Ashanti ‘Bodies’ Her Versace Fashion Look: ‘We Call It a Blackout’

**High-Fashion Ashanti Steals the Show From Pricey Cars as She Models Versace at Supercar Show

*Ashanti Dazzles in Her Black-and-White Versace Jacket

If R&B singer Ashanti is known for only one thing besides music, it’s definitely fashion.

The “Still On It” singer has walked some of the most prestigious award shows, sporting high-fashion brands like Balmain, Tom Ford and her seeming favorite, Versace. She was recently was spotted again in wear from the luxury Italian brand.

The 38-year-old artist attended a supercar event earlier this month in New Jersey hosted by TopGearPorsche Imports. She definitely made her appearance known, seemingly posing as a model in front of the luxury vehicles. She went for a modish fashion look, wearing a white-and-black print Versace bomber that retails for $2,395, a lace bralette, black latex pants, and black thigh-high Giuseppe boots that go for $1,795.00.

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Ashanti. (Photo: @ashanti/Instagram)

She accessorized her ensemble with a pair of black oversized Anna-Karin Karlsson sunglasses that go for about $800, an apparent gold pendant, and an oversized watch. She wore her hair in sandy blond beach waves and seemingly opted for a mid-glam makeup look.

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Ashanti. (Photo: @ashanti/Instagram)

Ashanti wrote in her Instagram caption on Thursday “Candidly…” while adding a black heart and flag emoji.

Fans slavered over the “I Got It” musician’s fierce look.

“Ashanti bad af 😏😍,” one fan commented underneath her photo. “We call it a straight blackout ♥♥♥♥.”

Another added, “A Porsche & Ashanti… two goals both exotic owww 🌀🏁 always slaying sis 😍❤🔥.”

“When Everything in the pic fly 😍👌 u look like a buggatti, million bucks,” another added.

Someone else commented, “Always with the dope fits💫😍 she always slays!”

Ashanti has been going all out with her looks this year and it could be attributed to her comments she made in 2018 about stepping out of the “box.” She told iHeart radio in March 2018, that she would be “trying different looks and shooting different kinds of visuals” in her music and fashions.

“I did a shoot where I’m standing on the ledge of a building, you know, one wrong move [and] it would have been over,” she said. “But I think it’s just really important nowadays to touch people [and] bring something new to the table. And, you know, bring it.”

She also collaborated with Miss Circle in December for a sultry yet glam fashion line.

“My motto has always been to stay classy and sassy and sexy, not trashy,” Ashanti told Page Six. “I think that I always try to inspire women to be bosses and demand respect. You can still be sexy and swaggy and be the boss.”


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Kamala Harris Lands Diverse Endorsements in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris announced Thursday the rollout of a slate of endorsements in South Carolina, including one of its longest-serving black lawmakers.

The senator from California hopes the support will show her ability to reach broad sectors of the critical early-voting state.

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In this Friday, March 8, 2019, photo, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, speaks at a town hall gathering in Hemingway, S.C. On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Harris announced a slate of backers for her presidential campaign in this early-voting state, including three state lawmakers. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Harris’ campaign told The Associated Press that she is being endorsed by a trio of black legislators: state Reps. Pat Henegan and J.A. Moore and state Sen. Darrell Jackson. Also backing her campaign are former gubernatorial candidate Marguerite Willis and Berkeley County Democratic Chairwoman Melissa Watson.

Harris, who announced her candidacy in January, is among a sprawling field of Democratic presidential contenders building a base of support in South Carolina, which is home to the first primary in the South and is the first test of candidates’ appeal with a primarily black Democratic primary electorate.

Last week, state Rep. John King became the first sitting lawmaker to make an official 2020 endorsement, announcing his support for Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. On Thursday, state Rep. Terry Alexander told the AP he’s backing Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as he did in 2016.

