Jussie Smollett has lost his appeal, which could mean he is returning to jail. The embattled “Empire” star was convicted of five felony counts of disorderly conduct in 2021. The charges stem from his staging a racist attack and homophobic attack on himself with the help of the Osundairo brothers. …Read More »
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Jussie Smollett has lost his appeal, which could mean he is returning to jail.
The embattled “Empire” star was convicted of five felony counts of disorderly conduct in 2021. The charges stem from his staging a racist attack and homophobic attack on himself with the help of the Osundairo brothers. Smollett reported that Trump supporters beat him up and placed a noose around his neck while calling him slurs. However, it was ruled he made the entire thing up. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail but was released after six, pending the outcome of his appeal.
On Friday, an Illinois judge upheld his conviction in a 2-1 ruling, which likely means Smollett could head back to jail to finish out his sentence. However, he is already planning to fight back in court, with his legal team preparing to take the case to the Supreme Court, believing that Friday’s decision was unfair. Smollett was initially charged with filing a false police report and posing as a victim of a hate crime. When those charges were dropped, Smollett was re-indicted on the disorderly conduct charges.
Smollett has maintained his innocence despite his co-conspirators providing evidence of their planned stunt. He believes he is being wrongly targeted and has referred to himself as the “Gay Tupac.” To this day, the question remains: what motivated Smollett to commit such an act? Some believe it was a trick to secure more money while on “Empire,” others believe he wanted attention.
The world may never know.
Memphis basketball commit Mikey Williams finally received clarity about his involvement in a March shooting. Williams pleaded guilty to one count of making criminal threats.
Within the San Diego natives’ plea deal, Williams will be required to finish a class of anger management and a gun safety course before he is due back in court on August 12, 2024. If he completes both courses, he can have his charge reduced to a misdemeanor, according to Amber Coakley of Fox 5 San Diego.
In April of this year, authorities were made aware of an incident at Williams’s home where he was arrested after there was a report of a verbal disagreement between five people and a shooting occurred.
Williams was charged with five counts of assault with a weapon and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. The prosecutors filed three more charges against Williams in October. Williams had pleaded not guilty in April, posting bail on his $50,000 bond.
The Memphis commit was one of the most popular youth athletes. Becoming the first high school player to be in the video game NBA2K. Making history by signing the first shoe deal in High School with the shoe company Puma. Williams took a bit of a blow to his NIL portfolio when a few companies like LaceClips disassociated from the star.
In a video posted by Overtime, Williams was asked after court how he was feeling and what he felt being able to start putting this chapter behind him.
“All Glory to God, I’m just happy I made it out of this situation. I’m just excited to get back to the (basketball) court,” Williams said.
The 4-star recruit continued to stay in the gym during his legal battles while taking classes online. An avid supporter throughout this journey was Memphis University head coach Penny Hardaway, who recruited Williams to Memphis, Williams’s lawyer said after court.
It is not clear when Williams will play or officially be on campus.
Star-studded celebrity gala, The Black and White Ball, hosted by St. Louis rapper Nelly, is officially making its return on December 3rd. From 2006 to 2016, Nelly would host his annual black-tie affair with the leading intention of giving back to his hometown. The 2023 event will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, and the funds raised will go towards Make-A-Wish-Missouri. In addition, the event will assist in funding scholarships to local students to attend HBCU Harris-Stowe State University, which is committed to supplying a higher quality education to those of distressed communities.
According to RiverFront Times, Nelly made an official statement regarding the upcoming event. “The Black and White Ball has always been a chance for our city to be upfront for something positive. A nice time, with nice music, while making a difference. There are people out here who do care. That’s never changed. Now we’re bringing it back for an 11th time. It’s gonna be a vibe and a great way to give back this holiday season.”
This year’s exceptional event will honor St. Louis Cardinal Ozzie Smith, who also happens to be a 15-time MLB All-Star and Baseball Hall-of Famer. With past attendees such as Allen Iverson, Janet Jackson, Ashanti and Jermaine Dupri, it’s certain that the event will draw celebrities from all over. During the last celebration back in 2016, the affair was headlined by T-Pain alongside St. Louis’ beloved Dirty Muggs and Chan Soprano.
