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R. Kelly Hit with 11 New Counts of Sexual Assault and Abuse Related Charges

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R. Kelly has racked up 11 new sexual assault and abuse related charges that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars. After hearing witness testimony on Wednesday, new details about the singer’s involvement in trafficking his victims across state lines resulted in gains for the prosecution and steps toward justice for his victims.

Before a federal grand jury, witnesses provided testimony that R. Kelly was heavily involved in trafficking underage girls for his deviant proclivities. The numerous witnesses alleged that Kelly worked to arrange travel and lodging accommodations for his victims, leading underage girls across state lines. Information about his attempts to obstruct justice during his infamous trial also came to light. The disgraced singer worked to silence those in the know in 2008, sending any potential witnesses on an extensive paid vacation. Those who remained in the U.S. were subjected to witness intimidation and physical threats to secure they would not divulge any information to investigators. After hearing how far he would go to protect his interests, Cook County prosecutors charged R. Kelly with 11 additional counts, including three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim who was at least age 13 at the time.

The full list of charges Cook County prosecutors have slapped Robert Sylvester Kelly with is distressing. The once revered artist is facing four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a minor. Having already been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, Kelly is currently on the hook for 22 counts for acts that took place from the late 90s until 2010. Despite these new allegations, R. Kelly and his legal representation, Steve Greenburg, are maintaining innocence.

Speaking with The Associated Press, Attorney Steve Greenburg claims the new charges “are not really new.” He is also expecting R. Kelly to emerge victorious and states the charges are for “the same conduct, just charged differently.” Although they believe things are looking up, their optimism is misplaced — there are multiple investigations underway in several states. Two additional probes are taking place in New York and the Northern District of Illinois is looking to prosecute R. Kelly as well. A case is also being built against the artist in Georgia, where his mansion was the scene for several of his depraved acts.

R Kelly is due to appear in court Thursday, June 6th.

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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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