Ketanji Brown Jackson To Be Sworn in As First Black Woman on The Supreme Court

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Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in today as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, making history as the first Black woman on the nation’s top judicial seat. The honorable Brown-Jackson is joining the seat at a time when its conservative majority has been flexing their muscles and showing the world how they really feel with controversial rulings that include overturning Roe vs. Wade and the case of Kennedy V. Bremerton School District where the court ruled 6-3 states that the coach, who prayed with his players and other students on the field, could legally do so under his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, a decision with sweeping implications for the separation of church and state. Brown Jackson, replaces Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who confirmed his retirement from the court on Thursday.  Jackson is scheduled to be sworn in during a ceremony at the court at noon today.   Congratulations to the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on making history as the first Black female Justice.

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Kendrick Lamar Reveals Crown of Thorns is Worth Over $1.5 Million

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The custom Titanium and Pave diamond crown,  was created by esteemed jeweler Tiffany & Co., and a collaboration between the rapper and long time creative director Dave Free.  The diamond encrusted crown, which is one of the most widely recognized symbols in religion, was designed over the course of 10 months, the headpiece features 8,000 cobblestone micro pavé diamonds totaling more than 137 carats,  a total of 50 thorns, and weighs around 200g (a little less than half a pound). It required more than 1,300 hours of work by four craftsmen to handset the diamonds. The Headpiece which made its first appearance on the cover of Kendrick’s fifth studio album, ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ gave fans a closer look most recently during his European performances including the Louis Vuitton’s Paris Fashion Week show and his headlining performance during Britain’s Glastonbury Festival.  “Kendrick Lamar represents the artistry, risk-taking creativity, and relentless innovation that has also defined Tiffany & Co. for nearly two centuries,” says Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president, product and communication, Tiffany & Co. in a statement  “We are proud and incredibly excited to work with a visionary like Kendrick in realizing his vision for the crown.” The headpiece has been a big topic of discussion, while some fans appreciate its artistry,  its overt symbol has some fans angrily expressing their outrage for him intimidating christ saying  Kendrick said during his Glastonbury set “I wear this [crown] as a representation so you’ll never forget one of the greatest prophets to ever walk the Earth… we gon’ continue to try our best to walk in his image.” Kendrick is known for his devout Christian faith.

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Lizzo Says Religious Upbringing Would Have Prohibited Her From Listening To Her Music

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Lizzo says she wouldn’t have been allowed to listen to her music as a kid because of her strict religious upbringing.  

The 34-year-old hit-maker told James Corden on “Carpool Karaoke” that they’re strict with the kind of music you listen to. They called it devil music. “For the first 10 years of my life, when we lived in Detroit, I was in The Church of God in Christ,” Lizzo revealed.

Lizzo also admitted that a few family members have been upset with her cussing and frequent Instagram post that sometimes leave little to the Imagination. 

READ MORE:Lizzo Teams with Live Nation for $1 Million Donating to Planned Parenthood

The “Good As Hell singer is gearing up for the release of  her latest album, “Special,” on July 15.

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R. Kelly Scheduled To Be Sentenced In NY Sex Trafficking Case Today

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R&B singer R. Kelly will learn his fate in a Brooklyn courtroom, after being found guilty of sex trafficking. Prosecutors say Robert Kelly used his fame and money to prey upon children and young women for his own sexual gratification.  

Prosecutors say he should spend at least 25 years in prison. He still faces prostitution charges in Minnesota and federal child porn charges in Illinois.

In other news, a Chicago area fan of R. Kelly is accused of threatening federal prosecutors in New York. Christopher Gunn of Bolingbrook is charged with making threats involving serious bodily injury or death.  

READ MORE: R. Kelly’s New York Federal Sentencing For Sex Trafficking Delayed

Authorities say a week after that trial ended, Gunn posted a video on YouTube threatening to “storm” the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

The “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” producer was convicted last September on numerous charges including sex with underage girls and racketeering.

