato is relocating.

The star is reportedly selling the Hollywood Hills home where she overdosed on Oxycodone in July, according to TMZ.

The Sorry Not Sorry singer, who listed the property for $9.495 million, has not returned to the spot since the overdose incident.

Moving on: Demi Lovato (above in May) is reportedly selling the Hollywood Hills home where she overdosed on Oxycodone in July, according to TMZ

Moving on: Demi Lovato

In the past: ‘Her house is up for sale. She’s getting healthy and putting the past behind her,’ another insider told People

Demi Lovato’s drug dealer says singer ‘knew what she was taking’
‘Her house is up for sale. She’s getting healthy and putting the past behind her,’ another insider told People.

On July 24 Demi was found unconscious by friends after using Oxycodone said to be tainted with fentanyl.She was revived with overdose reversal drug Narcan and then rushed to the hospital.

After that she headed to a rehab center August 4, where is is still currently in treatment

Keeping a distance: The Sorry Not Sorry singer has not returned to the spot since the overdose incident

Upscale: Demi has listed the Hollywood Hills property for $9.495million

Leveling up: Demi stands to make a modest profit on the estate, which was purchased in 2016 for $8.3million.




Madonna At 60: Don’t Write Her Off As An 80s Nostalgia Act, She Never Stopped Causing A Commotion Long may she reign.

With the Queen of Pop now celebrating her 60th birthday, it’s inevitable that we’re going to hear a lot about Madonna’s impact both in popular culture and beyond, as fans and voices in the media reflect on her career.

There’ll be memories shared about her early days on the music scene, the initial controversies she stirred up in the 1980s and the way she handled the global fame she was met with as soon as she debuted on MTV.

Similarly, there’ll be discussions about the ways she provocatively mixed themes of sexuality and religion, her boundary-pushing imagery in the early 1990s and how she opened the door for the current crop of female musicians to be more open and candid about their own sexualities.

Then, the more “serious” chat will come, as Madonna’s more critically-acclaimed works like ‘Ray Of Light’ and ‘American Life’ are picked apart, with modern critics keen to highlight how “slept on” and “underrated” the albums are, despite both of them getting a near-unanimous positive response upon their releases

And that’s where the retrospectives will stop. Because to a disappointingly large percentage of people, Madonna’s legacy stops shortly after the turn of the millennium, even though the woman herself has never stopped writing, recording or producing music, making cultural impact and moulding the global conversation in the process.

But don’t let this disappointing ageism – the type of which Madonna has borne the brunt of for around 15 years now – stand in the way of the truth, which is that Madonna’s latter-day offerings are every bit as important in revealing who she is as an artist, and a woman, than anything else she’s done in her career.

Take, for example, 2008’s ‘Hard Candy’, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. This is the album that’s often seen as the moment Madonna stopped setting trends and began chasing them, and there’s certainly no denying that the stamp of producers Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland is all over this release. But there’s also a lot there that’s quintessentially Madonna (and we don’t just mean the rhyming of “waiting” and “hesitating” on ‘4 Minutes’).

Before you’ve even heard a note of ‘Hard Candy’, you’re greeted with the image of the album artwork, showing Madonna in a leather-look leotard, legs spread, tongue exposed as she poses in a boxing championship belt in front of a candy-print backdrop.

The woman herself would tell you that this photo is about the “juxtaposition of hardness and sweetness” but, of course, the true message was clear – the Madonna of ‘Erotica’ and ‘Justify My Love’ and ‘Human Nature’ is still very much alive and well, and that won’t be changing just because she’s on the cusp of a new decade.

‘Hard Candy’

This is even more obvious when opening track ‘Candy Shop’ starts up, kicking off with the lines, “say which flavour you like and I’ll have it for you, come on into my store I’ve got candy galore”, and trust us, there’s plenty more where that came from.

“Don’t pretend you’re not hungry there’s plenty to eat”, she sings in the second verse, alongside lyrics like “you’ll be begging for more”, “my sugar is raw, sticky and sweet” and “I’ve got Turkish delight, baby, and so much more” (yeah, we’re still a bit confused by that last one a decade later, to be honest).

While she never mentions her age directly, Madonna has always been the master of showing and not telling, and her defiant message remains clear.

