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When 2019 is wrapped up and end of the year lists describe which artists did what, Missy Elliott‘s name will most likely be included.
Because on Thursday she was the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, just a month after she received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.
The Hall of Fame ceremony was held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, and Elliott received praise from people like Queen Latifah and Michelle Obama, who said the Virginia native has been a huge inspiration for young girls.
“Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” said the former first lady in prerecorded video. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”
Elliott eventually took the podium and, just like the 47-year-old said in her Berklee speech, she was confused that people were honoring her.
“Every time I come up to a podium, even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she said with wet eyes.
During another part of the ceremony, buzzed-about rapper Lizzo took the stage, along with Da Brat, to perform Elliott’s 1997 cut “Sock It 2 Me.”
Of course, Elliott has been a musical force on both sides of the studio console since the ’90s. Her first album was 1997’s “Supa Dupa Fly,” and she released five albums after that, which all came with groundbreaking music videos.
Elliott has also racked up five Grammys, penned songs for icons like Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson, plus she’s broken a bevy of new acts throughout her career.
On top of that, each of her six albums has gone platinum, and she’s the only female rapper who’s accomplished that so far.
VH1 reality star Malaysia Pargo is serving face, and fans are here for it. The “Basketball Wives” cast member took to Instagram on June 11 showcasing a black and pink ornately patterned two-piece pants set from Fashion Nova. @fashionnova 2 piece pants set…… My Mind is prettier than my Face. And my Soul outshines them Both. I have No Worries, 😉,” Pargo wrote for her caption. Pargo also rocked a gold hand bracelet, hoop earrings, and a simple makeup look.
over 50,000 likes, fans flooded her comments to give their thoughts.
your freaking gorgeous!!!! Woman Crush EVERYDAY!!!!!” one fan wrote.
fan commented that Pargo was the “baddest one on the basketball wives😍😍🙌🙌🔥🔥”
This is 🔥🔥🔥”
One fan noted that Pargo’s ’fit and pose was “a whole mood 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽”
new look drew more compliments than her previous post of her rocking a red
Gucci bathing suit while at
Nikki Beach Saint Barth. “Something about sand & beaches 🤷🏽♀️,” Pargo’s caption
read on Instagram.
February of 2019, social media learned that luxury clothing brand Gucci had
included in its fall/winter collection a wool balaclava sweater that resembled
media users took to Pargo’s comments to let her know that she’s wrong for
supporting the brand.
wearing Gucci smh,” one user wrote.
with Gucci!!! 🤷🏾♀️,”
another user stated.
you wrong for the Gucci boo!!.”
the swarm of comments criticizing Pargo wearing Gucci, she still hasn’t deleted
any of her pics rocking the brand.
Rappers such as 50 Cent, Souljah Boy, and T.I. have criticized Gucci and even advocated the brand be canceled. ATL rapper Future was the exception and also went on air during a live interview at Streetz 94.5 to make it known that he’s not canceling Gucci.
“I bought Gucci before it got canceled, so I’m still gon’ wear it because that’s my money,” he said. “If you wanna give my money back then we can talk because I’m a businessman. So you can buy my clothes back if you want me not to wear it, but you can’t tell me. Because I don’t feel like they did it out of ill intentions, but it ain’t for me to judge.”
Fans will be able to check out more of Pargo’s look on the premiere of season 8 of “Basketball Wives” June 19 at 8 p.m. EDT on VH1.
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri may be facing a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
On Thursday, the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California, to secure the championship. But when Ujiri tried to celebrate on the court he was stopped by a local police officer.
According to CBS News, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office are the ones pursuing the battery charge, and they’ve accused Ujiri of shoving the officer twice, as well as hitting him in the face.
The officer — whose name has yet to be revealed — also said Ujiri didn’t have the proper credentials to access the floor. But in two separate videos he’s seen holding what looks to be an I.D. badge in his hand.
In one clip, you can see the Raptors’ president and the officer tussling. The cop is then restrained by another man, and Ujiri walks on the court, where he’s greeted by Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.