All five Harris backers will serve as co-chairs of her campaign in the state, something that the campaign said shows her ability to appeal to a base that’s diverse in geography, age and ethnicity. Willis, who is white, and Watson, who is black, hail from the eastern and coastal regions of the state. The lawmakers represent central and eastern regions and range in age from 34 to 71.

In prepared remarks provided by the campaign, all five supporters said they were drawn to Harris’ plans to increase teacher pay.

Jackson, in office for 27 years, is the state’s longest-serving black senator and is pastor of Bible Way Church, one of the state’s largest and most influential African-American congregations. He said Harris’ teacher pay plan “would finally treat teachers with the respect they deserve” and praised her proposal to address “the needs of teachers working in economically disenfranchised schools where kids need increased support and attention.”

In discussing her education plans, Harris has singled out the area along Interstate 95 in South Carolina known as the Corridor of Shame because of its underperforming schools. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently toured the region, which gained that name from a 2005 documentary that depicted decrepit conditions and deteriorating buildings.

“You know, right here in South Carolina, we need to pay our teachers what they are worth,” Harris told attendees at a North Charleston town hall last month, adding later: “For most of us who ever have a microphone like this in our hands, we have never achieved this kind of success without the teachers and the public education system that made us who we are.”

In remarks provided by the Harris campaign, Watson, a public school teacher, said she backed Harris’ proposals to “treat teachers like the professionals they are.” Willis also mentioned Harris’ plans for teachers and called her “the candidate willing to speak truth to power.”

Henegan, a former educator who, like Harris, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest black sorority, will reach out to that wide network as well as organize in rural communities, according to the campaign.

Moore, a small-business owner whose sister was among the nine churchgoers slain in the 2015 Charleston shooting massacre, is a progressive who, while aggressively courted by several other campaigns, told the AP he was backing Harris in part because he sees her as the best force to take on President Donald Trump.

“She has a record of standing up to bullies,” he said.


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Snoop Dogg Tricked Matthew McConaughey Into Smoking Weed: ‘You Rapped For 13 Hours Straight’

Snoop Dogg and Matthew McConaughey, who star in the movie “The Beach Bum,”  stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday and told a funny weed story.

McConaughey plays the character Moondog in the film, while Snoop plays someone named Lingerie, and in the first scene of the day Lingerie is supposed to turn Moondog on to “the magic weed.”

Matthew McConaughey said that Snoop Dogg replaced his movie prop weed with real weed. (Photo: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” YouTube page)

But to keep the actor’s from reciting their lines high, fake joints were used — at least that was supposed to happen until Snoop secretly replaced the phony joints with real ones.

“So the scene goes on and right after the scene I feel like I’m not sure if that was prop and Snoop goes ‘Yo Moondog, that wasn’t prop weed that was Snoop weed.’ I said ‘Buckle up ’cause here we go.’”

The Oscar award-winner then explained just how high he really was at that point.

“I didn’t say another word of English for the rest of the night, and you said I rapped a lot?” he asked Snoop. The rapper then told him he “rapped for 13 hours straight.”

McConaughey also said it took him until 5:30 p.m. the next day to actually catch his breath.

Then on that same day, he asked the “Gin and Juice” creator how the rest of the night went after that first scene, and Snoop told him he “Hit four inside the park home runs.”

At this point, it shouldn’t be any surprise Snoop loves his weed, as it’s been a part of his brand since his 1993 debut album “Doggystyle.” He also got into the legal marijuana business early, and in 2015 released his own strains called Leafs by Snoop.

“The Beach Bum” opened in theaters Friday (March 29), and you can listen to Snoop and McConaughey’s story below at the 6:50 mark.


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Uncle and Nephew Who Have Been Imprisoned for Crime They Didn’t Commit Finally Released After 42 Years

A Florida man and his nephew are finally walking free after they were jailed for 42 years after being convicted in a murder they did not commit.

Clifford Williams Jr. and his nephew, Nathan Myers, have long maintained their innocence in the 1976 shooting death of  Jeannette Williams as well as the shooting of her roommate, Nina Marshal. Marsha identified the uncle and nephew as the shooters who fired into the apartment in an ambush.

