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  • 06/30/15--13:15: Life Under the Lights
  • invisible life

    The year was 1994. The world rode shotgun with OJ Simpson as he cruised at leisure down a Los Angeles freeway, Michael Jackson married the heir to Elvis’ throne and E. Lynn Harris introduced the world to the controversial conundrum that is the “down-low” in his debut novel, Invisible Life. Now, two decades later, the emotional and erotically charged work will come to life under the spotlights of the legendary Apollo Theater.

    In Invisible Life The Musical, the characters we learned to adore, abhor and admire will be brought to life by Tony Award nominees Brenda Braxton and Vivian Reed, Milton Craig Nealy and Grammy-nominated singer and actress Frenchie Davis. Directed by Proteus Spann and scored by Ashford & Simpson, catch the production in its final showing, tonight. If you don’t, you’ll only be missing the opportunity to see Raymond and Basil’s romance play out to intense ballads and of course, you’ll miss Kyle’s epic ball performance in a sequin jumpsuit fit for a queen!

    Photo: The cast celebrates co-directors and script writers of Invisible Life the Musical Javon Johnson (L) Proteus Spann with composer Valerie Simpson at the Apollo

    -Satchel B. Jester


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    jacky alcine google photos

    Google is scrambling for a fix to image recognition software that’s been tagging black couples as gorillas. The flaw was called out by a Black programmer in New York who discovered a photo of he and a friend in an album tagged ‘Gorillas’.

    The programmer, Jacky Alcine, sent a series of strongly worded tweets to the tech giant, questioning what data was being used by Google Photos that would tag humans as animals, specifically black people as apes.

    ‘The only thing under this tag is my friend and I being tagged as a gorilla,’ one tweet read.

    ‘What kind of sample image data you collected that would result in this son?’

    ‘I understand how this happens, the problem is more so on the why.’

    The tweets got the attention of a Google official, who alerted programmers to the flawed code. When their first fix failed to solve the problem, Yonatan Zunger, chief architect of social at Google, later reported that the company disabled pictures from being tagged with ‘gorilla’ and ‘gorillas’ to avoid the issue for the short term.

    A Google spokesman said: ‘We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened. We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing. There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labeling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future.”

    Flickr’s automatic photo tagging function also came under scrutiny this year for mislabeling.

    Colby C.


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    The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Cuba is the first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Only two babies have been born with HIV and only three were born with syphilis in 2013, which is a low enough standard to meet the WHO requirement for certification.

    Cuba provides basic health care to all citizens, despite its poverty. Since 1988, it has suppressed the transmission of HIV. Initially, it forcibly quarantined sufferers of the virus, but, in 1993, switched over to testing and treatment, according to the New York Times.

    The Caribbean country was able to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV through a five-year program by WHO and the Pan American Health Organization. Through the program, pregnant women were tested for HIV and women who tested positive received treatment. “Effective treatment of HIV in pregnant women can reduce the risk of passing the disease to a child to just 1 [percent], down from as high as 45 [percent] otherwise,” according to Time.

    About 240,000 women transmitted HIV to their child while pregnant or giving birth in 2013. WHO hopes to see that number drop to less than 40,000 per year.

    [Image: Shutterstock]


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    Macy’s has been under pressure to dump Donald Trump for years. More than 730,000 people recently signed a MoveOn.org petition, calling for the retailer to end its clothing and accessories relationship with the former Celebrity Apprentice host, after he referred to Mexican immigrants as “killers and rapists.” Macy’s has finally gotten the memo and confirmed that it will discontinue the business relationship with Trump.

    In a statement today, Macy’s made the announcement:

    “We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”

    Angelo Carusone created the MoveOn.org petition and has led the “Dump Trump” effort since 2012 when Trump began his “birther” rhetoric against President Barack Obama. Carusone released the following statement after learning of Macy’s decision:

    “In the last few days, Donald Trump has demonstrated what participants in the Dump Trump effort have been warning Macy’s about for years — that Donald Trump’s brand of bigoted bullying is simply bad for business. After more than three years of allowing Donald Trump’s toxic brand to turn off thousands of customers and damage their own reputation, Macy’s has finally made the right decision to stop investing in and supporting Donald Trump. Onward!”