Rekindling his relationship with his lover of ten years, Ashanti, the pair has been all smiles since they reunited and anticipation is built to see them pop out for the gala. The couple had been in a relationship since 2003 and called it quits in 2013. During a Verzuz between Ja Rule and Fat Joe in 2021, both Ashanti and Nelly were brought out as guest performers, which happened to be news to Ashanti because she didn’t know he’d be there. At one point, when Nelly walked across the stage to get to Ashanti, fans knew that there was still a spark between the two.
Seeing the couple grow and become more in love, it was announced they were even coming out with a song together. On November 28th, Jermaine Dupri posted to Instagram a video of him and the pair debating the rules of the jump rope game Double Dutch but included a caption that shared the two would soon be coming out with a collab that features Juicy J.
“Although we talking bout double Dutch, this a NEW RECORD ALERT !!” JD wrote. “Got @nelly @ashanti & @juicyj on the way !!”
The Black and White Ball is produced and brought to you by Derrty Entertainment and SYNERGY Productions LLC. The event is also invite-only.
More information can be found at www.blackwhiteballstl.com.
Breaking records and achieving new heights has become the norm for Beyoncé.
After Beyoncé released her Renaissance album in July of 2022 and promoted it by going on tour during the summer of 2023, she surprised fans by sharing she’d be releasing a film of the exquisite starry journey she’s embarked on: Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé.
With this film, fans can reminisce on the entire tour and follow the ‘Break My Soul’ singer’s road to success from early stages to fulfillment. The album gave listeners a new profound look at house and dance music, sending appreciation to the LGBTQ community and honoring her late Uncle Johnny. The film officially release on December 1st, targeting $30 million to $40 million, and has already scored a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Renaissance means rebirth, and Beyonce, in the film, narrates it as “new birth for us. A lot of healing.” Critics compliment the film by discussing its breathtaking visuals, intimate and liberating feeling, and celebration of talent, and they name it a “monument” to Beyoncé’s career.
On November 26, Beyoncé premiered the first showing of the silver-studded film in Beverly Hills at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Attendees included Tyler Perry, Laverne Cox, Lori Harvey, Issa Rae, Kris Jenner, The-Dream, Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, LeToya Luckett, and Latavia Roberson, amongst many others. On November 30, a day before the film officially released in theaters, Beyoncé showcased her second premiere of the film in London. The biggest star in attendance was Taylor Swift, who had the first AMC concert movie theatrical, Swift’s “Eras Tour,” which Beyoncé supported as she attended the premiere in LA.
Throughout the film, viewers will be able to see backstage footage of intimate moments of Beyoncé with her family, including those with her firstborn, Blue Ivy. According to the LA Times, Blue is seen lovingly expressing to her mother to get some rest and not dwell too much on the details of a piece of staging. One can also spot different performances of the tour, including Bey’s fashionable outfits designed by the likes of Gucci, Balmain, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton. During the film, we see Beyonce’s process and her confession, despite her performances, that she is “not a machine.” In the film, we even notice guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion, and Diana Ross, who actually came out to sing happy birthday to Beyoncé as her show in Los Angeles landed on her special day. Also, within the film, it was acknowledged that Beyoncé had suffered a knee injury and that she had to undergo surgery and physical therapy.
Beyonce continues to make the world stop and show us that she is a force to be reckoned with by continuing to show up and perform at an extraordinary level.
Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé can be seen in AMC Theaters with a running time frame of 168 minutes.
Art Basel and Miami Art Week are kicking off once again in the Magic City this year from December 6 – 10. The 2023 event features more than 20 international art fairs and exhibits, plus special events across Greater Miami & Miami Beach. But hold up, it’s not just about the galleries – we’re talking activations, parties, and a whole vibe that draws in hundreds of thousands. It’s Miami, after all.
Here’s Baller Alert’s ultimate guide to some of the most can’t-miss events around town.