Now, thanks to an investigation by the Innocence Project and the State Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Unit, the men have been set free Thursday, March 28 News4Jax reported. The unit found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove the men were guilty.

“Justice demands the granting of these motions,” Circuit Judge Angela Cox said after announcing she was vacating their convictions.

“My mother, she died while I was on death row. I just wanted to get out and be with my … kids. There wasn’t nobody but them,” 76-year-old Williams, who was 34 when convicted, tells reporters after leaving prison.”

Myers, now 63-years-old, was 18 when he was sentenced.

The two men were convicted of the murder. However, Clifford Williams Jr. and Myers were at a party during the shooting. The men’s alibi was corroborated by a number of witnesses at the party at the time.

Myers got he and his uncle’s case heard by writing the State Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Unit in 2017 asking for a review. The office launched an investigation a year later. Along with the Innocence Project, which absolves the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and improves the criminal justice system to prevent continued abuses, the team looked over the 43-year-old case.

The unit spoke with witnesses and re-examined evidence, including the ballistics report that showed the bullets came from one person and that they rang out from outside the residence, rather than inside the room. A review of the case also reveals that evidence was never brought up during the trial. Additionally, it was discovered that Nathaniel Lawson told friends of Williams Jr. and Myers that he actually committed the murder.

The original police report from 1976 confirmed Lawson was near the scene of the shooting. Despite his admission to others, he was never charged or investigated for it. Lawson has since died.

Under Florida law, Williams Jr. and Myers could receive $50,000 per year and a maximum of $2 million for having spent more than four decades incarcerated for a crime they did not commit.


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Rasheeda Frost Gives Fans of Her Style Four Reasons to Call Her a Fashion Boss

Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” actress Rasheeda Frost recently put together some of her best fashion looks, making it hard for fans to select their favorite.

Frost, who’s been deemed a fashion icon in the eyes of some fans, created an Instagram post on Thursday of her top four favorite fashions fits she’s sported this year from her Pressed clothing boutique. Her first look included a yellow tie-dye shirt with the word “honey” plastered on it, light-washed denim joggers, a denim shirt around her waist, and pink-denim open-toe sandals.

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Rasheeda Frost. @rasheeda/Instagram)

For her second look the 36-year-old sported a blue tie-dye shirt with the word “positive” printed on it, dark denim distressed shorts and vibrant orange ankle booties. For her third fashion look she flaunted a pair of hot pink stiletto pumps with a multi-colored, silk-element dress. For her fourth outfit she chose a pink tracksuit embellished with a red, sequined mouth and paired it with nude pumps.

“Which look would you rock 1,2,3 or 4 ????” Frost asked fans before adding, ” Four of my favorite looks all available now at PRESSEDATL.COM 🔥😘😍 #pressed #style #atlanta #houston.”

The reality veteran received over 2,000 comments on her post from fans who selected their favorite outfit.

“1 and 4 but, they All Fly 🔥🔥❤,” one person wrote underneath Frost’s post. “I love your beautiful styles . Favorite since day one.”

“2 is me all day and 1 for sure but I would rock ALL ..you rocking them all out girlie 😍!”

“You Look great in them all but the way my body set up 🤣🤣🤷🏽‍♀️ im need #1& #4 😊.”

Others had a hard time picking their favorite look.

“All of em🤷🏽‍♀️! U rock them all so good @rasheeda.”

“Neither because everything you wear well won’t look as good on someone else.. 😉💕.”

“I can’t decide 😫 there all bad ❤. Keep up the fashions Rasheeda. Bosschick.”

Frost’s currently owns two Pressed boutiques in two different locations, one in Atlanta and the other in Houston. She really veered into the fashion industry after retiring her rap career in 2016.

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Rasheeda Frost attends Gold Room on May 21, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)

Despite her music days being behind her, the star said her passion for fashion actually stems from working as a rapper.