This is made more explicit (though, admittedly, with regards to her dancing abilities than her sexuality) on tracks like ‘Give It 2 Me’ and ‘Heartbeat’. Both songs are chock-full of references to her endurance and persistence, and while she’s using the thinly-veiled metaphor of the club to get her point across, it’s not hard to imagine what she really means when she sings: “Don’t stop me now, don’t need to catch my breath, I can go on and on and on. When the lights go down and there’s no one left I can go on and on and on.”

Madonna on the second leg of her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ tour in 2009

Four years later, Madonna was in a rather different position when she released follow-up album ‘MDNA’. Having split from ex-husband Guy Ritchie, her relevancy was being called into question thanks to the meteoric rise of Lady Gaga, while fans were growing concerned when reports suggested she’d been focussing more heavily on her critically-panned film, ‘W.E.’ than her new studio album.

Despite this, the ‘MDNA’ album campaign got off to a flying start, thanks in no small part to Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime show, which at that time was the most-watched in history (pulling in more viewers than the game itself, not bad for a singer people had been saying was “past her best” for around a decade at that point) and serving to many as a reminder of what an incredible performance she is capable of delivering.

As for the album itself, ‘MDNA’ is Madonna’s most candid and confessional album since ‘Like A Prayer’ and ‘Ray Of Light’. She both lampoons her ex-husband on the furious ‘I Don’t Give A’ (which features a line from then-rapper-du-jour Nicki Minaj assuring listeners that “there’s only one queen, and that’s Madonna, bitch”), but also takes her share of the blame for their break-up on the more pensive and reflective ‘I Fucked Up’ and ‘Best Friend’.

‘MDNA’ also features some of the more experimental tracks from Madonna’s recent back catalogue, from the swirling beats of ‘I’m Addicted’ and the deeply intense ‘Gang Bang’ to the melancholic ballads ‘Falling Free’ and ‘Masterpiece’, the latter of which bagged her a Golden Globe.

And even though single ‘Girl Gone Wild’ isn’t exactly her most innovative track musically, its accompanying sexually-charged music video sparked the same type of conversation that Madonna has always been at the centre of.

While her detractors passed judgement on her choice to still use imagery so unapologetically sexual in her music videos (despite this having been the case for almost her entire career), and her supporters pointing out that she was being deliberately subversive and making interesting points about gender and sexuality.

Madonna in 2012, on the ‘MDNA’ tour

However, of the material released in the last 10 years, it’s 2015’s ‘Rebel Heart’ that best represents Madonna as an artist. At 19 tracks, it’s undeniably a little on the lengthy side, but this also allows us to see more sides than ever of a woman that has been in the spotlight for more than 30 years, but has always kept herself at arms’ length from her listeners.

It’s business as usual on opening track ‘Living For Love’, in which a hopeful Madonna insists she won’t let a break-up get her down over the top of a joyous dance beat, including a full gospel choir. Of course, the song took on a new meaning altogether at the 2015 Brit Awards, when the singer fell down a staircase during her show-closing performance, a moment the critics had their fun with, but ultimately proved what a professional Madonna is and always has been, “carrying on” as the song’s hook suggests and making it to the end of the performance triumphantly.

There’s more empowering self-assertion on tracks like ‘Iconic’, which opens with a bravado-heavy monologue from Mike Tyson, and the single ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’, featuring yet another guest rap from Nicki Minaj, who bigs up the Queen of Pop by using her name as an adjective to describe anything becoming of a boss.

Madonna’s performance of ‘Living For Love’ at the 2015 Brit Awards made headlines for all the wrong reasons

But while half the strength of ‘Rebel Heart’ is its reliance on the tropes that have made, and kept, Madonna a star all these years (the mix of sexuality and religion on ‘Holy Water’, the double meanings in ‘Body Shop’, the outright shamelessness of ‘S.E.X.’), the album shines most when Madonna is at her most vulnerable.

The star’s most celebrated works, ‘Ray Of Light’, ‘Like A Prayer’ and even ‘American Life’ have all been so popular because they allow us to hear Madonna singing about what really matters to her, the death of her mother, the end of her personal relationships and her fears for the world around her.

