It obviously had been a while since dear friends Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill had seen each other. On May 22nd they had the chance to meet up once again at Naomi Campbell’s “Fashion for Relief” show during the Cannes Film Festival. “I miss you” Mary said to Lauryn. Watch the tearful reunion and feel the love: http://on.vh1.com/2rtituM
The parents of a 1-month-old Cocoa, Florida, boy were arrested Thursday after investigators claimed their child died because they allegedly failed to check on him for at least six hours. Superiah Campbell, 19, and Cameron Dowden, 21, were each charged with a count of manslaughter of a child for the May 10th death of their son. Cocoa police officers were called to the couple’s apartment unit at about 12:15 p.m. on May 10. The 911 caller told officials the child had stopped breathing and was cold to the touch, investigators said. Emergency personnel tried to resuscitate the child when they arrived at the apartment, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. After investigating the child’s death, police said they found that evidence showed the parents had not checked on the child for at least six hours, leading to the discovery of the boy in an unresponsive state. “By failing to check on the child for over six hours, the defendants consciously did an act, or followed a course of conduct that they must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily harm,” Cocoa Police Department Detective Debra Titkanich wrote in an affidavit. “Both parents showed a reckless disregard for human life.” Investigators had not determined an official cause of death but said it appeared the child suffocated.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook on Thursday in an effort to help track down a $25,000 swan sculpture stolen by a naked man in Lakeland, Florida. The man was caught on surveillance camera squeezing through a gap in the fence at Lakeland Cold Storage just before 5 a.m. Friday. He was naked and carrying a five-gallon bucket, the video shows. A short time later, a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck loaded with a black and white-checked swan sculpture can be seen driving from the business. “The truck was later recovered in Hillsborough County, sans swan,” the PCSO said on Facebook. The naked man was also identified by deputies, but his name was not released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were confident that someone has seen the large missing swan statue. “It’s got to be hard to hide one of these,” the office said on Facebook. “Someone has seen it.” While the truck has been found and the suspect identified, the swan remains missing and investigators hope the public will help track it down. “So, we have a naked man, a bucket and a very expensive and very large stolen swan,” the PCSO said on Facebook. “We know who the man is and we have the truck back. But have you seen the missing swan? Call us.” Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the stolen swan is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200.
She’s really showing off the belly this pregnancy. She’s not gonna have ya’ll calling her tummy fake anymore! LOL! Check out some of the pictures from last Saturday’s #CarterPushParty baby shower with Beyonce’ and Jay-Z. Also, see what Bey’s mom, Tina Lawson had to say about the twins: http://bit.ly/2rlO81w
Barry White’s son – “almost broke and nearly homeless,” according to TMZ – has sued his father’s estate claiming he’s being cheated out his slice of the trust. Darryl White is suing both the estate and Barry’s widow, Glodean White, saying she promised he’d get his fair cut, but only if he promised not sue her to challenge the amount of money he was getting. In the filing obtained by TMZ, Darryl says Glodean never let him see the will after Barry died in 2003. Instead, she insisted that he just “trust” her. The docs also indicate that Darryl, a singer himself, agreed to trust her and received steady payments…until September 2015. According to TMZ, Darryl believes Glodean is using up his father’s money to support her lavish lifestyle. He’s suing to finally get a look at the will, and a proper accounting of what he’s due.
Today on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, during the Black Moms Matter Segment, Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley discussed the topic of “mean girls”. They both believe that if you are mean as a girl, you are going to grow up to become a mean woman, and the cycle continues. The question is, is this always true? Can the cycle be broken?
The 5th Annual Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert – 2017, will be held in the motor city, Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, June, 11, 2017. This year, Motown’s legendary Temptations will be honored by the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame by awarding them the Male Group of the 20th Century Award. Though the Temptations were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2013, this award is designed to honor the group’s members who contributed to The Temptation’s initial success, with special mentions going to David Ruffin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Dennis Edwards and Elbridge “Al” Bryant. Thanks to their finely crafted choreography and smooth, soulful harmonies, The Temptations became synonymous with the premiere male vocal groups of the 1960’s Motown juggernaut. After years of toiling away without any significant traction, their fortunes changed tremendously with the addition of David Ruffin. In 1964 after entering the studio with writer/producer Smokey Robinson, they recorded the hit single “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” Then once again with Robinson leading the charge, they returned to the studio and emerged with their signature song, “My Girl” that went to the top of the charts in early 1965. Other number one pop and R&B hits followed that same year: “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Don’t Look Back” and “My Baby.” During the course of their long, storied career, The Temptations had 37 Top Ten hits. And the rest as they say, is musical history.