“I’ve always loved clothes — especially starting out originally in hip-hop,” she told Footwear News in 2017. “I think it all just came together — the fashion, the lifestyle and the music. I used to be really into accessories. I always needed the big earrings, the necklaces and the bracelets — I always felt like the accessories just topped my outfit off.”

However, her style, which she described as “tomboy chic,” has evolved drastically since her younger days.

“I can splurge a little more on certain things,” she noted. “But I think as I’m getting older, I’m just more comfortable with who I am and I know the things that I like, and I never try to reach. I never try to let clothes wear me. I always try to do my own thing.”


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‘I Know What I Bring to the Table’: How Amanda Seales Carved Her Own Path in Comedy

Amanda Seales hasn’t been the comedy game for very long, but in just four short years she’s managed to separate herself from the pack.

The star of HBO’s “Insecure” scored a few acting gigs early in her career before becoming an MTV VJ on MTV2’s ” Sucker Free Countdown.” Formerly known as Amanda Diva, Seales also dove into music, releasing the EPs “Life Experience” and “Spandex, Rhymes & Soul” along the way.

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Amanda Seales has been touring the country performing stand-up. (Photo: Elton Anderson)

But in recent years Seales has made comedy her main gig as she balances work on television — including an upcoming hosting gig on NBC’s comedy competition series “Bring the Funny” — and her podcast “Small Doses.”

Presently, the comedian is on the road for her stand-up comedy tour, which has included sold-out shows in Houston and Chicago. Upcoming stops in Atlanta and Los Angeles, and Washington also are sold out.

Speaking to Atlanta Black Star Friday, March 29, ahead of her show at the West Palm Beach Improv in Florida, Seales dished on how she’s created her own lane in the comedy world.

“I know what I bring to the table. I’m good at using humor to talk about things,” she says.

Seales’ unique brand of comedy melds together history, academics and pop culture references. That is highlighted in her delivery on her Instagram Story gems, where she’s covered everything from men’s expectations of receiving unconditional love to the issue of white hairstylists claiming to have knowledge of Black natural hair care.

That ability has helped her land her first HBO stand-up special “I Be Knowin’,” which debuted to praise from fans and critics alike on Jan. 26.

As for what she’s most proud of, Seales says it’s her staying power.

“I’m still here with my integrity intact,” she said.

The comedian will perform at Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre on April 4 and 5.


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N.C. Pizzeria Faces Boycott After Calling Police to Fire Black Activist Who Was Targeted by Pro-Trump ‘Deplorables’

A Charlotte, N.C. pizzeria has found itself caught in the middle of a bitter political battle between a group of President Donald Trump supporters and a former employee who’s a political activist.

In the last few weeks, Pizza Peel owner Will Bigham said his restaurant has been roiled by what began as a months-long fight on social media that quickly devolved into an all out war words between the two sides. Now, the pizzeria is facing boycotts after a former bartender claims he was unjustly fired for defending himself against the pro-Trump group.

“It’s like a little microcosm of where we are in this country,” Bigham, who heads restaurant  group Stomp, Chomp and Roll,” told the Charlotte Observer.

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Former bartender Andrew Woods said his protest isn’t about his firing, but instead about the police being called to be present for his firing. (WSOC-TV / video screenshot)

On March 25, former bartender Andrew Woods led several dozen protesters inside the restaurant after he was let go by Pizza Peel. Bigham insists Woods was fired for “inciting violence,” however, the former mixologist claims he was canned after standing up to his political adversaries who allegedly sent him death threats on Facebook.

“If they will do it to me, they will do it to people more vulnerable than me,” he told the newspaper.

Woods, a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter, said it all started when the opposing group started leaving negative reviews about the restaurant after learning that he worked there. Deplorable Pride, which describes itself as a “conservative LGBT voice,” was upset over an alleged post on Woods’ personal Facebook page calling for “brutal harm [to]” all white, Republican Trump supporters.

