Trey Songz has been cleared of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in Las Vegas. The R&B star was accused of sexual misconduct during a celebration of his 37th birthday at the Cosmopolitan hotel in November.
“The LVMPD has concluded the investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Tremaine Neverson and determined that no criminal charges will be filed. If any new evidence comes to light, the case will be reopened for further investigation,” a representative for the Las Vegas Metro PD told TMZ.
In response, Songz’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, released a statement: “We are pleased that Trey Songz’ has been cleared of wrongdoing and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department investigation has officially been closed.”
They added, “We are grateful to the LVMPD for the professional police work done and their thorough investigation, which included findings of inconsistency in witness testimony and insufficient evidence. We are pleased that Trey can now return to what he does best, entertaining.”
A 2004 poem titled “A Black American” by Smokey Robinson recently resurfaced when a teacher animated the poem for Black History Month. Amid the newfound traction, the Motown Records’ hitmaker spoke to his resentment towards the term “African-American” and the poem’s impact in correlation to the Black experience on The View.
“I think that when you [use the term African-American], you’re disclaiming all the contributions that Black people have made to America. I consider myself to be a Black American, and I enjoy being called Black, and Black has been so negativized as a color down throughout history by those who wanted to negativize it. And so, it spilled over into the Black community and to the Black people. And even Black people back in the day calling each other Black was a sign for a fight […] Like Black was so negative,” the 82-year-old crooner stated.
Robinson went on to gift each host a copy of Walter Milton and Joel Freeman’s Black History 365: An Inclusive Account Of American History. He also spoke on Black Americans in the armed forces not dying for African countries but instead dying in states like Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. “We’ve contributed so much to America that it should be acknowledged […] That’s how I feel about being Black and I’m proud to call [myself] a Black American,” he exclaimed.
The original piece (see 2020 version above) was written for the season three finale of Def Poetry Jam. Watch Smokey Robinson’s full interview on The View below.
Leicester-born R&B musician Mahalia has announced her Dublin comeback show at the Button Factory on May 17th, with special guest Ruti.
The Grammy-nominated act recently dropped her brand new single ‘Letter To Ur Ex’ via Atlantic Records, following on from previous releases ‘Whenever You’re Ready’ and ‘Roadside’ (feat. AJ Tracey).
‘Letter To Ur Ex’ offers a more retrospective side of Mahalia, fusing her knowledge and experience with maturation. Exploring, understanding, and accepting every part of herself, Mahalia has taken her growth and merged it with her foundations; she has twisted her bases.
“I wrote ‘Letter to ur ex’ the morning after me and my guy had had a really bad argument due to a text that had been sent by his ex-partner the night before. I think when everybody begins a new relationship, it’s vital that it feels like a fresh start," Mahalia says of the track.
"Like everything before doesn’t really matter and the next journey begins now with only the two of you. I realized through this experience that this isn’t always the case. But, really, I just wanted to tell her how her actions were making me feel. How her gain in closure was my loss in love. And though I am also a woman who has felt all of those feelings before, I wanted to ask her to let him go so that I could hold him close. To close their old door so that I could open our new one."
Beginning 2020 with her second BRIT nomination, Mahalia featured on up-and-coming fellow Midlands rapper Pa Salieu’s debut mixtape, Send Them To Coventry, whilst also gracing the tracklist of Headie One’s No.1 album Edna.
Mahalia also received a Grammy nomination for ‘All I Need’ - Jacob Collier’s single of which she features alongside US rapper, Ty Dolla $ign. Shortly after, Mahalia concluded the year with two MOBO wins for ‘Best Female Act’ and ‘Best R&B/Soul Act’. She was also nominated for ‘Album Of The Year’ for her debut album Love and Compromise.
In 2021, Mahalia was also nominated for her first-ever Ivor Novello award for her 2020 collaboration with UK lyricist Pa Salieu for his single ‘Energy’ and subsequently concluded the year with an incredible headline show at London’s prestigious venue, O2 Brixton Academy.
