Bow Wow seemingly tried to pull off another Internet hoax, got exposed for it, then clowned.
It all started when the 32-year-old posted a photo of himself over the weekend at a performance, which showed him with an open shirt and ripped abs.
The post didn’t get called into question right away, but once other pictures from the concert hit the Internet and showed Bow Wow with a somewhat untoned midsection, he was accused of using Photoshopping.
The rapper and actor also deleted the picture after the chatter began, but that didn’t stop the jokes from pouring in.
“bow wow photoshopped my abs on his body. other dudes will follow,” someone tweeted.
“Who painted them abs on Bow Wow,” another person asked.
“Nobody should be surprised with Bow Wow lies anymore… but this one here,” a third person wrote.
But there were others who saw nothing wrong with the former “CSI Cyber” star getting some digital help.
“I think it’s bull sh-t women can FaceTune and give themselves fat asses but My mans bow wow can’t have fake abs!?” that person wrote.
The comment referring to not being surprised about Bow Wow’s abs pic, most likely has to do with the 32-year-old being caught in a lie before, most notably when he lied about flying on a private jet. It happened in May of 2017 when he shared a photo of a jet and a couple of pricey-looking cars
But later another person saw him traveling to New York on a commercial flight and exposed him. People then started posting similar photos where they jokingly made false claims, which came to be known as the #BowWowChallenge.
The reality star has yet to comment on the fake abs pic.
A Louisiana man who spent 17 years behind bars for an armed robbery he didn’t commit walked free and into the arms of tearful relatives Thursday after a re-examination of fingerprint evidence cleared him in a 2001 stick-up in New Orleans.
Royal Clark Jr., 42, cracked a smile and shed a few tears of his own after his conviction was overturned. As reported by The Associated Press, guards led the former prisoner, still shackled and sporting an orange jumpsuit, past an army of anxious family members awaiting his release.
“I don’t know what to say,” Clark said after strolling out of the Jefferson County Jail to the cheers and applause of family, friends and supporters. The newly freed man stood flanked by his father, Royal Clark Sr.; teenage son Royal Clark III; and sister Lakitta Clark , among others.
Clark was arrested in 2002 and convicted the following year, on his 25th birthday, in the armed robbery of a Burger King in suburban New Orleans. A jury sentenced him to 49 years in prison.
TheInnocence Project of New Orleans, which works to free wrongfully convicted defendants, took up his case in 2018 and called on the Jefferson Parish DA’s office, as well as the sheriff’s office to re-examines fingerprint evidence collected during the police investigation. Thanks to advances in fingerprint technology that weren’t available at the time, authorities were able to determine that prints lifted from a cup the perp drank from before the stick-up didn’t match Clark’s.
“We all now know what he has been saying all along — that he is factually innocent of this crime which was committed by someone else,” said Clark’s lawyer, Kia Hall Hayes, with the Innocence Project New Orleans.
The unknown prints were later uploaded to a state database, where they matched those of a 54-year-old man named Jessie Perry, who was convicted in a string of similar robberies in Harvey and Marrero.
“In light of this new evidence of innocence, the JPDA did not oppose Mr. Clark’s motion to vacate his conviction on Thursday,” the organization said in a press release.
Hayes argued Clark’s case is yet another example of the unreliability of eyewitness evidence. It was the testimony of a single witness, a restaurant worker, who misidentified Clark as the suspect more than two months after the robbery.
The witness later admitted that her attention was focused on the suspect’s gun, rather than his face.
“The risk of wrongful conviction is too great to prosecute solely based on eyewitness evidence without giving the jury the tools to properly evaluate it,” Hayes said in a statement.
Emily Maw, an Innocence Project attorney who also worked on the case, highlighted that had authorities not agreed to review the evidence, Clark would’ve remained in jail “until he was 74 years old.”
“There is currently no clear law that gives prisoners a right to ask for these forensic database searches in cases not involving DNA,” said Maw. “Mr. Clark’s exoneration has provided a second example in three months of the need for the Louisiana Legislature or the Louisiana Supreme Court to create a clear legal right for prisoners to access forensic databases in appropriate cases so that truth can prevail.”
In March, a match in a fingerprint database led Louisiana officials to vacate the conviction of Archie Williams, who was serving a life sentenced for a brutal rape and stabbing in 1983. Williams had spent 36 years behind bars.
Outside the courthouse Thursday, Clark said at times he thought he might never see freedom.
