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Baller Alert, Chicago, and Girls: R. KELLY INDICTED ON AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES WITH MINORS BETWEEN AGES 13 AND 16, JUDGE ISSUES NO-BAIL WARRANT BALLER ALERT READ MORE: www.BALLERALERT.COM R. Kelly Indicted On Aggravated Sexual Abuse Charges With Minors Between Ages 13 And 16, Judge Issues No-Bail Warrant - Written by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ RKelly has reportedly been indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with underage girls between the ages of 13 and 16. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A Cook County judge has issued a no-bail warrant for the arrest of Robert Sylvester Kelly, well known for his stage name “R. Kelly,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The charges that were passed through a grand jury span from 1998 to 2010, the girls involved in the case were between the ages of 13 and 16, prosecutors allege. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This will be the beginning of Kelly’s second battle against the justice system for allegations that he has been abusing, raping and sexually assaulting underage and adult women for more than a decade. These new movements were seemingly sparked after the release of Lifetime’s documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” and the recent MuteRKelly movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Earlier this month, a grand jury came together to look over the new allegations against the singer-songwriter, a source close to the case says. A videotape of Kelly having sex with an underage girl was turned over to the State’s Attorney’s Office by attorney Michael Avenatti. In the explicit and clear ....…to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)
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Apparently, Baseball, and Fabolous: According to Affidavit, Fabolous Knocked Emily B's Two Front Teeth Out and Threatened To Kill Her, Her Father, and Her Brother After Finding Out She Was In Los Angeles Via Instagram @balleralert According to Affidavit, Fabolous Knocked Emily B's Two Front Teeth Out and Threatened To Kill Her, Her Father, and Her Brother After Finding Out She Was In Los Angeles Via Instagram - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rapper Fabolous was arrested Wednesday on charges of an alleged domestic violence incident with his longtime girlfriend, Emily B. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the incident, according to NorthJersey.com, Fabolous punched her in the face seven times and reportedly threatened to kill her father and brother. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Englewood officials say Fab turned himself in on the domestic dispute and making terroristic threats charges. He was later released. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to the publication, the incident stemmed from an argument between the two that occurred on March 7 when Fab was on a business trip in Los Angeles. Apparently, the rapper “became enraged” when he found out Emily was also in the City of Angels via Instagram. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the incident, Emily claimed the rapper said he wanted to hit her with a baseball bat and kill her, but “he didn’t want to go out like that.” Later, according to an affidavit of probable cause, Fab reportedly punched her in the face seven times, knocking two of her front teeth out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Emily asked her father to remove all the guns from their Englewood, NJ, home, as she feared they would be used against her. When Fab arrived, he confronted Emily, her father, and her brother, then proceeded to look for the guns. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "When he could not locate the guns, the defendant left the house, but not before informing the victim, her father and her brother that he had a bullet for them," according to court documents.
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Africa, cnn.com, and Memes: White South African Woman Becomes First To Be Jailed For Hate Speech After Video Of Her Racist Rant Goes Viral; Sentenced To Three Years @balleralert White South African Woman Becomes First To Be Jailed For Hate Speech After Video Of Her Racist Rant Goes Viral; Sentenced To Three Years – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While racist, hate speech should never be tolerated, it is strictly prohibited in South Africa, as it is specifically excluded from the protection of free speech in the Constitution. In fact, according to the NY Times, back in 2016, the country released a draft law that would criminalize racism, meaning hate speech cases would go to criminal courts instead of civil and would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then, the nation has moved to implement the new rules and subsequently make an example of a white South African woman. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to CNN, Vicki Momberg was found guilty in November for crimen injuria, better known as the willful injuring of someone’s dignity in her racist verbal attack on a black police officer. The incident was caught on camera and quickly went viral. Since then, Momberg has been prosecuted and sentenced to three years in prison with one year suspended sentence, as she becomes the first South African to be jailed for the offense. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We’ve had crimen injuria (cases before), but they have always been coupled by other charges. This is the first for a prison sentence for crimen injuria on its own,” a spokesperson said of the sentencing. “We are pleased with the sentence. This sends a clear message to those who undermine other people’s rights.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the incident that led to the sentencing, Momberg was caught on video hurling racial slurs at South African police officers after they stopped to help her after her car was broken into in Johannesburg. According to reports, she repeatedly used words that were used to insult black people during the apartheid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, Momberg will have two years behind bars to think about her actions.
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Chris Brown, Lawyer, and Memes: Chris Brown Caught With Hands Around Woman's Neck; Says They Were Just Playing @balleralert Chris Brown Caught With Hands Around Woman’s Neck; Says They Were Just Playing – blogged by @MsJennyb (pic @tmz_tv) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chris Brown’s controversial past has left him with a target on his back. So much so, that horseplay with a woman can be perceived as a physical threat, depending on who’s watching. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an incident that occurred on Monday morning, the superstar singer was hanging out at on the balcony of a Miami home with a few cool people, when paparazzi started snapping a few pics. In one of the photos, Brown is seen with his right hand around a woman’s neck. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although the woman looks distressed in a few shots, she is also seen smiling at others, as both parties claimed the incident to be innocent horseplay. In fact, Brown’s lawyer even got involved to defuse the situation before it got out of hand, and even threatened the photographer for invading Brown’s privacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “She’s a friend,” Mark Geragos told TMZ. “It’s obviously playful as she confirmed. Whoever invaded their privacy will be held accountable.”