Reflection has been the thread running through Mahalia’s writing and while the current global situation offers little more than uncertainty, the singer hopes that her music will encourage her listeners to carve out time to also look back and re-evaluate.
“We’re all fixated on how we can make ourselves better during and after this period of time but I want people to also reminisce on lovely or painful situations they’ve lived through and how they’ve helped shape the people they are now.”
The last time Usher released a full-length album was in 2016 with Hard II Love. Three years ago this month, the iconic singer hinted at a sequel to his seminal 2004 Confessions LP.
Since making that cryptic announcement, Usher has checked in more than a few times with different singles, including the chart-topping singles "Bad Habits" and the Ella Mai-featured "Don't Waste My Time."
Additional one-off tracks surfaced, such as "SexBeat" featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, "I Cry", " and" Too Much with Marshmello and Imanbek. He also contributed to songs by Summer Walker, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Jam & Lewis, and most recently, Mary J. Blige.
With his second Las Vegas residency on its way, Usher is readying new music in the coming months.
In a recent interview with People’s Mark Gray, the Grammy-winning superstar said his fans can look forward to fresh tunes ahead of his stint at Dolby Live at Park MGM.
“By the time we are live in July, you will have heard new music. My plan is to get back to servicing music the way that we did before,” he said.
Usher had plans to make his long-awaited return before now, but his album rollout was delayed due to the pandemic.
For Usher, it seems like the additional downtime altered the direction of his ninth studio album for the better.
He said, “In COVID, while we have been in quarantine, my ideas changed. I actually learned new things. I was able to really be reflective and find out what things matter and really have some true, honest, deep conversations with people and myself, to take some ownership of some of where my life has gone and some of the things that I’ve come through. It is honest.”
As for the anticipated arrival of his next album, Usher responded, “I’m going to release an album this year, hopefully, but now it’s just a matter of the timing, and what the name of the album is and all of that.”
Noted earlier, Usher is headed back to Las Vegas for another residency. Comprising 23 shows, Usher: The Vegas Experience, starts July 15 and runs through Oct. 29.
Ahead of this residency, Usher will headline the Lovers & Friends Festival on May 21 in Las Vegas.
In summer 2021, Usher celebrated the 20th anniversary of 8701. Legendary songwriter and producer Jimmy Jam spoke exclusively to Rated R&B about his involvement in the album.
The 21-year-old rising R&B-pop sensation just dropped her debut seven-track EP Wednesday’s Child (Side A) on Friday (February 25), and Just Jared is bringing you behind-the-scenes of her new music video for “Gangster of Love,” which is currently Top 10 at U.S. R&B radio and just recently got a live daytime TV premiere on The Real.
“The ‘GOL’ video is a visual piece that really captures the essence of the song emotionally,” she explains to Just Jared of the music video.
“My creative partner, Nicole Anderson and me, sat together and crafted this treatment, instantly inspired by the power of the song. Nayip, our incredible director did a great job adding and bringing it to life! I hope the cinematic essence and story captivates and immerses people into a story…it’s definitely to be continued.”
The EP includes collaborations with acts like Neff-U, Sebastian Kole, Nathalia Marshall and singer-songwriter Nicole Daciana Anderson, who is also Aiyana-Lee’s mother, manager and creative partner.
“Wednesday’s Child takes its name from a popular nursery rhyme that predicts a child’s character based on their day of birth. It says, ‘Wednesday’s child is full of woe.’ Although I wasn’t born on a Wednesday, I believe we are all Wednesday’s Child,” she says of the EP.
“We’re all dealt a tough hand in life, no matter who we are. Going through troubled times and being an outcast, feeling like the world is out to get you, is something we can all relate to.”
Check out the EP, music video for “Gangster of Love” and the behind-the-scenes photos inside…
Eric Roberson has just unveiled the visual for his star-studded remix to his hit single “Lessons” featuring Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn & Kevin Ross.
