DETROIT (AP) — Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and performed across musical genres, has died at 82.
Williams’ manager and musical director, Kenn Goodman, says Williams was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and that he died Sunday at a Chicago nursing home.
Williams moved as a young man from Alabama to Detroit, where he signed with Fortune Records and, later, with Motown Records. His early hits included “Bacon Fat,” ”Jail Bait” and “Shake a Tail Feather,” which Ray Charles sang in “The Blues Brothers.”
Williams also produced the recording of “Mustang Sally” by its composer, “Sir” Mack Rice.
Goodman, a Chicago record label owner who worked with Williams for two decades, says Williams’ musical contributions were “massive” and spanned soul, punk, garage rock and country.
The reply made some fans feel that the single mom of five was being snide toward her co-star, and they wanted the dirt on what happened.
“Yooo what did we miss.”
“Why would she say that tho? What I’m missing?”
“What’s going on?”
But nothing had transpired. It took a “Basketball Wives” fan account correcting fans about O’Neal’s intentions with the simple comment to quell the confusion.
“She didn’t say nothing bad guys ‘welp’ is more like well keep hoping because we still friends.”
And O’Neal affirmed the clarification was accurate.
“@thebbwtea you get it ! I should’ve known better, it’s always more negative folks than positive. Ain’t no beef even though they want it so bad smh.”
Others were also annoyed by the assumption that the co-stars had issues with each other, including one who wrote, “Damn why y’all trying to make them have beef SMH I hope they still are friends smh.”
The comment prompted O’Neal to comment once more, writing, “@meminoaha girl misery loves company smh. It’s a whole lot of miserable ppl trolling the internet. @tamiroman and I don’t have any beef… my entire life is not on IG.”
O’Neal and Roman haven’t had any drama of late. But perhaps the past could explain the reason why fans think the pair could have easily been on the outs.
Last summer, Roman uploaded a post on Instagram that read “God will keep exposing the fake ones. Just don’t be blind to the signs.”
Further adding to chatter that O’Neal could be the person the post targeted was Roman’s caption.
“Keep track of the ones who say, never do…of the ones you check on, but never check on you…of the ones who you believe in, that don’t really believe in you…of the ones that ride the praise train when money’s involved…of the ones who smile in your face, but snarl behind your back…of the ones who talk to much, but always embellish…the list goes on and on! Watch the signs ,” she said.
At the time, Roman was working to get her diabetes in check and battled rampant weight loss as a result. Not long before the IG post, fans accused O’Neal of going against Roman in favor of Evelyn Lozada — who insulted Roman’s weight before — in order to boost ratings.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News says it has hired former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile as a political commentator.
Brazile had been let go from a similar role at CNN in 2016 after it was revealed that she had shared material about topics that would be addressed at a Democratic forum with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
At Fox, Brazile will not have anything to do with any debates or town halls — if they ever happen. That’s from a Fox News executive who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the person was not authorized to speak about contract details.
Brazile says, in a statement via the network, she knows she’ll be criticized by progressive friends for signing with Fox, but that she believes it’s important to talk with people you disagree with.
Reactions to Brazile’s addition has mostly been negative with conservatives expressing fury with the network for removing Judge Jeanine Pirro from the lineup hiring Brazile.
“Donna Brazile is joining Fox News. Pathetic! Is she replacing Tucker Carlson? This is like Rush being hired by CNN. Is this the “New Direction” for Fox News? I have a hard enough time choking down Juan Williams.” It’s unclear if this Twitter user can only manage one sane black voice at a time.
“Fox News decided to suspend Judge Jeanine and hire Donna Brazile in the same week. If that doesn’t show you the direction Fox News is headed I don’t know what will…”
One person expressed disappointment that Brazile would further help Fox push their agenda, “Sorry, Donna Brazile – I just became one of your critics. Your action gives Fox News a measure of credibility it does not deserve, and for that reason alone you are contributing to their dangerous disinformation agenda… #MondayMotivation”
Others felt Brazile could bring value to Fox News, “Good for @donnabrazile. I like her. I think she’s one of the few people who can understand non-liberal wing Democrats, Southern Democrats, and working class Democrats (INCLUDING white working class Democrats). She’s 100% right in her statement. Democrats need to talk to everyone.”
“I’m not a follower of Donna, but generally speaking, I really think people with a more liberal (read rational) viewpoint need to start going on Faux News. We need to get inside that bubble. These people are being fed lies daily & it shows. Hold them to account.”
An employee for Hamden Public Schools in Hamden, Conn., has resigned after video emerged of her targeting an African-American couple in a racist tirade at an East Haven grocery store last week.