In response to the angry phone calls and negative online reviews to his employer, Woods posted online video inviting Republicans and white nationalists to fight just blocks from the restaurant, The Charlotte Observer reported. That’s when he said his managers called him to to talk about his social media activity.

Woods was fired later that night — and the police were present for it.

“When The Pizza Peel Plaza Midwood called the police to threaten me because they are apparently writing a book called ‘WE ARE REALLY FUCKING UP PRETTY BAD HERE, ROB LARSEN; THE PIZZA PEEL SAGA – a brief guide for small business owners on how to gift-wrap yourself into a package that says ‘Lawsuit me harder, zaddy xp,’ ” the bartender wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

Woods is now planning a boycott, which his says is less about his firing and more about the fact that officers were called to be present for his firing.

“I’ve been fired, I know how to take a firing, that’s not the problem,” he told local station WSOC-TV. “The problem is the weaponization of police against me as a person of color.”

Protesters stormed the pizzeria Monday chanting “Black Lives Matter” before presenting the restaurant group’s owners with a list of demands, including donations to charities benefiting the homeless, required training for led by Black women, and the display of Black Lives Matter placards at the restaurant.

Woods met privately with Pizza Peel management in during the protest and said the owners refused all of his demands. The former bartender has since promised to return with a more intense protest.

In a statement, Bigham explained that Pizza Peel management dialed police 15 minutes prior to their scheduled meeting with Woods “out of concern” for the safety of customers and fellow employees. Three Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers arrived shortly before managers informed Woods of his termination.

“Our mission is to intentionally spread the love – and that’s love for everyone,” said Bigham, echoing the motto of his restaurant group. “Hate against hate is never gonna win.”

Watch more in the video below.


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Who Wore It Best?: ‘LHHNY’ Star JuJu and RHOA’s Marlo Hampton Have Fans Seeing Double

Love and Hip Hop: New York” star JuJu Castaneda and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” guest Marlo Hampton had fans seeing double after the pair stepped out in the same pair of woolly white Yves Saint Laurent boots.

Now folks are struggling to decide who won this look.

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Reality stars Marlo Hampton (left) and JuJu Castaneda offered two different looks with their furry knee-high YSL boots. (Images courtesy of Instagram / @marlohampton @iamjuju_)

Both ladies turned heads with the fashion-forward footwear, which features fringed Ostrich feather strands covering a white velvet knee-high boot. Pop star Rihanna, 32, rocked the statement shoe just one week after they debuted during YSL’s Spring 2018 fashion show in Paris, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Castaneda paired the boots with an icy white mini dress featuring a plunging sweetheart neckline cut-out. A pair of custom diamond-encrusted chains graced her neck while gold rings glistened on her thumb and forefinger. Plus, her gilded watch, gold charm bracelets and shimmering pair of Dolce and Gabbana shades were also hard to miss.

“Still going bad on em’ anyway 😎 #Juju,” the reality star captioned the post.

Meanwhile, Hampton went for a more minimalist look and rocked the boots with an off-the-shoulder dress from the award-winning House of Chapple fashion house. A cute clutch bag, two bracelets and a pair of diamond earrings were all the RHOA star needed to tie the look altogether.

Fans went crazy over both of the women’s looks and chimed in on who they thought wore it best.

“Juju has on to many Accessories — Marlo✨,” one fan wrote.

“Marlo got this. Buttttttt I like where juju was going with it!,” said another.

One fan simply couldn’t choose, writing: “Both! Slayed 2 different ways.”

One user commented that “both looked horrible,” while another argued that Marlo took the cake because Juju “looks like a drunk Jamaican.”

“Marlo for this one,” another fan agreed. “It’s Juju’s style (I get it), but sometimes her accessorizing takes away from the outfit. Love where she was going with it minus the jewelry.”


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Joseline Hernandez Has Fans Extremely Nervous After Posting Video Shoot With Baby Bonnie Bella

Reality star Joseline Hernandez spent a little mommy-daughter time with her 2-year-old mini-me Bonnie Bella this week, but their activity had some fans a bit concerned.