The remix builds upon the original which quickly became a fun favorite, and brings together some of the brightest stars in R&B right now. In the visual, each takes their turn performing their part of the instant classic song. Eric mentions about the video:
“My inspiration behind the Lessons Remix video was showing four brothers standing together harmoniously sharing the journey they took to find love. I wanted to showcase the brotherhood we share, the electricity behind our showmanship and the power of transparency.”
Also recently, Anthony Hamilton surprised fans with a special treat by bringing to the stage, Eric Roberson, Raheem DeVaughn, and Kevin Ross to perform the song for the first time during his Verzuz battle with Musiq Soulchild.
“Lessons” will be included on Roberson’s upcoming album of the same name to release on April 1st, 2022. Eric will also be releasing his first book, “LESSONS – The Book (100 Thoughts On Life & Love)” on March 1st.
Ashanti is gearing up to return to the UK this summer, announcing an arena tour with special guests Trey Songz and Mario.
The R&B singer, known for the hits ‘Foolish’, ‘Baby’ and ‘Happy’, will hit the road between May 29 and June 2. She’ll perform at London’s OVO Arena Wembley, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Birmingham’s Utilita Arena and Manchester’s AO Arena.
Put on in collaboration with UK promoters TCO, Ashanti’s upcoming UK trek will celebrate 20 years of her debut single ‘Foolish’, which was originally released on February 11, 2002.
Her last album was 2014’s ‘Braveheart’, but she announced in December that she plans to re-record her 2002 self-titled debut album, explaining at the time that she made the move “so I can collect my coins”.
The former Murder Inc. singer has become the latest in a growing number of high-profile artists to recreate their older work, in order to regain control of their master recordings.
Ashanti has also starred in a number of films including Coach Carter, Resident Evil: Extinction, and John Tucker Must Die. Her most recent film was last year’s Honey Girls – she played Fancy G, a pop star who hosts a contest to find the next big solo artist.
Jazmine Sullivan has announced plans to postpone upcoming shows on her Heaux Tales Tour itinerary. The singer confirmed that she tested positive for Covid-19 and is “taking every precaution” to isolate herself.
“My doctor confirmed today that I am positive with COVID. I am taking every precaution to isolate myself. I’m truly sad to have to cancel more shows but health and safety come first for myself, my team and all of you,” Sullivan said in a statement.
“LA’s show tomorrow will unfortunately be cancelled and we are likely cancelling shows for the next week based on my condition and the condition of my crew. We will let you know when the tour will resume once we have made that decision. As soon as we have more information in regards to tickets and rescheduling, ticket holders will be notified via email. Thank you so much for your understanding and support and I’ll be seeing you very soon.”
Sullivan’s statement comes a day after canceling her concert in Sacramento, California, for “feeling extremely under the weather.”
Over the last few days, Sullivan has been transparent with fans about not feeling well. On Tuesday, she warned her Oakland, California, fans that she would need “a lot of help” at her concert. “Just know I’m doing my best. If I pass out throw some water on me and give me a chicken wing. That might revive me,” Sullivan said jokingly.
Sullivan’s Heaux Tales Tour is in support of her project of the same name, which was released in January 2021. It includes her gold-selling hit "Girl Like Me" featuring H.E.R. It also includes her platinum-selling single "Pick Up Your Feelings", which is nominated for two Grammy Awards.
On Feb. 11, Sullivan released Heaux Tales, Mo'Tales: The Deluxe. The updated edition includes ten tracks — five songs and five tales, including a tale narrated by Issa Rae.
Sullivan kicked off The Heaux Tales Tour on Valentine’s Day. It was slated to wrap up on March 30, in Chicago, Illinois.
The NAACP has revealed the winners of fourth night of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards non-televised award categories. Jazmine Sullivan, Silk Sonic and Anthony Hamilton are among the winners.
Sullivan collected three awards, including Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Soul/R&B Song (“Pick Up Your Feelings”) and Outstanding Album (Heaux Tales).
