Jay Z responds to Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' in new song

(CNN)Ever since Beyoncé dropped her visual album "Lemonade" in April, fans have been awaiting Jay Z's side of the story.

On Tuesday night they got it -- sort of.
The rapper appears on the remix of Fat Joe's new song "All the Way Up," which was released Tuesday on Jay Z's streaming service Tidal.
On the song, Jay Z raps "You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions/Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is/Survival of the lit-est/ N****s who really up vs. n****s up in your business."
Umm, ok.
Not exactly the confession fans were seeking in the wake of Beyoncé's album, with songs addressing infidelity, betrayal and heartbreak. That led some to question if the superstar singer was spilling tea about her marriage to the rapper.
Jay Z's freestyle rhymes may remind some of his wife's verses on her "Flawless" remix in 2014. In that song, she appeared to be referencing a now famous incident that same year in which her sister, Solange Knowles, was captured on surveillance video pummeling Jay Z in an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York City following the Met Gala.
"We escalate, up in this b**ch like elevators," Beyoncé rapped. "Of course sometimes s**t go down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator."
Jay Z also pays homage to the late superstar Prince who, prior to his death, had a deal with the music mogul to stream his music on Tidal.
"Prince left his masters where they safe and sound/We never gonna let the elevator take him down," Jay Z raps.
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'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond back in jail after probation violation

(CNN)Actor Dustin Diamond, best known for playing the role of Screech on the 1990s high school comedy "Saved by the Bell," has been arrested in Ozaukee, Wisconsin on a probation hold, according to the Ozaukee County Jail.

Diamond was sentenced to four months in jail for stabbing a man during a Christmas Day 2014 altercation at a bar in Wisconsin. He served three months of the sentence.
A probation hold occurs when the offender's probation agent believes he or she has not complied with the terms of their probation. People on probation hold are generally held in county facilities while the agent completes a violation investigation.
If the incident that led to the violation investigation is serious enough, the offender -- in this case Diamond -- could have their parole revoked.
No new charges have been filed against Diamond, and no other information is available at this time, according to the jail.

Knife drawn in bar

Diamond was arrested following an altercation as he and fiancée Amanda Schutz were out celebrating. A group of people started asking for photos when someone "sucker-punched" Schutz, he told his former co-star, Mario Lopez, in an interview for "Extra."
"She leaned back to me and her face was covered in blood."
After one of the men in the group grabbed Schutz's hair, Diamond told the host, "I opened my pocket knife and said, 'Let my wife go immediately,' which worked."
Diamond denied that he actually stabbed anyone, saying that the victim "nicked his arm on the tip of" Diamond's pocket knife.
The actor served three months of his sentence and said of his experience in jail, "It's pretty daunting, it's pretty scary going into that environment."
During the interview, Diamond said he wants to focus on getting his acting career back on track and starting a family with Schutz.
"I want to put the tomfoolery and malarkey behind me... for that clean slate," he told Lopez. "Time for a change."
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What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu in June

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu in June

 

(CNN)June is feeling hot, hot, hot with all the streaming options.

From beloved movies to eagerly awaited new seasons of returning series, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu are here to give you a reason to stay indoors and out of the summer heat.
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Belly and The Weeknd protest Trump, ditch 'Kimmel'

CNN)Viewers of Wednesday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" saw presidential hopeful Donald Trump, but not scheduled musical guests The Weeknd and rapper Belly.

The rapper was set to perform his song "Might Not" which features singer The Weeknd, for whom he has written several hits.
A rep for Belly confirmed to CNN that the appearance was canceled after he discovered Trump was to be a featured guest on the late night show.
"A strong believer in equal rights for all, Belly is taking a stand against a man who has made many negative and detrimental remarks about minorities, women, various religious groups and more," a press release from Belly's camp stated. "His television debut was meant to support the release of his soon-to-be-released mixtape 'Another Day In Paradise.' Belly hopes that his fans understand his point of view, and he plans to make it up to them very soon."
The rapper is not the first musician to be rubbed the wrong way by Trump.
Recently The Rolling Stones became the latest band to to ask the presidential hopeful to not use their music at his rallies and appearances.
Singer Adele also requested that he not use her songs, and in October 2015 Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sent the Trump camp a cease-and-desist letter regarding the use of his band's song "Dream On."
"I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world — from religion to race," Belly said in a statement. "I just didn't want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that the majority of us don't agree with."
Trump did not mention the canceled performance during his appearance on the late night show.
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Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp

Los Angeles (CNN)Actress Amber Heard has filed for divorce from actor Johnny Depp, according to documents obtained by CNN.

Heard, 30, and Depp, 52, have been married since February 2015.
She filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sunday citing irreconcilable differences and requested spousal support, according to court records.
Depp and Heard made headlines last year after being charged with illegally bringing their two dogs into Australia, which has strict biosecurity laws regarding foreign animals.
Heard pleaded guilty to knowingly producing a false or misleading document, while two other charges of illegally importing her dogs were dismissed. She was spared a conviction over the incident and given a one-month good behavior bond sentence instead.
Depp, who was filming the latest installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise during the incident, and Heard then released a strange but somber apology video, which Depp has since had a bit of fun with.
He's also started taking shots at the man who threatened to euthanize their two terriers, former agriculture minister and current Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, saying the politician looked like he was "inbred with a tomato" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday.
It's not clear who will get to keep the dogs.
Depp's newest film, "Alice Through the Looking Glass," opens in theaters Friday.
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Whoa! Eva Longoria tied the knot in secret ceremony in Mexico

NBC canceled her sitcom Telenovela just a week ago, but Eva Longoria has no reason to be down.

The actress married her fiancé Jose Antonio Baston in a private ceremony in Mexico Saturday. She sweetly commemorated the big day in a post on Instagram, writing how they exchanged vows "in our garden, surrounded by a small gathering of people we love."

