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R&B legend Cuba Gooding Sr. dead at 72

  Cuba Gooding Sr., singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., was found dead in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday, according to TMZ. He was 72 years old. KABC reported that Gooding was found slumped over in a silver 2012 Jaguar around 1 p.m. TMZ reported that the fire department responded to the scene and performed CPR on Gooding, but they were unable to resuscitate him. TMZ said police found empty bottles of alcohol in the vehicle and suspect that he died of an overdose. Authorities are investigating the cause of death and did not find any indications of a homicide at the scene. Gooding was the lead singer of 1970s soul band The Main Ingredient, whose major hit was the 1972 song “Everybody Plays the Fool.” People reported that he and his wife, Shirley, had four children together, including actors Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omar Gooding, a daughter named April and Tommy, a musician. He would have turned 73 next week.

Charlie Murphy remembered at by fellow comedians at funeral service

  Actors Neal Brennan, D.L. Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Donnell Rawlings and David Chappelle attended funeral services for fellow comedian Charlie Murphy Wednesday. Murphy, the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy, died April 12 at 57 years old. He had been battling leukemia. Cedric the Entertainer posted a photo to Instagram that showed him with the other comedians at what appeared to be a service for the late actor. “Tonite (sic) we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy,” the photo caption read.

Will McDonald’s worker get reward for helping find alleged Facebook murderer Steve Stephens?

  A delay in a fast food order helped bring an end to a nationwide manhunt this week. Now the question is: Will the McDonald’s worker who delayed Steve Stephens’ order Tuesday get part or all of the $50,000 reward for his location? Police were searching for Stephens, accused of killing Robert Godwin Sr., 74, in Cleveland Sunday. Stephens then posted the video on Facebook. The manhunt ended Tuesday in Erie, Pennsylvania, after a drive-through worker recognized Stephens. The restaurant’s owner stalled Stephens while workers called police. Stephens drove off, leading police on a short chase. He then shot and killed himself. Monday police announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, but police have not confirmed that the person who called them was in fact a McDonald’s worker or if the person who did tip them off would get the money. Even if the person does, Crime Stoppers told WJW that tipsters can remain anonymous and that they do not release the names of the people who give them tips. Despite the fact that the McDonald’s employee has not been confirmed as the person who contacted police, support to give the unidentified person the money has been growing on social media. What do you think?

Florida GOP Senator Calls White Colleagues ‘N*ggers’, Black Lawmaker ‘This B*tch’ in Outburst

  Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles dropped the n-word to a pair of African-American colleagues in private conversation Monday night — after calling one of them a “f*cking a**hole,” a “b*tch” and a “girl,” the two senators said. Over drinks after 10 p.m. at the members-only Governors Club just steps from the state Capitol, Artiles told Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale that Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart had risen to his powerful GOP leadership role because “six niggers” in the Republican caucus had elected him. Artiles later told Gibson and Thurston that he’d used the word “niggas,” suggesting the slang term was not meant to be insulting, Gibson and Thurston said. It’s unclear whom Artiles was referring to, since the only black senators in the state Senate are all Democrats — and none of them backed Negron’s bid to lead the chamber. “He called Joe Negron a p*ssy,” Thurston said. Artiles apologized to Gibson late Tuesday afternoon, after he’d been reported to Republican leaders and news reporters started asking questions. “In an exchange with a colleague of mine in the Senate, I unfortunately let my temper get the best of me,” Artiles said in a statement. “There is no excuse for the exchange that occurred and I have apologized to my Senate colleagues and regret the incident profusely.” By Tuesday night, the Florida Democratic Party had called on Artilesto resign. Negron, after initially saying little on the incident, said in a statement late Tuesday he was “appalled” by Artiles’ comments — and that Artiles will publicly apologize to Gibson on the Senate floor Wednesday. “Racial slurs and profane, sexist insults have no place in conversation between Senators and will not be tolerated while I am serving as Senate President,” Negron said. The Black Caucus has scheduled an emergency Wednesday meeting. To Gibson and Thurston, it was clear Artiles wasn’t referring to them or to any other Democrats as “niggas” but apparently to six Republicans who favored Negron for the job over Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

Thirsty intruder raids Drake’s fridge in home invasion, police say

  A woman who broke into rapper Drake’s Los Angeles-area home was a very thirsty intruder and just wanted something to drink. Sheriff deputies arrested the woman, identified as 24-year-old Mesha Collins, Monday inside Drake’s home after responding to a call about a possible burglary. Police said Collins was found inside a locked room and surrounded by bottles of water and soda, the Associated Press reported. Investigators said there was no evidence Collins took anything or caused any damage at the residence of Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham. Collins is facing charges, including burglary and intent to steal the victim’s property.