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Megan Thee Stallion Shares How Hot Cheetos Played Role in Roc Nation Deal

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In 2019, hot girl summer got even hotter, apparently thanks to Flaming Hot Cheetos, which played a role in the deal between superstar artist Megan Thee Stallion and Roc Nation Records.

While the record deal became official in September of 2019, Megan announced a new detail about the deal earlier this week, sharing that it was result of the typical industry variables that go into record deals as well as an unusual one: Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Megan shared the (literally) spicy details when she was speaking on the “If You’re Not First, You’re Last” panel at Cannes Film Festival in France earlier this week.

Megan noted that she thought she was just coming to meet with Roc Nation execs and get a standard tour. However, she got two surprises during her visit: Jay-Z and Jot Cheetos, saying: “I’m like, ‘I didn’t know JAY-Z was coming to my meeting! But he comes in the room and he has like six platters of Hot Cheetos and he’s like, ‘I heard you like Hot Cheetos!’ And I was sold.”

For those that may have forgotten the 2022 Super Bowl, Megan actually lent her talents for a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Doritos commercial during the iconic game.

Additionally, Megan will also be the subject of an upcoming Roc Nation documentary produced in  collaboration with Time Studios and directed by  Nneka Onuorahd, the director of “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrrls,” the competition series that is soon to debut soon on Prime Video. 

According to Variety, the documentary project will “cover personal as well as career milestones, saying it will “touch on how Megan overcame various personal hurdles to thrive in her professional career.”

No release date or platform has been set for the documentary, but it will likely include Hot Cheetos 

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Summer Walker Bares All At This Years BET Awards Some Thought It Was “Disrespectful”

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A day after announcing she was pregnant, Summer Walker, who was nominated in both the Best Female R& B/Pop Artist and BET Her categories walks the Red Carpet at the BET Awards leaving little to the imagination in a nearly nude ensemble, wearing a Laurel Street designed coin and crystal bra frame with her breast exposed only wearing gold pasties tp cover her nipples, a coin mini skirt, and black stiletto heels. In an Instagram post, Walker stated she was inspired by traditional Hmong jewelry.

Hmong is a traditional jewelry originally created for The Hmong people in Vietnam who were enslaved and forced to wear necklaces for identification. After their independance, the xauv (necklace) was designed in remembrance of hardships. Now worn as an accessory when the community has celebrations. While Walker didn’t go home with any awards, Twitter had a lot to say about her look or lack of. She received mixed and not all were positive. The Asian community went in, saying she was disrespecting the culture and their traditions by sexualizing the jewelry of the Hmong people, indigenous people who mainly live in Southwest China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. The comments on social ranged from “This is cultural appropriation.”While another posted “Wear it correctly and educate yourself & also your designer.”

Walker who has not responded to the criticisms as of date, has had a share of controversy with fans, which includes issues on how she was feeding her newborn daughter and even problems in her previous relationship. Over the weekend she announced that she was pregnant with baby number 2. saying “People asking me if I am pregnant,” The ‘Still Over It” singer says, before making a few funny faces and then admits “I am! And you know, I am very happy and excited about it.” She also stated that this pregnancy is going to be different “It’s just really peaceful.” and the only reason I’m only saying things as last time I felt very disrespected that people didn’t let me tell it myself.”  Walker was in a problematic relationship with ex-boyfriend London On Da Track who gave birth to their daughter, Princess Bubblegum in March 2021.

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ICYMI: Blac Chyna & Rob Kardashian Reach Settlement In Revenge Porn Case

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Blac Chyna’s “revenge porn” lawsuit against Rob Kardashian, 35,  will no longer be going to trial. The former couple reached an agreement just before jury selection was set to begin Monday. 

Potential jurors were sent home from the courthouse in Los Angeles after the parties informed the judge that they had agreed to a settlement. 

 The exact details of the settlement remain unclear. It comes just days after it was reported that the case would proceed because the couple was unable to come to an agreement.

