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Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx Texts Leak, Reveal Thoughts on Jussie and R. Kelly

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Text messages between Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx, who dropped the charges against Jussie Smollett, and her staff have been obtained by CNN. Amid an independent investigation of her involvement in the Jussie Smollett case, the leaked texts show the Cook County Attorney didn’t think highly of the accused at all.

Communications between Kim Foxx, state attorney’s office staff, and people outside their office were obtained by CNN and HuffPost. In the thousands of messages, Kim calls Jussie a “washed up celeb who lied to the cops” and compares his case to R. Kelly’s. The Cook County prosecuting attorney informally recused herself from the case in February, but continued to discuss it with staff.

Stating, “Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A.” Kim vented to members of her team. Upset that the state attorney’s office was being critiqued as being too harsh, staff replied, “Yes. I can see where that can be seen as excessive.” A member later promised to “take a hard look at how we can charge the cases and get it to something that covers what needs to be covered without being excessive and ultimately pointless.” During that exchange, Foxx was adamant that “just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.” because “It’s not who we want to be.”

“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”

Texts from the day the charges were dropped show Foxx and Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke by telephone. In those messages, Kim says “Needed to know how to answer questions from press. Told him “essentially deterred prosecution. Paying $10k restitution to the city, and completed community service.” He was told we were just dropping the case. He seemed satisfied with that explanation.” However, during the press conference, Eddie stood in solidarity with Mayor Rahm Emanuel who referred to the decision as a “whitewash of justice.”

According to CNN, other texts that were previously released showed Smollett family friend Tina Tchen maintained contact with Foxx about the investigation, relaying concerns that the actor’s family had. Foxx was also shown to exchange texts with another person close to the Smollett camp about the case.

R. Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, has taken offense to Kim Foxx’s comments. Speaking with TMZ, Greenberg called the types of conversations Foxx had with her staff “dysfunctional and chaotic” and stated her biases may be coloring how she characterizes Kelly’s case. As the first Black woman to serve as Cook County’s state attorney, Foxx made the call for survivors of R. Kelly’s abuses to step forward. Greenberg says that for now, he isn’t calling for Foxx to be removed from the R. Kelly case, but is planning to make a decision once further evidence and discovery is acquired.

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#BBHMM: The Game’s Royalties Seized Until $7.4 Million Judgment Paid

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The Game’s attempt to avoid paying a $7M judgment after losing a sexual assault case has been put to a halt by a judge. Ruling in favor of Priscilla Rainey, who accused the rapper of sexual battery, a judge has seized the royalties of The Game’s catalogue until the debt is paid.

In 2015, Rainey lodged a complaint that the rapper assaulted her, forcing his hand beneath her dress to touch her bare genitals and buttocks. While The Game denied these allegations in court and on social media, the judge ruled in Rainey’s favor that he should pay $7.4 million to make amends. Approaching the court after months had passed without receiving any payment, Priscilla was determined to get what she owed from her abuser. The battle for restitution against the “How We Do” rapper began March 1st 2018, when Rainey filed documents demanding financial records.

Looking to prove The Game had been hiding money to avoid paying the judgment, Rainey hired several private investigators that stated he’d diverted millions. In addition to hiding cash, the investigation uncovered he’d acquired assets under pseudonyms controlled by himself and his business management. Now, with a new ruling, The Game has been informed that his royalties will be seized by Priscilla until the $7.4 million balance is paid.

According to court documents, “commission, royalties, contract receivables, deferred compensation, income, wages, payroll, salary, and accounts receivable” are all up for grabs. Should The Game attempt to disobey the court’s decision, he could be found in contempt of court and face some jail time.

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Diddy Confirms Making The Band is Returning to MTV

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Hoping to recreate pop culture history, Diddy and crew are on the hunt for the world’s most promising singers. The Bad Boy Records executive issued a global casting call through Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. But the fiercest competition will be using Smule.

For the first time ever, Smule has partnered with MTV. Offering their users a list of curated songs to choose from, wide-eyed prospects can use the app to create video auditions shareable on every social media platform. While anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to compete, contestants must also be able to comply with the rules and eligibility requirements. Looks like someone better be ready to get that Junior’s Cheesecake!

Making the Band has not aired since 2009, but fans spammed the hashtag #IWantMyMTB, prompting MTV and Diddy to come to the table. Using the hashtag #MTBCASTING, singers now have a new chance at getting discovered. However, the details of their talent search have yet to be revealed. Through a rabbit hole of links, you can view the Terms of Use and User Content Submission Agreement. Just be sure to read the agreements before submitting your videos as the contracts are effective once your clips are posted. There’s a lengthy segment titled “Rights Granted to MTV”, which gives them, in so many words, the right to use and otherwise exploit any ideas, concepts, or content displayed in your submission without any credit or compensation. So stay sharp!

Hopefuls are already posting their talents across social media. Will you be joining them?

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So So Deaf: Jermaine Dupri Critiques the State of Female Rap

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During an interview, Jermaine Dupri was asked by two hosts to name his favorite female rapper. Believing he’d list Megan Thee Stallion or Cardi B, Dupri’s response caught both the hosts and music aficionados off guard. Comparing the current roster of popular femcees to “strippers”, Dupri’s glaring act of misogyny has gotten him checked by the artists themselves.

For decades, airwaves have been flooded with male artists rapping about their sexual prowess, bevy of hos, material expenditures, and sale of drugs. But Jermaine Dupri doesn’t find fault with the repetitive, and occasionally elementary, lyrics of his peers. His ire was directed toward women whose bars are about celebrating their bodies, turning up in the club, and dominating men. Failing to note the similarities in what content is released by both men and women in the rap game, Dupri posed a weak argument that female rap lacks lyrical diversity.

As pointed out in Cardi’s response video, there are plenty of female rappers that don’t write about their bodies at all, they simply don’t receive equal support. And as the acting CEO of So So Def, you’d think Jermaine Dupri would take the initiative to seek out talent that raises what he believes is the bar. But no, the “Grammy award winning songwriter and producer” has no female rapper signed to his label aside from Da Brat and Tyeler Reign. Tyeler is the winner of the fifth season of The Rap Game who unsurprisingly still raps about money and designer labels, the very things Dupri would find unimpressive.

Female rappers have been vocal in their disagreement of Dupri’s piss-poor analysis. Both Doja Cat and Cardi B made statements disagreeing with his comments. Ari Lennox even dropped a diss track as a response to his ignorance. But the best rebuttals have been references of Dupri’s track record. Twitter users have been quick to remind us that JD has a history of dismissing the career trajectories of women with potential to be powerhouses in the industry. Perhaps after this wake up call, Jermaine Dupri will take a bit of Doja Cat’s advice and look for the artists he wants to uplift.

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