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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 17, 2019 at 03:40.

Your Wallet's Callin': R. Kelly Reportedly Wants to Tap Michael Jackson's Lawyer, Needs Many Extra Dollars

Your Wallet's Callin': R. Kelly Reportedly Wants to Tap Michael Jackson's Lawyer, Needs Many Extra Dollars

Robert “R.” Kelly is reportedly seeking out one of the most in-demand criminal attorneys in the business: Tom Mesereau, a lawyer best known for successfully defending Michael Jackson during his 2005 child molestation trial.

Mesereau also got actor Robert Blake acquitted on charges he murdered his ex-wife.

First reported by TMZ, the celeb gossip site claims Arruh recently met with Mesereau for...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 17, 2019 at 01:00.

Essence Announces Move to Expanded, Bimonthly Print Issues

Essence Announces Move to Expanded, Bimonthly Print Issues

Starting next year, Essence magazine will move from a monthly to a bimonthly publishing schedule, signaling the end of an era while promising that the best is yet to come.

In a press release sent out Friday morning, the company announced that it will move to an “enhanced double issue” that will be printed six times a year, with an additional 80 pages per issue. The magazine will also produce...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 16, 2019 at 22:30. 3 comments

Exactly One Good Thing Happened This Week and That’s Normani Dropping This ‘Motivation’ Video

Exactly One Good Thing Happened This Week and That’s Normani Dropping This ‘Motivation’ Video

Beloveds, Normani has landed.

On Thursday, the former Fifth Harmony singer dropped the video to her first non-collab song (she previously dueted with Sam Smith on “Dancing With a Stranger”), and every Hot Girl and City Boy under the sound of her voice felt their lungs expand, their skin glisten, their brows get fuller, their teeth get whiter, and the backs of their ears miraculously started...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 15, 2019 at 02:00.

House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation Into Trump Decision to Bring Back Federal Death Penalty

House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation Into Trump Decision to Bring Back Federal Death Penalty

On Wednesday afternoon, the House Oversight and Reform committee launched an investigation into the Department of Justice’s recent decision to resume executions of inmates on federal death row. The decision, announced by Attorney General William Barr late last month, marked the end of a 16-year hiatus on federal executions. Now, House Democrats are demanding answers on how the administration...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 14, 2019 at 21:11. 1 comments

Don Lemon Sued for Alleged Sexual Assault by New York Bartender, CNN Defends News Anchor

Don Lemon Sued for Alleged Sexual Assault by New York Bartender, CNN Defends News Anchor

A New Jersey bartender has filed a lawsuit against CNN anchor Don Lemon for an alleged sexual assault that took place in a Hamptons, N.Y., bar last summer. Filed on Sunday, the suit seeks unspecified damages for the “demeaning, unprovoked and offensive assault.”

First reported by Mediaite, Dustin Hice claims Lemon assaulted him in July 2018 at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern, after Hice had wrapped...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 14, 2019 at 02:52. 1 comments

‘You Need Me, I Don't Need You’? Jay-Z and the NFL Are Now Doing Business Together

‘You Need Me, I Don't Need You’? Jay-Z and the NFL Are Now Doing Business Together

Jay-Z and his entertainment and sports company, Roc Nation, will be partnering up with the NFL starting this year to serve as the league’s “live music entertainment strategist.” The collaboration comes despite Jay-Z having been, for a time, a vocal critic of the league, due to the way they handled widespread police brutality protests during the 2016-2017 season.

You know, the whole...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 14, 2019 at 00:30.

Baltimore H.S. Principal Trying to Teach His Son a Lesson About Police Interactions Gets Verbally Abused by Cop

Baltimore H.S. Principal Trying to Teach His Son a Lesson About Police Interactions Gets Verbally Abused by Cop

A Baltimore high school principal is speaking out about an incident with a white county cop in which the officer degraded and demeaned him in front of his son.

Vance Benton, who heads up Patterson High School in East Baltimore, wrote a letter to county officials about a July incident not far from his house, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Benton wrote he had never experienced that level of...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 13, 2019 at 21:40. 2 comments

Black-ish Creator Kenya Barris Files for Divorce Rania ‘Rainbow’ Barris After 20 Years of Marriage

Black-ish Creator Kenya Barris Files for Divorce Rania ‘Rainbow’ Barris After 20 Years of Marriage

For years, producer Kenya Barris and his wife, Dr. Rania “Rainbow” Barris’ relationship helped inspire plotlines on Black-ish, Barris’ acclaimed and widely-watched ABC sitcom. Now, the two are parting ways.

The Associated Press reports Barris filed for divorce last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, on what was his 45th birthday.

The couple, married since 1999, have six kids together, and...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 11, 2019. 12 comments

The Number One Stunner: GOAT Simone Biles Becomes 1st Person in History to Land Double-Double Dismount

The Number One Stunner: GOAT Simone Biles Becomes 1st Person in History to Land Double-Double Dismount

Here it comes: your regular reminder that Simone Biles is the most dominant athlete alive—and, at 22, the Greatest Gymnast of All Time.

Biles made history again this weekend at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, where she became the first person ever to land two twists and two somersaults coming off the high beam.

Here it is:

And because you definitely need to see it in...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 11, 2019. 23 comments

Florida White Supremacist Arrested for Plot to Shoot Up Walmart; FBI Still Fixated on ‘Black Identity Extremists’

Florida White Supremacist Arrested for Plot to Shoot Up Walmart; FBI Still Fixated on ‘Black Identity Extremists’

Florida cops arrested a 26-year-old man Friday after he threatened to shoot up a Walmart—an instant callback to the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, last week that claimed 22 lives.

