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Jail! Period! R. Kelly Behind Bars Over Failure to Pay Child Support

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Failure to pay $161,000 in child support has landed R. Kelly in jail. If convicted, the felony offense could see Kelly behind bars for up to 2 years.

Andrea Kelly, the ex-wife of R. Kelly, can claim a temporary victory as the disgraced singer has landed in jail for failure to pay child support. The dancer-choreographer married R. Kelly in 1996 in a ceremony she alleges she had no role in planning. Together they have three children: Jay, who is trans, Robert Jr., and Joann, now called Buku Abi.

$350K Left in His Account

Andrea’s battle for child support has been a long and arduous road, but R. Kelly says he can’t afford the expense. During his CBS interview with Gayle King, the singer said he only has $350,000 to his name. Unaware of how to handle his own finances, he claims “so many people have been stealin’ my money.” He added that there were so many authorized users on his account that he couldn’t keep up.

R. Kelly admitted that he has only recently gone to a bank alone. He said, “I went by myself for the first time to a Bank of America. Didn’t know what I was doing. Didn’t know what the hell was going on.” Taking place roughly one month ago, the singer said he was tired of not knowing the details of his publishing royalties. He was shocked to learn his balance was only $350K and asked the teller to help him open a new account.

Heckler yells “Free R. Kelly”

Following his arrest the singer’s current publicist, Darryll Johnson, spoke with reporters about what R. Kelly’s options were when he was interrupted by a heckler. Brushing past Johnson, the man walked through the interview stating “Free R. Kelly”. Johnson informed reporters that R. Kelly will remain in jail until he can pay the full $161,000 balance.

Gayle’s Sit Down with Azriel and Jocelyn

Early this morning, the CBS interview segment featuring Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage aired. Here are some key takeaways from their interaction with Gayle King:

  • R. Kelly was asked if he wanted to keep Azriel and Jocelyn from being interviewed, but he declined.
  • The singer was asked to leave the room so the women could be interviewed privately. He refused to leave the area entirely. He stood behind a wall just out of sight.
  • When certain questions were asked, R. Kelly would cough loudly to remind Azriel and Jocelyn he was there and listening.
  • Azriel was very testy toward Gayle. She snapped when asked about the relationship dynamic between her, Jocelyn, and R. Kelly.
  • Azriel says R. Kelly was lied to by her family about her age. She says her parents told him she was 18. She also says her family encouraged her to engage in illicit sexual acts and take photos for future use to blackmail him.
  • Jocelyn Savage, who was primarily silent during the interview, says her parents were after money as well. However, both The Clarys and The Savages denied allegations regarding any exchange of funds in press conferences Wednesday.When asked about being wanting to advance a singing career, Azriel shook her head yes while saying “That’s a lie”, which is a sign of deceptive body language. Azriel has a YouTube channel full of videos of her vocal practices. The channel also contains a link to her Facebook page, full of performance dates and photos.
  • Gayle’s followup question was about Azriel’s suicide attempt, which was disclosed during the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. Azriel says that it was due to her parents forcing her to sing as a career choice. However, CBS obtained medical records that show her suicide attempt was due to an abusive boyfriend where Azriel is on record saying music helped her cope.

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Jason Mitchell Loses Representation and ALL Gigs Following Misconduct Allegations

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As the breakout star of Straight Outta Compton, Jason Mitchell made his mark with a spot on performance as Eazy E. His indisputable talent caught the eyes of top-notch talent agencies and management. His star was rising, only to descend with equal speed. The one-time star of Showtime’s drama, The Chi, has found himself out of all jobs and prospects, lacking management, or a talent agency after allegations of “inappropriate behavior”.

Jason Mitchell was in line to star as the lead of Desperados, a Netflix film, when the news of an off-set incident made its way to the ears of producers. While the details of what happened have not been made public, the fallout of Mitchell’s actions has been swift. Since Netflix conducted an investigation into the misconduct allegation, news of the incident spread to the ears of his other employers. This led to Mitchell being dropped by his agency, his management company, Netflix, and Showtime.

Representatives for United Talent Agency, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Netflix production company Good Universe have all confirmed Mitchell’s unemployment. In the past, an incident occurred on the set of The Chi. There were allegations of inappropriate behavior involving Tiffany Boone, who plays Mitchell’s girlfriend on the show. While resolved, the history of Mitchell’s repeated complaints of sexual harassment have influenced future decisions. The series was recently renewed but production company Fox 21 Television Studios opted not to pick up Mitchell’s option for the third season.