A source confirmed to Rolling Stone the case now will not be going forward. Adding that the ex-couple wanted to resolve the issue for the sake of their 5-year-old daughter, Dream Kardashian. 

READ MORE: Blac Chyna Loses $100M Defamation Case Against The Kardashian-Jenners

In 2017, Blac Chyna, 34, filed a suit against Kardashian after he allegedly posted private nude photos of her on Instagram. 

The Lashed Cosmetics founder claims Rob’s “revenge porn rant” was a form of domestic abuse and his actions damaged her brand.

Chyna obtained a restraining order against the Arthur George designer after he leaked explicit images of her on social media. Rob Kardashian has denied the claims.

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ICYMI: Nicki Minaj Signs Tate Kobang As First Artist To Her New Record Label

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Nicki Minaj officially launched her own record label and just signed her first artist. Rapper and producer Tate Kobang took to social media to announce he signed with Nicki and couldn’t believe it.  

The “Anaconda” rapper announced earlier this year she was starting her own management and record company in an interview with podcaster Joe Budden. 

READ MORE: Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky and Future Set To Headline Rolling Loud New York 2022

“I am creating my own management company,” she revealed. “I’m also doing my record company. I have a couple of artists that I will start the record company with. I’ll speak on that closer to album time.”

 There’s no set in stone date yet for her new artist to debut. Kobang co-wrote 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s “Mr Right Now” featuring Drake. The Baltimore native has been on the music scene since 2011 and broke out with his “Bank Rolls (Remix)” in 2015.

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ICYMI: Bill Cosby Found Guilty, Civil Jury Awards $500K to Judith Huth

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A jury in California decided that comedian, Bill Cosby is guilty of sexually assaulting Judith Huth, a then-teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion back in 1975.

On Tuesday, the jury came back with a verdict in the civil case against Cosby which found him liable and awarded Huth with the sum of $500,000 in damages. 

While no punitive compensation was awarded, 84-year-old Cosby, was served a major legal defeat. 

“We have always maintained that Judy Huth, Gloria Allred and their cohorts fabricated these false accusations, in order to force Mr. Cosby to finance their racist mission against successful and accomplished Black Men in America,” Cosby’s spokesperson said in a statement following the verdict. “Mr. Cosby continues to maintain his innocence and will vigorously fight these false accusations, so that he can get back to bringing the pursuit of happiness, joy and laughter to the world.”

READ MORE: Judge Orders Jury Deliberations to Start Over in Civil Case for Bill Cosby

According to Variety, Huth, who is now 64 years-old accused Cosby of luring her and a friend to the Playboy Mansion a few days after meeting him in a park. She claimed that Cosby took her alone into a bedroom, pulled down his sweatpants and then grabbed her hand in order to masturbate himself, forcing her into a sexual act.

The is the first case to go to trial under the Child Victims Act, which protects adults who suffered abuse as children and come forward with their accounts years later.

Prosecutors say there won’t be criminal charges because the case is past the statute of limitations. Cosby maintains the allegations are false. 

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Ari Lennox Reveals Fear of Flying, No Longer Doing Shows Overseas

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R&B singer Ari Lennox revealed she’s done booking shows that require her to take a flight. The Washington, D.C native shared on social media and apologized to her overseas fans but said her fear of flying in a plane has taken a big toll on her mental health. 

The Dreamville singer posted: 

“For my mental health and sanity, I will not be doing any shows that require me to fly. I can not keep torturing myself with this huge fear of mine. It is literally destroying my health. Enough is enough. I’m so sorry to all that are inconvenienced by this. Don’t know what this will mean for my career but I just can’t do it.”

READ MORE: Ari Lennox Announces Split with Her Management Team

 Although it’s not the most convenient way to travel, Ari will still be able to make her way through the USA on a tour bus. The late Aretha Franklin, along with DJ Khaled, Whoopi Goldberg and Fat Joe have all opened up about their fear of flying. Legendary rapper KRS-One has even taken a boat to Australia to avoid the not so friendly skies. 

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