Bleacher Report Debuts ‘The Residency,’ Dec. 6-7
The LAB Miami | 400 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Bleacher Report is set to unveil ‘The Residency’ during the highly anticipated Miami Art Week. This year-long collaboration brings together a collective of innovative artists whose passions span sports, art, fashion, and culture. In partnership with the NBA, the event is open to the public and will run from Friday, December 8 to Saturday, December 9. The opening event will showcase the following artists and their corresponding teams: Esther Wallace (Boston Celtics), Bryan “Blue the Great” Blue (Dallas Mavericks), D’ana “COVL” Nuñez (Miami Heat), Mark “MADSTEEZ” Paul Deren (Phoenix Suns), and Demitrius Omphroy (Toronto Raptors). The gallery will then be open to the public from 12 pm to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Abloh Skate Invitational, Dec. 6-10
Lot 11 | 301-349 NW 2nd St
The second annual Abloh Invitational, a captivating skating event organized by Virgil Abloh Securities and Architecture c/o Virgil Abloh™, will be hosted this year in Miami during Art Basel. The event kicks off December 6 with the Skate Photography exhibition, spotlighting the work of photographer Atiba Jefferson. It’s followed by a special artist talk event featuring Jefferson on December 8. And on Saturday, December 9, the Abloh Invitational officially kicks off at noon. The events conclude on Sunday with a block of “FREE GAME” community programming.
PLAY by American Express Platinum, De. 7-9
The Miami Beach Edition | 2901 Collins Ave
American Express is back in Miami this year with an exclusive, interactive gallery—PLAY by American Express Platinum—during Art Week. In collaboration with PlayLab, Inc., and Mattel Creations, this unique gallery seamlessly blends the realms of art and nostalgia. From December 7-9, 11 am-5 pm, the gallery will showcase immersive installations and reimagine iconic toys as collectible works of art. Experience the creativity of Salehe Bembury, Surin Kim, Eny Lee Parker, Serban Ionescu, and Kumkum Fernando in this captivating showcase. The exhibit is exclusively for Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members.
EBONY FWD Presented by Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Dec. 9-10
The Temple House | 1415 Euclid Avenue
Join EBONY MAGAZINE for an exclusive 2-day Art Basel celebration, EBONY FWD – Presented by Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. This immersive experience, supported by Nationwide, features a Diaspora Art Exhibit, culinary tastings, live performances, a fireside chat, and more. With participation from American and international artists, the curated collection includes an archival retrospective from EBONY Magazine, Coca-Cola Company Fine Arts Collection selections, and influential works by photographers, painters, and sculptors. Confirmed guests include Eden Bridgeman, Mariah The Scientist, Jason Carter, DJ Kitty Cash, Chef Amaris Jones, and talented artists like Wonder Buhle, Jon Moody, Tiffanie Anderson, and Tracy Guiteau. Don’t miss this extraordinary event on December 9th (6 pm – 11 pm) and December 10th (11 am – 5 pm).
Sea of Art, Dec. 9
Regatta Grove | 13415 Pan American Drive
Embark on a visual journey at Regatta Grove as it hosts “Sea of Art” in collaboration with Twenty6North Productions on Saturday, December 9. The event, open to the public from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., invites everyone to revel in live painting sessions with global artists. RSVP here.
The Hip Hop Museum Tour, Dec. 9
48 NW 25th Street
In honor of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary, The Hip Hop Museum, in partnership with Mass Appeal and sponsored by CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka, has embarked on a nationwide tour to narrate the compelling story of the pioneers who birthed and nurtured a sound that reverberated globally. The museum features early Hip Hop artifacts, highlighting important firsts along the genre’s road from block parties to billboard charts. The night will feature an exclusive first look at the exhibit ahead of the museum’s opening in 2025. RSVP here.
SAVOR & SOUL™ #TheAmexBrunch, Dec. 9
The Miami Beach Edition | 2901 Collins Ave
American Express is hosting the third installation of SAVOR & SOUL™: #TheAmexBrunch, in collaboration with Blacktag – a global platform for Black creators and Black culture. The event will be an immersive experience celebrating Black art, culture, and community, featuring a menu handcrafted by Chef Akino West (James Beard Semi-Finalist) of Rosie’s Miami Beach. Tix will be available exclusively from Resy beginning December 6.
Art, Beats & Lyrics, Dec. 9
Art Beats + Lyrics (AB+L), a traveling urban art and music exhibition, is set to return to loanDepot park for the third year. The event started as a local art show in Atlanta and has grown to support visionary artists and musicians whose values of authenticity, creativity, and individuality. The event is presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. RSVP at: https://www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/vault/art-beats-lyrics/
Everyday People Party, Dec. 9
In partnership with Wray & Nephew Overproof Room, “The World’s Coolest Day Party” is headed to Miami for Art Basel weekend! The 21+ event takes place at Oasis in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, and we’re certain the vibes will be there. RSVP: https://www.everydayppl.nyc/events/miami23
STAMPED x Norma Now Presents CLUB PARADISE, Dec. 10
This Art Basel, STAMPED, is bringing the sounds from the continent to the World. The immersive “experience” pays homage to Amapiano, Afrobeats, and more. Within this special edition of the event, named Club Paradise, the focus remains on celebrating community and heritage.