 

According to People, the nuptials took place at Baston's home in the lakeside town of Valle De Bravo, Mexico. The bride wore a white dress designed by Victoria Beckham, who was in attendance along with husband David, and other celebrities including Ricky Martin, Mario Lopez, and Melanie Griffith.

 

The former Desperate Housewives star announced her engagement to the Mexican media mogul last December. He is her third husband after NBA player Tony Parker and General Hospital actor Tyler Christopher.

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James Blake on Frank Ocean's new album: It's 'better' than 'Channel Orange'

While Frank Ocean has presumably been off living his best life, the Internet has spent the last four years trying to process Channel Orange, what we did to deserve it and whether or not Ocean was just going to Lauryn Hill us.

And while we still don’t have an album (Jesus may return before we do), it appears that Ocean has been Thinkin' Bout us.

According to The Colour in Anything artist James Blake, Ocean's long-awaited album is an even greater opus than his previous work. In fact, Blake — who counts Ocean among his collaborators in his album credits — shared that The Colour in Anything was heavily inspired by Ocean's new record.

"His music was a huge influence on the way I was writing the record, the way I was writing melodies," Blake told Rolling Stone in an interview published Wednesday. "I was more of a fan of him when I heard his newer music," he added. "It's better. You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He's had time to mature. It’s really cool to watch."

Wish we could say the same, Blake, but we'll take your word for it!

And while we wait for Ocean's new LP, we'll just be over here hating. And looping this SNL performance.

Source: USA Today.

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How to say thank you — royal style

oyals really know how to say "thank you" with panache — and a picture.

Fans of the Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge who wrote to congratulate them on their recent fifth wedding anniversary got a charming thank-you card in response, along with a never-seen picture of the royal couple.

We know this because one of the recipients, royal photographer Paul Ratcliffe, posted it on Twitter Wednesday, which was then picked up by every royal and Cambridge-loving website in the U.K.

 

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of their 5th Wedding Anniversary. It really was most thoughtful of you and Their Royal Highnesses send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.”

The photo shows the couple standing in what looks like a garden at Kensington Palace. She is wearing a white jacket and pleated skirt by Alberta Ferretti, according to the blogs that track her fashion. The photo was taken earlier this year by photographer Chris Jelf, who also took the Cambridge family's official Christmas portrait last year.

Another garden shot of the Cambridges, taken in October

Another garden shot of the Cambridges, taken in October 2015 but meant for December Christmas cards. (Photo: CHRIS JELF, AFP/Getty Images)

 

Official portraits of the young royals are not common and some of them are never meant to be seen by a wider public; instead they're reserved for such purposes as thank-you notes.

In 2014, when the Cambridges and their son, Prince George, returned from three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, they sent thank-you notes with a picture to some of the people who hosted them on the trip. It briefly appeared on Twitter when a recipient posted it but was quickly taken down.

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Actors Of Nigerian Descent Blazing Path In Hollywood For Next Generation

EXCLUSIVE: David Oyelowo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nonso Anozie, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. These are but a few of the actors of Nigerian descent whao are working steadily in Hollywood — actors who have, for the most part, not changed their names for more easily pronounced stage names. Each has a unique story, but all have the same determination to forge a path based on their excellence in the craft while also firmly holding onto their Nigerian heritage.

 

As Captain America: Civil War opens this weekend with a storyline that involves Nigeria — played by actors of American and South African descent — what better time to talk to these actors of Nigerian decent?

Gbenga Akinnagbe head shot  The common thread among this crop of acting talent is one of pride in their roots, in their country of origin and in their — by American perceptions — unusual names. “My mother begged me to change my name; she thought I wouldn’t get a job because it was difficult to pronounce,” said Akinnagbe, who next stars in what could be a career-making role: the true story of a convict boxer in the indie film Heart Baby. “People would ask me, ‘Are you going to change your name?’ I said, ‘No. People are going to learn it.'”

Sound familiar? It should. Arnold Schwarzenegger kept his hard-to-pronounce name, and moviegoers around the world embraced the action star regardless. In Nigeria, a name is part of a spiritual ancestry of sorts and carries with it a strong meaning. For instance, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s name means “the crown” (Ade), “has arrived” (Wale) “warrior” (Akin) “of great chieftiantacy” (Nuoye) “of abundant prosperity (Agbaje). Similarly, Chukwunonso “Nonso” Anozie means “God is with me,” and Oyelowo means “a king deserves respect.”

In honoring Oyelowo as breakthrough performer of the year at the 2105 Palm Springs Film Festival, Brad Pitt even led a song to teach people how to pronounced the actor’s name.

Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje“Every day from when I first (began working), even in fashion, I was asked to change my name. Many, many times,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Oz, Lost, Suicide Squad), who started out as a model in the European fashion industry before becoming an actor. “I fought for my name because it is who I am. I was very intent on not changing my name. As a child in school, even my teachers (in England) tried to changed my name to Robert, but it didn’t feel right. It’s not me. I had to fight for it. Your ancestors and your parents name you based on the constellations and the legacy of that lineage, and I learned early on that every time someone calls you that name, it re-affirms who you are. My name describes my purpose in life.”

Anozie (Zoo, Game of Thrones, Cinderella) said that people in drama school said he should change his name to Zach Power. “There is a certain pride to your African lineage,” he said. “Even though when you are young and people make fun of you at school, I still feel blessed every time I hear my name.”

Another commonality among actors of Nigerian descent, they say, is the premium that is placed on education for a higher purpose, and children are pressured to go into a profession that is highly regarded. When Oyelowo said he wanted to become an actor, his parents “were mortified. Acting is not a ‘proper job.’ Nigerians value education very highly, and Nigerian parents value being able to brag about their highly educated children even more. Saying you have a struggling actor for a child carries no weight in Nigerian society.” He said that changed when his father saw him play King Henry VI at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. “To hear my dad leaning into a statement like ‘My son is the King of England!’ was something to behold.”

