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Kodak Black Arrested Before Rolling Loud Festival Performance

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Rapper Kodak Black just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The Florida rapper was arrested yet again May 11th on another firearm violation. But this time, he embarrassed himself and disappointed his fans by being apprehended only moments before he was supposed to take the stage at Rolling Loud Festival.

Bill “Kodak Black” Kapri was arrested at the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday by authorities in Miami. A team consisting of ATF, Miami-Dade Police Northside Gang Unit, and US Marshals were all in on the apprehension. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Kodak was allegedly connected to a crime involving weapons. But the law enforcement agency refused to issue further comment on Kodak’s participation.

Kodak Black, who was just recently arrested for firearm and drug charges only one month ago, is treading on thin ice. While attempting to cross the US border into Canada, the rapper caught a case for second degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Black is also still facing a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge stemming from the 2016 attack of a woman following a concert. Although the date for his sexual misconduct has been continued, it was expected to take place in the spring.

Lil Wayne Cancels Performance

Following Kodak’s apprehension at Rolling Loud, Lil Wayne cancelled his set, perhaps in a show of solidarity. Lil Wayne was subject to a search by “Festival Police” The legendary rapper released a statement by way of several tweets apologizing to his fans who noted this was Wayne’s second consecutive absence from the tour. Lil Wayne stated:

To all my fans who came to see me at Rolling Loud, I’m sorry but I won’t be performing. The Festival Police (Not Rolling Loud) made it mandatory that I had to be policed and checked to get on the stadium grounds. I do not and will not ever settle for being policed to do my job and give you guys a great show. I will be at Story tonight for the afterparty and you kan katch me on tour with my bros Blink 182 this summer!

In response to the controversy, Rolling Loud has released a statement attempting to clear themselves of any connection to arresting authorities who were on the scene. Representatives from Rolling Loud abruptly stated, “He was arrested on his way to the festival and we have no knowledge of what led to the arrest since he was not on festival property.”

Neither Kodak Black nor his representation have released a statement at this time.

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K Michelle on R Kelly: “If I Talk, Everybody Going to Jail”

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During an interview with Nick Cannon on Power 106, K Michelle dished about her upcoming album, past struggles, and complicated working relationship with R. Kelly. K Michelle admitted her feelings surrounding the disgraced R&B singer/songwriter’s legal woes are very complex.

K Michelle is no stranger to controversy. The singer once heralded for her academic achievements and involvement at FAMU, has a complicated past that includes a fuzzy professional relationship with R. Kelly. Admitting he is controlling, she says it’s difficult for her to watch him be discarded for his actions. She admits she isn’t defending him but wants the public to “keep the same energy.”

As Nick Cannon led up to inquire about her past experiences with R. Kelly, he empathized with her. He waxed poetic that Black people were “castrating members of the community that brought so much joy to us.”, a sentiment with which she agreed. Continuing that he was indifferent because he had known a different side of R. Kelly, Nick asked K. Michelle what was her outlook on the situation after being so close to the singer. She seemed reluctant to judge.

Stating “I know right is right, and wrong is wrong, but I don’t have a heaven or a hell to put this person in.”, K Michelle thinks the public’s response to Kelly’s actions is inconsistent. Referencing Elvis’ taboo relationship with 14-year-old Priscilla Presley, she alluded to the lack of outrage when one of the biggest stars in history “picked his girlfriend up from school”. As for how she feels about R. Kelly’s fall from grace, K Michelle shared she was in the studio as he was apprehended and broke down.

Watching in dismay with famed producer Jazze Pha, K Michelle said: “I was looking through the booth at the tv and to be standing in the booth and to see that — that was a lot — I just lost it.” Sharing she had a different experience as he controlled only her music, K Michelle says “If I talk, everybody is going to jail.”

Both Nick and K Michelle admit they, along with others, turned their backs on his wrongdoing, but have grown to respect the survivors that are coming forward.

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Cuba Gooding Jr Accused by 14 Women of Sexual Abuse

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After being accused of misdemeanor sex abuse stemming from a reckless night at a Manhattan night club, Cuba Gooding Jr is facing 12 additional accusations of misconduct. The once reputable actor has entered his not guilty plea and will face fourteen women who claim they’ve experienced abuse at his hands.