Ujiri is also seen in a second video watching the game from the tunnel and appears to be holding that same badge. But the officer said he refused to show his credentials when asked and that’s when the alleged shoving began.
“We were told to strictly enforce the credentialing policy and not allow anyone onto the court without a credential, so our deputies were doing that,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “Our deputy contacted Mr. Masai Ujiri as he attempted to walk onto the court. He had no credential displayed, and our deputy asked for his credential.”
“Mr. Ujiri didn’t produce them and pushed our deputy out of the way to gain access to the court,” he added. “At that point, our deputy tried to stop him and pushed him backward and then Mr. Ujiri came back with a second shove, a more significant push, that with his forward momentum, his arm struck our deputy in the face.”
But according to Greg Wiener, a season ticket holder who was at the game and claimed to witness the incident, the cop is the one who initiated the shoving and he never asked for Ujiri’s credentials.
“[Ujiri] had [his credential] in his hand and his hand was down by his side,” he told USA Today. “It looked like he was trying to get it up. As Ujiri came forward, the cop stepped forward and put his hand on his chest and basically said, ‘Nobody can go past this point.’ He just stopped him. Ujiri didn’t say anything, he didn’t get his badge up, then the cop kind of pushed him back, then Ujiri shoved him. I mean, hard.”
“The thing that I’m pushing back on, is where they’re saying that the cop asked for his credentials,” added the witness. “Yeah, he didn’t ask. There was no conversation at all. [I] didn’t see Ujiri strike the officer in the face. The cop initiated the contact, no doubt about it.”
Elsewhere in his statement, Kelly said that he decided to “take the high road” and not arrest Ujiri because doing so on national television wouldn’t have been in “anyone’s best interest.”
Of course, whether the district attorney will bring charges against the Raptors’ president remains to be determined. So far the Raptors have yet to release a statement about the incident but said they were fully aware of it.
That’s because he and Cassie were together on and off for more than 10 years, and she began dating Fine just a couple of months after they split. But it turns out that Combs had kind things to say about the baby news.
Cassie made the big announcement Wednesday on Instagram in a photo of herself and Fine. “Can’t wait to meet our baby girl. Love You Always & Forever,” she wrote.
Fine also posted news about his unborn daughter and included a lengthy open letter that included promises to shower her with kisses and show up to every sporting event and dance recital.
On Thursday many believed that Combs took a shot at his ex by posting a sermon that had to do with being patient in life. Based on the comments underneath, some believe the rap mogul was explaining why he split with Cassie and never married her.
Whether that was the case or not isn’t clear, but according to his post on Friday it doesn’t seem like Combs is bothered much
“Congratulations @Cassie and Alex. I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless ❤️❤️❤️ L O V E,” he wrote.
Apparently, when Combs and Cassie dated, the mogul indirectly hired Fine to be her trainer, which is how Cassie and the fitness buff met. It’s also been said that Cassie began fooling around with Fine while she was still with Combs, which she reportedly denied.
Under the 49-year-old’s post about Cassie and Fine, a lot of folks gave him compliments.
“Okay let them mf know @diddy we grown round here nothing but love positive vibes an blessings!!! #salute,” someone wrote on Instagram.
“@diddy you are A REAL one,” a second person commented.
But others thought he was actually hurt about the pregnancy and was faking it.
“He mad mad on the low.”
“You did this publicly on your page to control the narrative. Narcissistic. A text would have been fine.”
About six months after a lawsuit was filed against the city of St. Louis, a judge has ruled that jails in the city cannot hold inmates because they cannot afford to bail themselves out.
The class-action suit was filed on Jan. 28 with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. In it, plaintiffs David Dixon, Jeffrey Rozelle, Aaron Thurman and Richard Robards alleged they remained detained in the city’s two jails because they could not muster up the cash for bond.