Earlier this month, Sullivan released a deluxe edition of Heaux Tales with ten additional tracks. Her hit single “Pick Up Your Feelings” is also nominated for two Grammy awards, including Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. Heaux Tales is nominated for Best R&B Album.
Silk Sonic, who is set to kick off their Las Vegas Residency on Friday, won Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional) for their smash hit "Leave The Door Open".
The D’Mile and Bruno Mars-produced song is nominated for four Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It appears on the duo’s debut album, An Evening With Silk Sonic, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Anthony Hamilton, who recently appeared in a Verzuz battle with Musiq Soulchild, was awarded with Outstanding Male Artist. In March, he will join Maxwell’s Night Tour, along with Joe. The three R&B gents will perform across the U.S. until May 8.
Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the 53rd NAACP Image Awards will air live on BET on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. EST. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige is scheduled to perform at the ceremony. It’ll mark her first performance since her appearance at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.
Charlie Wilson’s new single “No Stoppin’ Us” is an all-star collaboration featuring fellow R&B legends Johnny Gill, Babyface & K-Ci Hailey.
The song puts a modern-day spin on the timeless McFadden & Whitehead classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”. The results are a fun, feel-good anthem that will have you grooving and keep a smile on your face.
This is the first new single from Charlie Wilson since he released "All Of My Love" featuring Smokey Robinson in 2020.
The singer is currently on the road performing alongside New Edition and Jodeci as part of "The Culture Tour" throughout the United States.
NBA legend Michael Jordan became a meme once again this week following NBA All-Star Weekend. The Charlotte Hornets owner was caught on camera lightly hitting R&B icon Mary J. Blige’s backside.
A clip of that interaction went viral on social media. Power franchise creator Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson even shared his own one-liners about the MJ and MJB butt-tapping moment.
“See just when we thought it was all fvcked up. LOL,” wrote 50 Cent on Instagram. That post included an image of the former Chicago Bulls player and the Grammy-winning singer with a caption that joked about Blige’s character on Power Book II: Ghost.
Mary J. Blige plays Monet on the Starz network’s 50 Cent-produced television program. Power Book II: Ghost‘s Monet is directly connected to basketball player Ezekiel “Zeke” Cross (Daniel Bellomy) and drug dealer Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.).
50 Cent returned to Instagram to add another lighthearted dig at Michael Jordan and Mary J. Blige. The Get Rich or Die Tryin’ album creator wrote, “All-Star weekend MJ & MJB, he palmed the ball LOL. ”Prior to the NBA All-Star Game, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent took part in another major sporting event this month. The NFL tapped Blige, 50, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak for the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.
As soon as you mention an artist being the "king" of the genre, emotions erupt. This is what happened after Yung Bleu reportedly retweeted a fan who wrote that the rising star may be the "new King of R&B." The Shade Room uploaded a screenshot of the tweet, including showing that Bleu co-signed the message, but R&B icon Tank reacted with a comment that some people believed was shady.
"I'm glad I'm from a different generation cause yall wild!... [sideways crying laughing emojis]," the singer wrote.
Bleu didn't appreciate the remark and "Another episode of a bitter old *****!" wrote Bleu. "Tank u still waiting on that verse that's why u mad . U supposed to be a Og ! U commenting on shade room acting like.a female. Don't worry I'm not interested in being labeled as no king of r&b I'm about to be a real Super Star soon ! I don't say **** to y'all dudes I be in my own world."
Bleu added, "I already felt you weird energy that's why Ian record to that wack *** song."
Tank is currently working on what's expected to be his final album and he lamented recently about R&B artists not responding to his calls. He penned a message on social media about the decline in camaraderie within R&B and felt as if working on his record was "bittersweet." Bleu has also shared a screenshot of Tank checking with him about collaborating on a track.
Tank has responded to Bleu's post with a video explanation of his original comment. Check out Yung Bleu and Tank below.
NPR continues celebrating legendary R&B acts for Black History Month. The Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle is the latest act to perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series.