As ABC News reports, Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials say Richard Clayton posted on his Facebook account on August 6, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 11, 2019. 18 comments

Back at It Again: Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Attempts to Connect Epstein Death to Clintons

Back at It Again: Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Attempts to Connect Epstein Death to Clintons

The Leader of the (allegedly) Free World is once again circulating baseless conspiracy theories—this time concerning the death of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was accused of operating a global sex-trafficking ring in which underage girls were sexually abused and raped.

In this case, Trump retweeted “comedian” and Trump supporter Terrence K. Williams, who...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 11, 2019. 1 comments

Officer-Involved Killings Now a Leading Cause of Death For Young Men in America

Officer-Involved Killings Now a Leading Cause of Death For Young Men in America

It’s a data point as American as it is macabre, but a new study has identified police killings as a leading cause of death among young American men.

The research, recently published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, finds officer-involved deaths (shootings, chokeholds, and other uses of force) to be the 6th leading cause of death among all men ages 25 to 29. Out of...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 11, 2019.

Idris Elba Takes the Yee-Haw Agenda to North Philly in 'Concrete Cowboys' Movie

Idris Elba Takes the Yee-Haw Agenda to North Philly in 'Concrete Cowboys' Movie

Idris Elba is swapping out the tailored suit for some denim-on-denim action.

The actor and everyone’s most beloved ex-boyfriend was spotted riding a horse in North Philly this week as production for his new film, Concrete Cowboys, kicks into gear. The film, which costars Stranger Things’ Caled McLaughlin, is inspired by a real-life black urban horsemanship community in the City of Brotherly...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 10, 2019. 3 comments

Black Homebuyer Finds KKK Application in Cop's Home—Sheds New Light on Shooting Death of Black Man in 2009

Black Homebuyer Finds KKK Application in Cop's Home—Sheds New Light on Shooting Death of Black Man in 2009

Rob Mathis was ready to make an offer on the house—a grand 5-bedroom home sitting on 22 acres in the small town of Holton, Michigan. But during a recent tour of the property, a quick rundown of the home’s decor put Mathis and his wife, Reyna on edge: A NASCAR-decorated garage housing two Confederate flags, Confederate placemats (imagine loving the the Dixie flag so much you can’t even...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 10, 2019. 4 comments

Green Privilege: Frontier Airlines Is Offering Free Flights to Passengers With ‘Green’ Last Names

Green Privilege: Frontier Airlines Is Offering Free Flights to Passengers With ‘Green’ Last Names

Looking to sneak away for a cheap, last-minute summer vacay? Looks like Frontier Airlines may have you covered—if your last name is “Green” or “Greene,” that is.

The Colorado-based airline is giving away flights of up to $400 in value to promote its “Green Week,” CNN reports. The initiative is meant to draw attention to Frontier’s eco-friendliness.

It does come with certain caveats, of course....

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 10, 2019.

Jazmine Headley, Violently Arrested for Sitting on the Floor of a Human Resources Building, Sues New York City

Jazmine Headley, Violently Arrested for Sitting on the Floor of a Human Resources Building, Sues New York City

Her screams were bloodcurdling.

Last December, exhausted after a three-hour wait at the Human Resources Administration (HRA) building in Brooklyn, where she’d gone to address an issue with her childcare benefits, Jazmine Headley decided to sit on the floor next to her then-1-year-old son’s stroller. Not long after, HRA staff and NYPD officers demanded she stand—and when she refused, four cops...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 09, 2019.

Mike Brown’s Death Changed the World, but Local Activists Say It Hasn’t Changed Ferguson

Mike Brown’s Death Changed the World, but Local Activists Say It Hasn’t Changed Ferguson

Today marks five years since Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was far from the only black man to die at the hands of the police that year; other high-profile cases—Eric Garner died in New York months earlier, Laquan McDonald would be shot and killed later that fall—sparked protests and dominated headlines. But the uprising that surged through...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 09, 2019.

Black Man Walked With Rope by Mounted Police Has Mental Illness, According to Family: 'They Don't Care to Know the Whole Story'

Black Man Walked With Rope by Mounted Police Has Mental Illness, According to Family: 'They Don't Care to Know the Whole Story'

Family members of Donald Neely, the 43-year-old homeless man who was handcuffed and led by a rope by two white Galveston, Texas, officers on horseback last weekend, say he has struggled with mental illness for years—and that his condition was well documented.

Neely—whose arrest went viral after photos of him walking down the street, flanked by two mounted officers, his hands tied with rope,...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 08, 2019.

Invoking the Racist Dog Whistles of the Past, ICE Arrests Nearly 700 Undocumented Immigrants in Mississippi

Invoking the Racist Dog Whistles of the Past, ICE Arrests Nearly 700 Undocumented Immigrants in Mississippi

In what Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are touting as “the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history,” nearly 700 undocumented immigrants were detained in raids at food processing plants in Mississippi on Wednesday.

As CNN reports, the ICE raids hit seven sites in six different Mississippi cities. Many of those detained are parents of young...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 08, 2019. 1 comments

'Houston We Have a Problem': Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo Team Up for the Most Pure Hot Girl Video

'Houston We Have a Problem': Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo Team Up for the Most Pure Hot Girl Video

We are one day away from the release of Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj’s much-anticipated collaboration, “Hot Girl Summer,” but Meg found it in her heart to gift us with one more blessed hangout: her and the incomparable Lizzo.

The link-up started out as many Megan events do, with the Houston rapper pouring a generous portion of cognac down Lizzo’s throat (for the unacquainted, we call...

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