“Give Us Our Flowers” by Guy Stanley Philoche
Renowned New York artist Guy Stanley Philoche is gearing up to present his “Give Us Our Flowers” series at the Scope Art Fair during this year’s Art Basel/Miami Art Week, scheduled from Dec. 5 to 10. Within this collection, the Haitian-born visual artist pays heartfelt homage to Black historical figures, including James Baldwin, Jackie Robinson, and Lena Waithe. His unique portrayal features the subjects rendered in black and white, elegantly framed by daisies—a poignant nod to his mother’s favorite flower.
Prosecutors Say Ex-Officer Derek Chauvin Was Stabbed 22 Times in Prison Attack, Inmate Charged with Attempted Murder
Friday, a federal inmate was charged with attempted murder in connection with the prison stabbing of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer convicted of killing George Floyd.
Prosecutors say John Turscak stabbed Chauvin 22 times with an improvised knife in the law library at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. Chauvin is there serving concurrent sentences, including a 21-year federal sentence for violating George Floyd’s civil rights and a 22½-year state sentence for second-degree murder.
Along with attempted murder, Turscak faces charges of assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
According to the Associated Press, Turscak told authorities that he assaulted Chauvin on Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, a symbolic connection to the Black Lives Matter movement and the “Black Hand” symbol linked to the Mexican Mafia gang, prosecutors revealed.
While Turscak initially claimed he would have killed Chauvin if authorities hadn’t intervened swiftly, he later told FBI agents that although he had considered assaulting the former officer, he denied any intention of killing him.
Bhad Bhabie is having a baby.
The OnlyFans creator took to Instagram on Friday to drop a few mirror selfies of her growing baby bump. She didn’t caption the photos, so it’s unclear when she is due, but it’s pretty evident that the 20-year-old is far along. Back in August, her boyfriend, Le Vaughn, shared a photo with Bhabie, where she also appeared to be pregnant, though neither officially announced it until now.
In recent years, Bhabie’s relationships have been a topic of debate. She famously got six Chief Keef tattoos, though she said they were never officially dating. She was also rumored to be dating NBA Youngboy years ago, another claim that was never confirmed. Bhabie became a popular figure in rap social circles after appearing on Dr. Phil in September 2016. She gained notoriety for saying, “Cash me outside, how ’bout that?” while on stage. After the episode went viral, she launched a music career with her popular track “Gucci Flip Flops,” which went platinum. Other well-known tunes include “Hi Bich” and “Bestie.” Bhabie hasn’t released much music as of late and is not as active on social media these days. Instead, she has amassed a large following on OnlyFans, which is where she makes a chunk of her income.
Congratulations, Bhabie and Le Vaughn!
Tameka “Tiny” Harris Slams Internet Trolls Questioning King Harris’s Paternity: “Quit Playing With Us”
If there is one thing Tameka “Tiny” Harris doesn’t play about, it’s her family, and now she is firing back at trolls discussing her son King Harris.
As we know, days ago, T.I. and his son, King, had an intense moment during an Atlanta Falcons game, where the two tussled a bit over comments regarding King’s upbringing. From this situation, a vicious rumor emerged, claiming that T.I. was not his biological father. The tale claimed that A&R and music manager James “Bimmy” Antney was actually King’s dad. Tiny was not here for such talks and quickly shut it down.
Tiny shared a screenshot of someone dissecting the rumors and wrote, “Man, this is the biggest bullsh** ever!!! No disrespect, but I don’t even know Bimmy like that! I was just reminded of who he was. Quit playing with us for clickbait b***h!”
Antney, who is also the brother to Waka Flocka’s mother and manager, Deb Antney, has not commented on the rumor, though he has his own set of internet gossip to deal with. In recent months, he’s been accused of being a confidential informant for years.