The inmates alleged in the suit that the city as well as named defendants that included Commissioner of Corrections Dale Glass and Sheriff Vernon Betts “violated their constitutional rights to equal protection and substantive and procedural due process by detaining them after arrest without an opportunity to challenge the conditions of their release.”
As the suit waged on, Robards and Thurman were released from jail in February after lawyers came to an agreement give them bail hearings.
On Tuesday, June 11, U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig determined St. Louis jails should be prohibited from holding inmates just because they can’t bond themselves out. Dixon, Rozelle, Thurman and Robards were granted class-action status, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Flessing wrote about the sheriff’s deputies who instruct inmates not to speak or ask for a bond reduction at their initial hearing.
“Ample evidence in the record shows that the duty judge presiding over initial appearances rarely considers information about an arrestee’s financial circumstances because the bond commissioner rarely provides it and arrestees are instructed not to speak,” she wrote.
Now officials have one week to hold new detention hearings for current inmates in the city’s two jails. Additionally, the ruling notes any newly arrested persons are required to have a hearing within 48 hours of their detention. In her decision, Fleissig wrote that inmates can continue to be held if they are deemed a danger to the community or if there is no other option to guarantee they arrive at their hearing.
St. Louis officials, citing the administrative difficulty of holding hundreds of bond hearings on such a short time frame and the possibility that they prevail upon appeal, asked the judge on Thursday to extend her one-week deadline to 30 days or put her order on hold.
“The city has operated this racist and predatory scheme for decades and cavalierly destroyed the lives of countless thousands of people, disproportionately impacted black people, and not made St. Louis safer,” said one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Thomas Harvey of the Advancement Project, in a statement to The St. Louis American. “This is the first step in ending wealth-based pretrial detention and closing the Workhouse [the St. Louis Medium Security Institution] permanently.”
Skyy clearly has no problem strutting her assets on the ‘Gram, although others may have one. She took to Instagram Thursday afternoon with a video of herself in a purple metallic thong, cowgirl hat, black leather gloves and topless while seductively dancing to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
She wrote in her caption, “Imma gonna ride ‘til I can’t no more.”
She also shared another image of herself with her cowgirl outfit on and tagged celebrity photographer Dennis 247 of Atlanta.
Skyy’s post instantly received a mass of criticism from fans who disapproved.
“Why yhu always naked sis? 🤷.”
“Girl just do porn 😂🤣 you so trashy! You on this MF Everyday Naked B.”
“Well damn yu gone be naked in every picture… so much for leaving something for the imagination.”
“Where’s your daughter sis? You got a whole baby. Can you get attention any other way besides showing yall naked bodies.”
Speaking of Skyy’s mothering skills, fans seemingly accused her last month of neglecting her 1-year-old daughter.
The 24-year-old mother was spotted in Chicago living her best life without her daughter baby Alaiya Grace by her side. Folks instantly questioned the toddler’s whereabouts.
Skyy, however, had explained during the latest season of “LHHNY,” which premiered late last year, that her daughter, who has special needs, stays with Skyy’s grandmother while Skyy travels for gigs or club appearances.
But there are other fans who come to the model’s defense against critics.
“Everybody saying Alexis is a bad mom can relax. She gets paid to model and go to clubs 🤷🏽♂️,” a fan said.
“Exactly people wanna hate her so bad,” another supporter chimed in. “She always post her baby.
After taking a break from posting each other on their social media pages, the “Love and Hip Hop” couple is back to their normal routine. The “Hunnid” rapper took to his Instagram story on Thursday and posted a sweet video of himself trying to get all his fiancee’s perfect angles with a camera.
While seemingly snapping a few photos of Mena in a form-fitting red minidress, she apparently had a hard time posing in her stiletto heels. Her legs were also somewhat shaky while striking her stance.
Fans also pointed out how “knock-kneed” she looked, claiming that her knees angle inward.
“The knees + the stance looks like her legs are broken 🤷🏾♀️,” one fan wrote.
Another added, “She have deer 🦌 legs to me no shade yall bombing doe.”