Chris Brown Caught With Hands Around Woman’s Neck; Says They Were Just Playing – blogged by @MsJennyb (pic @tmz_tv) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chri...

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America, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts: The First-Ever Male NFL Cheerleaders Will Be Joining Los Angles Rams @balleralert NEWS ANGELE The First-Ever Male NFL Cheerleaders Will Be Joining Los Angeles Rams - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Men are joining the NFL, not as players but as the first male cheerleaders to do so. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ QuintonPeron and NapoleanJinnie are the two California natives who are making history as NFL’s first male cheerleaders. The two classically trained dancers surpassed a strenuous auditioning process and made it to the 2018 squad for the Los Angeles Rams. They were chosen from 76 finalists. On Wednesday, they joined the Good Morning America table to share the news. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When discussing their journey, Peron shared that he should be able to participate like anyone else. "I thought, 'Why not me? Why can't I do this?' And called my friend and I asked her when auditions were for the Rams and she told me Sunday [March 11] and I showed up," Peron said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ LA Rams cheer captain EmilyLeibert said the two simply fit in. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent, they are eloquent, they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community. They bring so much energy and there’s something so magnetic about their performance, you really can’t take your eyes off them.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have stuntmen, this will be the first time males have ever danced alongside females on a professional NFL cheerleading team.
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Bailey Jay, Baller Alert, and Billboard: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: T.l. Released King' 12 Years Ago @balleralert TI,KING Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: T.I. Released ‘King’ 12 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 12 years ago today, T.I. released his fourth album ‘King’ on Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Featuring production from some hip-hop heavy hitters such as Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, and The Neptunes, ‘King’ quickly took the Atlanta native's career to new heights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Released alongside the film “ATL,” where T.I. made his feature film debut as the main character, the album served as the soundtrack for the film. Not only did it represent T.I.’s career elevating to new levels, but it also showed that he could develop a more mainstream hip-hop sound, without losing his thug persona, and still reign supreme. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with over 522,000 copies sold in the first week. The album also included two hit singles that had major chart success with "What You Know" and "Why You Wanna". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ By the end of the year, multiple publications like Pitchfork had dubbed the album one of the top albums of the year.

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: T.I. Released ‘King’ 12 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 12 years ago today, T.I. released h...

