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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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Amanda Seales is Not the One

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Earlier this week, the ladies of “The Real” celebrated their 1,000th episode. Hosts Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Amanda Seales happily celebrated the momentous occasion with laughs, tears and a bottle of champagne. 

The celebration continued as the ladies were interviewed by “Extra” correspondent Jenn Lahmers.

During the interview, things became a bit awkward when Lahmers referred to Seales as the “newbie” and began to insinuate that she and fellow co-host, Mai, had “butted heads on a couple of topics.”

Immediately, Seales cut her off saying, “Have we? Stop!” She followed that up by stating emphatically, “That’s’ not the territory we’re coming from. We’re not butting heads. And I think it’s very, very important, especially at a table of diverse women to very clearly delineate the difference between having a difference of opinion than butting heads. You’ll know when I’m butting heads because when I butt heads, there’s only going to be one head standing and as you can see, we’re still here,” as she embraced Mai.

Mai and Seales followed up the quick read with a toast as the other ladies chimed in, fully supporting everything Seales had expressed. 

Earlier today, Seales posted a snippet of the exchange via her personal Instagram page with the caption, “To Gather.

She tried it. Don’t come for me unless I send for you. I am not hostile. I’m passionate. Happy Black History Month ❤️✊🏽”

Seales made her debut as the newest co-host of “The Real” on January 6th.

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Watch Premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” Ft. Bryson Tiller & Jeremih Exclusively on TIDAL

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Today, Fat Joe & Dre are teaming up with TIDAL to exclusively release the music video for “Hands on You” featuring Bryson Tiller and Jeremih. The song is the latest single from the duo’s joint album, “Family Ties,” which was released in December 2019 and included guest appearances from Cardi B, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Remy Ma, Anuel AA, Ty Dolla $ign.

Boi-1da and Rich Paul (LeBron James’ business partner) co-produced “Hands on You”, which features Joe and Dre rhyming over a sample of LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl.” Directed by entrepreneur and executive Irv Gotti, the music video takes place at LIV nightclub in Miami and includes a touching tribute to Big Pun, Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant.

 TIDAL members can watch on TIDAL.com/FatJoe

Fat Joe has previously collaborated with TIDAL on a variety of initiatives, including TIDAL X: Puerto Rico and TIDAL X: Brooklyn, as well as music video premieres for “Deep,” “Pullin,” “Money Showers,” and more. 

The premiere of Fat Joe & Dre’s “Hands on You” track adds to the growing list of exclusive music video content that TIDAL offers – cementing the platform as a premium destination for fans to connect with their favorite musicians. TIDAL is a pioneer in delivering exclusive premier access to its subscribers with high-profile music, videos, original content, livestreams, tickets, merchandise and live experiences fans cannot find anywhere else.

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SZA, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani on the Cover of Rolling Stone’s Women Shaping the Future Issue

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Rolling Stone magazine hit us with a trifecta of talent for their second annual, Women Shaping the Future issue, out March 3. 

On the cover, sweet-faced Normani, brash in your face Megan Thee Stallion and innocent, doe-eyed SZA are each clad in leather ensembles that match the unique persona’s we’ve come to love. 

SZA burst onto the scene in 2014 with her ep debut, Z. Since then, the singer/songwriter has been featured on chart-topping songs with Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Rihanna. 

Megan Thee Stallion grabbed our attention with her summer anthem, Hot Girl Summer, and has been giving us “Hot Girl” vibes all year long with no signs of slowing down.

As for Normani, formerly a member of Fifth Harmony, she’s given us plenty to celebrate as she embarked on her solo career. Just last year, the sultry vocalist collaborated with DJ Calvin Harris and released her first single, Motivation, along with a viral music video.

As we approach Women’s History Month, we’re excited to learn more about how each of these ladies plans to shape the future. 

According to Rolling Stone, “In addition to revealing, in-depth profiles of these three artists, the issue also contains exclusive interviews with Regina King, Stacey Abrams, Natasha Lyonne, and other prominent women in entertainment, sports, politics, and culture.”

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