Backed by a full band and background singers, LaBelle opened her 15-minute set with “Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)” from her 1986 album, Winner In You.
She then revisited her Grammy-nominated 1983 album, I’m in Love Again, to perform “Love, Need and Want You” and “If You Only Knew.” The latter track peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, now known as the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and remained atop for four weeks.
The Philadelphia native closed her set with the Labelle classic “Lady Marmalade,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. The song was reimagined in 2001 by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil Kim and Missy Elliott.
In 2021, “Lady Marmalade” was added to the Library of Congress' national Registry, along with music from Janet Jackson and Kool & the Gang.
After decades of creating music, Tank is crafting his final album. He's worked with the best of the best behind the stage and in the spotlight, and the R&B icon is ready to bow out gracefully bow out gracefully. He has defended the genre against critics and mentored several artists on the rise, but it seems that Tank is running into a bit of difficulty as it pertains to having his peers assist with his record.
We live in a culture that is swimming in collaborative projects, whether they be songs or full albums. It is heavily common in Rap and R&B, but according to Tank, not everyone is answering his calls.
"As i close out this last album it’s kinda bitter sweet. I think about the calls i made to continue the connection of r&b camaraderie and all the calls that weren’t returned," he wrote in an Instagram post. "It doesn’t hurt because i needed them it just hurtthat making good music together has become about something other than the music. I’m one of the best ever at what i do right now as we speak but that has never been a reason for me not work with anybody."
"The sweet is in the calls that were returned!" Tank added. "The people who did show up and bless me beyond my imagination. I thank you early! For that fans who’ve stayed tapped in my work on this side is done but I will be the driving force behind the scenes getting r&b music back to the top of the food chain!! I write this message in love with the whole r&b universe in mind! It’s bigger than nino brown!"
He added that he still has love for those that have yet to return his calls and he is keeping his line open for them. Check it out below.
"Chloe and Gunna" has a nice ring to it, but is love actually in the air? From the flirty comments on Instagram to the pair's courtside appearance at an Atlanta Hawks game in October to Gunna's show of support for Chlöe at the 2021 American Music Awards, fans can't help but wonder if the musicians are dating.
Gunna responded to the speculation during the AMAs, telling Billboard, "We not dating". That was just like a date where you go to the game and catch a vibe. But she's my friend." The "Drip Too Hard" rapper added that after the Hawks game, they headed to the studio and made two songs together - one of which appears on his "Drip Season 4" album.
During a recent appearance on "The Breakfast Club,"Gunna said he's not ready to settle down just yet. But when cohost Angela Yee asked the rapper if he'd be upset if Chlöe started dating other people, he replied, "That wouldn't be very P of her to take my time and waste it. I for sure would keep it P if she moved on, but I wouldn't like that, no."
To add more fuel to the dating rumors, Chlöe and Gunna were spotted holding hands while shopping in West Hollywood on Feb. 10. The Shade Room also posted footage of the two engaging in a little PDA during their outing. And Chlöe attended Gunna's album-release party before the two dropped a very sexy video for their song "You & Me" on Valentine's Day. The two have clearly grown closer over the past few months.
The new photos and videos of the two come after Chlöe tried to downplay the romantic speculation on Instagram Live on Jan. 16. "I feel like everybody wants to know about my love life," she said in a British accent while promoting their collaboration, You & Me". "My love life is music, darling." That excuse may have worked before, but it seems like there may be more to Chlöe and Gunna's relationship than just friendship. Take a look at all their cute photos together ahead.
We all know that Mary J. Blige performed at Super Bowl 2022, and it will be a night to remember. With such a dynamic performance, props are always a must, especially coming from Michael Jordon.
MJ meets MJB and gives her a warm caress with a little extra affirmation of the cushion with the pushing. The video is yet blowing up Social Media, and many see MJ giving Mary a nice pat on the rear end. We won't go as far to say if he was getting frisky, and we arrive at the conclusion that the height difference can affect your estimation of where your hand lands during awkward occasions like these.