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Bae, Crazy, and Lol: Yasssss Daddy! Good Peen Will Make A Woman Do Some Crazy Sh*t @balleralert Yasssss Daddy! Good Peen Will Make A Woman Do Some Crazy Sh*t- blogged by @peachkyss ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ladies, I know I’m not the only one that has gotten some peen and did some of the craziest sh*ts ever. Like every time you and bae have a rendezvous, he hits every spot just right. “When He F*ck Me Good, I Take His A$$ To Red Lobster” type of sex. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bae’s sex is so amazing that every time he leaves home, you calling like, “Where you at?” “You coming home soon?” Hell, you don’t want the next chick getting what you receive at home. You want to make sure he brings that a$$ home every night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Great sex will have you trying to have his baby. You get so wrapped up in the sex night after night and find yourself screaming, “I want to have your baby!” Most of the time it comes out because you don’t him to stop and you feel him pulsate inside of you. (Don’t try and front in the comments like you haven’t done it. If not, he’s coming so watch out lol). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Good peen will have you singing all kinds of love songs. You get so wrapped up that you can’t believe the things you are doing. His peen got you feeling like a straight sap lol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A good man with good peen is often hard to come by. But when he does come around, you better hold on and bring the freak out every chance you get. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s the craziest thing you have ever done after getting some good peen?
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Anaconda, Memes, and Saw: American Airlines Pilot Reports UFO Sighting In Arizona, Says It Had a "Big Reflection" and was Over 40,000 Feet @balleralert American Airlines Pilot Reports UFO Sighting In Arizona, Says It Had a “Big Reflection” and was Over 40,000 Feet - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last month, two pilots flying on separate aircrafts say they saw a mysterious object flying over Arizona. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The object was described as over 40,000 feet with a “big reflection,” said one of the pilots who was flying a commercial American Airlines Jet. The first sighting was by a Learjet pilot a who was flying over the desert in southeastern Arizona on Feb. 24. He reported it to Albuquerque Center air traffic control. The objects were seen near the Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, almost 100 miles from Luke Air Force Base. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I don't know what it was. It wasn't an airplane but it was, the path was going in the opposite direction," the pilot said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wanting to confirm the Learjet pilot’s sight, the air controllers told the American Airlines pilot to let them know if he saw something flying above them as well, and he did see it. Audio of the object was first released on The Drive. However, the object is still unknown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A similar incident happened just 500 Miles west of the location sighting, back in 1947. The 1947 UFO “crash” at Roswell, New Mexico was one of the most historical UFO incidents in history but turned out to be a balloon that was sent up to scout for the Soviet nuclear test.

American Airlines Pilot Reports UFO Sighting In Arizona, Says It Had a “Big Reflection” and was Over 40,000 Feet - Blogged by: @RaquelHarris...

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America, Anaconda, and Basketball: Battle Of The Grannies: Jalen Rose's 100-Year- Old Grandma Calls Out Loyola-Chicago's Sister Jean Ahead of Saturday Night's March Madnes:s Match-Up: "ts Over @balleralert 35 MICHIGAN RASKETRA Battle Of The Grannies: Jalen Rose’s 100-Year-Old Grandma Calls Out Loyola-Chicago’s Sister Jean Ahead of Saturday Night’s March Madness Match-Up: “It’s Over” – blogged by @MsJennyb (swipe) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament comes to an end, the beef between fans of the final four is heating up. However, with the unexpected success of the No. 11 seed, and the subsequent rise to fame of the team’s 98-year-old chaplain, fans are ready to knock the team off its high horse. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose’s 100-year-old grandmother is not here for the Cinderella story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Sunday night, Mary Belle Hicks took to Instagram to share a message with America’s newest celebrity, Sister Jean. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Sister Jean, it’s been a good ride,” Hicks said. “But it’s over Saturday. Go Blue.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Loyola-Chicago is set to face off against the No. 3 seed, Michigan in the last games before the championship. But, who live to battle it out for the championship game?

Battle Of The Grannies: Jalen Rose’s 100-Year-Old Grandma Calls Out Loyola-Chicago’s Sister Jean Ahead of Saturday Night’s March Madness Mat...

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Family, Memes, and Police: 12 People Arrested After Rape Victim's Brother Rapes Rapist's Sister in "Revenge Rape" Plot Between Both Families @balleralert 12 People Arrested After Rape Victim’s Brother Rapes Rapist’s Sister in “Revenge Rape” Plot Between Both Families– blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Saturday, a dozen people were arrested in Toba Tek Singh in connection to a “revenge rape” plot between the families of a rape victim and the rapist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In docs filed by Pirmahal police, the victim, who is described as “N,” was reportedly raped by ‘W’ of Gharibabad in Pirmahal. The incident occurred on March 20. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, the assailant’s family asked for forgiveness in an attempt to make amends with the victim’s family. In turn, “N’s” family provided terms of a reconciliation. In order for the families to settle their dispute, “W” would agree to the “revenge rape” of his sister. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Under the conditions, “N’s” brother would commit the same act with “W’s” sister for reconciliation. In fact, 12 members of both families agreed to the terms, DAWN reports. The next day, the suspect’s sister was raped. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Officials found out about the rapes after the families prepared a stamp paper mentioning the incidents and their decision to forgo legal action against one another, the publication reports. Upon the new discovery, all 12 members were arrested in connection to the “revenge rape” plot.

