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Ever since Soulja Boydissed Drake on “The Breakfast Club” in January and went viral, it seems he’s regained some of his popularity. But the rapper also had some legal troubles, and since March he’s been locked up twice for probation violation.
If that wasn’t bad enough, his home in Agoura Hills, California, was broken into a few days after he was sent to jail for the second time, and the thieves took a long list of pricey items.
According to TMZ, someone who was watching the rapper’s home phoned police on Monday to notify them of the break-in, and in the end the suspects took $500,000 worth of necklaces, high-end watches, earrings, and $100,000 of cash from his safe.
They also stole the rapper’s iPhone, got into his IG Live account and recorded themselves.
In a video, the men can be seen laughing, joking and mocking the “Pretty Boy Swag” rapper, all while his followers watched. It hasn’t been confirmed if those same people are the actual crooks, but police suspect them to be.
On top of that, the suspects have been contacting Soulja’s famous friends and telling them they’re his new artists. They’ve begged those people for features as well and said Soulja wants them to post their music video on their Instagram pages.
News of the break-in comes just days after other people hacked into the 28-year-old’s Instagram page while he was still locked up.
On Monday a man and woman who are different from the burglary suspects, said they’ve secured Soulja’s private Instagram information and want him to pay $1,000 to get it back.
The rapper was sent back to jail on Thursday, April 11, almost two months after police searched his home and found ammunition, which violated his probation. The authorities were at Soulja’s house after a woman said he held her hostage, an accusation for which the rapper was never arrested.
Soulja’s probation stems from 2014 when police found a loaded gun in his vehicle.
The suit, which was filed in the Alameda County Superior Court Friday, states BART has a legal obligation to protect its passengers from assault, the East Bay Times reported April 12.
“This lawsuit is part of Nia Wilson’s family’s commitment to hold BART accountable for cleaning up its system. No one else should have to suffer because of BART’s failure to protect its riders from harm,” attorneys Jonathan Davis and Robert Arns from San Francisco-based Arns Law Firm said in a statement Friday.
Crowell, who was a serial fare evader, attacked Wilson and her older sister, who had been coming back from a birthday celebration for the now-deceased victim’s late boyfriend. Police said Crowell “struck very rapidly” as the siblings exited a train at MacArthur station.
Later, detectives discovered a knife at a construction site close to the station that was used in the attack.
Wilson was slashed across the neck and bled out on the platform. Her sister, Letifah Wilson, was stabbed in the neck, but she survived.
The lawsuit says Crowell should never have been able to get into the transit station and he should have been prohibited from entering at the turnstiles. The filing, which was made after the family filed a complaint with BART that was not given a response, states that Nia Wilson’s death was preventable since there is a lack of proper safety measures at the turnstiles to stop criminals from entering transit system.
The claim states the attack is not a “horrific anomaly” but it occurred as part of “a serious and endemic public safety problem.”
In order to solve this problem, the filing proposes BART enact policies to prevent crime. It also wants the establishment of the Nia Wilson Crime Statistics Notice, which would alert the public to accurate and current criminal activity at each station.
Additionally, the suit says the Wilson sister’s father, Ansar El Muhammad, arrived at the station to discover Nia Wilson covered in a blanket in a pool of blood and her sister cloaked in blood. The father, as well as other family members, say they’ve suffered serious emotional distress as a result of the incident. The family is also seeking monetary damages.
BART chief spokesperson Alicia Trost told the East Bay Times that the transit agency is unable to speak on pending cases.
“We continue to express our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Nia Wilson. However, we do not comment on potential or pending litigation,” the Trost said.
As for public safety issues, BART has recently begun cracking down on fare evaders, the San Francisco Chronicle reported April 8. The security blitz is set to last for several weeks and serves as an effort to reassure riders of the transit line’s safety and police presence as well as taking aim at those who skip out on fares. It’s estimated that passengers who evade paying for rides lead to $25 million in lost revenue annually.
Crowell was charged with first-degree murder in the incident. He is currently awaiting a mental competency hearing on April 19, KTVU reported.
An Illinois state’s attorney is moving forward with her plan to expunge misdemeanor marijuana convictions in her Chicago district, but Kim Foxx and her office is still working on how exactly to make that happen.