Akinnuoye-Agbaje had a similar experience: “As the only son, my father wanted me to take over his business (as a lawyer). To think of acting as a way to make a living was sacrilege.” So, in order to make his parents happy, he pursued his education and achieved both a Bachelors and a Master degree in law before following what he felt was his true vocation. His parents are part of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and part of a wave of immigrants that moved to England through a government program, but they didn’t meet until they were in Europe. Then they married and had five children. Akinnuoye-Agbaje was put into foster care because that it how it was done in England as both of his parents worked. His foster family actually took care of more than 50 Nigerian children. So he had two sets of parents — one black and one white — but for him it was a fight for survival. People would spit on him and unleash dogs on him as he tried to get to school through the mainly white neighborhood. It was a very tough upbringing.

While studying law, he had a part-time job selling menswear in a retail store when a photographer approached him. Eventually, Akinnuoye-Agbaje fought his way into becoming one of first black fashion models (the first on the cover of Sportwear International). And then, to pursue his passion for acting, he followed a girlfriend to the United States.

CongoHis first role was in the 1995 film Congo, and while doing that film, actor Tim Curry approached him and said he believed he had a big future in this profession and introduced him to a British agent. He went onto work in several films because he could do an African accent — some of his biggest breakout characters were African on such projects as The Bourne Identity and Lost. But it wasn’t until HBO’s Oz that Hollywood sat up and really took notice of him. And, at the end of the day, his success ended up actually bolstering his father’s legal practice because it brought him clients who big fans of his son’s show.

“I was the really the first Nigerian actor to come into Hollywood, cut down the bush and break through,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje. “Acting is no longer foreign to our culture, and to see Nigerians getting an opportunity to express themselves on the grandest stage is heartwarming. And particularly because our parents’ generation disregarded this profession as something credible. Now we have made it a credible entity. As more people hear our names and it’s not a novelty, it will become part of the fabric and fuse with who we have always been, which is African storytellers.”

These actors also are becoming strong role models for a new generation. Many started in Britain before making their way to the U.S. Oyelowo was born in the U.K., as were Ejiofor, Anozie and Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Some began in theater, including Oyelowo, was in the Royal Shakespeare Company for three years before doing the TV show Spooks/MI5.

Says young actor John Boyega (the lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens), the success of Oyelowo working in projects, including some that pay homage to his Nigerian lineage, has been his inspiration. Boyega was also born in England to parents of Nigerian descent and followed the same path as Oyelowo from stage to Hollywood. “Seeing an actor like that, who I can relate to on a personal level, is one of the things that pushes me and my generation forward against the inevitable challenges of this business,” said Boyega.

Anozie had his own challenges on the path to success. Like Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anozie also grew up in a rough part of London, started acting in the Talawa Theater Company (“Talawa” means “strength”). “It was a black-led theater company,” said Anozie, who still loves the stage. “For me, the biggest influencer on me was Kenneth Branagh. I did a play with him at the National Theater, and he just came from the start of positivity every day and led from the front.” The two actors would end up working together many times; Branagh even directed him in Cinderella.

Anozie ended up at the Royal Shakespeare Company as well, after being plucked out by a scout as one of 16 actors to play major roles and not just spear carriers — a move that followed a local newspaper article noted the lack of diversity. Because of his talent, he became the youngest person in British history to play King Lear. He was only 23, which bested Sir John Gielgud, who was 26. “It was a major deal for my life. I am a 6-foot-6-inch-tall black man. I remember early on when I told friends that I wanted to be an actor and one of them was my Asian career adviser (in school). He looked at me and said, ‘It’s hard enough, but being a tall, young black man is going to be super difficult.’ I looked at it as a challenge.” Anozie said he just knew from a young age that he was going to be an actor.

othelloHis King Lear role led to a world tour of his play, Othello. After an exhausting year of traveling, he found representation in the States and set his sights on doing film and TV. He got his big break with the 2007 film The Last Legion, which starred Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley (who he has worked with three times now). He had his first screen test, however, in 2005 with the Barbershop TV series, but that role went to Akinnagbe.

Akinnagbe also started out on the stage, but it was a major life event that pushed him into it. He had been working in the congressional affairs department of a federal organization in Washington, D.C. (Corp. for National Service), and he became curious about acting and starting going to auditions for plays. He went to one audition, came back to his work cubicle, received a phone call and was offered the role. The next phone call he received would change his life: It was from his uncle, who told Akinnagbe that his father had just died. “I resigned my job after that,” he said. “During the day, I figured out funeral arrangements, and at night I did rehearsals.” He decided that life was too short not to follow his dream.

Eventually, he ended up as a background player on The Wire, and slowly that changed from a recurring character to a regular. In between, he continued doing stage plays and then landed in the indie film Savages.

“Being a member of the Nigerian acting community, I’m not surprised there are so many of us now because there is a stick-to-it-iveness,” says Akinnagbe “There is a multi-tasking drive to achieve.”

Kenneth BranaghBut where did they find role models? For Anozie, it was a teacher named Lord Eric, who would read African stories to him and other children. Through him, Anozie became to realize that “this black man was a reflection of me.” Later, it was Spike Lee and his films. He also learned from other actors like Branagh and Nigel Lindsay about how they led and affected the cast in such a positive manner; because of them and how he learned to communicate with actors, Anozie now is interested in directing and producing. “My goal is to put something into the world that will change people’s lives.”