    Earlier this week, NBC announced it wouldn’t air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which it jointly owns with Trump, as a result of the Republican presidential candidate’s statements on immigrants from Mexico and other countries.


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    Sherri Shepherd

    Sherri Shepherd is officially a single woman again after a bitter, drawn out battle with now ex-husband Lamar Sally.  The former View host reached a settlement with Sally that includes paying child support for the son they had via surrogate.   But there’s a caveat in the arrangement.

    Until Lamar Jr. is 13, Shepherd will pay $4,100 per month, according to TMZ.  The monthly child support payment increases by $500 after he’s of age.  However, Shepherd is moving forward with a fraud case which alleges Sally tricked her into using a surrogate and planned to divorce her once the baby was born and pursue child support.

    If the court finds in favor of Shepherd, she’s no longer obligated to pay child support. And in the case of the frozen embryos the couple have in storage, she will not have to pay child support if Sally decides to use them.  (Shepherd wants them to be disposed of but Sally is on the fence.)

    Image: Getty

    Colby C.

     


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    Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband Adam Housley are now parents of two. The Real co-host gave birth to her second child, a daughter, at 2:54 p.m. Wednesday, July 1st. The 36-year-old actress and the senior Fox News correspondent named their daughter Ariah Talea Housley. Housley shared the news on Twitter yesterday.

    The couple, who has been married since 2011, announced the pregnancy on Instagram in January.

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    Mowry-Housley’s twin sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict tweeted her excitement about her niece.


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    Rihanna dropped an NSFW music video for her hit single “Bitch Better Have My Money” at midnight on July 2nd. The horrific video features torture, nudity, violence, intrigue, and of course Rihann’s typical foul yet colorful language.

    Just before the video was released, Rihanna tweeted that she had developed the concept. “Ya girl got director skillz!!!” she tweeted. “The concept for this piece came to me 8 months ago!!!

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    So just what is the concept for the “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video? Here’s how US describes it:

    “The definitely NSFW video tells the story of Rihanna attempting to extract money from the bitch (who turns out to be her accountant) by kidnapping his wife, putting her in a trunk and then subjecting her to all forms of torture.

    “As the accountant continues to fritter RiRi’s money away on girls and booze, Rihanna and her gangster team of women subject his blonde wife to a number of awful fates, including hanging naked from the ceiling, being pistol whipped, and then nearly drowned in a pool.

    “At one point Rihanna, her accomplices and her victim end up in a motel room getting high and drunk, before the 27-year old singer returns to her accountant’s home and dons latex gloves while picking out which knife, sword or saw she’s going to use to cause carnage in his house.

    “The shocking end to the story sees Rihanna, stripped totally naked and splattered with a load of blood, lying in the trunk, which is now full of bank notes — one of which carefully covers some of her modesty.”

    Watch “Bitch Better Have My Money” below and let us know what you think on Facebook.


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    Just in time for #ThrowbackThursday, ABC announces it will be reviving ’50s game show To Tell the Truth. Turns out that the comedic game show/variety show is the new project NeNe Leakes hinted at earlier this week along with her departure from Real Housewives of AtlantaAnthony Anderson hosts the six episode revival of the comedic game show/variety show.

    From ABC:

    Anderson will preside over four famous faces including legend Betty White (who has appeared on previous versions of the show) and actress NeNe Leakes. In each round they will be presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panel of celebrities will have a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth.

    Anderson’s brassy mother, Doris, will be the official scorekeeper and asking questions of her own, not to mention embarrassing her son every chance she gets. The celebrity panelist who performs the worst will have to tweet a lie about themselves to the world. Cheche and his Band of Liars will be the house band. Every episode will end with a show stopping stunt/performance.

    The celebrity panelists set to appear in each episode include:

    • Betty White – Seven-Time Emmy® Award Winning TV legend, actress, author and producer, and passionate supporter of animal health and welfare. Betty is known for her iconic television roles from “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
    • NeNe Leakes – Actress, TV personality, producer, author and fashion designer most recently seen on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

    Image: Instagram/NeNeLeakes

    Colby C.