Many MJB guy lovers now have to wrestle with the thought of what MJ had the pleasure of experiencing which was quite wildin'.
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R&B SONGSTRESS KEKE WYATT REVEALS SHE IS EXPECTING HER 11TH CHIL
R&B singer and songwriter Keke Wyatt and her husband, Zackariah Darring, expect their second child
Ecstatic about the news, Wyatt posted a maternity photo of herself in a red flowing gown with a cut-out that reveals her growing baby bump. “My husband, Zackariah David Darring, and I are proud to announce that our family will be adding a “plus 1” to the Wyatt Bunch!” she captioned the photo.
She concluded her news the hashtags #Baby11, #TrustingGod, #BabyDarring, #TheWyattBunch, #Family and #KekesKids.
The 39-year-old has been married to Darring since 2018, following her divorce from Michael Ford, according to Essence. The pair announced the birthof their first child together on social media, writing, “My husband Zackariah and I are blessed to welcome our beautiful and healthy 7 lb 11ounce son, Ke’Riah Darring,” she writes. “He came to our family on 1/6/2020.”
Wyatt has eight children from her previous relationship with Ford and one from her first marriage to Rahmat Morton.
In a separate post, Wyatt shared two family pictures of the “Wyatt Bunch,” noting that their daughter Kayla Ford “wasn’t available for the picture but you’re with us in spirit Shuga!”
Amid the announcement, well wishes and congratulations poured in from fans and fellow celebrities. NeNe Leakes wrote, “Blessings upon Blessings,” Tamar Braxton commented, “Chile Finally I love u sister,” while Karlie Redd gushed, “Wow You Look Beautiful Congratulations.”
Chad Ochocinco Johnson, former American football wide receiver, hinted at competing with the soon-to-be mother of 11. “KeKe Wyatt really thinks she finna outdo me….,” the father of nine tweeted.
The Indianapolis native says that she believes that God blessed her with the gift of motherhood. She told the Christian Post in 2017, “I think I have an anointing on motherhood. I know it sounds funny, but I really think that it’s a gift of mine. That’s one of my many gifts [and] talents.”
Singer-songwriter Muni Long made her TV debut on The Tonight ShowMonday, performing her viral single “Hrs and Hrs.” Accompanied by a band and several back-up singers, Long — whose real name is Priscilla Renea — gave a soulful rendition of the R&B song while decked out in a glimmering gold ensemble.
The sultry ballad, featured on the singer’s latest EP, Public Displays of Affection, is an ode to a lover filled with double entendres and suggestive language. “You sit me up on the counter/Instantly, it’s thunder showers,” Muni Long sings. “Stormin’ for a couple hours/When we finished, take a shower.”
As Long explained to Rolling Stone in January, “Hrs and Hrs” exploded on social media when TikTok users began placing the song in video clips in which they “showed affection and intimate moments with a significant other.”
But before the song went viral on TikTok, Long spent years in the industry writing hits for the likes of Ariana Grande and Rihanna. Despite being signed to a major label early in her career, she ultimately decided to release her music through her own label, Supergiant Records. “I’m not trying to go backwards, go back into that dark system,” she said. “And [maintaining] ownership is where the world is going. We don’t want people telling us what to do.”
She added, “I love when I have a feeling about something and then everyone else feels the same way. It’s confirmation: I should always follow my instincts.”
The new lawyer for convicted R&B singer R. Kelly asked a federal judge in Brooklyn on Thursday to overturn the verdict against him or give him a new trial in a set of expected challenges to his racketeering conviction last year.
Kelly is now represented by Jennifer Bonjean, the attorney who helped actor Bill Cosby in his successful bid last year to have the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturn his sexual assault conviction. Her legal career began in Chicago.
Now, Bonjean has argued that federal prosecutors in New York, “invigorated by an influential social movement determined to punish centuries of male misbehavior through symbolic prosecutions,” stretched the boundaries of federal law that was “not designed to punish sexual misconduct like that alleged” against Kelly.
