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Bossip · Thu, 24 Jan 2019
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KD Opens Education Center To Help Low-Income Students Prepare For College

According to Sports Illustrated, NBA Superstar Kevin Durant is using his platform in a major way, by opening an education center to help low-income students prepare for college.

KD partnered with College Track organization to establish the Durant Center Prince George’s County, Maryland to help teens better their future by assisting them in obtaining a college degree. The center will be located in Durant’s hometown of Suitland, Maryland and will focus on providing lower-income students with the assistance needed to start and finish their college education.

According to College Track’s website, their mission is to “empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college. By helping our students maximize the value of their college degree—minimize student loan debt, secure internships, and limit the need to work while in college—we prepare today’s youth to succeed in the 21st-century economy.” The initiative began last year after Durant donated approximately $10 million to start construction on the building and the project.

The Durant Center will be accessible to all students in the Washington D.C. metropolitan and will be College Track’s first establishment on the East Coast.

 

 
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The Young, Black, and Fabulous® · Thu, 24 Jan 2019
    

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Ronnie and Shamari DeVoe served up a rather interesting performance together. Ya gotta love these two.  Get into their shoulder bouncing set and more inside....

So New Edition has a new edition...couple's edition.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Shamari DeVoe and her hubby/New Edition & BBD singer Ronnie DeVoe have created their own group, Me and Mari, and they're currently on the promo trail to chop it up about their relationship - yes, the open marriage was real - and their new music.

Yesterday, the couple appeared on "Windy City Live" to perform their new single, "Love Comes Through" and....yeah.

It was---

Well, not bad bad. It's hard to put into words. They started their performance with a shoulder bounce dance move.  We wonder what Uncle Brooke Payne would have to say about this routine.

And the vocals weren't that stellar. They both can sing, but this performance just wasn't their best, to say the least.

See for yourself below:

 

 

After their performance, the "marriage ambassadors" sat down to chop it up about how they met, marriage counseling and more. Check it:

Also...

The DeVoes dropped in on Angela Yee's "Lip Service" podcast with producer Rico Love to chop it up about sex, love, and marriage.

The BLAQUE singer said she knew immediately she wanted to marry Ronnie, however, he didn't feel that way. It took him THREE years to even commit to being her boyfriend.

They said they met at an afterparty for MTV's Icon Award ceremony for Janet Jackson in 2001 and had sex the first night they met.

The couple dished on their open marriage being a storyline on "RHOA." They said they knew it would eventually come out, but they didn't know it was going to come out the way it did. Before going on the show, they said they asked God to show them a sign if they should do the show in the first place. They said he did and he opened doors for them to be on the show.

Before Shamari nabbed her official girlfriend label, she was paying for his flights and helping him pay his bills. Oh?  Yup, when she first met Ron, Shamari (who was 21 and Ronnie in his 40s) was the breadwinner. They discuss that a.  And we have our own thoughts about that, but it seemd to have worked out for THEM in the end.

This was during BLAQUE's prime. So, after 2.5 years, she gave him an ultimatum. Ronnie said they were already together every day and taking trips so she needed to be "rewarded" and that's why he committed to her. He said everything she gave to him should be rewarded, so he gave her the OK to be in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship.  They eventually got married.

Whatever works for them, as we can see they're madly in love.  Different strokes for different folks, just make sure everything is ALWAYS mutually beneficial...

Peep their interview above.

Photos: Jamie Lamor Thompson / Shutterstock.com

 
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The Young, Black, and Fabulous® · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    

Lira Galore and Aaleeyah Petty show off their growing bumps in a mini "pregnancy pact" photoshoot. Peep their flicks, plus go inside rapper Lil Baby's baby shower with his girlfriend Jayda inside...

It's baby bump season!

IG models and beauty collection owners Lira Galore and Aaleeyah Petty are gearing up to welcome their little bundles of joy. And they're bringing their fans with them every step of the way via social media. Since announcing they're expecting, they have been posting up flicks of their growing bellies and their fans have been showering them with positive words as they gear up to enter motherhood.