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    Toast to freedom this fourth of July with these easy to replicate cocktail recipes.

    red white bluegrass cocktail

    Red, White & Bluegrass State

    2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

    2–3 large blackberries

    ½ part raspberry liqueur

    2 parts ginger ale

    Muddle 2 or 3 large blackberries in an Old Fashioned glass with a splash of raspberry liqueur. Add in equal parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and ginger ale. Stir gently. Top off with ice.
    SI Strawberry Firecracker
    Strawberry Firecracker

    Created by John Henderson, The Happiest Hour, NYC

    This sweet & bubbly concoction adds an exotic island flair to any beach bound fireworks celebration.

    1.5 parts Sugar Island Coconut

    1-2 strawberries

    0.5 parts fresh lime juice

    1-2 packets of your choice of sugar substitute

    Splash of ginger ale or ginger beer Muddle sweetener and strawberries together; add lime, rum and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with a splash of ginger ale (diet optional) or ginger beer. Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

    sangria floraSangria Flora

    3 Cups Sauvignon Blanc or Dry white wine

    ¾ Cups St-Germain French elderflower liqueur

    5 Fresh Strawberries (halved)

    5 Fresh Raspberries

    5 Fresh Blackberries

    10 Fresh Grapes

    Stir ingredients in a carafe. Let the mixture soak for 15 minutes (or longer if desired), then pour into ice-filled glasses. *The fruits listed are merely suggestions. Many combinations of local, seasonal fruit will work nicely with St-Germain. Be creative! Serves 4-6 people.

    Silver Watermelon Sparkler Punch

    Silver Watermelon Sparkler Punch

    750 ml NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin

    (2.5) 750 ml bottles Sparkling Sake

    24 oz. Watermelon Juice

    375 ml Lemon Juice

    375 ml Agave Nectar

    Watermelon Chunks

    Add all ingredients, except Sake, to a punch bowl. Stir well to ensure agave liquefies with other contents (shake or blend agave and lemon juice together with ice if necessary). Refrigerate to chill and top with sparkling sake prior to serving. *NOTE: Recipe is intended for multiple servings.

    The 81 Old Fashioned

    The 81 Old Fashioned

    Created by Franky Marshall

    Ingredients:

    2 oz. Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon

    1 barspoon Demerara syrup

    2 dashes Angostura Bitters

    1 dash Fee’s Orange Bitters

    1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitter

    Directions:

    Stir and strain over ice into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with lemon and orange twists.

    reserve kingston breezeReserve Kingston Breeze

    · 1.5 oz. Appleton® Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum

    · 2 Lime Wedges, Squeezed

    · Grapefruit Soda

    Glass: Highball, 10-12 oz.

    Garnish: Lime or grapefruit wheel

    Preparation: Add Appleton Estate Reserve to glass, fill with ice and top with Grapefruit soda. Squeeze two lime wedges. Fold all ingredients together with bar spoon. Garnish with a ½ lime wheel.


    moscato watermelon smash

    Moscato-Watermelon Smash

    Prep + Cook Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes

    Yield: 8-10 cocktails

    Ingredients:

    · 3 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound watermelon reserved for garnish

    · 1/4 cup mint leaves, plus several leaves for garnish

    · Juice of four limes (about 8 tbsp)

    · 1 bottle of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato

    · 5 ounces vodka

    · Simple syrup to taste (depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you may not need it at all)

    · Ice

    Directions:

    1. Add watermelon, mint and lime juice to a blender and puree. Strain into a pitcher.

    2. Stir in the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato and vodka. Taste. Sweeten with simple syrup to taste. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

    3. Stir again, then pour the cocktail into drinking glasses filled with ice and garnish with skewered watermelon. *Entertaining Tip: for a no-fuss crowd pleaser, double or triple this recipe and serve it in a large punch bowl. Make a gorgeous ice ring by adding lime slices, mint leaves and water to a plain Bundt pan. Freeze, then unmold and add to your punch just before party time!

    American Honey Lemonade

    American Honey Lemonade

    Ingredients:

    2 parts American Honey

    1 part Fresh Lemon Juice

    1 part Simple Syrup

    Directions:

    Combine ingredients in pitcher, stir and add ice. Garnish with lemon wheels.


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    Serena Williams defeated sister Venus Williams at Wimbledon and kept alive her chance to make Grand Slam history. After tennis’ most famous sisters met for the 26th time in their careers, Serena posted a touching message to Venus.

