Black Celebrities

Russell Simmons Calls Don Lemon a “Dummy” for His Comments about Black People

Russell Simmons is a voice that gets heard when he speaks his mind.  Simmons has recently been outspoken on the topic of black incarceration, working with Dr. Boyce Watkins to write an open letter to President Barack Obama.  The letter was co-signed by 175 celebrities, scholars, activists and prominent public figures. Simmons tweeted this week about the recent comments by ...

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Thousands of Fans Leave R. Kelly Concert Tired and Angry

  Reported By: Britt L Saturday night in Cincinnati, Ohio, R. Kelly fans were livid. Get it?  Mad as h*ell! *silly giggle*. The Paul Brown Stadium was packed with angry fans because the infamous Kelly delayed the concert for up to an hour and a half. Reports say that he wasn’t even in the building. Kelly was set to perform after fellow singer, Kem at the annual Macy’s Music Festival when it became evident that he wouldn’t be there anytime soon. According to  the Urban Daily , the audience were graced with performances by Leela James, Morris Day and The Time, Fantasia and Kem. After the excitement died down with the sun, night approached and the crowd started to notice that R. Kelly was nowhere to be found. They one by one became agitated with the tardy Kelly and voices were raised demanding to see Kelly perform. The angry fans started to recite “Bring Ya A** Out,” which was a play on lyrics from Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet” series. After the silly gesture, it was Midnight and guests began to slowly but surely leave the stadium. Organizers of the show sent out the host of the event, Faith Daniels, to address the angry crowd. Fans boo’d her and made it seem like Kelly’s tardiness was all her fault. Some felt it was a  mistake to send Daniels to discuss the issue instead of the production company, Santangelo Group. It was believed that if they could take money from the concert goers then they should address their concerns personally. Kelly finally showed up to perform at 1 AM with only half of the audience still present. No apology nor explanation was given to the audience about his tardiness. Talk about Rude!

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Fugees “Killing Me Softly” Video Director Sentenced to 90 Years For Impregnating Daughter

Video producer Aswad Ayinde was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of r@ping and impregnating his daughter, according to the New York Post. Courtesy: New York Post Ayinde, 55, was sentenced to 50 years for r@ping a daughter and is already serving a 40 years for s*xually assaulting another daughter. He is alleged to have been trying to create a “pure” line by having children with his own daughters. The New Jersey convict, who is best known for directing the Fugees video “Killing Me Softly”, was convicted in March of s*xually assaulting his second daughter from the ages of 8 through 22, impregnating her four times. His first conviction, however, came in 2010, when his wife revealed that he thought “the world was going to end, and it was just going to be him and his offspring and that he was chosen.” To prevent anyone from learning of his apocalyptic plan, Ayinde would often assault his daughters in an abandoned funeral home and he’d deliver the babies at home. Also, since the kids were home-schooled, they didn’t have to worry about questions from classmates. “No one really asked questions of each other because somebody would tell on somebody and somebody would get in trouble,” said his wife, Beverly Ayinde, in 2010, who says she remained with her husband out of fear. “I was afraid to ever accuse him of being demented or being a pedophile. I knew the word, but I wouldn’t dare use it because it would result in a beating,” she said said. Ayinde, who also goes by the name of Charles McGill, won “Best R&B Video” at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards.          

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Nene Leakes Sued for $1 Million by Wedding Planner Who Says She Wasn’t Paid