In between the aforementioned ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ and ‘Iconic’, ‘Rebel Heart’ allows us a glimpse of Madonna’s approach to her public persona and celebrity status on ‘Joan Of Arc’, where the singer admits she’s not always as tough as she appears.

“Each time they write a hateful word, dragging my soul into the dirt,” she sings, “I wanna die, I never admit it, but it hurts.”

Similarly, title track ‘Rebel Heart’ sees Madonna taking stock of her career in a way we’ve never heard before, looking back on the decisions that led her to where she is and admitting she “barely made out alive”.

Madonna leads a troupe of scantily-dressed nuns on the ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in 2016

It’s very easy, as Madonna reaches yet another age milestone, to write her off because she’s no longer setting the agenda musically, but to do so is doing one of the most exciting and significant stars of our time a disservice.

If people would be more open-minded, they’d see that in the last 10 years Madonna has continued to do what she’s always done: pushing the boundaries, breaking taboos and generally causing a commotion in the way that only she can.

And with a new album currently slated for later this year, which she recently revealed had been heavily inspired by her life in Lisbon, it doesn’t sound like she has plans to keep her head down as she enters her sixth decade.

Long may she reign.

By Daniel Welsh

Aretha Franklin Dead: The Touching Words Obama Had To Say After The Queen Of Soul Made Him Cry

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin has died aged 76 in her hometown of Detroit, but her legacy has left an impact across the entire globe.

In a career spanning 60 years she touched the hearts of every American, including several presidents.

But it was Aretha’s performance of ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ at Kennedy Centre in 2015 that got to one US leader in particular.

In a touching moment that will long be remembered, President Obama shed a tear as Aretha sang at her piano.

Speaking about the moment, Obama did not hold back about how he felt about the soul legend.

He said: “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B. rock and roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.

“American history wells up when Aretha sings. That’s why, when she sits down at a piano and sings ‘A Natural Woman’ she can move me to tears – the same way Ray Charles’s version of ‘America The Beautiful’ will always be in my view the most patriotic piece of music ever performed – because it captures the fullness of the American experience, the view from the bottom as well as the top, the good and the bad, and the possibility of synthesis, reconciliation, transcendence.”

Aretha was friends with Barack Obama and George Bush Jr

One of of her’s and Obama’s career highlights was when she played at his presidential inauguration in 2009.

She said of it at the time: “My performance? Oh boy, what an honour. It’s all but overwhelming. I think that most people — not just African-Americans — are looking and hoping for some kind of change in America, having to do with all of the critical issues that (Obama) and his administration are going to have to address, like foreclosure, the economy (and) crime.

“But I think they’re going to be highly successful. You have such an intelligent, high-level-IQ group of people. Whatever can be done is going to be done. I believe that.”

As tributes for Aretha continue to pour in, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is just one of those who has tweeted.

“Mourning the loss today of Aretha Franklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world,” she wrote.

“She deserves not only our respect but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.”

Hillary Clinton


Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.

From a long line of strong women: Beyonce’s family tree reveals her great-great-great grandmother was a slave who married a wealthy white merchant in a ‘love match’

Time and again superstar singer Beyonce has topped polls as the world’s most beautiful woman.

Few who saw the front cover of the most recent edition of Vogue, which featured a dramatic photo of the multimillionaire music icon posing in floral headdress and white Victorian-style dress, would care to disagree.

Just as captivating was the remarkably candid interview that accompanied it, in which the usually reserved Beyonce opened up about her black, white and mixed-race ancestors who hailed from Louisiana, in America’s Deep South, where a brutal slave trade flourished for nearly 150 years until abolition in the middle of the 19th century.

Beyonce explains to Vogue that her family has had its ups and downs, particularly with relationships.

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Beyonce's family tree stretching back to her great-great-great grandmother in 1800s Louisiana has shown that the singing superstar is descended from slaves

Beyonce’s family tree stretching back to her great-great-great grandmother in 1800s Louisiana has shown that the singing superstar is descended from slaves

Then she drops a fascinating bombshell: ‘I researched my ancestry recently and learned I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave.’

It was a remarkable discovery, one the Mail has investigated further and found that she is indeed descended from slaves.