12 People Arrested After Rape Victim’s Brother Rapes Rapist’s Sister in “Revenge Rape” Plot Between Both Families– blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀...

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Memes, New York, and New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. "Will Not Set Foot On A Field" Without A New Contract @balleralert Odell Beckham Jr. “Will Not Set Foot On A Field” Without A New Contract – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly prepared to go the distance in his desire for a contract extension with the New York Giants. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last year, the wide receiver made it clear that he would not be holding out for an extension, as he believed it never really worked. But, this year, the baller seems to have had a change of heart, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Beckham “will not set foot on a field” until an extension is in place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Prior to Beckham’s season ending injury last season, the wide receiver was a beast on the field. With at least 90 receptions, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns, Beckham was, and still is, an elite talent. But, when it comes to a new contract, John Mara said his star player is not “untouchable,” in regard to the possibility of a trade over a new deal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last season the team went just 3-13, but further details of Beckham's deal and possibility of an extension remain unclear.

Odell Beckham Jr. “Will Not Set Foot On A Field” Without A New Contract – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Odell Beckham Jr. is repo...

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Anaconda, Community, and Family: Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To Save lt From Being Chopped Down: "If They Cut Down This Tree, l'm Going To Be A Widow" @balleralert Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To Save It From Being Chopped Down: “If They Cut Down This Tree, I’m Going To Be A Widow” – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an effort to save a 100-year-old tree, a Florida woman has asked for its branch in marriage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to The Miami Herald, the tree became part of a neighborhood controversy after Fort Myers city staff discussed chopping it down last year, despite its history in the Snell Family Park. However, after months of planning, the city agreed to a $13,000 spending budget to chop the tree, which in turn, sparked widespread backlash among those fond of the giant ficus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, one woman took matters into her own hands, using tips from women who’ve been protesting deforestation in Mexico. Over the weekend, Karen Cooper jumped the broom with the tree in an attempt to save it from being cut down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a waterfront ceremony that took place on Saturday, Cooper and a slew of other women who were dressed in white vowed to honor and protect the tree. The wedding was filled with the works, including flowers, a tree-decorated wedding cake, and a canine ring-bearer, as it was staged just three days before Tuesday’s meeting about the tree’s fate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then though, a spokesperson for the city, revealed that it is moving forward to save the beloved tree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Everyday city employees care for the trees and plants that give our city a sense of community and shared history,” the spokesperson said. However, the tree’s fate is not completely secure just yet, Cooper says. Tuesday will be the determining factor, and if the Beautification Board does not agree to save the tree, the city’s councilman vowed to bring the issue to City Council. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "If they cut down this tree, I'm going to be a widow," Cooper said.

Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To Save It From Being Chopped Down: “If They Cut Down This Tree, I’m Going To Be A Widow” – blogged ...

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Blessed, Crush, and Funny: Ashanti Becomes The Latest Black Female Celebrity To Share Her #MeToo Stories Of Sexual Harassment: "Once l Said 'No,' All Of A Sudden The Track Became $45k" @balleralert Ashanti Becomes The Latest Black Female Celebrity To Share Her MeToo Stories Of Sexual Harassment – “Once I Said ‘No,’ All Of A Sudden The Track Became $45k” – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As allegations of sexual misconduct and assault continue to spread throughout Hollywood, more women and men, alike, are coming forward to share their experiences. In fact, Ashanti has become the most recent black female celebrity to share her own MeToo story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The ‘Foolish’ singer spilled the details in an interview on SiriusXM’s “Conversation with Maria Menounos,” as she revealed that she was sexually harassed by a producer, who refused to release her music without an exchange of sexual favors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I’ve come across a situation where there was a certain producer that, you know, he had his little crush or whatever, but it wasn’t anything new, you know,” Ashanti said. “And once I said ‘no,’ all of a sudden the track became $45k.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It’s funny because he said something like, ‘Well just take a shower with me and let me do this,” she continued, as she explained the producer apologized when one of her “big brothers” stepped in. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The way that apology came in, I actually got three records for free,” Ashanti said. “And I got two of them mixed and mastered for free also.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, according to the songstress, not everyone is blessed to have people that look out for them and protect them, when need be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I’m blessed because I have that,” she said, as she reflected on her experience. “It happens it does and it’s unfortunate.”