As for the Harris family, all is well after the father-son altercation. They even released and promoted their joint “Goat Talk” interview with Complex. King even shared that he wants to release a record called “Standin’ On Business” alongside his dad.
Boosie said he will be suing Rod Wave after failed attempts to settle a lyric dispute.
After the Louisiana native threatened legal action last month, Rod Wave proposed avoiding a lawsuit with a substantial settlement.
However, the rapper stated on Instagram Live Thursday that negotiations over the phone between him and Rod Wave failed to result in an agreement.
“I told dude, ‘Give me two hundred thousand and 25% of the record going forward and I’m not gone sue you or nothing bro,’” Boosie explained.
He expressed that he believed the proposed deal was fair, considering Rod Wave had already benefitted financially from the song, and added that the beef “made people choose sides in the industry,” which further cost him.
“This dude thought I was gone tell him two million,” Boosie claimed. Unfortunately, Wave offered to meet him “halfway with one fifty.”
“I got to get the 200,” he stated, ” I’m already spending 30 with my lawyer to sue you.”
He continued, “I tried to work with that dude. Now when the suit come, you gone pay me for emotional damages, Instagram… everything.”
Tamar Braxton and Jeremy “JR” Robinson have officially gotten back together.
The attorney and his former fiance reunited days ago at the Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints game. The cozy date night is a far cry from their breakup in September. Braxton revealed Robinson split from her on the same day she endured a car robbery. Despite their rocky past, the pair have reunited.
“We are definitely back together, but ‘cause I chose to be back together, and I love her with all my heart,” Robinson said during an IG livestream.
Smh! This what the man had to say yall … wish them best and mibe along 🥱 Tamar you a special lil one i tell ya still ya‼️ #tamarbraxton #pisces #whitepeople #embarrassing #tictok #fyp #foryoupage #tamartian #tamar #falcons #saints #ifthisislove …. While he at it ask him what was he going to expose??
While he wouldn’t go into details regarding what led to their split, Robinson suggested that the expedited dating show process during “The Queens Court,” where the couple met, may have played a part in their issues. He also said there were things he needed to heal from. Robinson admitted to trying to get back at Braxton for something during his stream.
“Did I hurt her? Yes. Purposefully. I don’t hide from that…I was single. We weren’t speaking. Period. But I had to get to a place where my anger and my hurt could heal, and I healed,” Robinson admitted.
The “hurt” he caused may have something to do with him hanging out with reality star Tommie Lee after she tussled with Braxton online. In the midst of Lee and Braxton going back and forth on social media, the former “Love & Hip-Hop” star shared that she’d hung out with Robinson. Nevertheless, he and Braxton seem to be back on good terms.
It’s the holiday season, and everyone is pulling out Christmas decorations, playing Christmas carols and shopping for their loved ones. We know some find it challenging to find the perfect gift each and every year, so this year, Baller Alert is here to help. We have created a top 10 list filled with black-owned products that we believe will be perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones.
In celebration of the holidays, IBest Wines has created the perfect gifting option for under $50. IBest Wines blends the richness of Stellenbosch, South Africa into every bottle, offering an unparalleled experience beyond taste. They have created five reasons why IBest Wines is the perfect holiday gift.
- Something For Everyone
- Pairs Well With Others
- #WhiteWineWinter – White Wine Works Year-round!
- A Conversational Centerpiece
- An Inspiring Founder Story.
Men’s hygiene is a topic that is not discussed enough. Men like facials and skin care, too. Scotch Porter has an extensive list of products ranging from beard wash, beard conditioner, beard balm, exfoliating beard and face wash, and so much more. The best part is the bundle sets that are perfect for gifting, ranging from the lowest piece of $33 to $172.99.
Telfar is one of the biggest names in fashion. It took over the scene with its eclectic colorway and diverse designs. Everybody wanted a bag with the 3D “T” bulging from its facing. With a line of duffles, overnight bags and a large selection of clothing, Telfar is sure to make anyone smile when unwrapping it as a gift on Christmas morning.