For, Oyelowo he identified strongly with a legendary actor. “Sidney Poitier has always been a North Star for me,” he said. “He remains my acting hero and inspiration.” Oyelowo, though he was born in the U.K., lived in Lagos from ages 6-13 — a country where  he was not considered a minority. Because he was there during his formative years, that fact greatly impacted his life.

sidney poitier afi“To live in a society where every opportunity or offer is genuinely at your disposal does something incredible to your self-worth,” Oyelowo said. “By the time I returned to the U.K. and subsequently America, where I’m a minority and opportunities require more of a fight, my self-worth and notions of what I could achieve had already been baked into my psyche. I call it the ‘Sidney Poitier syndrome.’ I truly believe Mr. Poitier achieved what he did despite the racially turbulent times. He did it in because he grew up in the Bahamas, where his self worth hadn’t been daily pummeled by racial obstacles. Nigeria gave me the same thing. Nigerians are proud, kingly people. I wear that heritage unashamedly.”

Akinnagbe feels so strongly connected to Nigeria, that three years ago, he got a Nigerian driver’s license and passport. “I want to be there more. It’s very easy to lose your culture within one generation, and I don’t want to do that,” he said. “I love that people are keeping their names. A lot of the black actresses I know who want to get further, feel that they have to wear wigs and perm their hair. We have learned that long flowing hair like the Europeans is beauty. There is a question of what is pretty and beautiful. Natural hair is beautiful. If they don’t change that (thinking), Hollywood won’t either. We can’t wait for Hollywood to change the image, we have to change the image and make our own stories.”

David Oyelowo in SelmaOyelowo also noted that there has been a lot of resistance in Hollywood to actors of color being the hero or protagonist. “I’ve largely fought this battle by being a producer and developing my own projects. Thankfully, some of those projects have done well enough to force the issue that I can carry a story,” said the actor who spent seven years preparing for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. “For an industry built on fear, you have to accept that half your job as an actor is to put people’s fears to rest so that your opportunities grow in conjunction with their confidence in you. I’m in the midst of that journey right now. I once asked Tom Cruise the secret to his success. He said, ‘Create, create, create … wait for no one. Create your own work.’ If it worked for Tom …”

Akinnagbe did just that, helping to produce and also starring in Ben Bowman’s comedy-drama Knucklehead, about a man who is developmentally disabled and tries to cure himself. The film bowed at Dances With Films last year. Akinnuoye-Agbaje also is putting together a project about his family and what they all went through coming out of Nigeria into the U.K.

The actors interviewed for this story said they felt a strong spiritual connection to Nigeria. “I’m always a Nigerian first,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who is the lead in the upcoming Michael Shamberg film Wetlands. “I’m British as well and also American because I’ve spent more time here. I consider myself a global citizen. I love my country and my culture, and it’s very important for me to represent that.”

Added Anozie, who is getting married to a Nigerian woman and will have traditional ceremony in their country of origin: “Culturally, I definitely feel like if you grow up with Nigerian parents, you hold on to the culture. There is something about Nigeria. It’s like no where else in the world. The people and country were produced through diversity — there are extremes in Nigeria, and it’s going to produce very gifted people. I think that is what it does. The culture hasn’t been taken away. Instead, it’s something to wear as a badge.”

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Lupita Nyong'o in talks to join Marvel's 'Black Panther' cast

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o is in talks to join the "Black Panther" cast as the lead character's love interest, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, was introduced into the Marvel movie franchise in the recently released "Captain America: Civil War." The "Black Panther" movie will continue a storyline from that movie of an African prince whose father is murdered at the United Nations.

Nyong'o, who an Academy Award for her work in "12 Years a Slave," plays the mother of a young woman chess master from Uganda in Disney's "Queen Of Katwe," to be released in September.

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Devon Still's Daughter Leah Was Just the Cutest at His & Asha Joyce's Wedding

Leah Still was the cutest flower girl at her dad Devon Still's wedding Friday and stole the show at the reception with a heartwarming speech.

The 6-year-old cancer survivor, who captured the hearts of fans with her brave health battle, led the NFL star's bride and longtime love Asha Joyce down the aisle. She and Devon wed in a romantic ceremony at the New York Public Library in New York City.

Family and friends, including his fellow football players, attended the event, which was livestreamed on Facebook and was selected as The Knot's Dream Wedding of the year.

Devon and his little girl had made headlines two years ago when he revealed Leah had been diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. In March 2015, the family was told she is cancer-free.

"Thank you for everyone supporting me and I love my new family," Leah told wedding guests at the reception, as seen in a video celebrity guest Holly Robinson Peete posted on Instagram. "Now let's party!"

The happy couple entered the wedding to Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." At the reception, they and Leah all danced together to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, earning applause from their guests.

Asha wore three dresses that evening: A strapless Pnina Tornai wedding gown with Swarovski crystals, lace appliques and a mermaid skirt, paired with Simon G jewelry, as well as a champagne, ruffled Allure gown with a mermaid skirt and a strapless, tulle Allison Parris dress from Rent the Runway.

Devon sported a custom-made dark velvet Martin Greenfield Clothier tuxedo.

Leah looked adorable in a sparkling, pink Hayley Paige flower girl dress and a custom-made bracelet designed by the bride and groom and artisans and designers at Simon G. Jewelry.

The bracelet incorporates her favorite color—pink—and includes butterflies to represent "transformation into a new, beautiful life," The Knot said in a statement.

 

"After we got engaged, we put off on the wedding because my daughter was supposed to be the flower girl," Devon said in a statement released by The Knot. "When the doctors gave her a 50/50 chance of surviving, we were not sure that we were ever going to get to that point where I was able to watch her walk down the aisle."

"Now that we are going into the wedding, I think it's finally hitting us that we are over that hump," he added. "She really beat cancer."

