50 Cent ready to take over Houston
The Houston Astros and rapper, philanthropist and new Clutch City resident 50 Cent struck a partnership between the MLB franchise and his company, Sire Spirits, which retails spirits and wine in stores across the nation.
Sire Spirits consists of a champagne, Le Chemin Du Roi, and a new Houston favorite, Branson Cognac. The champagne will be branded as the official champagne of the Astros, while the cognac will be branded as the official cognac of the Astros. Fifty has a similar partnership with the Houston Rockets and Houston Texans.
Celebs rave over Rihanna Super Bowl news
Fans of the R&B singer are celebrating her confirmed return to the live music stage for the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February 2023. Among those looking forward to witnessing Rihanna’s halftime takeover is Dr. Dre, who gave an award-winning performance at the Super Bowl earlier this year alongside Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent.
“I’m a super fan of Rihanna. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do,” Dr. Dre said.
New bonnet Memoji feature draws mixed reactions
Apple’s new iOS 16 update allows users to customize their Memoji with different hairstyles and headwear, and that include the option to add a bonnet, like the one some Black women wear, to their cute animated characters.
Apple’s nod to Black culture sent social media spiraling with mixed and passionate reactions.
What people are saying…
“What happen to our self respect? No different than walking out the door in pajamas. WOMEN, our young adults are products of who we are and how men sees us, if we don’t respect ourselves in public best believe no one will and neither will our Black men. We can NOT have our young girls fall into this trap to belittle us more than we already are, They already think we are the only race who don’t care about anything that happen to do with us.” – Marlayna White
“How is it any worse than a scarf OR hat? I’m totally ok with people wearing bonnets wherever they feel like wearing them.” – J Rochelle Elder
“There is nothing about a bonnet that needs to be seen.” – Kim Topps
“Many Black women wear bonnets as a hair care tool. When did it become shameful or something stereotypical? Did I miss something?” – Tameka Mullins
“That mess is ghetto. If your hair isn’t done stay home.” – Ina Stovall
“They mock us, and we give them the power.” – Marlayna White
T.D. Jakes passes torch to his daughter Sarah
Bishop T. D. Jakes has surprised his daughter by handing over the giant Woman, Thou Art Loosed ministry to her. Jakes passed the symbolic torch to Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts at the culmination of the recent Woman, Thou Art Loosed!: Homecoming! conference. As he anointed his daughter with oil, Jakes said, “With every drop of oil that falls upon your head, may the strength and power of the Almighty God rest upon your life.”
Family shows emaciated loved one in AL prison
Family members of Kastellio Vaughan are pleading for help after receiving photos that appear to show him malnourished, and in dire need of medical attention while in an Alabama state prison.
#KassieVaughan took to Facebook begging for a welfare check and medical intervention for her brother after sharing disturbing images of him, which she says were taken inside Elmore Correctional Facility.
The Alabama Department of Corrections has since shared an update to @advancelocalsmo on Kastellio’s condition via email. “He is assigned to Elmore Correctional Facility (CF) but is currently housed at Staton Medical Observation Unit. ADOC’s Office of Health Services has fully investigated his situation from a clinical perspective, and he has been offered all necessary treatment for his condition. Also, he has been in touch with his family to update them on his situation.”
Yes, even beautiful women get cheated on
Ime Udoka suspended after affair with staffer exposed
Social media is abuzz with news that Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka cheated on his movie star girlfriend, Nia Long. Why is this news when people cheat every day? We wish it wasn’t, but it’s because Udoka has been suspended for a year for having an inappropriate relationship with a female staff member on the team. Udoka’s sexual relationship with this unnamed woman is considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines and the championship coach was suspended for the 2022-23 season.
Udoka and his mistress were allegedly caught by a home security camera. Long, Udoka’s longtime girlfriend/partner of 12 years, knew nothing about the affair and didn’t find out until a few days before the world did.
Sources close to Nia claim she and the couple’s 10-year-old son moved to Boston just two weeks ago to settle down. But, unknown to her, Ime was prepared for the scandal to go public and he didn’t warn her about it.
What we really should be talking about…
Brett Favre sought welfare money for football facility
While everyone was talking about Udoka, another story was getting little attention. Thank goodness, more people are starting to talk about it this week.
After Mississippi spent millions of dollars in welfare money on Brett Favre’s pet project, a university volleyball arena, the retired — and rich — NFL quarterback tried two years later to get additional cash from the state’s welfare agency for another sports facility, new court documents show.
The governor at the time, Republican Phil Bryant, texted in 2019 with Favre, who wanted to build an indoor practice facility for the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team. Bryant told him federal money for children and low-income adults is “tightly controlled” and “improper use could result in violation of Federal Law.”
Favre claims he didn’t know the money was coming from welfare recipients, though text messages show otherwise.
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Megan Thee Stallion launches online mental health resource
The original “hot girl,” Megan Thee Stallion, is nothing if not a trendsetter, and this time around, she’s using her influence to encourage people to take care of their mental health.
The 27-year-old rapper launched “Bad Bitches Have Bad Days Too,” a digital archive of mental health care resources. The website contains links to several free therapy organizations, crisis hotlines, and resources specifically for LGBTQIA+ folks of color and Black men and women.
Megan has been very open in interviews about seeking therapy herself to deal with grief. In 2019, Megan’s mother, Holly Thomas died of a brain tumor, and her grandmother, who had helped to raise her, passed away soon after. Megan’s father died when she was 15.