“I’m not going to sit here and lie and tell you I didn’t [give up hope],” he said. He added that through it all, he refused to let injustice turn him bitter.
“I can’t let anger direct me,” Clark said. “I can’t let my past be my future.”
His release comes just days after he celebrated his 42nd birthday on June 25, which also marked the 17th anniversary of his conviction.
“He was wrongfully convicted on his birthday,” Hayes told the court. “It’s the last birthday he will spend in prison for that crime.”
“I think I turned that corner when I got my divorce,” she explained. “I think that I realized that no matter what comes to me, no matter how big or bad it is, I have to keep moving, I have to keep living. I said, ‘No, I’m not going to stay in this marriage. I’m out of here.’ That’s what thriving is about.”
“I’m very content, and I’m happy with myself,” added Blige. “I learned to be happy with just Mary, just enjoying my own company, me by myself most of the time. I’m grateful.”
On Sunday, the 48-year-old received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, where she also rocked the crowd with a 20-minute medley that included guests Method Man and Lil’ Kim.
Some of the classics Blige sang included “My Life,” “You Remind Me,” and, of course, the single that started it all, “Real Love.”
She told People that singing those songs is a blessing, because although they’re about some painful times, they’re able to help others with their own challenges.
“To be able to touch people with what you’ve gone through and pull them though the sadness makes me happy almost. I can’t even describe it. It’s therapeutic,” she said. “To travel back and to relive something again and not have it drive you crazy is a true gift from God.”
Blige will be headlining the 2019 Essence Festival next month, and shortly afterward she’ll be on the road with Nas for two months on “The Royalty Tour.”
According to the social media talk, folks couldn’t be any more excited to see the two icons on stage, and Blige said she had no idea that her flaws would help her become a star.
“If I could tell my younger self something, I would tell her don’t be afraid of your imperfections, because one day people are going to love you for them,” she stated.
The New York native also touched on what she actually does to stay happy these days.
“I try to keep my mind positive, I stay working out, I try to eat right and treat people right,” she explained. “I have fun, too, don’t get it twisted. I go out with my friends, I laugh, I joke, I have wine. I do all of that.”
After the Orlando Police Department recently released its annual report, it was discovered that an officer who was accused of making a racist comment and twice sued for excessive force was named officer of the year. Now, Orlando police Chief Orlando Rolón is reviewing the way the department gives out yearly honors.
Officer Jonathan Mills got the award, which recognizes his 2018 accomplishments, in February, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The ODP report says Mills was honored “for being the most proactive member of his squad” as well as leading and motivating fellow cops. Yet in 2017, the officer settled two excessive force lawsuits that same year for a total of $130,000 paid out by the city. Plus Mills faced disciplinary action in 2016 when he made what was deemed a racist comment by a member of the Orlando Police Citizens Review Board.
“We routinely evaluate our policies and procedures and in this specific area. I decided that we need to improve our selection and evaluation process when it comes to awards,” Rolón told the newspaper when asked about why Mills got an award after his actions two years ago. “Going forward, I will be working with my command staff as we go through our awards policies and we will be implementing changes to those policies to ensure that the entire process is beyond reproach.”
The officer of the year honor states it goes to the police officer who demonstrates “outstanding job performance, dedication to duty, unsullied moral character, exceptional community service and professional police image.”
But Mills’ character in the three incidents in question are ostensibly not in line with those values.
In 2016, Mills was reassigned from the department’s elite tactical squad to patrol when he demeaned a Black woman’s hair during a traffic stop in March. He was also given an oral reprimand.
“That hairdo is sad. You’ve got to get your hair done, girl,” Mills was captured telling the woman he and Officer James Hyland stopped on suspicion that she was attempting to buy drugs. The Sentinel reported Mills also told onlookers that they did not know how to buy a home and his dwelling is “bigger than these two buildings combined.”
After a review, Internal Affairs decided Mills violated the department’s policy on conduct toward the public. Then-Chief John Min also assigned Mills to sensitivity training.
Board members did not feel his punishment of oral reprimand and reassignment was severe enough.
“I’m concerned as a citizen that you have a police officer that makes these comments, which I believe were racist, still patrolling the streets,” board member Henry Lim told the Sentinel at the time. “It poses a danger to the community and the police force as well.”
The next year saw the city settling two lawsuits that February over accusations that Mills went overboard with men during traffic stops.
During a 2014 incident, a man claimed Mills put his hand down the back of his trousers and sexually assaulted him as the officer searched for drugs. Documents obtained by the newspaper reveal the man reached an $80,000 settlement with Orlando. In a 2013 traffic stop, a man accused Mills of slamming him to the ground for no reason. The city said the man received $50,000.