You plan the marriage of Nene Leakes and you expect that it’s going to be the biggest payday of your life.  You believe that every famous person is rich and that a person would never possibly be on reality TV while pretending to have more money than they really have (yea, right). Welcome to the world of Tiffany Cook, the woman who claims she had the honor of planning the wedding for Nene Leakes from “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”  Cook says that Nene hired her company, “Dream Design Weddings” to handle all of the arrangements for her marriage to Gregg Leakes in June of 2013.   The wedding is set to be aired on BRAVO later this year. Cook says that Leakes promised to pay her 15% of the wedding budget plus the fees for design, execution and everything else.  There were also some travel expenses in there too. The total cost of the wedding?  $1.8 million dollars?  Yes, that’s money that could have been used to pay for a new home, to make investments or to do something worthwhile.  But it was all spent on a one day ceremony for a wedding that may not even last as long as we hope that it will. Cook says that she was due $270,000 for her 15% deposit, plus another $899,900 for design fees.   How much did she say that Nene paid?  Just $18,750.  That leaves another $1,142,900 on the balance.   Cook wants $2.5 million now, since there’s always a price when you’re sent to the bill collectors for payment.  SMH. To make matters even crazier, a rep for Nene says that Cook wasn’t even the wedding planner.  They say that it was someone else by the name of Tony Conway.  That makes a lot of sense. “This lawsuit has no merit and it appears to be a baseless attempt to grab 15 min of fame,” the rep told TMZ. So, who’s lying here?  If this woman wasn’t the wedding planner, then why did Nene give her $18,000?  

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Ohio Gun Association Raises Money To Pay For George Zimmerman’s Protection

  Reported By: Britt L An Ohio firearms group is providing support for George Zimmerman. The Buckeye’s Firearm’s Foundation has raised more than $12,000 to be spent a security system or guns for George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed African American teenager, Trayvon Martin. Although the gesture made by the gun association was generous, the check maybe used to pay off Zimmerman’s lawyer fees. When the group found out that Zimmerman’s gun would be taken away, immediate action was undertaken to help him. Since the group believed that Zimmerman’s gun rights are being violated by the U.S. Department of Justice, they raised $12,150.37 at a fundraiser to pay for his protection. The department has taken all the evidence from the Martin trial, including the gun that killed him, as part of a civil rights investigation. Zimmerman was acquitted in early July of man slaughter and second-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman told police he shot 17-year-old Martin after the black teenager attacked him; Martin’s family and supporters say Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled Martin as a potential criminal and wrongly followed him. Zimmerman’s verdict read not guilty on the account of self defense and the “stand Your Ground Law” that exists in Florida. After the verdict, federal officials and the NAACP decided to create petitions in efforts to charge Zimmerman with violating Martin’s civil rights. Zimmerman’s brother and attorney claims that Zimmerman frequently receives death threats and is in constant fear for his life. “The Buckeye Firearms Foundation’s check is meant to be spent on guns, ammunition, protective gear or a security system,” said Ken Hanson, the group’s legal chairman. “The Department of Justice refused to return him his gun, and he’s in need of protection,” Hanson said. “The money is intended to be used for anything he needs to defend himself or his family. He has complete discretion on how to use the money,” Hanson went on to explain. The cashier’s check was sent through certified mail and was scheduled to be delivered this Friday. Spokesperson for Zimmerman, Shawn Vincent, said before his acquittal, all donations Zimmerman received were deposited into a fund specifically made to pay for his legal defense costs and fees. However, the amount of the donations has not been disclosed to the public. Shawn Vincent explained that the legal fees that piled up during the trial have exceeded the $120,000 that Zimmerman’s attorneys said would be needed to put on a winning defense before the trial started in May. The fund had raised almost $315,000 in January. The latest fundraiser began last week and ended Tuesday. Ken Hanson said donations were sent from 48 states and three other countries.

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Former Black American Idol Contestant’s Are Suing American Idol for 25 Million APiece

By: Madam Prezident 10 former African American contestants are suing American Idol. However; the question remain "Do they have a case"? Reports, are showing that each contestant that felt some form of racial discrimination is requesting 25 million dollars apiece. Which is more money than Mariah Carey got as a judge on the show. The contestants felt discriminated against by the different criminal questions they were asked oppose to other races. I'm not sure if these contestant's have a case, but I am sure of one thing "They are asking for a whole lot of cash". Do the winner's of the show get that kind of cash?  Earlier this year, it surfaced that former contestants on “American Idol” felt the show was racist and discriminated against black contestants, specifically African-American males. Allegations that they had been kicked off the show for arrest charges for which they were never convicted, seemed a compelling argument at first. After years of airing the popular talent show, it wasn’t likely that the African-Americans were the only contestants who had some type of arrest charges on file. The former contestants’ attorney, James H. Freeman, accused the show of using his clients’ previous arrests to make them look like “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants” and also pointed out that only black contestants had been questioned about their criminal pasts. While it certainly seems like a powerful case, the plaintiffs are demanding an unusual amount of money that just doesn’t add up, even if the allegations are true. source The post Former Black American Idol Contestant’s Are Suing American Idol for 25 Million APiece appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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Nicki Minaj Gets Proposal from Rapper, Along with 10 Karat Ring