Ben Carson, the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, faced an intense backlash on Wednesday for calling poverty “a state of mind.” Mr. Carson, who oversees a department that handles housing for millions of low-income Americans, made the comments during a radio interview on Tuesday with Armstrong Williams, a friend and conservative media personality. During the talk, Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, said he thought some people were poor because of their outlook on life. “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview that was released on Wednesday. “You take somebody that has the right mind-set, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.” He added that helping people may not better their lives. “You take somebody with the wrong mind-set, you can give them everything in the world — they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom,” Mr. Carson said. The remarks caused an immediate uproar on Twitter, with the former top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and the actor and rights activist George Takei, among others, taking sharp aim at him. Ben Carson says that poverty is a "state of mind." You know what else is a state of mind? Always being a blithering idiot. — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 24, 2017 Ben Carson said poverty is a state of mind. Next month, I'm going to tell my landlord that I paid my rent with positive thinking! — Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) May 24, 2017 Poverty is a state of mind Ben Carson? Tell that to a kid who can't afford lunch for school or won't have anything to eat for dinner. — still kimberly (@bkimberlyb) May 24, 2017 Is this guy really that out of touch??
Two homeless men are being called a heroes after running to help victims when a bomb went off at the Manchester Arena in England as concert goers left an Ariana Grande concert. According the Press Association, Chris Parker, 33, regularly begs for money in the area as concert goers leave the venue. The New York Times reported that Stephen Jones, 35, was in the area since he found a space to sleep. Parker said he was pushed off his feet when the bomb went off, but got up and ran to victims to help them. “My gut instinct was to run back and try and help,” Parker said, according to the Press Association. Parker recalled tending to a young girl who lost her legs, as well as a 60-year-old woman who was badly burned and had serious head and leg injuries. “She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family,” Parker said. “I haven’t stopped crying. The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids’ concert.” Jones said he did what anyone else would have done. “Just because I’m homeless doesn’t mean I haven’t got a heart and am human still,” Jones said. “They needed the help. I’d like to think someone would come and help me if I needed the help. It’s just instinct to go and help.” “If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that. ” 'We had to pull nails out of children's faces': Steve, a homeless man who was sleeping near #Manchester Arena, rushed to help young victims pic.twitter.com/dyxzZpal0Q — ITV News (@itvnews) May 23, 2017 A GoFundMe page was set up for Parker to raise money for him. Since it was posted one day ago, the page has raised more than £40,000, which is more than $50,000. CBS News reported that West Ham United Football Club co-chairman David Sullivan has offered to pay for six months of housing for Jones, plus pay for food and new clothes. Another person offered to get him a job with his company. One man, Graeme Seddon, created a JustGiving fundraising page for Jones and has raised more than £40,000, after setting a £300 goal.
Leslie Jones is going back to where it all started. “BET was the first place I ever did comedy on TV, so it’s a full-circle moment of coming home where I started,” Jones, 49, tells PEOPLE. “I went out in the world and did what I needed to do and now I can come home to my people and say, ‘Yo! Look what I did!’” Jones has experience mixing politics with comedy thanks to her three seasons on SNL, but don’t look for her to get too serious during the show. “I am tired of everybody being sad and angry. I want people to just downright laugh. You can’t do the event without touching on certain things, but I’m trying to make it all funny. It’s really just about pulling the elephants out of the room and, actually, I’ll make the elephant in the room laugh about it,” says Jones. “So my goal for this show is to have a big ‘ol nice barbecue, family reunion feel. I just want everyone cracking up. I want everyone leaving that event going, ‘Wait, did they even give awards out? I was too busy laughing.’” Jones is incredibly excited to host the TV network’s 17th annual awards show — and meet the members of New Edition — but don’t expect her to follow in the steps of past awards show hosts who change outfits every commercial break. “I’m not trying to be Giselle,” says Jones. “I’ll get dressed up for the red carpet or the party but on stage I’m going to wear something like what I wear when I do stand-up. It’s all about being comfortable.” The 2017 BET Awards will air live Sunday, June 25 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET.