The Cook County politician told the Chicago Sun-Times Monday that the office won’t overturn the convictions all at once. But she said the plan is to begin the process in the months ahead.
To make it happen, Foxx, who in January announced her support for the legalization of marijuana, told the newspaper her office plans to have the nonprofit, non-partisan Code For America do the task.
According to Foxx, Code for America “can help us find some infrastructure support of being able to look at the [Cook County] clerk’s office, Dorothy Brown’s office, to be able to identify batches of people who are found or convicted of the statutory code for possession of marijuana.”
Code for America seeks to use technology to improve government. In February, the organization used a powerful algorithm to help expunge more than 8,000 convictions that date back more than 40 years, Mashable reported. The move was made after recreational weed was approved in California due to Proposition 64, which passed in 2016. The legislation opened the door for those with past cannabis convictions to be overturned.
Foxx said Code for America will work with her office to identify misdemeanor cases and estimates more than a thousand sentences could be tossed.
“The question is, how far back can we go? How far back does the data go — which will give us what our universe looks like? But we’re in the process of figuring that out,” she said.
One of the prosecutor’s spokespeople, Kiera Ellis said to the Sun-Times that Foxx’s office and Code for America have not yet signed a formal agreement. Maria Buczkowski, the organization’s spokesperson, only confirmed to the paper that the nonprofit is in discussions with Foxx’s office.
Along with overturning convictions, Foxx’s office will review its policy on indicting those arrested for the sale of pot, but it is in the early stages. Still, Foxx said she wanted to review her office’s policy “in light of the fact that legalization looks like it’s becoming apparent.”
“The next iteration of this is looking at those sales … We don’t want to be on the back end of trying to figure out what to do,” she said.
Still, not everyone is on board with her plan.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 serves more than 10,000 Chicago police officers. Its president, Kevin Graham, said the union doesn’t support Foxx in her expungement endeavors.
“Even if the law changes, that does not change the fact that these people knew they were breaking the law, were arrested and convicted once again disregarding the hard work of police officers, who may have been injured while apprehending these offenders,” Graham told the Sun-Times via email.
He added the union’s officers “will only enforce the laws that are on the books.”
“If the laws change that is up to law makers and the Governor, but it is not up to the Cook County States Attorney,” he added.
Towanda and Traci discussed the matter on SiriusXM’s “The Jenny McCarthy Show” April 11, and they said their youngest sister has been coddled by their mother, Evelyn Braxton.
“Tamar’s the baby,” Towanda explains in the Thursday episode. “So everything that happens she calls Mommy and tells Mommy.”
Host Jenny McCarthy stated Tamar has “an explosive personality,” which Towanda agreed about. Both Traci and Towanda affirmed Evelyn babies Tamar.
“We wasn’t allowed to hit the baby!” Traci exclaims.
“Our parents taught us how to treat Tamar, ” Towanda says before saying she’s put an end to the babying cycle.
“I’ve broken it,” she says. “We’re creating boundaries. You’re not a baby, you’re the youngest. There’s a difference.”
Fans applauded the sisters for putting limits on their youngest sibling.
Tamar has clashed with her siblings throughout the latest season of “Braxton Family Values,” culminating in her getting up and walking out of a family mediation session headed by Iyanla Vanzant. Tamar disclosed on “The Wendy Williams Show” last September that her molestation as a child was brought up, and that’s what led her to leave.
“This is not a typical Tamar meltdown walkout situation,” Tamar said at the time. “I’ve been battling myself on whether or not I want to say really what happened or not because everybody wants you to be political … a lot of things happened in my childhood that I was too afraid to talk about or too ashamed to talk about. But the truth of the matter is that I have been molested by both sides of my family.”
It’s not clear if the “boundaries” Towanda spoke of had any influence, but by the end of 2018, Tamar was looking to turn over a new leaf and mend her relationships with her siblings, beginning withTrina Braxton.
Still, Tamar seemed to regress when she got upset about Trina getting engaged as the Braxtons celebrated Tamar’s birthday in Napa Valley last month.
“It’s ungrateful and juvenile to undermine the fact that you two amazing people found true love and deserve each other and all the happiness in the world I love u both so much and congratulations, ” Tamar said in part.