The video, posted by Facebook user Tatiana Winn on Friday, shows the woman, identified by a school district spokesperson as Corrine Terrone, repeatedly hurling racial epithets at the man and his female partner inside a ShopRite supermarket. It’s unclear what sparked the hostile encounter.
“The video also appears to show the Hamden employee spitting at the aforementioned African-American male as he was walking away from the employee,” officials said in a statement posted to the district’s website. “It also appears that the employee’s children witnessed her conduct.”
According to the statement, Terrone has since resigned from her job as a clerk at Hamden Public High School. District officials said they scheduled an investigatory meeting with the former staffer upon learning of the racist video. Administrators also filed a report with the Department of Children and Families because Terrone’s two kids were present during the incident.
“Shortly after final arrangements were made today for the investigatory meeting, the employee tendered her resignation effective immediately,” Superintendent Jody Goeler said. “The employee is separated from service, and we hope that her children will receive the support they need after witnessing such a traumatic event.”
In the minute-long video, Terrone is heard shouting the n-word and other expletives at the Black man as other supermarket-goers watch in horror. The man suddenly makes a beeline for the school worker after she calls him a “f—–g n—-r,” prompting his female partner to step between them.
“Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” fellow shoppers plead, urging the man to calm down.
Meanwhile, Terrone carries on with her tirade and pulls out her cellphone to record the incident. The man quickly smacks the phone out of her hand before walking away, which only seemed to aggravate the school secretary more.
“Put your hands on me, come on!” Terrone shouts at him. “You motherf—-r! That’s right, you’re a n—-r in East Haven. F–k you, n—-r.” She then runs up behind the man and spits at him.
District officials condemned Terrone’s actions in a statement, calling her behavior “completely unacceptable and in conflict with the values of Hamden Public Schools.”
“Someone who will use that sort of language in any setting, whether public or private, is not someone we want anywhere near our children,” it continued.
East Haven Police are now investigating the incident and have asked anyone involved to please contact the department. So far, police said no reports about the incident have been filed.
“We are in touch with ShopRite and are looking to get a better understanding of what took place [Friday] night,” Police Lt. Joseph Murgo said in a statement announcing the department was “aware of the disturbing video and the hate speech contained in it.
“We have a lot of avenues to go down if somebody were to reach out to us,” Murgo added. “We want somebody to come forward … if they were present [Friday] night.”
If charged, authorities would base charges against Terrone on the complainant’s statement, according to the lieutenant. The former clerk could face several possible charges including breach of peace and assault for the spitting
Wendy Williams hasn’t been back on her show “The Wendy Williams Show” for even three weeks after taking a nearly three-month break, but she’s already caused a stir by dropping the n-word and weighing in on R. Kelly‘s sexual abuse charges.
Now the talk show host has created another dust-up, this time over Aretha Franklin‘s gospel concert film “Amazing Grace.” It was shot in 1972 and shows Franklin recording her gospel album of the same name inside a Los Angeles church.
Williams talked about the movie during her show on Friday, March 15, and said ,based on how it was shot, it’s not even worth checking out.
“Aretha Franklin was never the easiest woman to deal with,” Williams told her audience. “I say that in a loving way because I knew her too. She gave me the business as well. So there’s this new movie that Aretha never wanted any of us to see, but it’s finally going to hit the big screen. Literally, this is footage from a documentary. If you’re looking for more camera shots you’re not going to get it.”
“Now, you know, Miss Franklin she was very into her showgirl glamour and stuff,” she added. “This was just regular makeup for her. She would want the pressed hair, and the done lashes, and a good outfit, and her background people to be fabulous.”
Williams also said Franklin’s estate would be paying Franklin’s bills with the film, which she claimed was currently in disarray.
The singer’s family responded on Sunday in a statement given to the Detroit Free Press and blasted Williams for her words, especially since she admitted to never seeing the film.
They also said “Amazing Grace” wasn’t shot by an unprofessional like Williams suggested, it was shot by the famed director Sydney Pollack. Plus, it wasn’t to satisfy the singer’s debt, and she didn’t want to appear glamorous in the film.
“1972 was the era of Black Power and Black Is Beautiful,” the statement read. “In her short natural hair and simple makeup, Ms. Franklin was in step with the times and appropriate to the occasion. There was no “showgirl glamour,” no “pressed hair” and no “eyelashes” — the lack of which Williams ridiculed on her program … Her family feels this documentary is another prime example of The Queen of Soul’s genius.”
But Williams did say she was excited to see “Respect,” the biopic about Franklin’s life that will star Jennifer Hudson, who was cast in January 2018. No word when that film comes out, but “Amazing Grace” opens nationwide on April 19.
The self-proclaimed “Puerto Rican Princess” posted an old clip on Thursday of her interview with Hood Magazine in 2012 where she’s seen seemingly rapping about chasing her dreams.
