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Nick Gordon catches another charge for hanging out with girlfriend after a domestic abuse incident

Nick Gordon catches another charge for hanging out with girlfriend after a domestic abuse incident.

Via TMZ:

The State Attorney’s Office in Seminole County, FL just announced the charge against Gordon. On March 19  cops were called  to his girlfriend  Laura Leal‘s apartment after an anonymous tipster  told them Nick was there . Nick had been ordered by a judge to have no contact with Leal. 

The misdemeanor charge comes on the heels of Gordon being  criminally cleared  of the domestic violence charges. Leal told cops she’d actually attacked Nick, and  police body cam footage  from the incident showed Gordon distraught and his shirt ripped.  Nick will have to be back in court next month to face the charge.  As far as we know, he and Laura are still together.

Kim Kardashian is getting ready to launch a lingerie and shapewear line

Kim Kardashian is getting ready to launch a lingerie and shapewear line.

Via TMZ:

Sources close to KKW tell us for the last several months Kim’s been developing a new brand that will serve all women. We’re told it’s not just Kim’s name that will appear on the product … she’s had a hand in just about every aspect of the line’s foundation — from design to marketing — and will run it top to bottom.

Our sources say Kim’s teamed up with the same group behind  Khloe ‘s successful  Good American brand as well as  Frame and  MR Porter. We’re told Kim’s line won’t be just a limited luxury brand, instead she’s aiming to serve the masses.

Kanye West announces new album! Name + Date!

Kanye West announces new album!

He hopped on Twitter last night to let his fans know he has new music coming!

June 1st — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018 my album is 7 songs — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018 me and Cudi album June 8th — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018 it's called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

 

Dang Bey! Beyonce’s Coachella week 2 performance will not be streamed on YouTube

Dang Bey! Beyonce’s Coachella week 2 performance will not be streamed on YouTube.

Via Billboard:

She’ll be back on stage on Saturday (Apr. 21) in Indio, California, but just like the past 8 years, a spokesperson for YouTube confirmed that weekend 2 will not be streamed. And while you may not be able to see Beyoncé bring out husband  JAY-Z, sister  Solange and her former  Destiny’s Child bandmates (if she does that again), the spokesperson said fans can still check out the video-on-demand clips of 94 artist’s performances on the  official Coachella YouTube page.

Oh no not Oprah! She’s alledgedly being sued by a pastor for stealing ‘Green Leaf’ show idea

Oh no not Oprah! She’s alledgedly being sued by a pastor for stealing ‘Green Leaf’ show idea.

Via TMZ:

A screenwriter named Shannan Lynette Wynn and a pastor she teamed up with to create a TV drama called “Justice & Glory” claim they met with Oprah’s team at OWN in fall 2014 and pitched their idea … and got great feedback.

According to the docs … they were lured by OWN for more ideas and versions of their pitch, but eventually got cut off. Years later, they claim “Greenleaf” premiered and featured the exact same characters and storylines from their original pitch.

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Interesting note — Wynn and the pastor claim they pitched their idea to ABC previously as well, but were told there was no interest … but they believe ABC was in cahoots with Oprah to rip them off.

Wynn and the pastor are asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. We reached out to Oprah’s team … no word back so far.

Chadwick Boseman is returning to his alma mater Howard University to give the commencment address

How dope is this!

‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman is returning to his alma mater Howard University to give the commencment address.

Via Page Six:

The university announced Wednesday that  Chadwick Boseman will give the keynote address at Howard’s 150th commencement ceremony on May 12.

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News outlets report Boseman will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, the university’s highest honor.

Howard University President Wayne Frederick said his role in the blockbuster “Black Panther” film “reminds us of the excellence found in the African diaspora and how Howard continues to be a gem that produces the next generation of artist-scholars, humanitarians, scientists, engineers and doctors.”

The South Carolina native also starred in movies portraying Jackie Robinson, James Brown and fellow Howard graduate Thurgood Marshall.

Michelle Williams is ENGAGED to Pastor Chad Johnson

Love is a beautiful thing!

Michelle Williams is ENGAGED to Pastor Chad Johnson.

Via People:

After meeting at a spiritual retreat in March of 2017, Williams, 37, and Johnson, 40, kept in touch, building a strong relationship through conversations on Instagram, over text message and via FaceTime calls. They took their whirlwind romance public in July; on March 21, Johnson popped the question with a stunning 5-carat engagement ring; and the happy couple plan to wed this summer.

Toni Braxton says she wants a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed wedding with Birdman

Toni Braxton says she wants a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed wedding with Birdman.