Ashanti Becomes The Latest Black Female Celebrity To Share Her MeToo Stories Of Sexual Harassment – “Once I Said ‘No,’ All Of A Sudden The T...

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Fashion, Kanye, and Memes: Virgil Abloh Named Louis Vuitton's New Menswear Designer @balleralert Virgil Abloh Named Louis Vuitton’s New Menswear Designer -blogged by @peachkyss ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The founder of streetwear brand Off-White and Kanye West’s longtime creative director, Virgil Abloh, has been named Louis Vuitton’s New Menswear Designer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Abloh is the first African American artistic director, and one of the few black designers at the top of a French heritage house. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The designer expressed his excitement about the new position, saying, “I feel elated. This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bringing Abloh onboard is going to bring a new look and vibe to the men’s collection. “Product is only one part of the luxury narrative,” he continued. “I want to use Louis Vuitton’s history with travel to really look at different cultures around the world to help make all our humanity visible. When creativity melds together with global issues, I believe you can bring the world together. Fashion on this level can really open eyes.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although Abloh has taken on a new position, he will continue to run Off-White, which he says is for his 17-year-old self. Louis Vuitton will represent who he is today at 37-years-old. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection will make its debut in June for Paris Men Fashion Week. Congratulations to Virgil Abloh on your new position!

Virgil Abloh Named Louis Vuitton’s New Menswear Designer -blogged by @peachkyss ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The founder of streetwear brand Off-White an...

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How Many Times, Memes, and Saw: "Black Panther" Becomes Highest Grossing Super Hero Film Of All Time @balleralert MARVEL STUDIOS BLACKA. ATHER “Black Panther” Becomes Highest Grossing Super Hero Film Of All Time -blogged by @theRealAlexisDanielle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And just like that, “Black Panther” has become the highest grossing super hero movie of all time in the United States, edging out the “Avengers”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just five weeks after its release, the film has smashed record after record to become one of the best selling films in US history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, Ryan Coogler’s Box office hit is set to surpass the $1.2148 billion global gross mark previously set by “Iron Man 3” by the end of the weekend. The marker will make the African themed film the highest grossing super hero film ever internationally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Many viewers of the film are particularly excited about its success, given the fact that it is lead by a nearly all-black cast. Viewers have took to social sites to share their satisfaction with the representation that the film provides particularly for women and people of color. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “ I finally saw ‘Black Panther’ and all i have to say is WOW,” one Twitter user said. “Representation in that movie is PERFECT, made me feel like as a woman i could be the best and strongest warrior there ever was.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Congratulations to everyone involved with the film. How many times have you seen it?

“Black Panther” Becomes Highest Grossing Super Hero Film Of All Time -blogged by @theRealAlexisDanielle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And just like that, ...

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Bad, Baller Alert, and Bone Thugs N Harmony: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album 'Life After Death' 21 Years Ago @balleralert THE NOTORIO US B.. G Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album ‘Life After Death’ 21 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On March 25, 1997, Notorious B.I.G released his second and final album, ‘Life After Death’ on Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Released as a double album, Biggie’s final body of work was released after his death on March 9, 1997. The album features collaborations from artists like Lil' Kim, Mase, 112, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Puff Daddy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Similar to his first album ‘Ready to Die’, the album was full of Biggie’s charismatic, Brooklyn swagger. The album also included a number of club bangers such as “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money, Mo Problems”. Many would say that the album was a great body of work to represent Biggie’s lasting legacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album earned Biggie multiple Grammy nominations in 1998 for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for the single "Hypnotize", and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the single "Mo Money Mo Problems".

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album ‘Life After Death’ 21 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ...