There’s no doubt that Naturi Naughton‘s career launched into the stratosphere when she took the role of Tasha St. Patrick on the crime series “Power,” but long before that she developed a fan base as a singer in the group 3LW.
It has been quite some time since the New Jersey native was heard on a new album or single, but on Sunday she said new tunes are on the way. Plus, the producer Eric Hudson, whom she grew up with in East Orange, New Jersey, will be handling the production responsibilities.
“Blessed2 be working with my AMAZINGLY talented friend @ehudsonmusic,” wrote Naughton . “We grew up in Jersey at #NewHopeBaptistChurch (in E.O.) together and NOW, 20 years later, we making HITS!!! #NaturiMusic #ComingSoon #EricHudson#Jersey #LetsGooo #StayWoke .”
Although folks usually express how much they love the actress and singer on “Power,” they showed equal excitement about the new music she’ll be dropping.
“Cant wait to hear your solo music @naturi4real …time for you to shine..back into the music I will support,” someone wrote under the post. “One of the beautiful ladies in #3LW God Bless You.”
“Can’t wait to hear this!! I wanna be one of the first to play this! #Jersey #EO,” wrote someone else.
Some people also brought up Naughton’s former 3LW group member Kiely Williams, whom Naughton spoke about on Sunday during an episode of TV One’s “Uncensored.”
The “Power” star said that some years ago Williams threw a plate of chicken and mashed potatoes in her face during a disagreement. It’s something that Williams denied, but people have been blasting her anyway.
“20 years later and a b-tch still worried about you!” one person commented. “Yasssss girl let them know you making hits tuhdayyy.”
“Sis doing movies, shows and music..If I was Keloid I would be bitter too,” someone else weighed in. “Ha! Thought she was the chosen one. playa pleathe”
As far as “Power,” it’s scheduled to return sometime this year.
The television personality apparently has a new man in her life, and she’s been flaunting her new love all over social media. Over the weekend, Hernandez took to her Instagram and posted a video of her and her new boo, who is thought to be known as DJ Ballistic Beats, at dinner together. In the video, she sipped a glass of wine while urging her new love interest to say hi to her fans.
“Come here bae, say hi to the girls,” Hernandez told her man, who hesitantly threw up the peace sign at the camera.
The celeb added in her caption the hashtag, “#LoversAndFriends.”
Fans of the self-proclaimed “Puerto Rican Princess” claimed they were happy to see her move on from her ex-fiancé Stevie J. to her new beau.
“@joseline that’s you? He’s fine. Happy to see you happy you deserved better than Stebie! Can’t wait for your show .”
“I’m so happy for you boo he way better looking than what’s his name.”
“Yes, he’s better looking than Stevie J happy to see you moved on.”
“Joseline you look so much lighter in spirit…since you’re not with Stevie . You look amazing…and you have a Glow! I’m Happy for you and Bella.”
“You look so happy and beautiful. So proud of you Joseline glad you leveled up from Stebie . Wishing you and Bonnie abundant Blessings! Love ya!”
It’s unclear how long Hernandez and her new boo have been dating, but it seems the couple are happy together.
As far as Stevie J. goes, the pair are still at each other’s necks. They were off and on for years before officially calling it quits a few months before she gave birth to their daughter Bonnie Bella in December 2016.
Over the past several months, Hernandez has claimed Stevie has been a neglectful father to their 2-year-old daughter. A few weeks ago, she claimed Stevie hadn’t seen the toddler in over a year and that his wife, singer Faith Evans, was the one paying his child support.
Stevie has yet to address Hernandez’s claims of his not being present in their daughter’s life, and the two apparently aren’t in contact.
Lee’s new year got off to a bad start after Georgia officials indicted her on multiple child abuse charges in January. To make matters worse, she was arrested last month after violating her bond by showing up to court drunk.
Despite the celeb’s slew of legal woes, she’s still managed to cope with her issues by apparently putting her energy into music. Amid her current incarceration, on Monday Lee announced her new single “Pressure” this month.
In the song she raps, “Tell the little b–ch whatever which little b–tch got pressure we can get it poppin right now tell the little b–tch whatever.”