Jason Mitchell has not made any comments on the matter at this time.

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Snubs and Celebrations: 2019 BET Award Nominations Are in!

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While the major award season has long passed, summer entertainment and music awards season is upon us. BET just announced the nominees for the 2019 awards show.

Taking place on June 23rd at the Microsoft Theater in LA, actors and musicians will find out who stands among the winners and the losers. But the network that claims “We got you” is facing some heat for neglecting to include the queer community.

When it comes to who is looking to win big, all signs point to Cardi B. The “Money” rapper has been nominated 7 times with one award being Album of the Year. Her award nominations span 5 of the 20 available categories the ceremony highlights. While she’s sure to collect some trophies, her competition is rather steep. Cardi is up against The Carters album “Everything is Love.”

For actors, the categories are few and far between, but there’s love to go around…provided you aren’t a queer actor. The critically acclaimed FX drama series Pose is good enough to snatch trophies anywhere but home. BET has not recognized any talent from the series for either best actor or actress despite Billy Porter’s renowned performance. Fans of Pose have voiced their concerns on Twitter, calling out Black Entertainment Television for not rooting for everybody Black.

The full list of nominees is available here.

Are you excited to see who leaves a winner? Tune in June 23rd to find out who shines.

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And Now Our Watch Has Ended: Game of Thrones Conclusion Falls Flat

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Lovers of the fantasy series Game of Thrones tuned in for the nonsensical ending Sunday night. Much to their dismay, the conclusion to the once well-crafted tale left them with more continuity errors and questions than they bargained for.

Caution: This post contains spoilers for the entire series of Game of Thrones!

Howland Reed, The Grand Maester Conspiracy, The North Remembers, Lady Stoneheart. There were so many neglected arcs in the series that led to the rushed ending fans received last night. Although some still look fondly upon the franchise as one of the most enthralling, culturally captivating shows of all time, it’s memory is forever laced not just with what it included, but with what it altered or flat out ignored.

Originally foreseen by George R.R. Martin as having a Tolkien-esque ending where all loose ends are tied, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are being roasted for the botched ending they’ve presented to a longsuffering fanbase. Appearing to have conveniently forgotten the iconic author’s grand plan, D & D stood by as plot lines and character arcs suffered from their deviation. No longer able to contain their frustrations fans have been incredibly vocal with their displeasure. Screaming in a single voice and echoing the cast’s sentiments, the Game of Thrones fandom agrees that this ending is “bullshit”.

The beginning of the series finale focused on Tyrion’s journey to uncover the fate of his siblings and Jon’s journey to convince Daenerys not to be “more of the same.” The Red Keep, thought to be in complete ruin, was still accessible to Tyrion, even as he wandered toward the underbelly of the enormous castle. A torch in hand, he dug through bricks to reach the tunnels where Jamie and Cersei lay. In what would be the first of many “What the f*ck?!” moments of the evening, Tyrion actually discovers the corpses of the star-crossed twins. Viewers watched in disappointment as he managed to stand in an area that should have been clearly collapsed, implying that if the lovers stood a few feet to the right, they might have survived the implosion. A travesty! Yet more cringe would follow as the episode unfolded.

For anxious onlookers who couldn’t wait to see what Sunday would bring, they could feast their eyes upon an accurate leak that described the events. Telegraphing Grey Worm’s descent into heartlessness as he killed enemies of “The Queen”, Jon’s eventual betrayal of Daenerys, and even character endings, it all played out just as the unnamed source said things would. No matter how much we wanted it all to be untrue, there it was in all of it’s ugliness. After 10 long years of production, after 2 long years of wait, Game of Thrones ended with democracy, SIX kingdoms, and Bran The Broken, First of His Name ascending to rule.

The overall reception of the conclusion to the series is a solid “NOPE!”. Viewers and critics have given the episode, titled The Iron Throne, a 57% rating. As social media users continue to share the ways in which the end was unfulfilling for them, book readers are urging them to begin reading the texts. There are still two novels left in the series, giving show watchers access to a true ending and the satisfaction of complete arcs with stunning detail.

Were you disappointed with Season 8? Did you think the series finale was an epic conclusion or did it leave much to be desired?

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