During last nights episode of “T.I and Tiny: The Family Hustle” Tiny revealed that T.I cheated on her with one of their employee’s. Just a year after Tiny was caught on several occasions “hanging out” with TI’s rival, Floyd Mayweather. Since the cheating rumors have started, many people are wondering will T.I and Tiny officially get a divorce or work through their issues like they have done many times before.
Recently obtained surveillance video shows a Florida teacher kissing a 10-year-old male student in his classroom. Brian Kornbluth, 28, was arrested in February after the principal at Somerset Academy in Boca Raton reported the incident to police. The principal told police that he had been notified by another teacher about Kornbluth’s unusual requests to have certain students moved into his class. The principal then repositioned the camera in Kornbluth’s classroom so that it faces his desk, leading to the discovery of his inappropriate conduct. The video, which was recently released by police, shows the February incident in which Kornbluth was alone in his classroom with a student. In the footage, the student walks over to the teacher’s desk, where Kornbluth then briefly kisses him on the lips. When police interviewed the student’s sister after reviewing the video, she informed them that the teacher had also kissed her once when she was attending the school. Kornbluth was also accused of trading gummy bears for kisses. He later admitted to kissing the student, but denied kissing his sister. Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to one battery charge and was sentenced to a year of probation. His attorney indicated that he is not currently teaching, but plans to continue his career as a teacher at another school, which she claims he is allowed to do while on probation.
Ten-year-old Kheris Rogers has come up with the perfect response to people who make fun of her dark skin. And profitable, to boot. “I’ve been bullied a lot, like in the first grade, I went to school with just four other black kids,” the Los Angeles resident recently told Mic. “And kids used to bully me because they weren’t used to my skin tone. There was an incident with a teacher and we had to draw ourselves and she gave us a black crayon instead of a brown crayon, and I was really upset.” According to BuzzFeed News, Kheris’ mom decided to transfer her to a different school, but the teasing didn’t stop. This time, it was other black students making the disparaging comments. Kheris’ 22-year-old sister, Taylor Pollard, decided to share a pic that celebrated her sibling’s beauty. The caption read: “My sister is only 10, but already royalty.” She also used the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion, a hashtag that first went viral in 2015. My sister is only 10, but already royalty #FlexinInHerComplexion pic.twitter.com/pfKeHyNXCx — Boss Babe✨ (@TaylorAndrea_) March 26, 2017 The photos not only went viral with more than 83,000 likes, but also boosted the young lady’s confidence. Additionally, it sparked Kheris’ decision to launch a “Flexin’ In My Complexion” clothing line to empower others who face colorism. “Kheris really thought she was the only one going through this, but Kheris now realizes that this is a global issue,” Pollard told Mic. “That’s what pushed Kheris, because she thought ‘If I’m feeling this way, then we want to help others who are feeling bad about themselves too.’” The clothing line, which features $15 “Flexin’ In My Complexion” t-shirts, has been a hit since its launch in April. She and Pollard plan to incorporate fitted tees and crop tops for the summer. Kheris said she feels confident when she puts the shirt on, “even if I still get picked on.”
Former University of Miami All-American and a member of the 1989 national championship team Cortez Kennedy, also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 48, according to the Orlando Police Department. No cause of death has been given to this point. Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that, “they are investigating Kennedy’s death, but also said ‘there is nothing suspicious to report’ at this time. OPD can confirm the passing of Cortez Kennedy today. Nothing suspicious to report. OPD conducting investigation into his unattended passing pic.twitter.com/0oMUim8lpw — Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 23, 2017 Kennedy went on to play 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks from 1990-2000, was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and made eight Pro Bowls.