The television personality wrote in her Instagram caption on Monday, “ Miss y’all and thanks for all the love and support. #Pressure.”
Her song was declared quite a bop with fans.
“Yess Tommie this is a hit shxt okay sis!”
“Favorite person right now downloading this song as week speak!”
Many of Lee’s supporters also rooted for her to stay on the right track in hopes for her music career.
“This is fire Tommie no lie but we just need you to stay consistent & you’d be the hardest out !”
“If only she could stay out of jail and she’d be one of the best in this rap shxt. Big facts .”
“Wish she’d put more energy into getting herself well for she can kill this music game.”
“Se would be the bomb and rise if she stay out of trouble much love tommie .”
As of now Lee is currently sitting behind bars due to her bond violation last month. She has agreed to enroll into a mental health program, according to TMZ, and apparently is seeking treatment. Before she was indicted on multiple charges of child abuse in January, she was said to have been diagnosed with some sort of serious mental illness. The news source doesn’t specify what the illness is.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Testimony in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home has shined a light on officers’ actions at the scene and raised questions about whether they were trying to protect one of their own.
The incident commander turned her body camera off when talking to Mohamed Noor in the moments after the July 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, while other officers told him not to say a word, according to prosecutors and court testimony. Many responding officers turned their body cameras on and off at will; one had his camera recording while headed to the scene and shut it off upon arrival.
“These are extremely troublesome things,” said Phil Turner, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor in Chicago who is not connected to the case. “They’re law enforcement officers and they are supposed to enforce the law equally, whether someone is a sworn law enforcement officer or not.”
Noor, 33, is on trial for murder and manslaughter in the death of Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who was shot while approaching the squad car that Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, were in. Defense attorney Peter Wold said in his opening statement that Noor heard a loud bang on the squad car and feared an ambush. But prosecutors say there is no evidence of any threat to justify deadly force.
Noor and Harrity did not turn on their body cameras until after the shooting.
The shooting got instant international attention, led to the forced resignation of the city’s police chief, and led to changes in the department’s policy on body cameras. It also raised questions about a “blue wall of silence” as prosecutors said they had to convene a grand jury to compel officers’ testimony because many refused to provide statements.
Turner found this allegation troubling, saying officers around the U.S. have been covering for each other for years. He pointed to the aftermath of the 1991 police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles. An independent commission found the code of silence among officers to be “perhaps the greatest single barrier to the effective investigation and adjudication of complaints” about police behavior.
“It’s the same thing, even back then,” he said. “It’s been going on for a long time.”
More recently, Chicago was rocked by claims of a cover-up in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder at a trial in which several officers reluctantly testified against him. A judge later acquitted three officers of staging a cover-up, dismissing as just one perspective the dashcam video of Van Dyke opening fire as McDonald walked away from police and continuing to fire after the teenager crumpled to the ground.
At Noor’s trial, some officers have described arriving to a hectic, confusing situation in which they didn’t initially know Damond had been shot by an officer. Officer Jesse Lopez told Noor: “Just keep to yourself. Keep your mouth shut until you have to say anything to anybody.”
Prosecutors have also raised questions about the noise that Harrity later told investigators precipitated the shooting. Harrity initially told the incident commander that the officers got spooked, prosecutor Patrick Lofton told jurors. But the first mention of a possible slap on the squad car came not from Noor or Harrity but rather from others at the scene who made assumptions about what happened, according to Lofton. The first time Harrity mentioned anything about a loud noise on the squad car was days later, when he spoke with state investigators.
Prosecutors also have told the court that about 20 police officers refused to talk to investigators and met with union officials to discuss withholding information.
Union president Lt. Bob Kroll, who is listed as a possible witness, told The Associated Press he could not comment. But in an interview with the Star Tribune, Kroll dismissed the idea that officers were withholding information.
“That’s an easy sweeping statement to make and without some concrete hard evidence, which they won’t find in this case,” Kroll said.
A police spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Body cameras have been seen as one way to counter the “blue wall.” Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who was the assistant chief at the time, testified that officers should have left theirs on. Arradondo said that under the department’s body camera policy at the time, officers were expected to hit record when conducting traffic stops or “any sorts of contact where an officer believes that there may be an adversarial situation that develops.”