However, the city of Orlando said the payouts were not an admission of guilt. Mills, meanwhile, affirmed he acted appropriately in both instances.
“If he received this award, what message is OPD sending to the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve?” Caila Coleman, vice president of the Orlando Citizens Police Review Board, said to the newspaper of Mill’s honor, which will not be rescinded. “I would like to believe there are other officers who were better qualified to receive such a prestigious title. Officers who have not had substantiated complaints with internal investigations for misconduct towards citizens, and blatant racism.”
As a matter of fact, it seems the pair have been throwing subtle jabs at each other on social media, which fans just happen to be paying attention to. Santana appears to be the last one in their apparent shade-throwing battle, seemingly insinuating that it was she who decided to walk away from their relationship.
She took to her Instagram Wednesday and uploaded a video of herself swimming topless on a float, apparently at her home. In her caption she mentioned when given an ultimatum to either change her behavior or leave in a situation, she was leaving.
“Change your attitude or leave,” she captioned the post. “ME: …”
Fans seem to think her post was referring to her recent apparent breakup with Budden.
“Opps the shade is real I just love herrrrr 🤣🔥😍.”
“Joe you felt this one huh 😂😩. I be moving this slow too but I’d still be like ✌️.”
“Damn @joebudden really messed up this time she ain’t comin back buddy. It was a slow leave, but a leave nonetheless 🤣.”
“Come thruuuu wit the shade lmao 😩 Cyn said she left joe.”
Earlier last month, it was reported that Santana and Budden called off their engagement after rumors of infidelity surrounded the rapper. Seemingly confirming the hearsay, Santana deleted all traces of the “Pump It Up” rapper from her social media.
Some folks believe the pair faked their breakup for the upcoming season of “LHHNY.” According to All Hip Hop, Budden went on Instagram Live a week ago and praised the show’s executive Mona Scott-Young for being a “genius” although it’s unclear as to what he was making reference to.
“Y’all know Mona’s a genius… don’t sleep,” he said before insinuating that he may get in trouble for his statement and logging off. Many fans took it as Scott being the mastermind behind his and Santana’s supposed split.
“I knew that from the beginning. The report he was cheating and the girl who he was supposedly cheating with was at the beach with her BF gave me that this is a scam for that show vibe 🤔.”
They’re currently co-parenting and share 1-year-old son Lexington Budden together.
Bishop T. D. Jakes was a guest on the show, and what he said seemed to touch the 62-year-old so much, he shared it on Instagram.
In the caption of that post, Harvey wrote “There is no better guest to have today than the inspiring @bishopjakes. When I said I didn’t know what God had planned for me, Bishop Jakes shared his powerful message why I shouldn’t know.”
And that message had to do with not letting uncertainty scare you because it’s needed for growth.
“You’re not supposed to know [what’s going to happen],” Jakes told Harvey. “Life is a mystery. If you take away the mystery and everything was certain you wouldn’t need faith. So God often puts us in positions where we don’t know to destabilize us from thinking and relying too much on what we know.”
Jakes then used a workout analogy to make his point.
“Like a trainer who starts you out on a weight machine, and then he puts you on a bench and he gives you free weights because now it’s less stable,” he explained. “The less stable it is the more muscle you build. So the more unstable your life becomes the more you have to go inside yourself to stabilize yourself.”
“You’re strong enough to withstand instability,” added Jakes. “And if you knew everything, you’d have no room for faith, for discovery, for innovation. Because creativity comes in uncertainty.”
A lot of folks seemed to agree with what Jakes had to say and thought it was incredibly accurate.
“Excellent word,” one person wrote on Instagram.
Others expressed how sad they were that Harvey’s talk show is going away.
“I am going to MISS YOU,” someone wrote under his post. “I have learned so much from you. I thank you❤️❤️.”
Elsewhere in the episode, Harvey dropped a bombshell and said he’d be giving a group of young black men full scholarships to Kent State University.
“I’ve got seven boys that I want you to meet,” he stated. “Today, my wife and I, our foundation and Omega Psi Phi fraternity, we’re sending seven African-American boys to the same school [Kent State University] I flunked out of.”
The reality star posted a photo of herself getting dolled up for her “Friends and Family” green-screen confessional. She sported a bright red blouse while posing for a selfie amid getting her hair and makeup done.
“Feelin’ Peachy today 🍑,” she wrote via Instagram, posing seductively for the camera.
