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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to 11 New Charges

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This morning R. Kelly attended his arraignment hearing in Chicago. Facing 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse related charges, Robert Sylvester Kelly entered his not guilty plea today before a Cook County Judge.

Accompanied by his legal representation, Kelly is steadfast in maintaining his innocence of the 11 new charges mounted against him. Last week, we reported that the new sexual assault and abuse-related charges could see Kelly behind bars for a maximum of 30 years if convicted.

The charges stem from the abuse of Jerhonda Pace, who was featured in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. R. Kelly’s abuse of Jerhonda, who was a minor at the time of her assault, earned him three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16. Along with those three charges, he is facing two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

While entering his plea, Kelly was informed that he is expected to appear in court again June 26th. With every appearance being mandatory, eyes are watching Kelly closely to ensure he remains in the country. But according to a source that spoke with RadarOnline, Kelly is desperate to leave the U.S. However, his requests to perform outside of the country have been denied. And it’s unclear who would be willing to do business with the singer who recently scammed fans in Illinois. Still, both Kelly and his attorney Steve Greenburg are “feeling positive” that the singer will avoid time. Following the hearing, Greenburg stated, “We pled not guilty to all of the charges because he’s not guilty.” If convicted of all the charges he is currently facing, R. Kelly could be sentenced to more than 70 years behind bars.

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Erykah Badu Is About to Have Everyone In a Trance

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Baduizm is real and everybody wants some. 

Earlier this month, Grammy Award-winning R&B legend Erykah Badu, announced the upcoming release of the “Badu’s P*ssy” incense, sold exclusively on Badu World Market. What makes this product unique is Badu’s claim that it’s appropriately named. And we all know what legend says about Badu’s vajayjay, right? 

In a recent interview for 10 Magazine, Badu explained, “There’s an urban legend that my p*ssy changes men,” she said. “The men that I fall in love with, and fall in love with me, change jobs and lives.”

It seems everyone was eagerly awaiting the Badu effect because the incense sold out within 19 minutes of its release. 

Badu took to her Instagram to share the news and thank fans for their support, saying, “Well guys… thank you for making our debut of ‘Badussy’ […] sell out in a matter of 19 minutes. Of course, with preorders, because I know you guys want it and you want it bad.” 

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Currently, it’s unclear when products will be available again, but for those lucky few able to secure the first orders “created with the ashes of Badu’s underwear. Pure resin, handmade, sun-dried. And also created with essential oils and herbs,” — they can expect their package sometime in March, according to her website.

So, were you a part of the lucky few? 

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The Final Fairwell for Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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Two weeks ago, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant were put to rest in a private burial at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar. 

Today, celebrities, sports legends, NBA superstars and thousands of heartbroken fans were able to pay tribute to Bryant and Gigi at a public memorial held in the House that Kobe Built, the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. 

Hours before the doors opened, fans began to line up outside of the arena patiently, awaiting an opportunity to say farewell. At 8:30 a.m. PT the sea of adoring fans entered somberly, dressed in purple and gold Lakers jerseys and homemade T-shirts in remembrance of the former NBA superstar.

The memorial opened with Beyonce singing one of Bryants favorite songs, “XO” followed by “Halo.” In addition to Beyonce, Alicia Keys delivered a rousing performance of Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 14,” and Christina Aguilera performed “Ave Maria” in Italian.

Comedian and Talk Show Host, Jimmy Kimmel fought back tears as he served as “master of ceremonies,” but it was NBA great, Shaquille O’Neal, who provided the comic relief. 

O’Neal took to the stage and shared a hilarious story about the day Bryant earned his respect. “The day Kobe gained my respect, the guys were complaining, said ‘Shaq, Kobe’s not passing the ball. I said ‘I’ll talk to him. I said, ‘Kobe, there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team.” Kobe said, ‘I know, but there’s an ‘M-E’ in there mother f—er.’ 

The crowd responded with laughter. 

However, nothing was more moving than the moment Vanessa Bryant took the stage and spoke so eloquently about her late husband and “baby girl.” 

She shared, “Gianna Bryant is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul. She was always thoughtful. She always would kiss me goodnight, kissed me good morning. There were a few occasions where I was absolutely tired from being up with Bianca and Capri and I thought she had left school without saying goodbye. I’d text and say ‘no kiss?’ And Gianna would reply with ‘Mama, I kissed you but you were asleep, and I didn’t want to wake you.”

Fighting back the tears, she gave us all a glimpse into the Bryant love story. 

“He was the most amazing husband. Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words. He was an early bird and I was a night owl. I was fire and he was ice and vice versa at times. We balanced each other out.

He would do anything for me. I have no idea how I deserved a man that loved and wanted me more than Kobe. He was charismatic, a gentleman, he was loving, adoring and romantic. He was truly the romantic one in our relationship and looked forward to Valentine’s days and our anniversaries every year. He planned special anniversary trips and a special traditional gift for every year of our marriage. He even handmade my most treasured gifts.”

Let’s continue to keep the Bryant family in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P to the eternal #GirlDad!

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TIDAL Livestream: Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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TIDAL is honored to bring the Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant to fans across the globe via livestream.

Members and non-members alike will be able to tune-in starting at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT on Monday, February 24th on TIDAL.com/celebrationoflife

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