We have traced Beyonce’s family tree back to 1800 and found her great-great-great grandmother, a black slave called Rosalie Jean Louis who was born that year.

According to U.S. records, she escaped from a terrible life of slavery by marrying Joseph Lacey, a well-off white American merchant. The fact he owned slaves has not been confirmed by historical records.

However, given the widespread prevalence of slave ownership among the population of Louisiana at the time and his relative wealth, this could certainly be the love match between a slave owner and a slave to which Beyonce referred in her interview.

One record shows that Rosalie’s own mother was also likely to have been a slave called Louis Mary Jean, who was not even given a surname by her slave master.

Sadly, no picture of Rosalie or Joseph has survived. However, we do know that in 1830 they had a daughter, Celestine Josephine Lacey.

Known to her family as ‘Tine’, she grew up to be a handsome woman with the same striking eyes as Beyonce.

One record shows that Beyonce's three times great-grandmother Rosalie's own mother was also likely to have been a slave called Louis Mary Jean

Celestine Josephine Lacey, seen right and known to her family as ‘Tine’, grew up to be a handsome woman with the same striking eyes as Beyonce.

Celestine Josephine Lacey, seen right and known to her family as ‘Tine’, grew up to be a handsome woman with the same striking eyes as Beyonce. Sadly no photo of Tine’s mother Rosalie survives

In the picture of her as a young woman, she looks serenely at the camera and wears a finely embroidered dress with scalloped sleeves and neckline which shows off her perfect figure and tiny waistline.

What happened next to Tine, the woman in this photograph, is a particularly intriguing part of the story of Beyonce’s ancestry.

For this mixed-race girl became the life-long mistress of a married man of French descent called Eloi Rene Rosemond Broussard, who had set up a farm in the thriving sugar plantations of Louisiana where by 1860, four years before abolition in Louisiana, 331,000 slaves toiled under the sun.

Tine was the life-long mistress of a married farmer of French descent called Eloi Rene Rosemond Broussard, with whom she had 13 children. One record implies the two may have married after Eloi’s wife’s died

Eloi had married conventionally enough in 1845, when he was 24, to a local girl called Rose Hebert. They went on to have two children.

However, in what must have provoked raised eyebrows at the time, Eloi hired mixed-race Tine as the family’s housekeeper, whereupon the two became lovers and over the years had 13 children, one a daughter named Odelia, who was the great-grandmother of Beyonce.

According to U.S. genealogist Christophe Landry, who uncovered the illicit liaison: ‘Eloi and Tine’s story is not one of rape. It is one of an open and acknowledged relationship.

‘Although Eloi had married Rose, he spent most of his adult years in open concubinage with Tine.’

Landry says Eloi and Tine never married. ‘The couple, unlike many others, did not take advantage of the 1868 Louisiana constitution which permitted inter-racial marriages,’ he says in a blog on Beyonce’s heritage.

‘But Eloi acknowledged paternity of all of his 13 children with Tina in their birth and marriage records.’

He also attended all the civil and church ceremonies for their brood of children, when he formally stated that he was the natural father of the son or daughter in question.

‘In addition, Eloi reared his children with Tine in his own home,’ says the genealogist. ‘He was present at the first of their children’s marriages in 1872 and the last before he died.’

To add to his remarkable story (for we can only wonder what his wife Rose thought of the arrangement) there is the theory that Tine — by then 43 — and Eloi, six years her senior, did marry at a ceremony in Iberia, Louisiana, in 1873.

A church record, which is disputed by Landry and other genealogists as a case of mistaken identity, has been found by the Mail. It states that their marriage took place a suitable amount of time after the death in 1865 of Eloi’s first wife, Rose.

It is yet another twist in this love story which, incredibly, survived the huge prejudices of the time against slaves, who had been brought by French settlers from Africa, and their descendants.

All this will now be known to Beyonce, who says in the Vogue interview that she is coming to terms with finding the truth of her extraordinary heritage. ‘I have processed the revelation (of slave ancestry) over time,’ she told the magazine.

Eloi died in 1904 at 79, but the woman recorded in U.S. census records as his ‘servant’ lived on.

The 1920 census recorded Tine as a single woman of 90 still living in Iberia, where she died two years later.