Devon Still, Asha Joyce, Daughter Leah Still, Wedding

Joseph Lin Photography

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Tyga Gets Candid About Kylie Jenner Split, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna

Tyga says he will always love Kylie Jenner, in what marked his first comments about the former couple's recent breakup.

The 26-year-old rapper and 18-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star called it quits this week, about six months after they broke up briefly. A source had told E! News their latest split was "a long time coming." Tyga told E! News recently he has been doing "good" since the breakup.

Tyga talked about Kylie in a rare, brief and candid interview with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport Friday, as seen in a video posted by TMZ.

"Did age difference play a factor in the breakup?" a photographer asked him.

"Um," Tyga responded, lifting his head in thought. "Uh, I think, you know, we're both just focusing on our lives, our individual lives right now, you know? Sometimes things don't work out. But, you know, I love her."

"There'll always be love between the two of you?" the photographer asked.

"For sure," Tyga said.

"People, uh, grow and you know, it's time to evolve, you know what I mean," he said on-camera. "So everybody should have the opportunity, you know, at love and, you know, to live their life."

When asked if Rob is a good stepfather to King Cairo, Tyga said, "Don't go too far."

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Arsenio Hall sues Sinead O'Connor over Prince drug claims

(CNN)U.S. comedian Arsenio Hall is suing singer Sinead O'Connor for defamation.

This is after she posted a note on Facebook accusing Hall of supplying Prince with drugs "over the decades" and of spiking her with drugs.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, is seeking damages of "not less than" $5 million.
"Desperate, attention seeker Sinead O'Connor has maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies about comedian Arsenio Hall, falsely accusing him of supplying illegal 'hard drugs' 'over the decades' to the recently deceased music artist, Prince, and of spiking her with drugs once years ago," the lawsuit says.
 
On Monday, O'Connor, who is no stranger to controversy, accused Hall of supplying Prince with drugs.
"Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades ... Arsenio Hall. Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land," O'Connor wrote in a post that has since been deleted.
"Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sheriff's office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave."
Hall has denied the "heinous accusations" in the lawsuit, calling O'Connor's statement "despicable, fabricated lies."
 
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Afeni Shakur, mother of hip-hop legend Tupac, dead at 69

Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who overcame drug addiction and inspired the work of her rap icon son Tupac Shakur before guiding his estate after his murder, has died. She was 69.

Marin County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responded to Shakur’s houseboat in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she fell ill and suffered a suspected heart attack, police said.

A family member and a close friend were present when she became unresponsive, cops said.

“At this point, there is nothing to indicate to us that there was any foul play, nothing suspicious about this other than this being sadly a natural event,” Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said.

Paramedics arrived around 9:30 p.m., and Shakur was rushed to Marin General Hospital, where she was treated for about an hour before she was pronounced dead, according to Pittman.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

Afeni Shakur (seen in June 2011) has died aged 69, after a suspected heart attack.

“It’s a sad day,” Tupac’s biological dad, Billy Garland, told the Daily News. “Her contributions to this world will always be remembered. We weren’t really active in each other’s lives, but the pain is magnified when it’s the mother of your child.”

TUPAC SHAKUR DIES DAYS AFTER DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN 1996

The New Jersey trucker, 66, recalled Shakur as a strong woman. He lamented their court battle after Tupac’s death in 1996, which ended with a judge denying his inheritance claim in 1997 because he contributed little to the superstar’s upbringing.

“We had a lot of legal issues that got blown out of proportion, and I regret that,” he told The News. “It’s just a shock that she’s gone. I hope she’ll be at peace.”

Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, N.C., changed her name when she moved to New York City and joined the Black Panther movement. She and other party members were arrested in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple city landmarks.

In May 1971, Shakur was acquitted on all charges after she represented herself in court while heavily pregnant. She gave birth to Tupac a month later.

Shakur was the subject of her son’s 1995 hit song “Dear Mama,” which hailed her triumph over poverty and drug addiction.

“There’s no way I can pay you back/But the plan is to show you that I understand/You are appreciated,” he rapped.

After Tupac’s 1996 shooting death, Shakur took the helm of his estate, which earns more than $1 million a year. She has funneled much of the money to charity.

“She was a remarkable woman. In her youth she was a lion in the black movement. She was indefatigable,” Richard Fischbein, a New York lawyer who worked with her in the Bronx when Tupac was a young boy, told The News.

Tupac Shakur, who was fatally shot in 1996, celebrated his mother's accomplishments in the 1995 song “Dear Mama.” Ron Galella/WireImage

Tupac Shakur, who was fatally shot in 1996, celebrated his mother's accomplishments in the 1995 song “Dear Mama.”

Shakur called Fischbein after Tupac’s death, and he became the administrator of the estate.

"She guided that estate in honor of Tupac. We must have put out five albums after he died. She took a lot of that money and spent her time trying to help young black kids, and kids in general," he said.

Shakur is survived by daughter Sekyiwa Shakur, 40, who was living on a nearby houseboat. A source told The News it was Sekyiwa who called 911.

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Fischbein said Sekyiwa likely will take over the estate and foundation created in Tupac's name.

Afeni (l.) and Tupac Shakur are seen together in the 2003 documentary "Tupac: Resurrection." MTV

Afeni (l.) and Tupac Shakur are seen together in the 2003 documentary "Tupac: Resurrection."

"She is going to do a great job. She'll follow Aseni's wishes, I'm sure," he said.

Dina LaPolt, a California attorney who handled Tupac Shakur's estate for nearly 10 years, fought back tears as she described Shakur, who inspired the lawyer to open up her own firm in 2001.

"She's an advocate. She's an activist. She taught me never to compromise your values -- to always fight for what you believe in," she told The News.

LaPolt oversaw the legal work behind 11 posthumously released albums while she represented the estate between 2001 and 2010.