Serena Williams Showed Off Her baby Bump

World Class tennis superstar Serena Williams recently showed off her baby bump. A picture at 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Congratulations to her and her husband Reddit co-founder, Alexia Ohanian. Check out her baby bump photo:  

How Carmelo Anthony justified allegedly cheating on La La

  Carmelo Anthony has been dogged by cheating rumors for years and sources say he’d justify it to his friends by saying, “La La is married, I’m not.” Multiple sources say that Melo would often flirt or hook up with women while he was on the road with the Knicks during his nearly seven-year marriage to La La. One source said, “Melo’s tagline was, ‘She’s married, I’m not.’ That’s how he would justify it. His attitude is that all professional athletes do it, and many of them do. La La has put up with a lot. She knew it was going on, but I guess this time she’s had enough.” A rep for Melo declined to comment on allegations of his cheating or the report that he impregnated a stripper who works at a New York gentlemen’s club over six months ago. The dancer allegedly is demanding money for medical bills and other baby expenses. Of the couple, who have a 10-year-old son, Kiyan, the source said, “La La thinks Melo is a great dad. But the fact is, they’re better when they’re not together.”  

Aaron Hernandez commits suicide in prison

    Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying last week, has committed suicide in prison. Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley at 3:05 a.m. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit, officials said. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. He also tried to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items. Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Hernandez, and he was taken to UMASS Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m., according to Christopher M. Fallon, of the Massachusetts Department of Correction. The Massachusetts State Police is investigating. The 27-year-old Hernandez was serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Last week, a jury found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez, grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the New England Patriots from 2010 to 2012. About six weeks after Furtado and de Abreu were killed, he signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots and went on to play another season before Lloyd was killed. He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd’s killing in June 2013. He was not charged in the 2012 killings until 2014.  

Marine Corps drill instructor shows softer side, has tea party with daughter

  A military dad is getting a lot of attention after showing his softer side in a touching photo shoot with his daughter. Keven Porter is a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor. His wife, Lizette Porter, of Oceanside, California, told ABC News that the shoot was a total surprise to her husband, who at first was a bit hesitant to partake. “My husband had no idea what was going to happen until we showed up to the shoot,” said Lizette. “He was hesitant at first but after a little talking, I was able to convince him. He would do anything for Ashley.”  

This Week on the Tom Joyner Morning Show

      MONDAY, APR. 10 Johnny Gill – Singer @ 7:50 EST Michael Colyar – Comedian @ 8:16 EST TUESDAY, APR. 11 Huggy Lowdown @ 7:32/8:32 EST WEDNESDAY, APR. 12 GWW – Dr. Rani Whitfield @ 6:32 EST Huggy Lowdown @ 7:32/8:32 EST        THURSDAY, APR. 13 Iyanla Vanzant – Life Coach @ 7:16 EST Huggy Lowdown @ 7:32/8:32 EST India.Arie – Singer @ 7:50 AM EST Kelly Rowland – Actress @ 8:50 EST FRIDAY APR. 14 Huggy Lowdown @ 7:32/8:32 EST

The Whispers on the STAR Mini Concert

Happy Throwback Thursday Star family!  It’s JoJo, and I’ve got The Whispers on the STAR Mini Concert today. I’ll be playing 3 songs in a row starting at noon. How in the world will I be able to choose only 3? LOL! Be ready to enjoy. In the meantime, keep up with the latest on The Whispers…where they’re performing, a history of their 50-plus years in the music industry, plus a very moving tribute to the late Nicholas Caldwell, one of the founding members of the group who passed in January of 2016.  

Krispy Kreme owner buys Panera Bread for $7 billion

  JAB Holdings Inc., the company that owns Krispy Kreme, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels, among other groups, has purchased Panera Bread for more than $7 billion, Panera announced Tuesday. According to Reuters, the move is the biggest-ever U.S. restaurant deal. The deal is the second largest restaurant deal ever made in North America, The Associated Press reported. The biggest was the buyout of Tim Hortons fast food chain in 2014 by the parent company of Burger King, 3G Capital. JAB agreed to purchase Panera for approximately $7.5 billion at $315 a share. The investment firm will acquire Panera’s $340 million debt. It will also turn Panera into a private company. The deal is set to be finalized in the third quarter. Panera, founded in the 1980s, was previously owned by Au Bon Pain Co. There are about 2,000 locations of the bakery-cafe restaurants in the U.S. $7 billion?!?!?……that’s a lot of dough………oh, you saw that comin’………  

Two dads create device to remind parents not to leave children in cars

  Two fathers from Tampa have come up with a technical solution to make sure parents don’t forget to check their child’s car seat, WTSP reported.  Fadi Shamma and Jim Friedman created Sense-A-Life, a sensor pad system. One pad goes under the child on his car or booster seat. The child’s pad is activated when as little as 2 pounds is placed on it. A second sensor goes under the driver’s seat and detects when the driver’s door is opened. When the door opens, the main part of the system under the driver’s seat will alert the driver by playing the message, “Please remove the child from the seat.” It also sends an alert via an app to the driver’s phone. The driver has two minutes to remove the child from the car before the system’s app sends an alert and text messages to emergency contacts.  Sense-A-Life is not yet available to buy, but Shamma and Friedman are talking to investors. They want to keep the price under $100 so every family will be able to afford it.