“If the government intends to prosecute Mann Act violations in the fashion it did here,” Bonjean wrote, “it might consider investigating the many influential, wealthy, mostly White, corporate leaders who frequently arrange travel for paramours who later conclude that the experience was less than pleasant.”
Separately, Bonjean argued that Kelly deserves a new trial because his previous legal team “fell apart mere weeks before the commencement of trial.” She wrote that his trial lawyers did not meaningfully participate in jury selection, allowing jurors to be seated despite certain answers on their questionnaires, and one of his lawyers had a conflict with a key witness.
Bonjean wrote thatone juror acknowledged on a questionnaire getting the impressionfrom specials or documentaries about Kelly that “he loves underage girls.”
“[Kelly] had no chance to defend himself where most of the jurors in his case were fully aware of his prior legal issues, some had watched the damning docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ and many seemed to accept that he was known for abusing minors,” Bonjean wrote. “Frankly, everyone in the courtroom seemed to accept that [Kelly’s] jury would be prejudiced against him, and made virtually no effort to empanel a truly unbiased jury.”
Prosecutors have until March 10 to respond.
A jury in Brooklyn’s federal court last fall convicted Kelly of racketeering at the end of a roughly five-week trial featuring 45 government witnesses. The 55-year-old singer faces 10 years to life in prison. His sentencing there is set for May 4.
In the time that has passed, Kelly has shaken up his legal team. Bonjean now represents him in Brooklyn and Chicago. Kelly is charged in federal court here with child pornography and obstruction of justice. That case is set for trial Aug. 1, one year after the start of Kelly’s 2021 Brooklyn trial. The Chicago trial could last three or four weeks, lawyers have said.
Complicating matters here are Kelly’s two co-defendants, former employees Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown. McDavid’s lawyers have complained about being “at the mercy of Mr. Kelly’s problems” and have insisted they want to swiftly go to trial. The charges in that case have been pending since July 2019.
Kelly also faces separate aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges from state-court prosecutors in Cook County, as well as an additional criminal case in Minnesota.
For now, Kelly remains locked up in a federal detention center in Brooklyn.
Miami Beach Police are investigating allegations of battery by two women against R&B singer Chris Brown, according to reports obtained by NBC 6.
NBC 6 Investigators broke the story last week and obtained copies of the police reports which detail what both women said happened when they were with Brown while visiting Miami Beach.
Both alleged assaults took place more than a year ago, with the first woman claiming she was drugged and raped by the 32-year-old singer while at a party on a yacht that was docked near Diddy's home on Dec. 30, 2020.
According to a police report obtained Wednesday, the second victim said she was not comfortable at that party and decided to leave.
Two days later she and a friend were invited to meet at Brown’s Miami Beach hotel suite and while there Brown approached her and shoved one of his fingers in her mouth, the report said.
The woman alleged Brown’s finger had a white powdery substance on it and that she blacked out for several hours and woke up in the suite without her friends or her phone.
She filed a report with Miami Beach Police after reading about a lawsuit filed in January by another woman who was allegedly at the same yacht party.
In the lawsuit, that woman said she was raped by Brown after he served her drinks. She also told police that after the second drink, her memory became fuzzy.
The report goes on to say the following day, the victim received a text from Mr. Brown apologizing to her and asking her to take a Plan B (morning-after pill).
Miami Beach Police told NBC 6 both incidents are under investigation.
Once the investigation is complete, it will be up to prosecutors to determine if charges could be filed.
NBC 6 reached out to representatives for Brown and has not heard back. Brown previously wrote on Instagram that the allegations in the civil lawsuit filed against him are lies.
Both women were visiting Miami when the alleged assaults occurred. One lives in Los Angeles the other in Canada.