Aaleeyah, who is allegedly 1 of 2 women pregnant by Phoenix Suns baller Devin Booker, hosted her son's Winter Wonderland baby shower recently. Lira bumped her way to the party and they posed it up for an impromptu "pregnancy pact" photoshoot.

 

"You know I got ya back like chiroprac-tic @aaleeyahpetty #PreganancyPact," Lira captioned a series of pictures of them.  We assume she's joking.  We think....

It's alleged Devin Booker got Aaleeyah and his high school sweetheart pregnant at the same damn time while dating model/Kylie Jenner's bestie Jordyn Woods. Chile...

You see, Lira herself is kinda caught up in a pregnancy web as well. She's 1 of 2 women allegedly pregnant by Quality Control label honcho Pierre Thomas. It's alleged Lira wanted to call off their engagement after she found out beauty maven Kaylar Will was also pregnant, and allegedly by Pierre as well. However, they are seemingly back together.

 
 
 
 
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So yeah, they have a few things in common. No judgment though.........

Congrats to everyone!

Speaking of baby bumps...

Rapper Lil Baby is about to be a dad again!

The Quality Control rapper - who has that hit song "Yes Indeed" with Drake - and his girlfriend Jayda Cheaves - owner of AmourJayda Hair - celebrated their son's upcoming arrival at their "welcoming party."

Peep pics and videos from the bash below:

 

 
 
 
 
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In April 2018, Lil Baby admitted to cheating on Jayda after his kid's mother, Ayesha, put him on blast with text receipts. She also made claims that he has herpes. Yikes.

Check it below:

 

After she blasted him, he hopped on Instagram to fess up to it. He wrote, "You won't [want] someone to Kno I fucced you well yes I did !! But you tripping none more less!! Ain't no way yo go try ruin my relationship !! We happy dawg!!"

In another IG Story post, he wrote, "You my baby mama of course I done f*cked you!! That's my fault but ima n*gga but come on now you Know jayda my girl!! Like you to old for that sh*t!! I ain't with the internet sh*t but you tripping! I've told her I fucced you my n*gga you being real goofy!"

Oh.

Photos: Lira's IG/@ohsnapnightlife

 
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Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
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SMH…

Nicholas Sandmann Speaks On Nathan Phillips Incident

The student seen smirking in that disturbing video of MAGA aligned children surrounding a Native American elder is speaking out, again. Nicholas Sandmann who previously tried to paint himself as a peacemaker to NBC News and said he stood still simply to “diffuse the situation” sucked up some airtime on “The Today Show” Wednesday.

Sandmann sat down with Savannah Guthrie and refuted claims that he’s an unangelic, ignorant, entitled, bra and instead he says he and his Cheeto approved friends were just minding their business when they became victims.

He also denied that he was smirking—-even though we all have working eyes and can clearly see his smug facial expression.

“People judged me based off one expression, which I wasn’t smirking,” Sandmann said to “Today. And they’ve gone from there to titling me and labeling me as a racist person.”

“As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. I don’t – I – my position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips,” Sandmann added. “I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. I mean – in hindsight I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing.”

 

In case you didn’t know, Nick’s been coached by RunSwitch, a PR firm run by a former adviser to Mitch McConnell and a current adviser to a Mitch McConnell super PAC.

Nathan Phillips will be on The Today show tomorrow to tell the real sidehis side of the story.

That Nicholas Sandmann, he’s no angel. Right?

 
 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
Revolve's Second Annual #REVOLVEawards

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Teyana Taylor Releases “WTP” Video

KTSE fans have been waiting VERY patiently, but it has all paid off because Teyana Taylor has finally released the music video for her ballroom anthem “WTP”!

We’re pretty sure this video is going to inspire some sort of social media challenge that will flood our timelines for weeks.

Self-expression is what it’s all about.

 
  
The Young, Black, and Fabulous® · Tue, 22 Jan 2019
    

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Chris Brown is in major hot water again, this time resulting in him being detained overseas in Paris on rape and rug charges.  What he's saying now, inside...

Paris Fashion Week quickly went from dream to nightmare for Chris Brown (and his alleged victim). 