Via Page Six:

“This is my second wedding, and I’m over 40,” she quipped to People. “It’s like Carrie Bradshaw, the last bride. It’ll be elegant and a little sexy.”

Braxton  broke her engagement news in the Season 6 trailer of “Braxton Family Values.”

Rumors have been persistent for years that the singer and the rapper, 49, have been dating but neither would confirm.

“He’s been my bestie for like 15 or 16 years,” she said. Things went from platonic to romantic in 2016 amid her health woes brought on by lupus. “Every day I had a show, he came.”

In January, radio personality Angie Martinez attempted to get some details about their romantic life together. Braxton didn’t budge, but she did offer a tiny glimpse into what the tattoo-covered rapper is like.

“He’s a gentleman,” Braxton said. “He’s such a gentleman. Opening doors … I promise you.”

She also says Birdman, whose real name is Bryan Williams, is “very traditional.”

Paula Patton has a new boo! BUT he’s married!

Paula Patton has a new boo! BUT he’s married!

His name is Zachary Quittman and he’s been married for about 20 years.

Via Page Six:

“They’re married, they’re not even legally separated,” a source exclusively told Page Six of Zachary Quittman, the man  the actress recently gushed about in an interview while promoting her new movie “Traffik.”
“He doesn’t even have his stuff out of the house,” the source said Tuesday. Patton’s new love interest, 37, who has been with his wife for nearly 20 years, is a real estate agent in Malibu and also “coaches a lot of kids sports [teams], so he’s known by a lot of families.” Coincidentally, Patton, 42,  told Extra that they met through their kids’ sports activities in what she described as “a suburban romance.” “If you have a kid and you have a basketball game, look at the daddies. He’s got kids, I got a kid. It’s one of those!” she said. When reached by phone Tuesday, Quittman declined to comment. “I’m just kind of disgusted that [Paula] is being that callous to talk about the basketball game when we come from a very small town and everybody knows about this,” the source added in response to the specifics discussed in Patton’s interview. Describing the father of two, another source told us, “He’s like a trust fund kid, his mom is like no. 1 in real estate, he’s a good salesperson, so I’m sure he’s selling himself … he hasn’t really made anything of himself in his life and being in the spotlight is great for him,” adding, “he’s all about what he looks like, his body, his tattoos, he’s a very selfish man.” Quittman has been living with Patton since the two started seeing each other approximately a month ago and has been tagging along on her “Traffik” press tour. We’re also told he will be joining her in London next week. Quittman’s now-estranged wife, who “thought [Patton] was nice,” having spent time with her in social settings with other moms, “has just been shocked.” “She’s on the floor, [but] she’s so worried about the safety of the kids,” the source said. “She just doesn’t want to rock the boat.” She will now start to pursue legal action toward divorce. Patton has a son, Julian, 8, with singer  Robin Thicke. The former couple has been in a nasty custody battle since the beginning of 2017. Thicke has since been dating 20-something model April Love Geary, with whom  he just welcomed a child in February. “[Patton] paints herself as the jilted woman who was left for another woman, but she’s doing the same f–king s–t, she’s a hypocrite,” the source said.

Khloe Kardashian reportedly didn’t know if she wanted her daughter True to have her last name or Tristan’s

Khloe Kardashian reportedly didn’t know if she wanted her daughter True to have her last name or Tristan’s.

Via TMZ:

Our Kardashians sources tell us … Khloe chose the name True about a month ago, and up until the cheating scandal broke — it was a lock that True’s last name would be her father’s.

We’re told that quickly faded after video from October surfaced — days before Khloe went into labor — of Tristan cheating on her … and she was beyond conflicted on whether to go with Kardashian or Thompson when it was time to fill out True’s birth certificate.

Our Kardashian sources say it took Khloe a couple days after True was born before she finally decided the right thing to do was give the baby Tristan’s surname.

It’s interesting … someone close to Khloe placed an order for blankets and other baby stuff at Petit Tresor in Bev Hills. We’re told the order was placed right when the scandal broke and the store was told not to embroider the initials until Khloe made her decision. The call was finally made Monday to use the initials TT.

Russell Simmons claims that his Jane Doe lawsuit is extortion

Russell Simmons claims that his Jane Doe lawsuit is extortion.

Via TMZ:

Russell Simmons  says the vile allegations against him in a lawsuit filed by Jane Doe are pure fiction, and an extortion attempt to extract money from a rich man.

Simmons filed new legal docs in the case where a woman claimed he raped her after meeting her at a concert. Simmons says in the docs, obtained by TMZ, the suit is an attempt “to extort large sums of money from Mr. Simmons and for her lawyer to try to make a name for himself.