But officers were given wide discretion. The revised policy requires officers to activate the cameras in most public encounters. Still, it gives officers latitude and says they can temporarily deactivate their cameras to discuss an incident with a co-worker.
Sgt. Shannon Barnette, the incident commander, was asked Tuesday why she turned her camera on and off. She said the department’s policy on cameras “was confusing.”
In court documents, Judge Kathryn Quaintance cautioned prosecutors against making arguments about a general code of silence among officers based on their behavior at the scene. Prosecutors argued in court documents that statements and behaviors of some officers show bias as to why certain evidence was not gathered or kept.
“The jury should question the credibility of any officer’s testimony if he or she demonstrates an unwillingness to give full or truthful testimony because of a bias toward police,” prosecutors wrote.
The “Love and Hip Hop: New York” star is known for his hilarious jokes and witty comebacks. He recently had fans in stitches after jokingly poking fun at a white fitness instructor who attempted to master a hip hop dance.
Samuels took to his Instagram feed on Tuesday and uploaded a video of the white instructor supposedly teaching folks how to milly rock. She swayed her hips from left and right and whilst she “slapped the air.” The only problem is that her attempt at milly rocking apparently was an epic fail.
“This young lady is teaching the millie rock… as of today I would like to throw the whole Internet away,” Samuels wrote in his caption. “ Sincerely yours Safaree Samuels YOU SUCK! .”
Fans chimed in underneath the celeb’s comments with their hilarious reactions.
“What in the unseasoned is going on ma’am ya Millie is some on rocks it’s a wtf is this Alex for 800.”
“What in the lima bean is goin on omg take this down she destroyed the whole dance routine! Naaaaah son.”
“Oh oh oh mii Goshh. Just throw the whole post away try the bunny hop becky, it’s more your speed .”
“What n da rewriting of history is going on heh???sooo… we been doing it wrong this whole time??? sike!”
When Samuels isn’t being the funny man on television or the Internet, he’s busy being a fiancé to his soon-to-be wife VH1 reality star Erica Mena. The pair got engaged in December after the New York rapper proposed to Mena on Christmas Eve with friends and family around.
The “No Regular Girl” rapper told fans on Dec. 26 that he and Mena already set a wedding date, although he did not confirm the date.
Mena says one thing she loves about Samuels is playful character.
“He makes everyone laugh,” she told People magazine in February. “He loves to joke around and dance.”Checkout the video below:
“Lauren London that’s baby, though,” said Black earlier this month. “She ’bout to be out here single. She fittin’ to be a whole widow out here. I’ll be the best man I can be for her. I’ll give her a whole year. She might need a whole year to be crying and sh– for [Nipsey.]”
Then on the same day, T.I. reprimanded Black on Instagram and told him that he’s “out of pocket” for his words and to fix things “expeditiously.” He also removed the Florida rapper from his trap music museum in Atlanta shortly afterward.
Then later, Black responded and said Tip was upset because he “wants first dibs” on London. And all of that resulted in the Grand Hustle boss previewing a diss track against Black last week.
It’s something the 21-year-old responded to on video and said T.I.’s “f–ggot-ass little sons” should’ve written the song.
Then on Monday night, Black came back even even harder with a diss song of his own called “Expeditiously,” where he also mentioned The Game, who called him out over his London comments as well.
“Willie said my name on the TV that boy a bold witness / On the news he T.I.P. me that boy got no feelings / Put the pole on lil buddy, they said The Game strippin’ / Old head ain’t hittin on nothin’ I say them boys kiddin,” rapped Black.
“Tiny that b-tch ugly as hell / I don’t even want Piggy,” he spit.
After Black’s song made the Internet rounds, a lot of folks left comments on T.I.’s Instagram page.
“Come back Kodak just dissed you ,” someone alerted the veteran rapper.
“Kodak got you out here looking real weak on something you started,” wrote someone else.
But others went at Black and all the people who co-signed his T.I. diss song.
“How was kodak right by calling his kids out of their name?” one person questioned. “He could have left that out. Plus he called Tiny (who bothers NOBODY!) out of her name! Only ones agree with his foolery must be on the same drugs he is clearly on.”