“I hate her shape her legs look like a newborn baby deer legs.”
“They both look awkward never knew Erica had knocked knees all that lipo gone have her knees creating fire 😂.”
Although folks bashed Mena’s appearance, she appears to embrace her flaws.
Just last week, she posted a photo of herself showing off her stretch marks and blemishes on her skin. She wrote in her caption, “I sent this. He told me to post it. 🤑 swimsuit & scarf,” adding that Samuels loves her physical imperfections.
A mass of fans commended the 31-year-old reality star for seemingly being courageous in sharing her post.
“Them stretch marks jus made u sexier! Love the natural beauty and stretch marks! 😘 you are beautiful!”
As of recently, both Mena and Samuels have been in the middle of planning their nuptials. A fan asked why the pair had been so absent from social media, and Mena replied, “Wedding planning is so stressful.”
Angela Simmons, the daughter of Rev. Run of pioneering hip-hop group Run-D.M.C., is facing quite a bit of backlash for her apparent provocative antics.
The 31-year-old reality actress clearly isn’t shy about her flaunting her natural body on social media despite the flak she often receives. Tuesday evening, she uploaded a sensual video of herself prancing around in an orange and pink bodysuit. The garment hugged Simmons’ curves and showed off quite a bit of her cleavage.
She proceeded to seemingly pan her camera phone on her body while twirling her hair back and forth. She then shifted her bodysuit, fixing her cleavage at one point during the video.
“🎶 Hit the gym and get your shape back⚠️,” she wrote, adding the hashtags in her Instagram caption, ” #MeTime,” “#MiniVaca,” and “#builtnotbought.”
Fans clearly took issue with Simmons’ sexy post.
“So what’s this all about Angie 🙄.”
“We need more covered up videos smh. Rev Run is still Rev I wonder what he would say about this video? smh.”
“Yu tryna pulling it closed now u knew how it fit before u got on IG.. 🤷🏿♀️ girl u know what u doing n this is not queen behavior.”
“She so stuck on herself and always tryna show off her body 🙄 girl put a shirt on or somethin.”
“She looks bomb ! You what the problem is? Yall don’t even know who she is , judging by what see. Stop 👌🏾.”
“Ya’ll always got something to say about Angela. She liteally bothers no one and looks great haters.”
In the past, Simmons addressed social media critics calling her out on her supposed attention-seeking behavior, seemingly indicating that she doesn’t care what others think.
In 2016, she also faced similar reactions from fans when she announced her pregnancy with now 2-year-old son Joseph Sutton Tennyson. Folks judged her for having a child out of wedlock with her ex-fiancé Sutton Tennyson, who was gunned down last November.
“They judged me,” she said during an episode of “GUHH” in season 3. “People are always going to be in my comments, ‘Where’s the dad?’ It’s nonstop. … They think they know me and they really don’t. They have no idea.”
She added, “Of course, I heard a lot of chatter about me having a child out of wedlock. You got to imagine, my son has to look back at this one day and you know what, I’m human and it happened.”
Longtime White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is finally making her exit from the Trump administration, and her critics couldn’t be happier.
Social media erupted with glee Thursday when President Donald Trump announced that Sanders would be leaving the White House at the end of the month and returning to her home state of Arkansas.
The longtime press secretary, who was appointed to the gig in 2017, was perhaps best known for her contentious relationship with the media and her dogged support of the president — even if it meant lying on his behalf.
“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job!,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “I hope that she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
The president didn’t immediately announce a successor to Sanders.
While those in the Trump administration expressed sadness over her departure, there were plenty of social media critics who bid her good riddance via the hashtag #ByeFelicia.
“Buh. Bye,” one Twitter user wrote. “You’ll be remembered as the worst of the worst Sarah. #ByeFelicia”
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the grotesquely rude pathological lying propaganda sycophant with no moral compass who proudly served a criminal is leaving our White House,” wrote another. “Good riddance. May she be shamed and shunned for the rest of her miserable days. #ByeFelicia”
One user reminded Sanders to “don’t let the door hit you in the a$$” on her way out, while other’s urged her to take embattled Trump official Kellyanne Conway with her.