Russell calls the lawsuit “a work of pure fiction.” But he says there’s a more fundamental reason why the case should be tossed. He notes the woman claimed the alleged rape occurred in 1988 … and the statute of limitations has long since run on any such claim.

As we reported … Jane Doe claims  she met Simmons  at a hip-hop concert she was at with her elementary school-aged son, and ended up at his hotel room later that night after she dropped off her kid. She accused Simmons of threatening her son when she rejected his advances, then threw her on the bed and raped her. She’s suing for $10 million. 

Wow! Beyonce’s Coachella performance has broke the record for the most viewed Coachella performance of all time!

Wow! Beyonce’s Coachella performance has broke the record for the most viewed Coachella performance of all time!

Via Billboard:

Beyonce’s two-hour performance — dubbed “Beychella” by fans — was streamed simultaneously by 458,000 viewers on YouTube worldwide. It all went down a year after Bey postponed her scheduled 2017 appearance due to her pregnancy with the twins, and it seems like the star-studded show — featuring a reunited Destiny’s Child and Bey’s husband JAY-Z and sister  Solange — proved it was worth the wait.

This year was Coachella’s biggest yet on YouTube, with more than 43.1 million views and streams from 232 countries. The Coachella live stream was also the most-viewed live festival ever for the video platform.

Oh no! Usher’s home was burglarized with over $820,000 worth of jewlery and cash stolen!

Oh no! Usher’s home was burglarized with over $820,000 worth of jewlery and cash stolen!

Via Page Six:

Thieves stole about $820,000 in jewelry and cash from the R&B crooner’s home,  according to The BlastUsher’s estranged wife, Grace Miguel, reported the house had been broken into after she learned of the incident from the housekeeper on March 29.

The housekeeper reportedly told Miguel that she “discovered a footprint on the second floor, a handprint on the pillow in the lower floor, and the curtains to the lower floor window were open.” She went to look at the security footage to check if anyone could be seen but “noticed that the recording box was missing and connecting wires were cut.”

When Miguel arrived at the house, which is currently on the market to sell, she confirmed some of Usher’s jewelry had been stolen, as well as $20,000 in cash.

The thieves stole six watches, the most expensive of which cost $220,000, and a rose gold Jesus necklace worth $200,000.

Yasss! Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN’

Yasss! Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN’

Via Love B Scott:

Kendrick Lamar continues to make history.

His album ‘DAMN’ just won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for music.

With this win, Kendrick has become the first non-classical or jazz artist ever to win the award.

The Pulitzer board on Monday called ‘DAMN’ a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

Drake announces new album ‘Scorpion’

Drake announces new album ‘Scorpion’

Via Love B Scott:

 

Drake is about to hit us with new music for the summer.

As his latest single “Nice for What” replaces his last single “God’s Plan” on the Billboard Hot 100 (making him the first artists to do so), Drizzy has announced a new album set for June.

Beyonce announces $100k in scholarships for HBCU’s

Beyonce announces $100k in scholarships for HBCU’s!

Go Bey go!

Via Rolling Stone:

Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD, said the program salutes “the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” She added, “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

Beyoncé  established the scholarship in April 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of her 2016 visual LP,  Lemonade. While the first year spotlighted young women, the 2018-2019 year will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender.

The associated disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. Applicants must maintain a 3.5 or better GPA. The four universities will select all finalists and winners, with recipients announced this summer.

Beyoncé honored the history of HBCUs during her  headlining Coachella set on Saturday, incorporating over 150 musicians and dancers – including a marching band and choir – into her detailed set, which also included guest spots from Jay Z, Solange and her  former Destiny’s Childmembers.

Okuuuuuur! Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ debut’s at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Chart

Okuuuuuur!

Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ debut’s at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Chart!

Via Billboard:

Here are some of the stellar feats that Cardi B achieves with Invasion of Privacy’s debut at No. 1:

—  Cardi B becomes the fifth female rapper to top the Billboard 200 albums chart. She follows  Nicki Minaj (with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012 and Pink Friday in 2011),  Eve (Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, 1999),  Foxy Brown (Chyna Doll in 1999 and the collaborative album The Firm in 1997, with  NasAZ and Nature) and  Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, 1998).

—  Invasion of Privacy bows with the largest on-demand audio streaming week ever for an album by a woman. Invasion launches with 255,000 equivalent album units overall, and of that sum, 135,000 were in SEA units. That translates to 202.6 million streams of the tracks on the album during its debut frame. Invasion easily bests the previous record-holder,  Beyoncé‘s Lemonade, which launched with 77,000 SEA units (115.2 million streams) on the May 14, 2016-dated chart.