She left behind at least ten children still living. These included Odelia, who was by now 58 and had married Eugene Derouen, a self-employed farmer.

At this stage, the fortunes of the family appear to take a dip. The couple lived in Vermilion, Louisiana, where Odelia had 18 children, two of whom died. She never attended school and was unable to read and write.

Both Eugene and Odelia are described in U.S. records as ‘mulatto’, a term of the time to describe people with one black parent and one white parent or two ‘mulatto’ parents.

One can only imagine the difficulties they faced in this part of America, riven as it was by racial tension.

However, their youngest child was to prove a remarkable success story. Agnes Derouen, Beyonce’s grandmother, was born in 1909 and went on to become a renowned and skilled seamstress in Louisiana.

Talented and self-taught, her fame spread throughout the state where she had a host of private clients.

She made their outfits stand out by decorating the fabrics she used with unique embellishments of embroidery, smocking, lace, beads and jewelled buttons.

Her first marriage at 17 failed but her second, to a salt mine employee called Albert Lumas Buyince, endured. She had seven children including Tina, the mother of Beyonce, who has become a successful entrepreneur. Her surname is listed on her birth certificate as Beyonce, although she often uses the spelling Beyince.

As Agnes prospered, she took her family off to Galveston in Texas, where the children were sent to private school.

In an interview with Ebony magazine, Tina once recalled that her mother made altar boy robes and other garments for the church so her children could attend Catholic schools.

In a sign of her admiration for Agnes, Tina named her fashion line House of Dereon — an adaptation of Derouen, her mother’s maiden name.

A picture of Beyonce and Tina showed the two promoting the business surrounded by racks of glossy outfits. In a large silver frame on the shelf beside them is a charming photograph of Agnes in her youth.

It has been placed prominently to catch the full attention of all who see the photograph.

Yet look at Agnes (pictured in the family tree) carefully. You can see the remarkable likeness to both Beyonce and her handsome great-great-grandmother, who was born the child of a slave.




Quincy Jones Claims MALCOLM X Sold RAY CHARLES Heroin And He Got Hooked At 15!


Quincy Jones gave an AMAZING interview to GQ magazine, and it was really . . . AMAZING.In it he made some FANTASTIC claims about Malcolm X and Ray Charles:

So you would personally buy drugs off Malcolm X?

“Personally?” He nods. “Shit, everybody in the band bought it! The junkies used to call cocaine ‘girl’ and heroin ‘boy.’ That’s because they said cocaine would take you from your woman.”

So why was heroin ‘boy?’

“Because it’s masculine. It’s a strong drug. And it won’t bother you as long as you give it everything it wants. But it wants more and more all the time.”

Did you try everything over the years?

“I’ve tried everything. Amyl nitrate. Methedrine. Benzedrine. Everything. Ray had me on heroin for five months.”

How old were you then?


It’s no secret that Malcolm X was a drug dealer. While he was still alive, he used his past experiences and life in the streets to teach. In the Spike Lee-directed biopic, Malcolm X, this part of his life was shown, as well as his arrest and time behind bars. This was actually the time of his life where he found Islam.

Also in the movie Ray which starred Jamie Foxx, Ray Charles’ relationship with Quincy Jones was well documented – although they didn’t show Jones injecting heroin, just Charles and his band.

What’s shocking is how young he was at the time! Fifteen is still a baby! In the very candid interview, Jones goes into depth about Charles’ addiction to the drug – even claiming that the Georgian blues legend used to inject the drugs into his testicles!



Beyonce’s Daughter Blue Ivy Has Wardrobe Consultant, Personal Chef, And Swahili Teacher?


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By Michael Lewittes |

Beyonce’s 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy does not have four nannies, a “bevy of teachers” instructing her in French and Swahili, a personal chef who makes healthy ballerina-shaped pasta, a wardrobe consultant, and a team of four “play specialists,” despite a wholly made-up report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this over-the-top story. We’re told it’s “fiction.”