The Nine-time Grammy Award-winning icons and one of the best-selling artists of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire announces additional 2022 headline tour dates. The tour begins on April 22nd Tuscon, AZ and will make 18 plus stops across North America, including three new shows in Huber Heights & Northfield OH and Bridgeport CT.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 18th at 10am local time at ticketmaster.com For more information please visit: https://earthwindandfire.com/tour.
The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is more alive then ever before and continues to inspire and reach new audiences both young and old. Like the Elements in their name, their music has withstood ever-changing trends in the world and shows no sign of stopping as they to create joy and uplifting music that will forever reach a sacred universal atmosphere. Earth, Wind & Fire’s music is the soundtrack to our lives.
In addition to the tour, Earth, Wind & Fire will put on a special performance of their hit “Shinning Star” as the halftime finale during the 71st NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Field-house in Cleveland, which will honor the 76 greatest players in NBA history. The game will air at 8pm/ET on TNT network. Make sure you tune in.
Haters think they can put 50 Cent to shame? Fat chance!
The rapper has been mercilessly blasted with fiery fat jokes and body-shaming bombs since Sunday, when he rocked the Super Bowl Halftime show with an upside-down performance of “In da Club” — the iconic hanging stunt he debuted in the 2003 video for the smash hit.
Despite the 46-year-old’s ability to effortlessly execute the physical feat for fans almost two decades later, cyber critics and wannabe comedians were focused on Fiddy’s apparent weight gain.
"50 cent Got Fat" now he a dollar,” tweeted a heckler. “50 Cent out here looking like a FAT BAT,” penned another jeerer, alongside a screenshot of the “Wanksta” rhymer suspended in the air.
Timeline trolls even teased the veteran rapper by backhanding him with his renowned “I love you like a fat kid love cake” lyric from his love ballad “21 Questions.”
But 50 is eating it all up.
Rather than retaliating against his rude weight watchers, the “Candy Shop” crooner took advantage of the social media attention by promoting his new line of G-Unit streetwear.
“Get your G-Unit Tank tops & Headbands Now,” Fiddy plastered on Twitter amid the digital fat-shame rain. The Queens native also sidestepped the shade by sharing a meme that begged him and his halftime show co-stars, Dr. Dre, 56, Mary J. Blige, 51, Snoop Dogg, 50, Eminem, 49, and Kendrick Lamar, 34, to headline a collaborative tour.
And while Fiddy was making the most of the messy moment, his online supporters defended him against the chubby wisecracks.
“What psychological delusion leads some to believe 50 Cent is FAT!? I don’t even give a f–k about Fifty, but this is ridiculous,” argued an ally.
“People tried to clown 50 Cent during the Super Bowl saying he got fat knowing damn well most of them aren’t in the same shape they were in 20 years ago either,” said another.
Following Usher's sold-out, dynamic 20-show run during his first Las Vegas residency last year, it appears the King of R&B is ready to do it all over again. The legendary Atlanta-bred singer will headline a new residency in Sin City at Dolby Live at Park MGM, starting on Friday, July 15.
This second residency is being advertised as “BRAND NEW” as Usher wrote in all caps on Twitter with one obvious distinction being the Dolby Live stage incorporates audience interaction, so everyone feels like they’re having an intimate experience with the Confessions crooner. However, other details about the upcoming 23-show run remain under wraps.
Dates for the new residency are as follows:
July 2022: 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
August 2022: 26, 27, 31
September 2022: 3, 4, 9, 10
October 2022: 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
Tickets will go on sale next Friday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. PT, but pre-sale tickets—available only for those who join Usher’s community by texting (404) 737-1821—go on sale starting Friday (Feb. 18) at 12 p.m. PT until Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. PT.
Citi cardmembers will also have access to purchase their pre-sale tickets on Friday (Feb. 18) at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. PT. Pre-sale access for members of MGM Rewards, MGM Resorts International’s reimagined loyalty rewards program and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers, starts on Monday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. PT until Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. PT.
General ticket prices begin at $79, and a limited number of VIP meet & greet packages also are available for each show.