News just broke that the singer has been arrested and charged in Paris for suspected aggravated rape.  He also has been slapped with drug charges.

The often troubled pop star was taken in late last night by authorities after a woman filed a police report on January 16th accusing Chris of raping her at his hotel, the Mandarin Oriental. His bodyguard and one other person from his camp were also arrested. They are being held by judicial police in the 17th arrondissement of northwest Paris, officials say.

After the French tabloid Closer initially broke the story, the Associated Press confirmed the news with French judicial authorities.  The AP also reported what the woman says happened that night:

The woman who filed the Paris complaint said she met Brown and his friends overnight Jan. 15-16 at the club Le Crystal in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysees, and then they all went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris, according to the official.

The Mandarin Oriental would not comment on the investigation, and Le Crystal could not immediately be reached. There was no unusual activity outside either site.

The U.S. Embassy in Paris & Chris' publicists have reportedly declined to comment about the arrest.  Chris himself, though, basically says "it wasn't me."  The Blast reports:

According to our sources, Brown is telling people he was at the hotel on the night in question. But we’re told Brown maintains he had gone to a different room when the alleged incident went down.

Our sources say Brown believes that if something happened involving the woman, he was not involved.

Chris was spotted arriving to his hotel and shaking hands with fans the day after the alleged incident:

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He was also spotted leaving his hotel two days after the incident, all smiles:

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The "Fine China" singer's most recent arrest went down July 2018 after a concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.  That arrest was for a felony battery charge stemming from an April 2017 incident where he was accused of punching a man who photographed him without permission. 

Sheesh.

Photos: Pacific Coast News/Backgrid/MEGA

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
The Fashion Awards 2018 - London

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Louis Vuitton To Sell Luxury Jenga Game

Listen, we get it. When you’re one of the hottest designers on the planet you do what you want because you’re poppin’, but come the f**k on!

According to NYPost, Virgil Abloh and the folks at Louis Vuitton are planning to sell a $2400 Jenga set emblazoned with LV logos and their signature stars.

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The game is made up of 54 LV monogrammed plexiglass cubes.

For $2400 those blocks better reassemble themselves when the game is over.

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
MAGA hats

Source: David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images / Getty

SMH…

Nicholas Sandmann Speaks On Nathan Phillips Incident

The student seen smirking in that disturbing video of MAGA aligned children surrounding a Native American elder is speaking out, again. Nicholas Sandmann who previously tried to paint himself as a peacemaker to NBC News and said he stood still simply to “diffuse the situation” sucked up some airtime on “The Today Show” Wednesday.

Sandmann sat down with Savannah Guthrie and refuted claims that he’s an unangelic, ignorant, entitled, bra and instead he says he and his Cheeto approved friends were just minding their business when they became victims.

He also denied that he was smirking—-even though we all have working eyes and can clearly see his smug facial expression.

“People judged me based off one expression, which I wasn’t smirking,” Sandmann said to “Today. And they’ve gone from there to titling me and labeling me as a racist person.”

“As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. I don’t – I – my position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips,” Sandmann added. “I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. I mean – in hindsight I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing.”

 

In case you didn’t know, Nick’s been coached by RunSwitch, a PR firm run by a former adviser to Mitch McConnell and a current adviser to a Mitch McConnell super PAC.

Nathan Phillips will be on The Today show tomorrow to tell the real sidehis side of the story.

That Nicholas Sandmann, he’s no angel. Right?

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    

Lil Mo Getting Dragged To Hell

Breakfast Club had a super slow news day so they invited Lil Mo to talk about…whatever it is they wanted her to talk about. She decided to throw a ton of shade at Queen Naija but she also discussed defending R. Kelly and how she used to shield sexual assaulters from getting caught.

Seriously.

It was such a trash situation all around and twitter was more than ready to drag the holy hell out of Lil Mo. Again.

Peep the brutality.

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    

Lil Fizz Is Having Intimacy Issues With

Welp… Looks like the “Marriage Boot Camp” house isn’t exactly a den of romance for Tiffany and Fizz! We’ve got this exclusive clip from tomorrow’s episode. What do you think about Tiff not giving in to Fizzy?