    Serena dominated Venus with her steady serve and ability to hit big from the back court. She beat Venus 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court in 1 hour, 8 minutes. The win extends Serena’s Grand Slam winning streak to 25 matches.

    Top-ranked Serena is now in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, bidding for her fourth straight Grand Slam title. She was the last tennis champion to achieve this feat in 2003.

    “If Serena can triumph again, only the U.S. Open would stand in her way of becoming the first player to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam — a sweep of all four majors in the same season — since Steffi Graf in 1988,” according to CBS New York

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    When Venus lost the match by hitting backhand long on break point, Serena didn’t celebrate. She simply walked to the net and hugged her sister. Venus and Serena walked off the court together.

    Serena later posted a heartfelt message to Venus on Instagram …

    [Images: Guardian/Tom Jenkins]

    Venus also opened up at a press conference after her loss. “It was just about the breaks. We were both hitting off the ground so well. We’ve played a lot of years and we’ve tried to be entertaining,” said Venus. “At some point we won’t be playing forever, but clearly we’re still playing at a high level. When that moment’s over it will be over. But it’s not now.”

    She later told the BBC, “It’s never easy to play someone you love and care about,” said the No. 1 tennis player. “You just play for the competition and enjoy the moment.”


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    Khloe Kardashian and James Harden went public with their budding relationship in Las Vegas over the weekend.

    The youngest Kardashian sister and the Houston Rockets shooting guard took their PDA to another level at the Encore Hotel‘s pool on Saturday. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other as they chilled with about 20 other people. She was caught rubbing his arms and stomach while they hung out in a cabana.

    Later Saturday night, Khloe and James enjoyed a romantic dinner for two at Red 8. Afterwards, they hit up the Chris Brown concert together.

    Khloe sure does love the basketball players. Her estranged husband Lamar Odom, who is reportedly holding out hope that he and Khloe will reunite, was in the NBA from 1999 until 2014.

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    Malia Obama, June 2015

    It appears that Malia Obama has her career aspirations set on the entertainment business. Last summer she worked as a production assistant on Halle Berry’s series Extant. And over the weekend, she was spotted on the set of another tv series.

    Photogs snapped a photo of the eldest first daughter on the set of Lena Dunham‘s HBO comedy Girls over the July 4th weekend.  Page Six speculates that the teenager has picked up another PA gig to add to her resume.

    Of course she could be making an appearance on the show. However, the likelihood of the first daughter doing any acting while her dad is still in office, particularly on a show as controversial as Girls, seems more than unlikely.

    Malia celebrated her 17th birthday on July 4.

    Colby C.


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    Did your favorite celebrities have as much fun as you did on the fourth of July this year?  Check out how Gabrielle Union, Kanye, Michelle Obama, Beyonce and more spent the weekend.

    Sunshine…

    A photo posted by Gabrielle Union (@gabunion) on

    Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade catch some rays.

    Ciara hangs with Jaden Smith in the UK.

    I love my family! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

    Kim, Kanye and North take in the fireworks on a boat.

     

    A photo posted by Usher (@howuseeit) on

    Usher rejects the fourth of July in favor of Juneteentth

    My Texas family happy Independence Day shoutout to our troops God bless America A photo posted by Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) on

    Jamie Foxx and his Texas crew.

    First Lady Michelle Obama thanks the troops and military families.

    ❤️ Essence Fest ❤️ Thank U for believing in Me!! A photo posted by Monica Brown (@monicabrown) on

    Monica and hubby Shannon Brown do some celebrating at Essence Fest.

     

    Tomorrow will be one of the most amazing days of my life. ‘I believe’ has been the chant we’ve heard echo through each stadium we’ve played in. I can’t believe in less than 24 hours a World Champion will be crowned. Above all else, to get the chance to fight with such an amazing group of women who have taught me not only to fight for myself but most importantly fight for one another. The picture on the left is me as a little girl with big dreams of playing on what I always believed to be the most amazing team in the world. The picture on the right is still that little girl with a big dream and I hope that dream comes true tomorrow. To put that American jersey on and be a part of a World Cup final in the city I was born in is surreal and hard and beautiful. I hope you never give up on your dreams and I hope you all #believe. #USA

     

    A photo posted by Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) on

    The day before Team USA beat Japan to become 2015 Women’s World Cup champions, Sydney Leroux posts a heartfelt reflection on her journey as a soccer player.