“B–tches don’t hate get with the mutherf–king program get like me,” the reality veteran rhymed in the old clip while holding a microphone in her hand. “Don’t be mad at me because I do what I do I’m just the baddest b–ch out here trying to make it. I just had a dream don’t be mad at me.”
In Hernandez’s eyes, the video was “motivation” for her to evidently continue with her music career and added the hashtags “#puertoricanprincess,” “#tbt” and “#motivation.”
Others, on the other hand, took it as a sign for her not to “rap anymore” and urged her to consider other professions.
“You stink 🤣,” one person commented. “Girl don’t rap anymore just stick to modeling.”
Another person wrote underneath Hernandez’s video, “I think that’s why she can’t rap. Her English is f–ked up and she keeps forgetting to make her raps rhyme. This is ain’t it 😭😭.”
“What in the dyslexic midnight studio session is going on here?” another critic curtly asked. “Sorry you should not pick up the mic 🤣.”
Other fans denounced detractors, defending the 32-year-old’s music skills.
“Tell them Joseline ❤️,” a fan wrote. “She can do no wrong. She has great hustle and keep pushing. Do you sista!”
“People act like show business is an easy business but it’s tough,” another fan added. “I love her. That is my princess and she can do what she wants 😘.”
Hernandez said she’s always dreamed of having a career in the music industry has been doing music since appearing on “LHHATL” in 2012.
“When you do a reality show there’s a lot of conflict involve in it (music),” Hernandez told Hip Hop Nation during an interview in Oct. 2017. “I think that after the reunion I think that everybody was able to follow who I am as an artist. I’m getting a lot of great opportunities. It’s just showing me that my work for the last past seven years is not going unnoticed.”
“Love and Hip Hop” star Erica Mena proved to fans this week that she too deals with flaws and imperfections when it comes to her body.
The 31-year-old who’s engaged to Safaree Samuels took to Instagram on Thursday and shared a video of a procedure she underwent at Skin Pro Logica in New York to help with her stretch marks. The process Mena endured was “laser skin resurfacing RF MICRONEEDLING sublative” which she described as an “FDA cleared treatment that gently resurfaces the skin.”
“It tightens surface loose skin, improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scarring and abdominal stretch marks, “she wrote in her caption.
She added, “Stretch marks especially after having kids are a real 🧖🏽♀️.”
In the video, Mena revealed her stomach which showcased her stretch marks to her 4.1 million Instagram followers. Fans commended the star for seemingly braving the criticism and showing off her flaws to fans.
“I love your stretch marks ❤️,” one fan commented. “Thank you for showing us you’re not perfect just like us.’
“Girl u make stretch marks look sexy 🤦🏾♀️😭,” another added. “This video didn’t make me feels so made about being imperfect.”
Someone else commented, “Thank you for being a real ass woman and doing this Erica! You still look amazing though, stretch marks and all 👌🏼.”
When Mena isn’t busy motivating fans to accept their imperfections, she’s seemingly busy being the perfect fiancé to her boo Samuels. The pair got engaged on Christmas eve after the New York rapper proposed to his soon to be wife at her Atlanta home. The couple has set the date for the wedding, but have yet to announce it on social media.
Samuels said he started having feelings for Mena after starring together on VH1’s “Scared Famous” that aired in 2017.
“When we did scared famous I use to say so many things jokingly not knowing it would become real life,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Jan. 10. “I am so in love with you. The respect you give me, the way you uplift me and make me feel like a man is something people wouldn’t believe. I get to be with the real you and I love every second of it. You make me feel like I can do anything and I love you so much for it.”
Last month police searched Soulja Boy‘s Los Angeles area home after a woman said he kidnapped her, and on Friday (March 15) the rapper was arrested.
But the arrest wasn’t attached to the kidnapping allegation — which Soulja denied — he was taken into custody because the police found ammunition during that search, which violated the rapper’s probation.
Because in 2016, around the same time the “Pretty Boy Swag” rapper was threatening people online with guns, police raided his home in the Hollywood Hills and found a firearm. They took Soulja into custody after that, and the police were tipped when someone called Crime Stoppers.
That particular arrest also violated Soulja’s probation, because in 2014 he was caught with a loaded gun in his vehicle and received 24 months of probation.
And with this recent arrest, police didn’t get the 28-year-old at his house, they waited until he showed up for his scheduled meeting with his probation officer in the San Fernando Valley on Friday. He was then placed in cuffs and taken to jail in Van Nuys, Calif.
But the 28-year-old wasn’t in jail a full 24 hours, because he was released Friday afternoon and told everyone that he’s still going to play a scheduled show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Soulja also said he refuses to follow in the footsteps as the Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was busted in November 2018 on racketeering charges.