Hey, black girl! It’s time to realize that “you make skin look good – not the other way around.” At least that’s the quote on Topical’s ultra-simple website. The skincare company promises science-backed formulas, products made for every shade, and products made by experts. While one may think they’re working on their skin, they’ll also be giving back in support of mental health. Topical donates a percentage of its profits to movements it deems important with hopes of bringing awareness to the connection between mental health and skin health. Just in time for the holiday season, Topicals offers holiday sets, including The Body Set, a body serum, and a High Roller Ingrown Tonic. It also includes The Minis, which is a Faded Serum for brightening and evening dark spots, and the Slather Body Serum. Finally, they’re offering The 2023 Favs, which includes the Sealed Active Serum, the Faded Serum and the Faded Eye Mask.
Beyoncé – Cé Noir
As if Beyoncé didn’t take all of our coins with the Renaissance Tour, the Queen announced the release of her new fragrance Cé Noir, which has the Bey Hive in a frenzy. This would be the perfect gift to any Beyoncé fan and supporter. Beyoncé described the $160 perfume as monolithic and intimate. Other consumers have used the words “Citrusy honey” and super floral.
Tres Lindas (Cigars)
Afro-Cuban twins Yvette and Yvonne Rodriguez honor their Cuban heritage with their unique cigars. The company name, Tres Lindas, is based on a Cuban folk song about three beautiful women. According to the website, the company has three blends that represent black women’s skin tones. This is the perfect gift for both males and females and offers a sense of variety among the typical gift ideas.
University Of Dope (Card Game)
The creator, A.V Perkins, describes the University of Dope as a “disrespectful party game for hip-hop lovers.” It’s the perfect game for a game night with friends and the perfect salute to hip-hop during its 50th anniversary.
Ghetto Gastro (Cook Book)
Ghetto Gastro is the emergence of urban lifestyle and food combined. As written on their website, “Ghetto represents resilience, innovation and creativity – it means home, and the gastro signifies their intention to revolutionize your palate in thoughtful ways.” They offer a cookbook with their signature recipes, Pancake and waffle mix, syrup and a variety of pastries. They also offer an apron and a printed pullover for any cook.
JRUMZ is a black-owned earphone company whose mission is to empower audio enthusiasts to safeguard their hearing by reducing hearing loss. According to the JRUMZ website, their “in-ear monitors stand out for their meticulous craftsmanship, utilizing top-tier materials to ensure optimal fit and comfort tailored to your unique ear shape.” Everyone loves a great pair of headphones for multiple reasons, including working out, taking calls or simply listening to music at their leisure.
Fear of God Essentials
FEAR OF GOD was created and founded in 2013 by Jerry Lorenzo out of Los Angeles, California. Its simplicity and color scheme have gained the likes of fashion heads in the urban community. Its popular text, ESSENTIALS, can be seen written across multiple garments, including t-shirts, jackets, sweaters, shorts, and sweats. If you are looking for a solid, simple gift, FEAR OF GOD is the way to go.
Attention Whiskey lovers, we got the perfect gift. Uncle Nearest has created a microsite with holiday recipes (cocktails and food), along with some fun videos, electronic holiday cards, and more! This site was created to celebrate all holidays in the Fall and winter and has some fun things to share. They also have plenty of great gifting opportunities on their website.
Teairra Mari is threatening to whoop Keri Hilson’s a** after the R&B singer and songwriter made triggering comments about her on the R&B Money podcast with Tank and J. Valentine.
It all started when Hilson alluded to having issues with Mari.
Hilson revealed without directly naming Mari that the singer attended her show while sitting front row with her arms folded throughout the entire performance.
“She didn’t want to be there and it was very obvious, and I felt disrespected by that,” Hilson stated. “So when they came to my dressing room backstage, I said something and we almost got to scrapping….it could’ve got real ugly.”
She then told Tank and J. Valentine that Mari was “pretty insignificant at this point.”
Later that day, Mari took to Instagram to address Hilson and her shady comments.
“So now, Keri! what’s up you wanna fight or do you not want to fight because I’m gonna whoop your a** when I see you,” she wrote in the comments section of The Neighborhood Talk. “I’m sick of you people bothering me! You had a whole different story when I was in your face you’re a liar bitch!!”
Over the years, Mari has kept it pretty private, with not much posted on her social media.
As you know, 50 Cent has been hounding the songstress for $50k in unpaid debt.
Priscilla Rainey claims that The Game is behind in making his payments for his court-ordered $7 million judgment.
Court documents from Radar Online outline Rainey’s decade-long sexual assault allegations against the rapper, originating from his VH1 show “She’s Got Game.”