Join JoJo at noon today for a 3-song set from Maxwell, as she celebrates his 44th birthday! He kicks off a headlining world tour today with opening act, Ledisi. Read more about the tour and see the video for his latest single, “Gods,” here: http://www.musze.com/
Diddy brought Biggie’s son on stage during the Billboard Music Awards over the weekend to announce the release date of the documentary, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” about the behind-the-scenes of the building of Bad Boy Records. See the movie trailer here: http://bit.ly/2qS1YW9
The Ohio woman accused of shooting and killing two of her three children said she did it to “save them from the evils of the world,” according to court documents. Khmorra Helton, 8, and Kaiden Helton, 6, died Sunday at Dayton Children’s Hospital from gunshot wounds to the head. Investigators from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office will perform autopsies today. The children’s mother, Claudena Marie Helton, 30, was arrested after the shootings Thursday and interviewed by Dayton police detectives. According to the affidavit and statement of facts written by Dayton police Detective Rod Roberts, “Ms. Helton made admissions to shooting the children to save them from the evils of the world.” The affidavit indicated Helton asked her oldest child, an 11-year-old, to assist her in removing the children from their Dayton-area home . The surviving child was taken from the home and interviewed by police. Helton is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Dayton Municipal Court. Authorities will likely upgrade attempted murder and felonious assault charges filed last week to first-degree murder charges, since the children have died from their injuries.
An explosion was reported near Manchester Arena in the U.K. where an Ariana Grande concert was being held on Monday. Greater Manchester police said early Tuesday that at least 22 people were killed and 59 injured in the incident, which they believe was a terrorist attack conducted by a male suicide bomber. Children were among the dead. BBC News reported that police have warned people to avoid the area around the venue amid reports of an explosion around 10:35 p.m. local time. "Our way of life will always prevail," Theresa May says as she condemns Manchester attack https://t.co/1DtiLrhoJm pic.twitter.com/oUHTrlNTTl — Bloomberg (@business) May 23, 2017 President Trump calls Manchester attack perpetrators "losers" https://t.co/lHeNhmMj4h pic.twitter.com/tEBev7U8Ch — Julian Druker (@Julian5News) May 23, 2017 broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security said there is “No information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues” in the U.S. and is “closely monitoring the situation.” Hours after the explosion, at 3:00 a.m. local time in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Chef Constable Ian Hopkins with the Greater Manchester Police confirmed at a presser that 50 people were being treated at six hospitals in the area. Hopkins said officers are coordinating investigative efforts with Greater Manchester police, as well as UK intelligence partners, intel agencies and local and national agencies. “We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we have further information,” Hopkins said. “This is clearly a very concerning time for everyone. We are doing all that we can.” People are asked to continue to avoid the area as the investigation continues.
Some tourists in British Columbia got a bit of a scare when a sea lion grabbed a little girl and dragged her into the water. Michael Fujiwara was sitting on a dock at the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia on Saturday, when the California sea lion popped its head out of the water. Fujiwara grabbed his phone and started shooting video. He says the animal attracted a lot of attention and the girl and her family came to the edge of the dock. “Her family started feeding the animal and the sea lion started to become comfortable,” Fujiwara said. In the video, you can hear people laughing and whistling at sea lion and holding their hands over the water, as if they were holding a treat. At one point, the sea lion lunges within inches of the little girl’s face. It seems like a friendly move, and the girl cackles with delight. That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again — grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water. A man, who Fujiwara thinks was a relative, jumps in after her and bystanders pull them to safety. Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Hoabour Authority, told CNN that the girl and her rescuer were not hurt, and that he is trying to get more information about the incident. He says the harbor is on the sea lions’ migratory route and that males sometimes swim into the area looking for free food. Baziuk says that they’ve been warning visitors not to feed the animals for years. “It’s not Sea World, it’s a place where you buy fish,” Baziuk said. “If you feed the animals like this you’re asking for trouble.
Jeffrey Laney is a 6-year old from St. Louis. His recent video calling for an end to violence has gone viral. He is both adorable and very serious about his message. “Just act good.” Take a listen to what Jeffrey had to say: http://bit.ly/2rJpy7x