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August Alsina Hospitalized, Misses Essence Fest

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A bed-ridden August Alsina took to Instagram to notify fans of the status of his health. Having temporarily lost the use of his legs, Alsina stated his raging autoimmune disease got the better of him for now. But he’s committed to fighting the good fight and shaking off the illness.

Monday, August Alsina issued an apology to his fans for missing an Essence Fest performance. The singer was ready to take the stage when his liver disease stole the spotlight, landing him in the hospital. Revealed during an interview with his close friend Jada Pinkett Smith, Alsina revealed he struggles with a disorder that causes his autoimmune system to attack itself. A hereditary condition, he tearfully explained that it claimed the lives of both his father and grandfather.

Stating “The reality is that I’m sick all the time,” Alsina admits he doesn’t want anyone’s sympathy. During the interview, which took place in 2017, Alsina said, “Don’t treat me like I’m a f***ing cancer patient, because I’m not.” Even now he remains positive that he’ll pull through. The long caption of his IG post hints at new music to share and love to give. Despite having woken to the mysterious loss of feeling in his legs, August is remaining resilient in the face of physical adversity. He stated the cause is nerve damage throughout his body but revealed doctors are still running tests.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Declares She’s Bringing Herself to the Infamous “Red Table”

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When I heard Jada Pinkett-Smith may have had an inappropriate relationship with August Alsina, I said “No! Not Jada!” Justin called me, a tear falling from his third eye, and he was like “Not Jada!” We meditated, aligning our spirit energies with Willow’s, before we decided it was time to write this article.

Twitter erupted when a video of August Alsina was published, wherein he spoke of an alleged, Will Smith-cosigned, affair he had with Jada Pinkett Smith.

It didn’t take long before people started to voice their concern around the nature of their relationship. In the video, he explains that their relationship was so passionate that he could “die right now and… be okay, knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody.” This, alone, is enough to make anyone cringe who isn’t willing to validate relationships that center a peaceful death as their logical conclusion, but the math here… well, it’s mathing. And not in a good way.

Alsina mentioned the “years” in which he and Jada were allegedly coupled, and the Twitter Detective AgencyTM got suspicious.

See, August claims he was introduced to Pinkett-Smith in 2015. That means he was between the ages of 21 and 22-years-old. No, he wasn’t a minor, but given that he was brought into this space by Pinkett-Smith’s son, there’s reason to question Jada’s actions. Adding to the inappropriacy is the fact that August has been rather public about his drug-abuse history and the series of traumatic losses he endured in that time. Some expressed that this alleged affair indicates a predatory mindset on Jada’s part.

The Smith family are known for their ability to manage social media backlash. About a year ago, we reported on the Jordyn Woods situation and the hand the Smiths played in managing that narrative. In usual form, Jada has declared that she will be “bringing [herself] on The Red Table.” Though we’re unclear how this will bring the “healing” she claims is needed, we will be watching to see for ourselves how that goes.

One thing that we’ve already seen is Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Jada’s mother, posting a rather cryptic image to Instagram.

Maybe the spin has already begun. Maybe this had absolutely nothing to do with the Alsina situation. Either way, the internet has it now, and it’ll be watching.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms Lectures Black People Again; Contracts COVID-19

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It’s a lot, chile. But we’re here to walk you through it. After a morning of social media backlash regarding her comments on the tragic shooting of an 8-year old girl, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced that she has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Mayor Lance began the day with a lecture. “These aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta,” she rattled, “these are members of the community shooting each other.”

Black Twitter was unimpressed. They quickly pointed out that this sounded like the White supremacist rhetoric that has long been lobbed against civil rights activists and Black people who are concerned with their well-being as it relates to police violence.

Some even brought up the fact that communal establishments in Atlanta have been reopened, which has resulted in a transmission spike in her city, and will inevitably cause harm and death to more Black and Brown people. Her response to that matter? Another scolding:

Now, we here at KingOfReads.com aren’t pandemic experts, but we can only assume that one of two things is true, given that Miss Keisha now has the virus, herself. Either she isn’t following her own orders or this virus, much like violence perpetrated against Black people by Black people, is much more complex than she is willing to admit.

Coincidentally, (or not) Governor Kemp (R) has suddenly declared a State of Emergency in Georgia and called in the National Guard. According to NPR, he had this to say:

“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” Kemp said. “Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot and left for dead… Enough with the tough talk, we must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

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Just after this announcement, came Keisha Lance Bottoms’ big COVID-19 reveal, which seems to have shifted the narrative away from the morning’s seminars and the fact that the state of Georgia is now becoming even more militarized. We’ll keep you updated as the situation evolves.

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D.L. Hughley Passes Out, Reveals He Has Covid-19

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D.L. Hughley is the latest celebrity to be diagnosed with Covid-19. The comedian was performing for a sold-out show in Nashville last Friday when he passed out mid set.

In the video a security guard is seen giving him a bottle of water while Hughley continued with his set. After taking a sip his speech became unrecognizable and he later collapsed on the ground while his manager carries him off stage.

Hughley posted a video on Twitter saying that he was treated for extreme exhaustion and dehydration and in a myriad of tests was tested and diagnosed with Covid-19. He reveals that he was asymptomatic and jokes that “if yo a** pass out in the middle of a show on stage, you probably need to get tested.”

The Original King of Comedy’s rep told TMZ that he was “suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel, and was kept overnight at the hospital for tests under doctor’s orders. He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayer and thoughts.”

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