Here’s more from the episode:

The stars navigate the hazards of dominance. A controlling Soulja Boy drives Nia over the edge. Lil’ Fizz and Tiffany take an unexpected turn. Waka Flocka and Tammy crash and burn over past issues of infidelity.

MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP: HIP HOP EDITION – “ROAD RAGE” – Airs Thursday, January 24th at 10/9C

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
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Phaedra Parks Poses With Tone Kapone, Claudia Jordan Sparks Rumor

Phaedra Parks and her man are still going strong. Phaedra and Tone Kapone, the Chicago radio host she’s happily booed up, apparently spent some time together in L.A. and happily posed for pictures.

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According to former “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” star Claudia Jordan however, something’s amiss. Instead of picking up the phone to call Phaedra herself, Claudia posted in TheJasmineBrand’s Instagram comments that Phaedra’s new man was “for everybody.”

Claudia claimed she was on a three-way phone call with him and one of her friends who he called “his wife’ just days before he went public with Phae.

“Mann but just days before NYE he was telling my girl SHE’s his “wife” and he loves her! Tired of biting my tongue. Matter of fact we all spoke on 3 way and he was all in. Someone tell Mr. Kapone they don’t pay the men on RHOA! Only for the reunion. Run Phaedra! He for everybody!”

Claudia Jordan

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That sparked a snarky response from Tone himself who said; “Not for everybody, just her.”

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Phaedra then added; “What he said.”

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On an RHOA Instagram page, Phaedra also added that the “dry and thirsty” tried it.

BLOOOOOP! See Claudia’s explanation on the flip.

 
The Young, Black, and Fabulous® · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    

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The Cardi B takeover continues and now she's headed to Las Vegas. Deets on her new gig, plus see how Offset is winning her over on daddy duty with baby Kulture inside...

Alexa, play Cardi B's "MONEY!"

Las Vegas better get ready because Cardi B and her twerk-filled performances are about to take over. And the takeover will come sooner rather than later.

The "Money" rapper just nabbed a residency to debut Palm Casino Resort's new club KAOS, a dayclub and nightclub amphitheater-style complex, according to the AP. KAOS is part of the Palms’ $690 million renovation that features state-of-the-art technology designed to enhance performances including a rotating 360-degree DJ booth.

Bardi's residency will kick off in April, so you have a few months to get your coins together to see her in action.

Above and Beyond, G-EAZY, Kaskade and Skrillex are among the other artists who will have exclusive residencies at the complex.

So yeah, career-wise, everything is great. She's performing at the Grammys and she has been busy shooting a new project over the last few days. While all of that is great, she misses the "old days."

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When we say the "old days" we're referring to the days when everything was all good between the "Be Careful" rapper and her estranged husband Offset. Bardi has been posting up tweets and flicks on social media, seemingly gushing over the "Motorsport" rapper on daddy duty and yerning for the "D".

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The 26-year-old, who has been nominated for five Grammys, shared a screenshot from a FaceTime video of Offset kissing Kulture with the caption, "I wanna go home." Doesn't necessarily means she wants to go home to Offset, but she's def missing the d*ck:

Welp.

Are y'all flying out to see Bardi in Vegas?

Photos: Shuttershock.com/Instagram

 

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    

Lil Mo Getting Dragged To Hell

Breakfast Club had a super slow news day so they invited Lil Mo to talk about…whatever it is they wanted her to talk about. She decided to throw a ton of shade at Queen Naija but she also discussed defending R. Kelly and how she used to shield sexual assaulters from getting caught.

Seriously.

It was such a trash situation all around and twitter was more than ready to drag the holy hell out of Lil Mo. Again.

Peep the brutality.

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
Marriage Boot Camp Hip Hop Edition

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Marriage Boot Camp Hip Hop Edition Preview

Have YOU been keeping up with this season of Marriage Bootcamp? In a preview to this Thursday’s new episode, Soulja Boy sends Nia over the edge with her mouth! Or was he the one who started it? However the case, things get out of control. Also, Lil Mo spits a freestyle to her allegedly cheating husband about getting her own side actions. Scroll down to see it!