In a video posted to Instagram, the “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” alum frolicked on a boat alongside her toddler daughter as the two jammed out to Westside Connection’s “Gangsta Nation.” At one point, Bonnie hops up on the top tier of the boat to join her mother, who was busy shaking her groove thing to the beat.

The two hold hands and dance some more together under the cloudy skies.

“Haters can’t see us!” Hernandez captioned the video.

Though the mother-daughter duo appeared to be having fun, fans couldn’t help but express their nervousness about little Bella being up so high.

“Yo I know you got her, but I was so scared watching her up there 😩,” one fan wrote.

“Beautiful but she needs a life jacket,” another commented. “What if the boat rocks to hard from a wave?”

“I KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT THERE BUT BONNIE SHOULD HAVE A LIFE JACKET ON BOO …,” one woman echoed. “MADE ME A LIL NERVOUS … NO JUDGMENT OR SHADE I JUST KNOW THE DANGERS.. MY FATHER WAS BOAT PATROL ON A SKETCHY RIVER. YOU’RE BOTH BEAUTIFUL STAY SAFE 💕

Others commended the “Puerto Rican princess” for great parenting skills and lauded her for communicating with Bonnie Bella in her native Spanish tongue.

“You’re a good mommy ❤ and I love how you made sure she was close enough for you to grab her if needed,” said one fan.

“I love that she’s teaching and speaking to her in Spanish,” another chimed in. “Yessss make that baby bilinguallll.”

One use opined: “People are still going to find something negative to say about this video. Keep living your best life con tú hija mientras they are watching from their couch ❤

Watch more in the clip below.


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Lil Scrappy Looks Nervous in Pool as Baby Breland Learns to Float, Fans Can’t Help but Laugh

Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Lil Scrappy had fans in stitches after looking “scared to death” as his 6-month-old tackled floating in the pool on his own.

More and more parents have begun enrolling their infants in swimming classes due to accidental drowning being one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 14, Fatherly reports. Scrappy and his wife Bambi appear to be among that group of parents as they signed up their son Breland Richardson for water acclimation courses.

Bambi took to Instagram on Wednesday with an adorable video and photo of baby Breland overcoming the pool on his own. The little one was recorded on camera, dressed in regular clothing for survival week in this swim class, where infants learn to float in the pool on their own. The 6-month-old was placed inside a mini-tube float while he managed to stay above water without the help of his parents. However, Lil Scrappy seemed a little on edge the entire time as he stood behind his son in the pool.

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Bambi, Breland Richardson, and Lil Scrappy. (@adizthebam/Instagram)

The “No Problem” rapper eventually lightened up, putting his hands around his mouth in a stunned manner, realizing that his 6-month-old was floating on his own. Bambi wrote in her Instagram caption, “Yayyyyy!! @princebreland graduated today. No more tadpoles. . he’s officially a #swimboree 🏊🏽‍♂️!”

Fans underneath the star’s comments cheered baby Breland on while in stitches over his father’s nervous facial expressions.

🤣 Scrap face is priceless he was hella nervous 😂 too cute. Go breland❤!”

“Scrappy face he looks so scared 😂 but at the end he was soooo proud of his son! His face is priceless 😩.”

“@reallilscrappy watching close! His face is too funny. Man I love Black families!”

“But scrappy in the back looking so proud and scared at the same time 😭😍 y’all adorable.”

Lil Scrappy and his wife Bambi welcomed their baby boy into the world on September 21, 2018, on his mother‘s birthday. Bambi delivered their son in just three pushes.

Nowadays, the “Money in the Bank” artist seemingly appreciates being on father duties, considering that he was in a severe car accident last July that left him in a wheelchair.

“This is why I love being a dad, my kids really give me that attention and love that a parent needs lol,” he wrote in an Instagram post in February, tagging his son and 13-year-old daughter Emani. ” @princebreland @official_emanii love y’all.”


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