Tuesday, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared in a Manhattan Supreme Court to answer for charges from an incident that occurred in June. A woman approached the NYPD after being groped by Gooding Jr on the dancefloor. Her call to action led the NYPD to open an investigation which has resulted in prosecutors indicting the actor on four misdemeanor counts. Prosecutors have evidence that Cuba Gooding Jr. has assaulted 12 additional women and plan to bring each complainant in to prove the actor’s malicious intent.

Despite the severity of the charges, Cuba Gooding Jr appeared to be unphased during the proceedings. The actor responded to the accusations in court with a confident not guilty plea and was then released to his legal team. Yet, a questionable statement made by his representation stood out for it’s comparisons to accusations waged against Presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden. Referencing a handsy encounter with a fellow politician, the attorney Mark Jay Heller said the following:

“This indictment constitutes a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent common-place gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive as exemplified by the incredible condemnation of former Vice President Joseph Biden, who innocently touched a woman’s shoulder.”

As they exited the courthouse, fans expressed their support and reporters attempted to get a statement. However, Gooding Jr. and his lawyer refused to respond to any inquiries.

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Todrick Hall Called Out by Former Dancer for Colorism and Outstanding Debts

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“He is talented indeed, but that talent is squandered by coonery.” Twitter tea is piping hot with details about what it’s truly like to work with Todrick Hall. The multi-faceted YouTuber, best known for his original songs and parodies, has been accused by a former dancer for questionable payment practices and ‘off-color’ behavior.

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Dancer/choreographer Thom White shared some disappointing details about what goes on behind the scenes of a Todrick Hall production. Through a series of juicy tweets, he spilled tea about Todrick’s onset colorism and poor business management. Thom, who was featured in ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ and Todrick’s recent release titled ‘F*G’, stated the singer frequently hires multitudes of dancers for unpaid gigs. Reminiscing over the first shoot, Thom says Todrick needed more than 60 performers for the job but lamented he did not have the budget to compensate everyone accordingly. Acknowledging he wasn’t prepared to bear the expense of his talent, Todrick still boasted how much he was spending on the production of the video, which was $60,000 at the time.

“This is looking a little too chocolate”

Adding further insult to injury, Thom shared Todrick often made comments about the sheer number of Black dancers in his ensemble and went so far as to request “lighter people” to stand behind him. According to Thom, a tour dancer overheard the comments as well. During Thom’s second appearance, a paid opportunity, Todrick remarked it was weird that ‘F*G’ was his first time having an exclusively Black cast for his video. The ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ video was subjected to harsh criticism for its outright whitewashing of ballroom culture. During a Ballroom scene, the infamous ‘Dip’ was renamed “shablam” and negatively received by viewers. However, Todrick was unmoved by Thom who attempted to explain the importance of maintaining the lingo of a heavily appropriated space.

A Scammer?!

When it comes to paying what is owed, Todrick allegedly has a history of underperforming. The entertainer has been accused of non-payment by numerous dancers including Thom White, RDPR alum Manila Luzon, and a production assistant. Claiming to have worked on Todrick’s Forbidden visual album, the crew member says “Team Todrick” wasn’t responding to invoices, leaving several teams to threaten a walk-out. Manila stepped into Todrick’s Twitter mentions to nudge him about non-payment for hosting his 2018 Halloween Ball. But the details of Thom’s attempts to collect payment take the cake. After failing to remit the funds, Todrick ghosted the dancer, ignoring his calls, texts, and Instagram direct messages. Even reaching out to agencies to collect the debt was unsuccessful. According to Thom, several agencies tried to help but BLOC came right out and said Todrick’s camp was “bad, in general”, implying they refrain from doing business with him because of his history.

Todrick’s money woes can be tracked all the way to 2010 when the American Idol contestant accepted money from the families of children who aspired to perform in a failed “Oz, The Musical” production. Still, he isn’t taking this recent exposé to heart. Choosing to dignify Thom’s comments with a single tweet response, Todrick only had this to say in his defense.

Check out the entire exchange below.

UPDATE! Todrick Hall has reached out to the dancer to reconcile.

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