“You lying heap of human garbage! Take the rest of the trash out with you!” one user exclaimed.
Sanders, who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign’s communications team before succeeding then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer in 2017, has come under tough criticism this year after essentially ghosting her role as spokeswoman for the president’s administration. As reported by CNBC, it has been more than three months since Sanders last held a press briefing.
“You will forever be known as the ‘Press Secretary’ who bilked the American people,” one Twitter user opined. “You were paid to give press conferences but stopped after being called out on your constant stream of lies!”
Another wondered if Sanders would be “refunding the 3 months of taxpayers money she received without working. To think she had secret service protection at additional costs to taxpayers also.”
Her credibility has also been called into question after many of her answers from the White House podium were inaccurate or in direct contradiction to public statements by Trump himself. In her most recent “faux pas,” Sanders claimed that “countless members of the FBI” expressed that they had lost confidence in now-fired FBI Director James Comey.
The press secretary later backtracked, saying her comments “weren’t founded on anything,” after special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on the Russia probe ran counter to her characterization.
At a speaking event Thursday, Sanders said serving as press secretary had been an “honor” and the “opportunity of a lifetime,” according to CNBC. The wife and mom of three added that she “loved every minute, even the hard minutes,” of the job and that she would continue to be “one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda.”
Sanders also told the media she had no regrets about not holding more press briefings.
It seems an old conspiracy theory surrounding rapper Gucci Mane has resurfaced.
Since the Atlanta rapper’s post-prison appearance in 2016, including a slimmer physique and seemingly an overall new look, rumors have circulated online that the new and improved Gucci is really an imposter. That’s right, people really claimed that a government clone of him was created to apparently whitewash trap music. Others seemed to believe the “real” Gucci Mane was killed in prison and his music label released an imposter to take his place.
The “Freaky Gurl” artist and his wife Keyshia Ka’Oir eventually addressed the rumors, deeming them false, and the conspiracies seemingly died down until a few days ago.
Gucci Mane took to his Instagram feed and posted a side-by-side before-and-after transformation photos of himself. The left picture showed a heavier Gucci with a round face, a sharp contrast to the photo of the far slimmer Gucci in the right photo.
The post seemingly retweeted from a fan read, “Everybody would laugh when I said my favorite rapper was Gucci Mane years ago. Now everybody love him.”
He wrote in his “Throwback Thursday” caption, “#TBT Keep Goin Up! 🏹🏹🏹.”
Some fans wandered in to call his glow-up a sham, spewing the same conspiracies from a few years ago.
“🤔 Is not the same person🤔 I can see here two different ppl.”
“Real Gucci still in jail or dead that’s not him that’s a clone!”
“Real Gucci vs Fake Gucci why tf they noses look completely different 🤷♂️.”
“I’m tell y’all thats not Gucci Mane thats a imposter he don’t even look da same the gov did somethin 💯.”
After serving almost three years behind prison for a 2013 firearms charge, “Wop” came out 50 pounds lighter than he went in. His hair and beard had grown out, seemingly adding another change to his looks.
It didn’t take long for him and his wife Ka’Oir to catch word of the farfetched theories circulating the rapper. During an interview with GQ magazine in September 2018, he addressed the rumors, saying he somewhat understood why fans came up with them.
“In a way I feel like I grew,” he said. “I kind of morphed into a different person. Shed some of my old ways. I can say I grew up. I love the person I was, I love the person I am, and I love the person I grew to be. I tried to lose weight, I tried to take care of myself, change my thinking, my environment and associates — the ones that wasn’t benefiting me. I guess that’s the transformation everybody’s saying they can’t believe. But I can believe it.”
He added that not everybody was happy with his lifestyle change, saying, “Sometimes people kind of want you to fail. They wanna see you fall. I get it. People love to see tragedy.”