The lawyer developed a close professional relationship with Shakur, who LaPolt described as "one of the smartest people I've ever worked with," citing how the Black Panther represented herself in court. The activist mother also influenced LaPolt's personal life, she said

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EXCLUSIVE: Janet Jackson Pregnant With Her First Child 2 Weeks Shy of 50th Birthday

Just days before Mother's Day, a source confirms to ET that Janet Jackson is pregnant with her first child.

The baby news comes after the 49-year-old singer -- who will turn 50 on May 16 -- announced last month that she will be postponing her tour to start a family with husband Wissam Al Mana. “We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change,” Jackson explained in a video posted to Twitter on April 6. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour.”

“Please, if you could try and understand that it’s important that I do this now,” Jackson asked of her fans. “I have to rest up, doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can."

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Jackson secretly wed Al Mana, 41, in 2012, but didn't confirm the news until early 2013. This is the singer’s third marriage.

In 2008, ET spoke with Jackson about whether she and her then-boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, would be open to having kids. "I would love to have children of our own, but we also would love to adopt," she said. "So, we'll see what happens. It'll happen someday."

WATCH: Janet Jackson Surprises Fans by Pretending to Be a Statue -- and It's Adorable!

When ET correspondent Cojo gushed that she would "the greatest mother in the world," Jackson responded, "Well, I hope so. People say that, but I hope so."

Check out ET's behind-the-scenes look at Jackson's new music video for "Dammn Baby."

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Beyoncé and Jay Z Were a "Really Happy Couple" While Out to Dinner With Blue Ivy

Beyoncé and Jay Z weren't together for the Met Gala, but they reunited as a family unit for a dinner with their daughter, Blue Ivy.

Bey, Jay and Blue Ivy went to dinner at Mamo in New York City Thursday, and a source tells E! News that they've been there before. A few of their favorite items are the restaurant's signature truffle dishes, including a pasta and pizza, but the source tells us the special on the menu that night happened to be the couple's love for each other and their daughter.

"Blue was adorable. She kissed Jay during dinner on his head and cheeks and then was playing music by tapping her hands on the table, which caused Jay and Beyoncé to smile and laugh," the insider says. "There were a lot of smiles and happiness that came from the table throughout their meal. Beyoncé and Jay seemed like a really happy couple." 

The two couldn't help but gush over their little girl either, the insider adds. "The way they love Blue was really obvious during dinner. Beyoncé and Jay treat Blue so well," the source says. "Blue had great manners at the table. She was also very well behaved. Beyoncé and Jay were looking at each other throughout the dinner, and it seemed that they were really enjoying being together."

The rapper and the "Formation" songstress spent close to two hours at the restaurant. Their romantic family night out comes on the heels of Lemonade, her headline-making album that caused a flurry of speculation about infidelity and who "Becky with the good hair" was. The Beyhive wondered if it could be Rachel Roy or Rita Ora, but the latter star put rumors to rest when she snapped a selfie with Bey at the Met Gala.

As for why Jay didn't stand by Bey's side at the Met Gala, a source told E! News that they felt it would help her album more if she attended solo. "They thought it was a good move that Beyoncé go alone this year to the Met," the insider explained.

"They aren't fighting but they thought it would be a better look if she came solo for her new album and all the hype that was attached to it."

Mission: accomplished.

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Bobby Brown Petitions to be Added as Plaintiff in Bobbi Kristina Brown Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Nick Gordon

Bobby Brown has petitioned to become a plaintiff in the Bobbi Kristina wrongful death lawsuit against Nick Gordon.

Documents from Fulton County Court show that the 47-year-old singer was requested to be added as a plaintiff in the ongoing $10 million wrongful death civil lawsuit, which alleges that "Ms. Brown died due to a violent altercation with Defendant (Gordon) after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture."

On June 24, 2015, Bobbi Kristina's court-appointed conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, filed a $10 million wrongful death civil lawsuit against Gordon -- who was at the scene and had performed CPR on her before paramedics arrived -- accusing him of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and transferring money from Brown's account into his own without authorization.

No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon and his lawyers have called the wrongful death civil suit "slanderous and meritless."

The daughter of Brown and the late Whitney Houston was found unconscious in her bathtub on Jan. 31, 2015. Bobbi Kristina died nearly seven months later, on July 26, 2015, at the age of 22.

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Beyoncé Fans Really Can't Tell the Difference Between Rachel Roy and Rachael Ray

Clearly, there aren't enough Rachels in Hollywood these days.

Talk-show host and famous chef Rachael Ray is feeling the wrath from Beyoncé fans all around the world this weekend. But as it turns out, all the anger and attacks is being misdirected at the wrong person. The likely target is none other than designer Rachel Roy

It all started Saturday night when Beyoncé released her sixth studio album on Tidal. In one of the songs titled "Sorry," Jay Z's leading lady sings about a cheating lover with the words, "He only want me when I'm not there / He better call Becky with the good hair."

While nobody was (and is) 100 percent sure who this Becky person is, some started to speculate that it's Roy the fashion designer. After all, her Instagram post that has since been deleted didn't do her any favors.

"Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always," she wrote on Instagram. "Live in the light #NoDramaQueens."

Perhaps it's an act of rage. Maybe people are just hangry. Regardless, followers began swarming Ray's social media platforms with lemonade emoji's and plenty of not-so-nice comments.

"30 minute meal hoe," one wrote on Sunday afternoon. Another added, "Go caramelize SOME onions." Wait, is that really an insult because we're pretty sure Ray would enjoy it?

If you're not surprised by the news, perhaps this will put you over the edge.

BuzzFeed pointed out that Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson—who is one of just 10 people Beyoncé follows on Twitter—was confused by the Rachels.

As a result, he tweeted, "I thought Rachel Roy was Rachel Ray. I've never heard of Rachel Roy. I thought it was a typo."