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Memes, School, and Taken: Pennsylvania School District Arms Their Students With Rocks In The Event Of A School Shooting @balleralert BLUE N OUNTAIN ELEMEN ARY WEST WEST SIDE EST Pennsylvania School District Arms Their Students With Rocks In The Event Of A School Shooting - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Amid the gun control controversy, the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania has taken matters into its own hands when it comes to school safety. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As some states move to arm teachers in an effort to protect students and faculty in case of a school shooting, the superintendent of the Pennsylvania school district says his students are armed with rocks to protect themselves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone. If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full students armed with rocks and they will be stoned,” said Dr. David Helsel. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “At one time I just had the idea of river stone, they`re the right size for hands, you can throw them very hard and they will create or cause pain, which can distract,” said Helsel, as he explained his teachers are fully trained on how to react in an active shooter situation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We have devices installed in our doors that help to secure them, to make it very difficult to break through,” said Helsel. “We also have, we train kids and talk about barricading the doors.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, according to reports, there is one maintenance employee that is trained and certified to be armed and work as security at the school. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your thoughts?

Pennsylvania School District Arms Their Students With Rocks In The Event Of A School Shooting - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ami...

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Definitely, eBay, and Lottery: Man Finds Out Picture of Outlaw Jesse James that He Bought on eBay For $10 is Actually Worth Millions @balleralert 220 Man Finds Out Picture of Outlaw Jesse James that He Bought on eBay For $10 is Actually Worth Millions - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ An English man who collects items bought a picture of JesseJames for just $10 off EBay, now he may be getting a huge payout because the photo is actually worth millions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s just say 45-year-old Justin Whiting’s purchase was definitely a steal when he came across a picture of the infamous outlaw Jesse James in July 2017. Whiting had been out of work since 2003 due to back issues, so in his spare time, he would search for odd photos in hopes that he’d find treasure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Anything is possible on eBay so I kept buying the odd photograph for a few bucks like other people would buy a lottery ticket,” said Whiting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To make sure the picture was legitimate, he hit up an expert on 19th-century photography. Whiting learned that not only was the picture authentic but that it could be worth at least $2 million. The photo dates back to 1861-2 when the bank robber was 14. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whiting has already reached out to an auction house to cash out. “I’m definitely selling it. I’ll be able to buy my own house and my own car. I can’t wait. Good things do happen sometimes,” Whiting said.

Man Finds Out Picture of Outlaw Jesse James that He Bought on eBay For $10 is Actually Worth Millions - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀...

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Memes, Nationwide, and Protest: Survivors of the Parkland Shooting Lead March For Our Lives on Washington Rally In National Plea for Gun Control @balleralert MARCH FOR DUR LIVE FOR DUR LIVES冊 Survivors of the Parkland Shooting Lead March For Our Lives on Washington Rally In National Plea for Gun Control - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just one week after the nationwide school walkout in protest of gun violence, survivors of the Valentine’s Day massacre have banned together in another national plea for gun control. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Saturday, the group is set to lead a march on Washington to honor the victims of the deadly Parkland high school shooting, and call on Congress for stricter gun laws. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March for Our Lives on Washington is set to begin at noon near the nation’s capitol. However, several sister marches are taking place around the country, and the world as a statement for gun control. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Our youth are being confronted with these shootings and all the violence, and I think they're looking at it and saying most people support some kind of change ... but yet our laws don't quite seem to be working with the people," a chaperone of the trip said. "So the youth of this country said, 'Enough is enough.' The kids are running all this."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Survivors of the Parkland Shooting Lead March For Our Lives on Washington Rally In National Plea for Gun Control - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀...

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Children, Driving, and God: Georgia Mother Crashed Her SUV Into A Pole To Prove To Her Kids That God ls Real @balleralert Georgia Mother Crashed Her SUV Into A Pole To Prove To Her Kids That God Is Real -blogged by @peachkyss ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A Georgia mother crashed her SUV intentionally into a pole to prove to her two children that God is real. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 25-year-old Bakari Warren of Gwinnett County told officers after the crash that she did it on purpose to show her kids that if they believe, God would protect them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to WSBTV, Warren was driving northbound on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard when she crossed into the southbound lanes and drove head-on into a concrete pole. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Warren’s children were asked by the police if they thought the crash was done on purpose. The children responded, “Yeah because she turned. Her eyes was closed and she was saying, blah, blah, blah, ‘I love God. She didn’t want us to just have a car accident. She wanted us to know that God is real." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Police stated that Warren told her children to buckle up their seatbelts just before she began to speed into the pole. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the crash but officers said it could have been a lot worse. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Warren was arrested on a $22,000 bond. She has been charged with two counts of child cruelty. The children are in their grandparent’s care.