Her beauty was of course praised by fans, but that was quickly over shadowed when they got distracted by the wedding ring photographed.
“Love the 💍!! You trying to tell us something..”
“OMG she jumped the broom?! Atlanta housewives here she come!”
“Robert and Toya coming soon as a married couple. I see the bling chile its beautiful! U bouta jump da broom huh……..well CONGRATULATIONS!”
Wright quickly shutdown marriage and engagement speculations, writing in the comments, “It is beautiful but that’s not mine. That’s my hairstylist ring.”
Folks didn’t buy Wright’s explanation, feeling she was trying to downplay her alleged engagement. One fan even commented, “Girl that’s your ring stop lying!! Stop running from that man and commitment! Girrlllll that’s your husband the real one!🙌🏼❤️ he love you and it shows.”
However, the gag is that the hand shown in Wright’s photo, isn’t even hers, it’s merely her hairstylist clearly brushing her hair back from her face.
It’s not surprising fans assumed the 36-year-old mother of two was married. Her storyline on this season of “Friends and Family Hustle,” has been centered around her fear of marrying long-time companion Robert “Red” Rushing after her previous failed marriages to rapper Lil Wayne and music producer Micky “Memphitz” Wright. She divorced Wayne in 2006 whom she shares 20-year-old daughter Reginae Carter with and music producer Mickey ‘‘Memphitz’’Wright, whom she divorced in 2016.
The 36-year-old and Rushing, who’s the owner of 2 Commas clothing brand, first began dating in 2017 and welcomed their baby girl Reign Rushing into the world on Feb. 8, 2018. It was rumored the couple had gotten married, but Wright confirmed this season on “Friends and Family Hustle” that she and her partner are apparently holding off on marriage for the time being and are focused on their current business ventures such as their “Weight No More” 5K walks.
A 13-year-old Maryland boy is using his passion for all things sweet to serve up a slice of joy to the homeless and less fortunate in Washington, D.C.
Michael Platt of Bowie said he’s always loved to bake. So, at the tender age of 11, he launched his very own cupcake business called Michael’s Desserts.
According to the Good News Network, Platt’s bakery runs on a one-for-one business model, meaning that for every pastry sold the teen donates one to someone in need. But his goodness doesn’t end there.
Platt has partnered with Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit No Kid Hungry to help distribute his tasty pastries. Once or twice a month, he visits local homeless and domestic abuse shelters to hand out baked treats to children and their families.
“I know I like cupcakes, but also cupcakes are part of a child’s childhood,” he told The Washington Post in a recent interview. “So they should get them.”
Other than providing a coveted sugar rush, Platt said his business is focused on helping those in need. The teen, who’d spend his afternoons mesmerized watching YouTube baking extraordinaires, is also well versed on the issuues of income inequality and childhood hunger.
So, he found a way to link the two things he cared about most.
“I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” Platt added. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, ‘How does this touch other things?’”
The teen mostly fills orders (about 75 a month) for people in the Washington area, providing cupcakes and other treats for special events. His most common request is for birthday cakes, he told the Post.
Platt also sells cookies by the dozen. Word of mouth has helped his business boom in the last two years, so much so that’s he’s even shipped out-of-state orders.
The teen’s mom said Platt completely “threw himself into baking” after severe epilepsy forced him to withdraw from school. Most of his favorite activities — diving , tree climbing and gymnastics, went out the window too.
“It was a very, very difficult time,” she told the newspaper, explaining that Platt was first diagnosed in the sixth grade.
But Platt found something new. Baking makes him feel calm, he said.
Each month, the teen baker offers customers three types of treats: they can choose between buttery shortbread cookies, a fan favorite; a “chef’s choice” pastry that Michael switches up every four weeks, or that month’s edition of what he calls “freedom fighter cupcakes.”
Platt bases his cupcake and its flavor off a prominent historical figure of his choosing, a sweet sort of homage. June’s freedom fighter is renowned poet and author Maya Angelou, who is honored with a banana pudding cupcake. Nelson Mandela gets a classic chocolate cupcake in November, while MLK Jr., gets a sweet potato-filled cupcake in January and February.
Platt first found his knack for baking when he was 9 years old while baking with his grandmother, and the rest is history.
The teen, who’s homeschooled, spends much of his time in the kitchen, but admits sometimes he’s grows tired of it. However, when he’s ready to quit, he said he remembers a homeless boy he met while handing out cupcakes.