Stay strong Rachael Ray, this too shall pass.

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Springsteen, ‘SNL’ pay tribute to Prince

Bruce Springsteen opened his show in Brooklyn on Saturday night with an emotional tribute to Prince, performing “Purple Rain.”

Springsteen and the E Street Band took the stage at the Barclays Center bathed in Prince’s preferred purple lighting, leading the crowd in a singalong of the late pop icon’s most famous song.

“Prince forever,” Springsteen told the New York crowd at the end of the song. “God bless!”

Springsteen’s Prince tribute wasn’t the only one seen in New York on Saturday night.

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which was supposed to be airing reruns, instead produced a career-spanning retrospective  of Prince’s “SNL” performances in a special hosted by former cast member Jimmy Fallon.

“Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently,” Fallon said. “But there was always something different about a Prince performance — it was special, it was an event, it was Prince.”

NBC also shared Prince’s most recent “SNL” appearance, which never made it to air: his surprise performance at the afterparty for the show’s 40th anniversary special in February 2015.

Fallon recalled that around 4:30 a.m. during the star-studded party at New York’s Plaza hotel, comedian Dave Chappelle told him that Prince was in attendance and said he should try to get him to perform.

“I just said, ‘Prince, if you’re in the room, I dare you to come up and sing something with us,’” Fallon said.

The crush of celebrities in attendance, including Paul McCartney, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, suddenly parted and — with “a cloud of purple smoke,” Fallon said — Prince took the stage for an impromptu version of “Let’s Go Crazy,” with Fallon, Chris Rock, Cuba Gooding Jr., Martin Short and Maya Rudolf serving as backup singers.

"Dearly Inebriated," Prince told the crowd before launching into a raucous version of the 1984 hit.

“He got up and it was unbelievable,” Fallon said. “He just destroyed.”

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Aretha Franklin celebrates 74th birthday in Manhattan

EW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin was in the mood for celebrating, and not just because she had a birthday party.

"Good news, we're ready to sign for the movie," Franklin said Thursday night of the biopic about her life she has been trying to arrange with "Straight Outta Compton" producer Scott Bernstein. "We've agreed on all the key points. There's very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that's all I wanted."

Plans for a biopic date back to at least 2011, when Franklin announced she wanted Halle Berry to star. Jennifer Hudson is now reportedly being considered for the lead.

Franklin spoke to The Associated Press in the first floor lounge of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where she has held parties before, as some 100 of her friends gathered Thursday to wish her a happy birthday. Franklin, who turned 74 on March 25, arrived in white fur and settled into a corner table alongside record executive Clive Davis and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others.

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There was music, of course, but little of Franklin's. The singer of "Respect," ''Chain of Fools" and other classics took the night off, content to smile and nod her head along to performances by the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars and Dennis Edwards of Temptations fame. Near the end, a multi-tiered vanilla cake was wheeled out, with a tape recording of Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday" playing on the sound system.

Davis, who has known Franklin for more than 30 years and worked with her on numerous recordings, told the AP he approached their collaborations with a sense "that everything she does is history."

"Everything will be studied centuries from now," he said.

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News/ Kim Kardashian Visits Iceland With Kanye West & Kourtney Kardashian and Has a Tomato-Tastic Time

Kim Kardashian recently flew to Iceland for another fun family trip.

The 35-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was accompanied by Kanye West, 38, sister Kourtney Kardashian, 36, and BFF Jonathan Cheban, 42.

The group was joined by several bodyguards and arrived at Keflavik International Airport Sunday morning on an Icelandair flight from New York, The Iceland Monitor reported.

E! News has learned Kanye is filming a music video in the European country, known for its gorgeous scenery. Indeed, Kim and Kourtney posted on their Instagram pages and Snapchats breathtaking shots taken near a waterfall.

"That is gorgeous," Kim said. 

It is unclear if Kim and Kanye brought their kids, daughter North West, 2, and four-month-old son Saint West, or if Kourtney brought hers—Mason Disick, 6, Penelope Disick, 3, and Reign Disick, 1. Their father, Scott Disick, 32, has been hanging out with Kim and Kourtney's sisters Kendall Jenner, 20, and Kylie Jenner, 18, at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California this weekend.

The Kardashian sisters were spotted with most of their children during a family trip to snowy Vail, Colorado earlier this month.

Source: E News

 

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Where's Beyoncé's new album?

Beywatch continues.

If you were up at midnight Monday checking Tidal and Beyoncé's social media accounts for that eagerly awaited new album, you weren't alone.
It's April 4, and members of the Beyhive know that the number "4" has special significance to both her and her husband, rapper Jay Z.
The singer was born September 4, 1981, and Jay was born December 4, 1969. The couple married on 04/04/08, got matching tattoos of the Roman numeral four (IV) and named their daughter Blue Ivy (IV, get it?). And let us not forget that she had an album titled "4" that was released in 2011.
Fans have been waiting in "Formation" since that single was released in February, and the superstar's Formation World Tour begins April 27 in Miami, so surely the album is coming soon, right?
Twitter sure hopes so.
Comments have included prayers and sentiments like, "raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by Beyoncé waiting to drop her new album."
 
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Prince briefly hospitalized with flu after emergency landing

One night after playing a pair of intimate shows at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, the High Priest of Pop was briefly hospitalized.

TMZ reported that Prince, 57, was transported to an area hospital early Friday following an emergency plane landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was battling the flu last week, the complications of which forced him to postpone the performances until this Thursday. According to TMZ, he fell ill again on the plane.

But it was confirmed by sources including Entertainment Weekly and People that a representative for Prince said the star was safely at home and doing fine, though still struggling with the flu.

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Johnny Manziel Touches Down at Coachella ... With OVO Ryan

The party continues for Johnny Manziel ... because the QB just arrived at Coachella. 