—  Invasion logs the biggest streaming week for a debut studio album, trumping the arrival of Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2, which bowed with 100,000 SEA units (150.6 million streams) on the Sept 16, 2017-dated list.

—  Second-biggest streaming week for an album in 2018: Invasion nabs the second-largest streaming week for an album this year, behind only the debut of  Migos‘ Culture II (149,000 SEA units; 224.6 million on-demand audio streams).

—  Seventh-largest streaming week for an album ever: Invasion’s big streaming start marks the seventh-largest streaming week for an album, and the fifth biggest debut ever.  Drake‘s More Life continues to hold the record for the largest streaming frame overall, when it claimed 257,000 SEA units in its opening frame (chart dated April 8, 2017), equaling 384.8 million on-demand audio streams.

—  Invasion’s start of 255,000 units is the second-biggest week overall for an album in 2018, trailing only the bow of Timberlake’s Man of the Woods (293,000 units). Further, Invasion notches the largest week for an R&B; or hip-hop album since  Eminem‘s Revival started with 267,000 units in the tracking week ending Dec. 21, 2017; and the biggest week for an R&B; or hip-hop album by a woman since Beyoncé’s Lemonade tallied 321,000 units in its second week on the list (May 21, 2016-dated chart).Invasion’s solid album sales figure of 103,000 is notable, considering many hip-hop albums by newer artists tend to be largely driven by streams and have relatively little album sales. Invasion has the largest sales week for an R&B; or hip-hop album since Eminem’s Revival bowed with 197,000 copies sold.

Further, Invasion was only available to purchase as a digital album. It’s the fifth album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2018 that was initially only available as a digital download and via streaming services (following  The Weeknd‘s My Dear Melancholy, XXXTENTACION’s ?,  Logic‘s Bobby Tarantino II and  Migos‘ Culture II).

Eww! One of R.Kelly’s rape cult accusers is claiming he infected her with an STD

Eww! One of R.Kelly’s rape cult accusers is claiming he infected her with an STD.

Via NYDN:

The unidentified woman, who was just 19 when she started dating the “Ignition” singer last June, filed last week with the Dallas Police Department and is preparing a federal civil complaint, according to documents acquired by the Daily News.

Lee Merritt, the woman’s attorney, claims his client ended her relationship with Kelly in February, but that the union had been fraught with “several forms of criminal misconduct” by the singer, including “unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection).”

The complaint alleges that Kelly was grooming the woman to join his alleged “sex cult,” and that she had been told she would have to sign a contract and cough up sensitive information about her and her family as “collateral.”

“As Kelly’s predatory, controlling and abusive behavior evolved, our client abruptly ended their relationship in February of 2018,” Merritt said in the filing.

A representative for the singer “categorically” denied all of the woman’s allegations in a statement to the  Washington Post.

Kelly’s shocking lifestyle first gained mainstream media attention in July thanks to a  BuzzFeed exposéthat included interviews with Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, who claimed their daughter Jocelyn was being held against her will at one of Kelly’s homes.

The singer’s latest accuser reportedly reached out via social media to the Savages, who praised her “bravery” in coming forward with her accusations against Kelly, and expressed hope that she could potentially be the witness that helps put an end to his alleged crimes.

“We felt from the beginning that the reason he’s holding the girls is he has some kind of STD that he couldn’t cure,” Timothy told the Post.

Various accusers have emerged since the exposé was published, with all telling tales of a manipulative singer who used his fame to lure them into a controlling “sex pad,” where he controlled everything from how they dressed to who they spoke to.

One accuser, Kitti Jones, has spoken out multiple times about the mental, verbal and physical abuse she endured over the course of her two-year relationship with Kelly.

In a recent documentary, she  claimed the singer groomed her to be one of his “sex pets” when she was just 14 years old, and that he forced her to have sex with other women, threatening her if she said no.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, I didn’t want to do it and I would tell him I didn’t want to do it,” she said in October.

Oh no! Vincent Herbert has been banned from Tamar’s condo in Beverly Hills following a huge altercation

Oh no! Vincent Herbert has been banned from Tamar’s condo in Beverly Hills following a huge altercation.

Via TMZ:

Sources familiar with the matter tell us, Tamar and  Vincent Herbert  got into a heated argument Tuesday night that got so out of hand, security at her Bev Hills condo escorted him out and told him he’s no longer allowed in the building.

It’s unclear what started the battle, but it’s a good bet it’s fallout from the drama that started  over the holidays .

We’re told building security acted so swiftly, cops weren’t needed, but Vince was told if he returns … cops WILL be there, stat!

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