Georgia Mother Crashed Her SUV Into A Pole To Prove To Her Kids That God Is Real -blogged by @peachkyss ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A Georgia mother cra...

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Apparently, Best Friend, and Fresh: Your Instagram Feed Is Going Back To Showing Newer Posts First @balleralert Your Instagram Feed Is Going Back To Showing Newer Posts First -blogged by @theRealAlexisDanielle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remember when your Instagram used to show pictures and videos in chronological order and you weren’t seeing day old posts at the top of your feed? Well, the app we all love is apparently gearing up to get back to that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s no secret that many of its users weren’t too fond of Instagram’s change in algorithm, which began back in 2016. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, in a press release shared Thursday, the app announced plans to keep your feeds “more fresh,” ensuring that you don’t miss newer posts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in the feed,” the statement released to Instagram-press.com read. “With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ IG also announced a new “refresh feed” button that will keep your feed from automatically updating when it’s refreshed. Yes, that means you’ll stop losing your place after you’ve been scrolling for five minutes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instagram says they’ll continue to implement changes over the next few months in an effort to improve users’ experiences. Thoughts?

Your Instagram Feed Is Going Back To Showing Newer Posts First -blogged by @theRealAlexisDanielle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remember when your Instagr...

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cnn.com, College, and Food: A Waffle House Waitress Gets $16,000 In Scholarship Money After Being Caught On Camera Cutting Older Customer's Food @balleralert A Waffle House Waitress Gets $16,000 In Scholarship Money After Being Caught On Camera Cutting Older Customer’s Food - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It doesn’t cost much to be nice to someone, but it may pay off. One La Marque, Texas waitress is getting a $16,000 scholarship for giving great customer service. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Waffle House waitress, Evoni Williams was working her regular shift at the restaurant when an older customer asked her to cut his food. “I was just like, ‘Sure! If you need help, that’s what I am here for,’” the 18-year-old waitress told CNN. “My cook was calling my name to pick up food I had on the board, but I continued to cut his ham.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The older customer’s name is Adrien Charpentier, and he had been experiencing weakness in his hands after he left the hospital, where he was treated for pneumonia. While she was cutting his food, Williams caught the attention of another customer sitting at a table who snapped a picture of Williams and posted it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From there, the photo went viral and La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking took notice. His gift to her was proclaiming March 8 “Evoni ‘Nini’ Williams Day” in her honor. But that’s not the end, the President of Texas Southern University heard about her good deed and gave her $16,000 in scholarship money. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When Williams begins her college career, she intends to major in business administration and one day plans to open her own salon or restaurant.

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America, Children, and Memes: The Obamas Sent a Handwritten Note To The Survivors of Parkland Shooting: "Throughout Our History, Young People Like You Have Led The Way in Making America Better" @balleralert The Obamas Sent a Handwritten Note To The Survivors of Parkland Shooting: “Throughout Our History, Young People Like You Have Led The Way in Making America Better” - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our Forever President and First Lady continue to be the light in this sea of darkness, that is the Trump Era. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Forever President, BarackObama, and his wife, Michelle, have reached out to the students at the Parkland, Florida High School, where a former student gunned down 17 people on Valentine’s Day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The forever first couple sent out handwritten notes to the survivors of the fatal tragedy and praised the brave students for standing up against gun violence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We want to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” the Obamas wrote. “Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better,” the Forever First Couple continued. “There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt that you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you,” they wrote.

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America, Anaconda, and Andrew Bogut: 100 Nigerian Girls Abducted By Boko Haram Returned To Village @balleralert 100 Nigerian Girls Abducted By Boko Haram Returned To Village - blogged by @worldwidekeege ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The tragic horror that America witnessed almost 4 years ago has relived itself in Nigeria but this time the narrative paints a different ending. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram which stands for “Western education is forbidden” hit hard again by abducting 110 girls from a Nigerian school in the city of Dapchi. The same group took over 300 girls from a school in Chibok 4 years ago. The group’s reason for kidnapping the girls is to teach them Islam and show them why they shouldn’t practice Western education, instead, they should be married off. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They make the girls live in forests and migrate from place to place running from officials looking to rescue them. All of the girls from the Chibok kidnapping years ago have not been returned but almost 100 of the Dapchi students were returned to their city early Wednesday morning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As parents and loved ones watched them walk into town, hearts were overjoyed with compassion for what the young ladies had gone through for over a month while being held captive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Nigerian officials were highly criticized for not preventing the attack and not doing enough in their rescue efforts to bring the girls home sooner. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hopefully, we can see more efforts for them in the future and maybe the rest of the Chibok girls will be released as well.