Over the years, the rapper has maintained his innocence by continuously denying the allegations.
The Game and his manager, Wack 100, have reportedly refrained from making payments to Rainey.
Despite the lawsuit’s failure to secure a lump sum, Rainey still won a $7 million judgment in the case.
Following the failure to obtain reimbursement and a dismissed motion for a new trial, Priscilla Rainey reportedly acquired access to royalties from The Game’s album “Born 2 Rap” and ownership of his independent label, Prolific Records.
According to reports, Wack 100 maintains ownership of the royalties, while The Game has publicly stated he doesn’t intend to pay anything.
In 2021, Rainey motioned to access The Game’s earnings and alleged that he committed fraud by shuffling money, finances, and asset rights between Wack 100’s purported “shell companies” and his management.
“To date, after years of multi-state litigation to discover and executive on [his] assets, Rainey has collected approximately $500,000.00 on the $7,130,100.00 Judgment, which is exclusive of interest and costs,” her attorney expressed via written statement.
“[Wack 100] and [The Game] conspired together to transfer and conceal [The Game’s] assets by transferring them among themselves and shell companies under their control,” the motion continued. “No one need guess about [their] intent to not pay the Judgment owed by [him] to Rainey, as they have made it abundantly clear in various social media posts that they never intend to pay a dime to Rainer on her judgment.”
A trial to resolve the debt is scheduled for December, pending any changes.
Jeannie Mai has replied to Jeezy’s divorce filing, and she claims that her accusations will heavily impact their prenup and the division of assets.
Legal documents obtained by TMZ reveal that Jeannie Mai is strongly implying that her estranged husband is guilty of infidelity.
“Wife reserves the right to amend this counterclaim to add other grounds for divorce, but which Wife does not wish to specify herein at this time in the hope this matter can be resolved without having to disclose such conduct publicly,” her lawyer wrote.
“Wife further shows that the Court should enforce Paragraph 8 of the Prenuptial Agreement regarding infidelity which provides, in pertinent part, that in the event that either party engages in sexual relations, an emotional relationship, or is emotionally or sexually suggestive in communication with a third party via all forms of electronic communications, including but not limited to texting, sexting, Facetiming, social media and/or Direct Messages, shall result in a significant financial penalty upon the adulterous party .”
According to TMZ, Mai is demanding a substantial financial settlement. The documents do not specify the identity of the person Jeezy was allegedly involved with.
The news comes shortly after Jeezy asked a judge for a hearing to set “clearly defined” temporary legal and physical custody rights after he accused Mai of “gatekeeping” their 1-year-old daughter Monaco.
Previously, TMZ reported that the rapper had accused the former “The Real” host of cheating with “Access Hollywood” host Mario Lopez.
Jeezy accuses Jeannie Mai of being a “gatekeeper” for their daughter amid their divorce.
On Thursday, He filed for a temporary custody hearing, as per court documents from Page Six.
Since filing for divorce on September 14, Jeezy, stated in legal documents that their 1-year-old daughter, Monaco, has been temporarily staying at their Los Angeles home with Mai.
“Since that time, the parties have endeavored to address temporary custodial arrangements on an informal basis,” the docs read.
“While the parties have agreed upon a visitation schedule through the end of 2023, which has been confirmed via communications between their counsel, to continue addressing custodial and parenting time issues in such an ad hoc manner is becoming increasingly less feasible.”
According to Jeezy, the “lack of consistency, continuity, and stability inherently associated with such a haphazard and fluid parenting time schedule” is becoming “stressful” for Monaco.
The rapper argued that the current custody arrangement causes “unnecessary tension and confusion” in managing parenting time and individual rights during their daughter Monaco’s care.
He noted that while he doesn’t think the former “Real” co-host is “acting maliciously,” she has “acted as a gatekeeper” in coordinating parenting time with their daughter.
“[Mai’s] interference with [Jeezy’s] relationship with the Child, again, while not generated from or with malicious intent, is nevertheless, causing confusion and tension between the parties and is working to stifle the development of Petitioner’s relationship with the Child,” the documents stated.
“As such, it is necessary at this point to separate, structure and clearly define the parties’ temporary legal and physical custody rights and set a parenting time schedule consistent with the best interests of the Child.”
As you know, the two split earlier this year after only two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.