Is Nicki Minaj going to tie the knot?  If DJ Khaled gets his way, this might be in the cards for her.  Right before he dropped his seventh album, Khaled surprised everyone by proposing to Nicki in MTV. “Nicki Minaj, I’m at MTV, I’m going to be honest with you; I love you,” Khaled said to the camera.”I like you, I want you, I want you to be mine.” That’s when Khaled followed with the bomshell: “Nicki Minaj, will you marry me?” It doesn’t seem like he was kidding with his proposal.   The ring is reportedly stuffed with diamonds, valued at $500,000.   The 10 karat surprise is perfect for all of the materialism that we see in hip-hop these days.  Rappers love to spend all their money on jewelry and then go broke. “We got the same symptoms, we’re both suffering from success,” he said. “[If] you gotta take your time and think about it, I overstand, but I know I have to be here today to let you know how serious I am and how serious this is to me.” Nicki hasn’t given an answer yet.  Do you think he’s serious or is this a publicity stunt?  It is interesting that he chose to propose on national television and also mentioned the title of his album a bunch of times.  Do you think this is real?

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Financially Dead: After Blowing Millions, NFL Star Vince Young Sued for $1.7M Default

The once promising NFL quarterback, Vince Young, has been met with another defeat. This past week, officials from Harris County arrived at his home to enforce a $1.7 million dollar judgment against him. According to KHOU.com : “They took an inventory of his possessions—furniture, jewelry, artwork, to tally up how much it’s all worth. The former University of Texas star is allowed to keep $60,000 in personal property off the table as “exemptions,” but the rest could go up for sale at public auction to satisfy that court judgment. The $1.7 million was from a high-risk loan Young took out during the 2011 NFL lockout from the New-York firm Pro Player Funding. Young defaulted on the loan, Pro-Player took him to court, and obtained a judgment in July 2012.  But ever since, Young has been fighting the judgment, claiming he didn’t know what he was signing and was duped by his former financial advisor Ronnie Peoples. Trey Dolezal, Young’s attorney, called the constables’ visit “gorilla tactics” by opposing attorneys, and tried to get a temporary restraining order to stop them. Harris County judge Dan Hinde denied that motion Tuesday afternoon. Sean Bellew, attorney for Pro Player Funding, said they were well within their rights, and pursued this avenue as a last resort after spending a year chasing Young for the money he owes.” Vince Young is one of many NFL players who went from multi-million dollar salaries to being on the brink of destitution. In fact according to a recent study, 78% of all NFL players go bankrupt within five years of retirement.  

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Good Deed: Beyonce Invites Boston’s Marathon Survivors Backstage After Concert

By: Madam Prezident Beyonce have been spotted giving good deeds all week.  She was spotted at a rally for Trayvon Martin last week in Brooklyn, and her most recent known act of kindness was when she allowed a few of Boston's Marathon Survivors backstage for a few pics, and hang out time with Queen Bey. The fans/ survivors were Mery Daniel, Adrianne Haslet and Heather Abbott, all three of these young ladies lost a leg during the attack on Boston three months ago. God bless these ladies and Beyonce for her act of Kindness.  Queen Bey, who is in the middle of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, finished her Boston, Mass., concert last night and gave special fans a wonderful surprise. Instead of signing off and retreating to her trailer, the triple threat took three Boston Marathon survivors backstage for a meet-and-greet session at TD Garden. Beyonce is familiar with using her fame for motivational good. The singer and her husband Jay Z (no hyphen) attended the Trayvon Martin rally Saturday in NYC, visibly protesting the Stand Your Ground law. Her heartwarming moment with the marathon survivors further proves she can do no wrong. source The post Good Deed: Beyonce Invites Boston’s Marathon Survivors Backstage After Concert appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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