Seriously. 

Manziel just got to the music festival along with his pal Ryan Silverstein -- aka OVO Ryan -- the same guy he was with during that bad car crash on the Sunset Strip this past weekend. 

Ryan is currently being investigated for hit and run. Manziel told police he was a passenger in the car. Johnny has not been accused of any wrongdoing. 

Several people in Johnny's life have begged and pleaded with the QB to seek treatment -- including his past 2 agents -- but Johnny has refused.

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So Gone: Monica Claps Back at Rumors Shannon Brown Is Cheating

Monica's husband, Shannon Brown, was recently put on blast by an Instagram model for slipping into her DMs and allegedly cheating on the R&B singer. According to screenshots shared by the model, the Miami Heat shooting guard allegedly hooked up with her at a hotel and admitted to her that he is unhappy in his marriage.

After staying silent about the rumors for the past couple of days, Monica finally decided to break her silence and share a few thoughts on social media. "In life tests are sure to come & because of my faith & belief that God is in control I don't run to talk about my problems because I'm too busy thanking him for the good he's doing in my life," she captioned a photo of her kids tossing around a football.

So Gone: Monica Claps Back at Rumors Shannon Brown Is Cheating

The NBA player is the latest to deal with DM drama.

 

 

 
 
 

Monica's husband, Shannon Brown, was recently put on blast by an Instagram model for slipping into her DMs and allegedly cheating on the R&B singer. According to screenshots shared by the model, the Miami Heat shooting guard allegedly hooked up with her at a hotel and admitted to her that he is unhappy in his marriage.

After staying silent about the rumors for the past couple of days, Monica finally decided to break her silence and share a few thoughts on social media. "In life tests are sure to come & because of my faith & belief that God is in control I don't run to talk about my problems because I'm too busy thanking him for the good he's doing in my life," she captioned a photo of her kids tossing around a football.

The cryptic message doesn't exactly convey one way or the other what's going on between Mr. and Mrs. Brown, but we do know for sure that Monica is focusing on her family and not giving in to the internet chatter about her marriage.

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How?! Future Welcoming Baby No. 4 With New Woman?

The past year has been interesting for Future with regards to the women in his life. After a rough public feud with his ex-fiancée Ciara and her new beau Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson, the rapper is now the topic of another discussion — which may or may not involve the mother of his next child. According to an Instagram comment by a mystery woman, she is three months pregnant with Future’s child.

The allegation made its way around the web after a comment was left under the page of another one of Future’s child’s mothers, Brittni Mealy. A user by the name of @stacy8629 — who boasts no photos on the social network — claimed that she was involved with the rapper, is now pregnant and was also “buddies” with Mealy in the process.

“Girl, Future for all us,” she wrote. “Ask him who he was with when you keep blowing up his phone. Yeah I’m three months pregnant too, so just sit back and wait on it. Just like you was buddies with Ciara, we was buddies so karma is a b***h.” Mealy’s reply was a little less lengthy, writing: “Awesome! IDGAF!”

Future’s beef with Ciara — who is also a mother of one of his children — has shifted from Twitter to the courtroom, as the singer has reportedly filed a whopping $15 million lawsuit against the EVOL rapper. In a series of alleged email leaks between Ciara and Future’s lawyers, the rapper’s social media commentary on Ciara is being pointed to as detrimental for their child.

"It is not in the child's best interests, no matter how frustrated his famous parents are or how you spin it, for parents to post negative comments about each other on social media," reads a portion of the leaked emails, according to The Daily Mail. "Calling Ms. Harris a 'b***h' on Twitter was so insulting and disrespectful."

For what it’s worth, let’s hope there isn’t more drama headed Future’s way. Peep the mystery woman's Instagram comment below:

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Previously FBI’s Most Wanted, Tupac’s Stepfather Is Now Up for Parole

Tupac’s stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, is up for parole after serving half of a 60-year sentence after being convicted in a 1981 Brinks armored truck robbery for $1.6 million that left one security guard and two New York State police officers dead. Now 65 years old, Shakur was sentenced in 1988 for conspiracy to aid bank expropriation and is scheduled for a parole hearing this week at the federal penitentiary in Victorville, California, the Associated Press reports.

Shakur was reportedly a part of a revolutionary group called “The Family,” and made his way onto the FBI’s Most Wanted List following the deadly robbery. He was also convicted of racketeering, after allegedly aiding in the escape of Assata Shakur, Tupac’s step aunt. Assata was convicted in the 1973 killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, and later fled to Cuba where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro. In the Brinks robbery that led to Mutulu’s conviction, Peter Paige, a Brinks security guard, and policemen Waverly Brown and Sg. Edward O’Grady were killed. He maintained his innocence in the incident. His attorneys argued that no proof of his involvement was produced.

Federal parole was abolished in 1987, but is still being granted to inmates who were convicted before the mandate. Officer O’Grady’s son, Edward O’Grady Jr., attempted to appeal to the U.S. Parole Commission against Mutulu’s possible release.

“I offer that the crimes Mr. Shakur was convicted of are a brand of violent extremism similar in scope, if not scale, to what we are seeing from the Islamic State and Al Qaeda before them,” he stated.

According to Mutulu’s official site, http://mutulushakur.com/site/about/, a series of covert FBI operations against political organizations called COINTELPRO is responsible for his conviction.

“As a part of this movement Dr. Shakur has been a target of the illegal Counterintelligence Program carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (COINTELPRO),” it reads. “This was a secret police strategy used in the U.S. starting in the 1960s to destroy and neutralize progressive and revolutionary organizations. It is believed that Dr. Shakur’s resistance to this program led to his arrest and trial.”

Following his hearing, the U.S. Parole Commission will decide if Mutulu will walk, based on a recommendation from his hearing officer.

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