According to Star, Beyonce “spares no expense” when it comes to her three children. A so-called “source” tells the tabloid, “Each child has four nannies” at a cost of $100-a-year. The magazine also contends, “Aside from Blue’s bevy of teachers, who instruct the tot in French, Swahili, art and ballet, Bey’s hired a personal chef to cater to her picky appetite,” which includes whipping up “whole-wheat pasta in the shape of ballerinas with pureed organic asparagus and vitamin-infused cheddar cheese.”

Oh, but that’s not all. The tabloid further maintains that Beyonce has “wardrobe consultants,” who go everywhere she, Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir go, just to ensure they “change outfits a minimum of five times a day.” “The stylist is always there so Blue never has to ask, ‘What should I wear?’” especially since the magazine asserts the little girl has 400 tutus. And to guarantee the kids have fun and partake in games, adds the outlet, Beyonce foots the bill for a team of four “play specialists.”

While it’s true that Beyonce has a few nannies for her three small children, it’s nowhere near as many as the tabloids claims. Nor does Blue Ivy have French and Swahili tutors. The site also cooked up the part about the 5-year-old having a personal chef, who makes her noodles that look like ballerinas, paired with vitamin-infused cheddar cheese. For the record, anyone can buy the dancer-shaped pasta online.

Also, the little girl does not have her very own wardrobe consultant who makes sure she’s outfitted in a minimum of five ensembles a day from a collection of 400 tutus. And lastly, Beyonce hasn’t hired “play specialists” to “ensure [her kids] are exposed to fun games.” The only one playing games is Star, with the truth.

Gossip Cop understands that high net worth individuals like celebrities live a more luxurious lifestyle than the rest of us. We also suspect that the tabloid manufactured this article against the backdrop of Beyonce and Jay-Z buying multimillion-dollar homes in Los Angeles and the Hamptons. But, for the most part, the claims are just rich in fantasy. Arguably, among the reasons Beyonce is so wealthy, in addition to the vast amount of money she’s amassed from her singing career, is that she doesn’t squander cash foolishly.

In any event, Gossip Cop checked in with an impeccable Beyonce source, and we’re assured the tabloid’s claims are beyond exaggerated. Our source tells us the magazine’s article is “fiction.” Or, as Blue Ivy would say in Swahili, it’s “si ukweli” (not true).


Source:Gossip Cop

Rihanna Had A Street Named After Her, And Now Everyone Wants To Move There

Now you can “Shut Up and Drive” down Rihanna Drive in Barbados.

Pop star Rihanna had Westbury New Road, the St. Michael street where she grew up, renamed after her on Thursday.

Members of the #RihannaNavy immediately declared their intentions to relocate:

 Rihanna unveiled this plaque to commemorate the name change:

She also gave a heartfelt speech, in which she encouraged her fellow islanders to think big and follow their dreams.



Nicki Minaj’s brother is now a convicted rapist

(Photo: Instagram)

Nicki Minaj‘s brother, Jelani Maraj, was just convicted in the child rape trial that has spanned nearly the last three weeks.

On Thursday, the verdict was handed down, and Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

 His sentencing is set for Dec. 14, and he will face 25 years to life in prison

“We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process,” Nassau County D.A. Madeline Singas told TMZ.

Maraj was accused of raping his then 11-year-old stepdaughter while she was living in the same house as him. In harrowing testimony, her younger brother testified that he had seen Maraj assaulting his sister when he was just 8 years old, and the girl herself testified that Maraj had threatened to take her and her brother away from their mother.

Although Maraj’s legal team had suggested that Nicki Minaj would testify to support her brother, she never testified at the trial.


Meek Mill Ruined By Court System

Meek Mill, real name Robert Williams, is going to jail. Again. This time for up to four years for violating the terms of his probation. It’s easy to look at simply those facts and call him an idiot for getting into trouble but it’s deeper than that.

Williams’ original probation stemmed from a drug and weapons charge from 2008 – nine years ago, when he was 21 years old. In the near-decade since that arrest, Meek Mill has obviously turned his life around. He’s become a successful entertainer who has donated to various charities and performed community service numerous times.

However, he violated his probation in 2009 for simply traveling out of state, which led to more jail time and an extension of his probation.

The judge in the case, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, accused Mill of “thumbing his nose” at authority for two more arrests. The arrests came from an altercation with an aggressive fan at an airport and reckless driving in New York. The charges for the fight were dropped and the charges for the reckless driving were to be dropped pending good behavior after six months.