100 Nigerian Girls Abducted By Boko Haram Returned To Village - blogged by @worldwidekeege ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The tragic horror that Americ...

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Queen Latifah, Life, and Love: Queen Latifah's Mother Rita Owens Dies From Chronic Heart Condition@balleralert mao Queen Latifah’s Mother Rita Owens Dies From Chronic Heart Condition - blogged by @worldwidekeege ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dana Owens a.k.a the great Queen Latifah, announced Wednesday that her mother, Rita Owens, has passed away from a severe heart condition that has been ailing her for more than a decade. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "It is with a heavy heart that I share the news, my mother, Rita Owens passed away today... Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldly but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Heart failure is a chronic progressive condition where the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently through the body. Rita Owens was on medication, had a defibrillator implanted in her chest to prevent heart attacks, and a strict diet of low salts and fats with lots of vegetables. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ”She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over... I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time. Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latif‎ah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Latifah mentioned to PEOPLE in a previous interview in 2015 that when she was not in California, she was at her mother’s New Jersey home helping with caregiving duties. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She broke the news to PEOPLE about her mother’s death and impact on her life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I watched her come through so many things, ups and downs, hospitalizations – I mean really being in the ICU for that matter – you know, going through tough times and watching her come back and bounce back and still maintain this sense of humor, and love and drive and will... I just love her so much more, I respect her so much more. She really just gives me hope for life and the world.” Latifah said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ R.I.P. the great Rita Owens.

Queen Latifah’s Mother Rita Owens Dies From Chronic Heart Condition - blogged by @worldwidekeege ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dana Owens a.k.a the gr...

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Lawyer, Memes, and Money: Judge Rules In Favor Of Jill Scott; She Will Not Be Forced To Pay Mike Dobson's Legal Fees Thanks To Their Prenup @balleralert Judge Rules In Favor Of Jill Scott; She Will Not Be Forced To Pay Mike Dobson’s Legal Fees Thanks To Their Prenup - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the divorce battle between Jill Scott and estranged husband Mike Dobson continues, a new development in the case has resulted in a major win for Scott. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Monday, a judge ruled in favor of Scott, and honored the former couple’s prenup, where both parties “agreed not to seek alimony, maintenance or spousal support,” @officialbossip reports. Now, Scott will not be responsible for Dobson’s divorce legal fees as it is a form of support. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, in Monday’s hearing, Scott’s lawyer said she provided Dobson with an additional $20,000 before she filed for divorce. But, Dobson said he had to spend the money on “family expenses,” so he never touched any of it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the end, the judge denied Dobson’s motion for the monetary release, however, he did so without prejudice, meaning Dobson will be able to file for other options as the case continues.

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Child Support, Fail, and Jail: Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration @balleralert Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Jay-Z and Roc Nation will reportedly make a $3 million investment in an app called Promise, that combats mass incarceration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ According to the website, the app was created by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Diana Frappier to “get people out of jail and provide ongoing support and supervision to help keep them out.” The hope is that the platform will exist as an alternative to incarcerating individuals who cannot afford bail or who miss court dates by mistake. It will provide services to users that will help them log upcoming court dates, counseling appointments, and drug tests. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ When it comes to rehabilitation, Promise plans to provide programs to users that assist with job training and getting information about housing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As a rapper, Jay-Z has used his platform to consistently speak about how the jail system is designed to fail those of low class and people of color. Last year the rapper wrote an opinion piece on Father’s Day about the exploitative bail industry. For many individuals, they are jailed due to their inability to afford bail, despite not being convicted of crimes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ During an interview with TechCrunch, Ellis-Lamkins spoke on the small infractions that lead to many people of color ending up behind bars. “People are going to jail because they look at a piece of paper and misread it, or are going to jail because they can’t afford a class because they’re instead paying child support. If we’re putting people in jail because they’re poor, brown or black, we’re spending money the wrong way.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Jay-Z said in a statement confirming his involvement with the app. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Jay-Z and Roc Nation ...

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