Catch a Mint Condition STAR Mini Concert

Hey famly, it’s JoJo! I’m calling all Mint Condition fans! Get ready for a 3-song set from the band starting at noon today on the STAR Mini Concert. In the meantime, check out more info on the group which initially included Roger Lynch (son of Roger Troutman):    

Mike Epps apologizes for kangaroo incident

  Turns out not everyone thinks bringing a kangaroo on stage is funny. Comedian and actor Mike Epps has been dealing with backlash in the wake of incorporating one into his Detroit show last Friday. Epps, who is known for roles in various projects including “The Hangover,” invited zoo owner and exotic animal handler Javon Stacks on stage with a kangaroo. A video shows the comedian and the handler with the kangaroo, which is held upright. Epps tugs on the kangaroo’s harness before the animal appears to throw his paw back toward the star. Epps then runs off the stage. Video of the incident went viral on social media over the weekend, with some accusing Epps of animal cruelty. The actor initially posted video of him feeding the kangaroo backstage, explaining, “Look how nice I am 2 him” before deleting it. But not before the video had already been shared. On Sunday, Epps posted an apology on his Instagram account, stating he doesn’t “own the kangaroo and did not mean any harm to the animal it got outta hand.” “I am sorry and like I said I will be donating money to this foundation (to) save the kangaroos,” he wrote in the caption of a photo of the trademark for Viva, an association dedicated to the protection of the animals. “Sorry if I offended anybody.

Man Escapes From Police Department Through the Ceiling

This man did NOT want to go back to prison. So much so, that he actually escaped from the Orange City Police Department through the bathroom ceiling! Read the full story:    

Peeping Tom sneaks into Planet Fitness ceiling to spy on nude women: reports

  A man confessed to spying on more than a dozen nude or changing women at a Planet Fitness gym in Virginia during interviews with police earlier this year, according to court documents obtained this week. Norfolk police arrested James Eddy, 40, March 23 on two counts of peeping into an occupied dwelling. Eddy admitted to recording between 15 and 20 women who were nude and using tanning beds at Planet Fitness on East Little Creek Road. Eddy told police that he managed to get into the ceiling above the gym’s tanning beds, where he videotaped the women with a camcorder that fit in his palm, WVEC reported. A Planet Fitness member identified only as Lanie told Southside Daily that she called police after she spotted the peeping Tom’s fingers pushing through a ceiling tile on Jan. 11. “I was only wearing underwear at the time,” she told the newspaper in January. “I had just stepped out of the tanning bed nearly nude and was putting my clothes back on when I heard a sound above me.” A police officer confronted Eddy on Jan. 30 about his possible involvement in the peeping, the Southside Daily reported, citing court records. Eddy admitted to getting into the ceiling to spy on women in the gym’s tanning rooms and confessed again on Feb. 14 during a polygraph examination, authorities said. He told police that he spied on women between December 2016 and January 2017. He told authorities that he deleted videos that were taken while he was in the ceiling and got rid of the camera he used to record them. In a statement to Southside Daily, a Planet Fitness spokeswoman said the company is cooperating with police.

College student dies after choking on pancakes during sorority event

  A college student at a Connecticut university died Sunday after choking during a pancake eating contest put on by Panhellenic organizations at her school. Caitlin Nelson, 20, died at Columbia Medical University Center Sunday after choking on a pancake Thursday during an event at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. According to the Fairfield Police Department, Nelson collapsed at the event after a nursing student observed her as being in “distress.” A nursing student performed CPR after noticing Nelson’s pulse had diminished while waiting for authorities, the Connecticut Post reported. By the time they got there, Nelson was unresponsive and not breathing, Buzzfeed News reported. Officers attempted to clear her airway by physically removing food from her throat. “We fortunately had some officers doing traffic enforcement (nearby),” Fairfield Police Chief Gary McNamara told the Connecticut Post. “They desperately tried to save Caitlin’s life.” “They did the best to establish an airway,” Fairfield police Lt. Bob Kalamaras told The Associated Press. “Unfortunately, the pancake was impacted in there, in her throat, and the officers were trying to get it out.” Authorities continued CPR as Nelson was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was later taken to Columbia Medical Center in New York, where she died. “You have a family that lost their very young and very vibrant daughter, and you have the Sacred Heart University community that lost one of their students,” Kalamaras told The AP. “It’s just a tragic accident.” An autopsy is pending to determine Nelson’s cause of death. Nelson’s father, James Nelson, was a Port Authority police officer who died in the 9/11 attack when Caitlin was 5. A candlelight vigil was held at Sacred Heart Sunday night. The university’s president, John Patillo, estimated more than 1,000 people attended a Mass in Nelson’s honor.  

Terence Crutcher Blamed For His Own Death by Officer Who Killed Him

Sunday, April 2, 60 Minutes featured an interview with the Tulsa Oklahoma police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher. Terence Crutcher was the man who was walking toward his vehicle with his hands in the air. We all saw the dash cam video. The officer told her side of the story to CBS and included a statement that Terence Crutcher was responsible for his own death.   Read more:          
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