Just a few days later, Platt said he received a message from the boy’s father saying his son was impacted by Platt’s example and now aspired to be a baker.
“That inspired me,” the young baker told the Post.
Debuting on the VH1 series in 2017, the Mexican-American tattoo artist has seemingly found her way in the middle of drama. If fans can remember, she received a mass of backlash for her constant use of the n-word last season, which she eventually apologized for after refusing to do so several times before. Although 9MAG owner Ryan Henry, put her on a leave of absence after the incident, he ultimately extended an olive branch to her to come back to the shop, but she disdainfully declined, saying she quit.
She however fought for her spot back at 9MAG, getting rehired by boss-man Ryan Henry and apparently has still managed to get into explosive altercations, especially with her arch nemesis Charmaine Walker.
Already getting into multiple fights with Walker earlier this season, Barrios seemingly decided to add one more on her list and instead got into a heated altercation with Walker’s fiance Neek Bey. During an event for Henry’s 9MAG brand in Miami, Florida shown amid Tuesday night’s episode, Barrios came seconds away from trying to put her hands on Walker’s fiance for an apparent social media spats that happened between them off-air. She claimed the tech entrepreneur was talking trash about her on Instagram after her fight with Walker last season for constantly saying the n-word.
Barrios confronted Bey at the event, calling him a “b–ch” and walking towards him in a threatening manner, appearing as if she wanted to attack him. She was eventually escorted from the club by security before things took a turn for the worst.
“Black Ink Crew: Chicago” viewers felt Barrios was in the wrong for confronting Walker’s fiance in a combative manner and demanded she be given the boot due to her constant explosive outbursts.
“WHY IS LILY STILL AROUND???????? 🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️ all she ever does is fight and stir up s–t! I refuse to watch the show with her still around kick her off already!”
“Lily is toxic af I can’t believe Ryan hired her back. Smh I really hope she isn’t on here next season cuz I cant stand her ass.”
“Lily is really just a problematic person overall Neek didn’t even say nothin to her…she’s so full of drama. She needs to be off the show and on somebody’s couch.”
“Sorry not sorry-I’m sick of Lily’s angry ass 😡!!!! She stays on 12 for no damn reason!!!! Always jumping in somebody’s face, always mad. I’m sorry I’m not watching anymore she gotta go!!!”
R&B singer K.Michelle has made headlines for her outlandish and outspoken personality on the popular reality television series “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta,” and for her music. The Memphis, Tennessee, native has also been the topic of surgeries gone wrong. The songstress had four surgeries in 2018 to remove botched black market silicone butt injections. Now the 34-year-old is flaunting her post-surgery body that shows that she’s looking better than ever.
On June 26, the VH-1 reality star took to Instagram posing for a before bed selfie. She rocked a messy natural hairstyle, a white tank top which she held up to showcase her stomach, and black underwear. “Flaws and All. Before bed, we selfie. Bed head! Happy weight 😝,” she wrote for her caption before hashtagging “#tanispopping.”
While K.Michelle embraced her flaws, fans of the singer couldn’t recognize anything wrong with her post and praised her for looking effortlessly flawless.
One fan explained that K.Michelle has “been fine forever 😍😍.”
“Wtf flaws is this lady talking about?” another fan wrote.
“Flaws where?? 😍”
“Omg, you’ve evolved into perfection! Proud of you! I’m always gonna be rocking with you.”
Fans were ecstatic to see the singer embrace her natural beauty. In a 2012 interview with People, K. Michelle stated that she used to believe altering her appearance would boost her career. A man in Atlanta offered to inject her butt and hips with silicone.
“He wasn’t a doctor — it was black market, it was these ‘hydrogel’ injections — that’s what they were being called,” she told People. “When I found out my favorite rapper did it, that’s when I decided, ‘I’m getting it done.’” In 2017, the singer started to experience fatigue, migraines, back, and leg pain. Doctors then explained to K.Michelle that the silicone had spread down her legs, “damaging her tissue and threatening her health.”
In January 2018, a doctor recommended that K.Michelle try liposuction to remove the silicone, but the silicone spread further in her body. A few weeks later, she was rushed to the emergency room, where she had to get two blood transfusions. In April, she had three more surgeries to remove dead tissue.
“It’s the scariest thing in life, and I’m a tough girl,” she said.”I had these lumps, and I was very disfigured.”
While embracing her flaws, K.Michelle has reflected on her journey into recovery and making choices on her body based on the most popular trend at the moment.
Great to see things are looking better for K.Michelle.