Do you think these relationships will last?

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
Ja Rule In Concert - New York City

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A Deep Dive Into Both Fyre Festival Documentaries

The Fyre Festival is the most talked about scam on the internet right now. Only rivaled by the financial aid foolishness at Howard University.

ABCNews took a deep dive into both the Netflix and Hulu documentaries about the pain that so many people suffered as a result of greedy white men.

This is so f**ked up. SMH.

 
Bossip · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
    
Lil Mo & Dynamite on The Breakfast Club

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The Young, Black, and Fabulous® · Wed, 23 Jan 2019
  

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Travis Scott doesn't care what y'all are talking about. He's going to get these Super Bowl coins. Deets on his headlining pre-show, plus what Nick Cannon said about the ASTROWORLD rapper inside...

Everyone had an opinion when it was announced Travis Scott would be hitting the stage during this year's Super Bowl halftime performance with Maroon 5 and Big Boi. But, the ASTROWORLD rapper could care less.

The 26-year-old rapper is after that bag and will get it by an means necessary. Even if it means pissing off folks who have been protesting the league alongside former 49ers QB quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

It has been announced that the ASTROWORLD rapper, who's up for three Grammys this year, will also headline Pepsi's Super Bowl weekend party at Planet Pepsi in Atlanta on February 1st.

Billboard reports:

Scott, who will headline the event and will be joined by yet-announced special guests, recently announced a second leg of his popular Astroworld Tour. He'll already be in Atlanta that weekend, since he's joining Maroon 5 for their Super Bowl halftime show the following Sunday, along with Atlanta native Big Boi. Scott only signed on to the halftime show after the NFL agreed to join him in donating to a cause for social justice.

Leading up to the party, Pepsi is partnering with four Atlanta-based artists to create murals inspired by the city’s local culture. Starting this week, clues will appear on Pepsi’s social media channels to locate the four murals, and fans can potentially win tickets to the party if they share a selfie in front of one of the displays.

After it was announced that Travis was performing at the Super Bowl, it was reported that he "consulted" with Colin Kaepernick before accepting the gig. Folks from Colin's camp spoke out against the reports, revealing he NEVER approved the "Sick World" rapper hitting the stage for the Super Bowl.

Nick Cannon recently sat down with Raquel Harper for an interview on BET's "Raq Rants," where he explained why he has an issue with Travis performing for the Super Bowl, but not Big Boi. He said Travis doesn't have the "cultural equity" to perform at the Super Bowl, unlike Big Boi. He said Big Boi is FOR the culture, and Travis is not.

"I'm team Kaepernick all day," Nick said. "I call it cultural equity. So, we not mad at Big Boi for being on the Super Bowl. He's for the people. But for someone like Travis Scott, he's gotta walk gingerly."

When asked what Travis has to do to prove he's for the people, the "Masked Singer" host said he needs to have integrity. Oh, and having a baby by Kylie Jenner doesn't help either.

"It's more about truly having integrity to who you are in your music and your art form, the people you interact with, the people you choose to procreate with. ... That decision wasn't for the culture, but we not mad at you!" he said.

"I love white women!" he continued. "Let's set the record straight! But that's the thing: It's cultural equity at the end of the day."

Speaking of Kylie....

 

 
 
 
 
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Following her big sister's blueprint, Kylie posted up an Instagram post, calling her daughter's father her husband, which is seemingly an attempt to bring attention to rumors about them being "married." In the caption, she wrote, "extraño a mi esposo," which means, "I miss my husband."

BONUS:

Folks have been cancelled Travis Scott after comments he made about Mike Brown, the unarmed teeanger gunned down by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in an interview from 2014. He was asked to share his thoughts about the situation, in which he responded, “I'm kind of angry, so many black people are acting like fake activists...I’m not saying he deserved to get killed. But I’m not saying that he didn’t deserve to pay for consequences he probably inflicted.”

Below are a few tweets addressing his comments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will you be tuning in for the Super Bowl halftime performance? Do you think Big Boi has something up his sleeve?

 

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