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    A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on


    Even Beyonce spent part of her fourth of July weekend watching Team USA at the World Cup.

     

    Colby C.


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    Jill Scott has been one of Bill Cosby‘s biggest supporters during his drugging and sexual assault scandal. Judd Apatow has been the exact opposite during the ordeal. Yesterday, when unsealed court documents revealed that Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes for the purpose of drugging women he wanted to have sex with, Apatow’s criticism of the comedian were validated and Scott was left eating humble pie.

    Scott took to Twitter and shared several messages, explaining her disappointment with the news and reason for supporting him until there was proof of the sexual assaults.

    Apatow turned his attention to the more than 40 women who claim Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them and tweeted:

    Apatow also spoke to Esquire and called on Cosby’s wife, Camille, and his Cosby Show wife, Phylicia Rashad, to support the victims:

    “I don’t think there is anything new here. It is only new to people who didn’t believe an enormous amount of women who stated clearly that he drugged them. We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe forty people who were victimized by him. I am sure there are many victims who have not come forward. Maybe now more people in show business and all around our country will stand up and tell the people he attacked that we support you and believe you. I also hope Camille Cosby and Phylicia Rashad will now stand with the victims and not with their attacker.”


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    Eight Black churches have been set on fire by arsonists and burned down since the Charleston shootings at a historic Black church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is the oldest AME church in the South. A group of Muslim charities has vowed to help the congregants rebuild their church.

    The network of Muslim activists and organizations, including Muslim ARC, the Arab American Association of New York, Imam Zaid Shakir, and Ummah Wide, launched the “Respond with Love: Rebuild Black Churches, Support Victims of Arson across the South” project last Thursday and have already raised more than their $20,000 goal.

    Here’s how the activists explain their initiative:

    All houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear.

    “We are calling on you to help add our support to faith communities across the country pooling their resources to rebuild these churches.

    “As Muslims we know the importance of protecting the vulnerable and respecting people who call on God in their various tongues.”

    Three of the fires at the churches has been deemed arson and the others are under investigation to determine who is responsible and their motives are, according to FBI spokesman Paul Bresson who spoke to BuzzFeed News.

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    Over the weekend, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson visited San Diego’s The Rock Church and gave a surprising testimony.  He spoke with Pastor Miles McPherson about being a troublemaker as a child, dealing with his father’s death and the plans God has for his relationship with singer Ciara.

    Rumors of Wilson and Ciara dating have been circulating since at least April.  However, neither has commented publicly about their status – particularly with this level of detail – until now.

    Looking back at an image of himself and the 29 year old singer being projected onstage, Wilson says, “Yeah. That’s my girlfriend. Ciara.  She’s a sweetheart.”

    “She’s everything you could ever want, honestly. Funny thing is, I told somebody that that’s the girl I wanted to be with before I ever met her. I told somebody, ‘I’m probably going to end up with Ciara.’”

    Pastor Miles then asked Wilson to talk about dating as an outspoken believer in Christ. The 26 year old recounted an instance when he was with Ciara as she prepared to go on stage and the moment when they decided to abstain from sex until they got married.

    “And God spoke to me and said ‘I need you to lead her.’ And I was like, ‘Really? Right now?’ And he goes, ‘No, I want you and need you to lead her.’

    “For me, I knew that God had brought me in her life to bless her and for her to bless me,” he said. “We’re not going to be perfect, by any means. But he’s anointed both of us and he’s calling for us to do something miraculous and special.”

    He also clarifies that abstaining from sex hasn’t been easy by any means. “If you can really love someone without that then you can really love somebody… I ain’t gonna lie to y’all now. I need y’all to pray for us. Because I know y’all have seen her on the screen now. If there’s a 10, she’s a 15. Pray for a brother, keep my mind clear, keep my heart clear.”

    Watch his Q&A below.

    Image: Instagram/Ciara

    -Colby C.


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    There’s a rumor that a photo of Bobbi Kristina Brown on her deathbed is being shopped around to tabloids and celebrity gossip websites. Yesterday, Wendy Williams reported during the “Hot Topics” segment of her talk show that TMZ had turned down an offer to buy the photo, which reportedly costs $100,000.