So in the near-decade since Meek Mill’s arrest at the age of 21, he’s become a millionaire entertainer with many philanthropic efforts, left the state without permission and had two legal issues that resulted in dropped charges. So now he has to face jail time. This is how the court system traps black men. And Meek Mill is rich. Imagine how it treats poor black men who are trying to make ends meet.



Miley Cyrus is being dragged for a post she shared following Sunday’s Texas church shooting.

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“I am aghast by the reaction of my latest post,” Cyrus writes on Instagram Monday.

Miley Cyrus is being dragged for a post she shared on Instagram Monday following Sunday’s Texas church shooting.

After a man named Devin Kelley opened fire inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, killing 25 people and leaving 20 more injured, Cyrus took to Instagram to highlight that the “terrorist act” was performed by a “WHITE AMERICAN MAN.”

Fans commented on Cyrus’ post (below), bashing the pop star for putting emphasis on the race, nationality and gender of the shooter, but Cyrus said that was her intention. “Voice” judge was met with more horror when she looked at the comments on the post.

“I am aghast by the reaction of my latest post, it is completely amazing to me how defensive and in denial this country really is!” she wrote in another Instagram post (below). “You are not focused on the horrific tragedy I addressed but more angered that I am putting a BIG bright spotlight on the fact it was a ‘WHITE AMERICAN MALE’ terrorist that walked in & killed 26 people (including children) leaving 20 severely injured! All of a sudden…. ‘we are all equal’ ‘human is human’ ‘skin color doesn’t matter’ (NOW neither does gender) ‘makes no difference if they were male or female.'”

“BUT those things absolutely matter when…someone completely legitimate is running for president (versus someone who isn’t), when a car runs over innocent people while professing their love to a GOD different from yours, it sure matters to the cops when they beat or even kill innocent people of color, it even matters at the airport/on an airplane or in immigration when folks are completely profiled & judged for their background,” she continued. “NOW it doesn’t matter if someone is a man or woman? Well that’s news to me and the HH foundation because it’s been years of fighting for gender equality and the right to be the sex you identify with or marry the one you love! There has ALWAYS been an issue with these subjects until NOW.”

“So since this tragedy has occurred (coming off the cusp of Vegas, another terroristic act by a white American male) DONT START to be all innocent!” she concluded. “Gender, race, & religion HAS and continues to matter for all the wrong reasons & that’s only the beginning of how backwards this country is! All of you are so focused on protecting yourself, you’ve completely forgotten that you’re not the only one that has to live in this country or on this planet! Aren’t you exhausted? Because to be honest I am f-cking sick and tired of starting everyday with tears and in mourning! Let’s unite! Trump never needed to build a wall for us, we’ve done it ourselves! Love!”

Taylor Swift threatens to sue writer over white supremacy critique

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 Taylor Swift is in trouble with the ACLU of Northern California, which on Monday sent a letter to her regarding her defamation threats made against a local blogger.

The blogger in question, PopFront editor Meghan Herning, wrote a post on September 5 called “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation” criticizing Swift’s lyrics and the fact that many on the alt-right have embraced her.

The post also called for Swift to denounce white supremacy, because “silence in the face of injustice means support for the oppressor.” 

Then, on October 25, Herning received a  letter from Swift and her attorney demanding that Herning issue a retraction of what they called a defamatory post, threatening a lawsuit if Herning didn’t comply. The letter did mention that it should serve as an “unequivocal denouncement by Ms. Swift of white supremacy and the alt-right,” but as Herning was told not to publish the letter, it would remain only between them.

Herning then contacted the ACLU, who stated that the threat of legal action was unsubstantiated, because the blog post was protected free speech.

“Intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable,” said ACLU attorney Matt Cagle. “Not in her wildest dreams can Ms. Swift use copyright law to suppress this exposure of a threat to constitutionally protected speech.”

“The press should not be bullied by high-paid lawyers or frightened into submission by legal jargon,” said Herning. “These scare tactics may have worked for Taylor in the past, but I am not backing down.”

The ACLU has requested a comment from Swift in response by November 13th to confirm that she will not pursue the lawsuit.


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