“Yeah, I’m out, n–gga,” said Soulja in a curse riddled video. “And I’m performing at the Clippers’ game, so be there at the motherf–kin’ Clippers’ game.”
“I had the biggest comeback of 2018, bro, no cap, and they tried to lock me up,” he added. “Y’all got me f–ked up. No jewelry, no chain, they took all my jewelry. I still got my motherf–kin’ band on. My real partner came and got me. I’m not going out like 6ix9ine. Y’all got me f–ked.”
Soulja also said he might even wear his jail identification wristband to the Staples Center show, and for now there’s no word when he’ll appear back in court.
Meek Mill recently received an incredibly huge honor.
On Thursday, it was announced that March 14 was “Meek Mill Day” in his hometown of Philadelphia, and March 15-17 will be “Meek Mill Weekend” statewide.
The honor was announced by City Council President Darrell Clarke at City Hall, and its to not only recognize Mill’s contributions in music but the work he’s done with criminal justice reform after he left prison in April 2018.
State Senator Sharif Street and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson were also present for the announcement, as was Mill’s 7-year-old son Papi.
“The one time that my City of Philadelphia showed me support was the one time I came out of prison, and I want to show the support back and do it for the people that actually stood up for me,” he said during the presentation. “It means a lot.”
Mill was placed on probation in 2008 after being booked on drug and gun charges, and he’s still on probation to this day, which has sparked a national debate on the fairness surrounding probation and parole laws.
The group said they want to decrease probation and parole for one million people over the next five years.
Also in January, Republicans and Democrats teamed up and launched a new bill that shifted Pennsylvania‘s probation and parole laws, which was inspired by Mill’s circumstances.
The bill is called Senate Bill 14 and now anyone convicted of a felony can no longer be on probation for more than five years and people with a misdemeanor charge three years.
After “Meek Mill Weekend” was announced, the rapper spoke to the media and talked about The Reform Alliance and what he’s been through.
“Our foundation is focusing on probation and parole,” he explained. “That was the biggest obstacle that always stopped me in my life. You have kids that might make a mistake and get on probation. Smoke a joint and you might end up in the penitentiary for three years getting raised by a felon.”
“[This honor] is not a call-out for people to do crimes and not go to jail,” added Mill. “This is a call-out for people to get a fair chance, and that’s what I’m here fighting for.”
After being shot while fleeing a dispute with a driver, Amazonworker Jaylen Walker has filed a $250 million civil lawsuit against Larry Thomlison.
Walker became paralyzed from the resulting injury Thomlinson inflicted on him during an attack in a St. Charles, Missouri Target parking lot. The incident happened on March 5, according to the filing from Walker’s attorney, Mark Cantor on Tuesday, March 12.
The 21-year-old was working as a delivery driver for an Amazon subcontractor and parked his van in a handicap spot as he helped a co-worker with packages.
“Mr. Thomlinson didn’t like where he parked his van,” Cantor of Cantor Injury Law told Fox 2 Now St. Louis Tuesday.
That’s when 65-year-old Larry Thomlison confronted Walker over the parking spot, local authorities said. Thomlison had his cellphone in hand to capture what unfolded. Walker told Thomlison he would move his truck but things got heated from there.
“Mr. Thomlison continued to film him, pushed him, then punched my client in the head,” Cantor says.
According to the filing, Walker tried to run away and as he did Thomlinson shot Walker in the back. He now has spinal cord damage and has been paralyzed from the abdomen down.
This suit, which accuses Thomlison of negligence, battery, and assault, is seeking punitive damages for Walker.
“We’re seeking as much as a jury will reward,” Cantor says. “I will ask — punitive damages are designed to send a message — whether or not they’re collectible is another question. But we’ll probably ask for $250 million or more.”
A jury will ultimately decide what amount, if any, Walker will get. Cantor says although he has not seen it, there is security footage of the encounter and he believes it will support his case. It has been requested by Cantor Injury Law.
Walker’s civil suit marks the third filing stemming from this incident. He already has a criminal case and a workers’ compensation case. The former led to first degree charges of assault and armed criminal action against Thomlinson from the St. Charles County prosecutor. The worker’s comp case was filed by Cantor on his client’s behalf.
“It will pay two-thirds of your average weekly wage for as long as you’re disabled, which in this case may be forever,” the attorney says.
Should Walker, who is the sole provider for his 1-year-old son, win the civil suit, Missouri law requires him to repay the funds he collected from the worker’s comp filing, Cantor said. The lawyer added his team is still looking to see what insurance coverage and assets Thomlison has.
A settlement could take years to be reached.
In the meantime, Walker’s family has established a GoFundMe to help his road to recovery. So far, it’s raised $66,000 of its $150,000 goal.