    As expected, this rumored image is causing more harm than good, and Whitney Houston‘s family is reportedly trying to discover who snapped the photo. Security guards at Bobbi Kristina’s hospice in Georgia told the Houston camp that it was a member of the Brown family, according to TMZ. As a result, the Houston family has banned all Bobbi Kristina’s paternal relatives.

    At least one member of the Brown family is outraged that someone would not only take a photo of Bobbi Kristina while she’s in a coma, but also would try to sell it. Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Leolah Brown, posted a scorching message to the “photographer” on Facebook:

    “I’ll tell you what! You took that picture thinking you gon get some money for it…Guess what!????!!!!….YOU be revealed!!!! YOU will not do to my niece what YOU did to Whitney…You will be exposed!”

    Bobby Brown is allowed to visit Bobbi Kristina. He is her next of kin, after all.


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    While most people were celebrating Independence Day over the weekend, actress Vanessa Williams was celebrating quite the opposite.  Williams’ rep confirmed that she married her boyfriend of a couple years, Jim Skrip in his hometown of Buffalo, NY.

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    The 52 year old actress and former Miss America wore a Carmen Marc Valvo gown. The two had been engaged since late summer 2014, which Williams confirmed during a September appearance on the Queen Latifah Show.

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    Skrip and Williams’ mother share the same hometown and it was that connection which sparked their romance when they met overseas.  The two happened to be in Egypt at the same time when their paths crossed.  Skrip is a former real estate agent and accountant.

    This is the third marriage for the Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives actress, who was previously married to Ramone Hervey II and Rick Fox.

    Colby C.


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    “This is my opinion and in America, still — I know it’s a shock — but you actually were innocent until proven guilty. He has not been proven a rapist.

    “As a former Quaalude user … The ’80s were … They weren’t fun for everybody, clearly.

    “We’ll see what happens as more information comes out. People will make judgments.

    “I don’t like snap judgments because I’ve had snap judgments made on me, so I’m very, very careful. Save your texts, save your nasty comments. I don’t care.”

    — Whoopi Goldberg discusses with The View co-hosts the revelation that Bill Cosby admitted under oath to buying Quaaludes with the intention of drugging women he wanted to have sex with. Goldberg has been one of Cosby’s greatest supporters during his sexual assault scandal. Co-host Raven-Symoné, who appeared on The Cosby Show, also remained supportive of Cosby following news of his testimony, but took a more diplomatic approach:

    “I don’t really like talking about it that much because he’s the reason I’m on this panel in the first place — he gave me my first job. But, at the same time, you know, you need the proof and then I’ll be able to give my judgment here or there.”


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    UPTOWN_jarell_miltonWhile most children his age were boarding buses to sleep-away camp, 12-year-old Jarell Milton embarked on a different journey. Milton allegedly went on the run following an alleged botched drug deal turned robbery turned murder. After a week on the lam, police found Milton hundred of miles away from where the crime was allegedly committed.

    Milton was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Jamymell Ray, 31, who died on June 29th in Omaha, NE. A second man, 30-year-old Charles Fisher, was shot and injured.

    Police had already arrested and charged Milton’s suspected accomplices, his 17-year-old Jamar Milton and 15-year-old Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, when they located the baby-faced preteen.

    Authorities caught Jarell in Minneapolis, and are expected to begin proceedings to have him sent back to Omaha.

    Police say all three suspects are responsible for shooting Fisher and killing Ray.

    Prosecutors believe the boys had arranged to sell the two men marijuana, but instead attempted to rob them. The boys, who are suspected of having gang ties, ended up opening fire and shooting the two victims.

    “Our intentions are to file on them as adults,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told WOWT 6 News. “There’s a question in regards to the 12 year old under the new law, whether we can proceed in adult court, so we’ll get him into custody and then make that determination.”

    However, Kleine added that it’s surprising to be prosecuting a young boy for murder: “It’s incomprehensible. It’s unbelievable when you think of somebody who’s 12 years old, seventh grade or sixth grade, and being charged with murder for having a gun -– approaching somebody and using that firearm with two other people that also had firearms. All of it’s even impossible to imagine that it’s even a possibility.”

    It’s unknown whether authorities will go after the person or people who obviously helped Milton travel to and hide in Minneapolis.

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