White College Tennis Player Suspended After Making Racist Comments to Black Opponent: “At Least I Know My Dad”

A white college athlete tried trash-talking his black opponent with racially insensitive comments, and got himself suspended because of it.

Spencer Brown of Appalachian State in North Carolina was suspended from the team after making several racist comments towards his black opponent, John Wilson IV of North Carolina A&T. “At least I know my dad,” Brown said to Wilson during their match on Sunday (Jan 28).

Wilson shared the incident on Twitter and noted that the App State tennis coach responded to Wilson’s concerns by saying: “…we have a black guy on our team.”

App State Athletics released a statement on Monday (Jan. 29), declaring Brown’s comments as “derogatory and offensive.” Brown has been suspended indefinitely for violating the university’s student-athlete discipline policy.

Though App State’s statement says they have reached out to NC A&T, Wilson says that he has not been contacted personally by App State. The A&T senior class president added that he’s always had to deal with racism as a black tennis player.

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Kenya Moore & Husband Marc Daly Travel to Egypt to Celebrate Her 47th Birthday

Kenya Moore missed out on the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast trip to Barcelona, but that didn’t stop her from globetrotting with her hubby.

Kenya and husband Marc Daly are currently vacationing in Egypt to celebrate her 47th birthday. Kenya’s birthday was January 24, but she revealed her exciting whereabouts in an Instagram post on Saturday (Jan. 27) with a photo of the couple near the ancient pyramids in Cairo.

“Never in a million years did I think I’d actually visit #Egypt I’ve long romanticized about visiting this historically rich country-which is the first wonder of the world- and with my husband. Thank you for the most amazing birthday gift of my life!”

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The Giza Plateau includes the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, and several tombs, including King Khufu’s tomb. Its unclear how many of these sites the two tourists explored.

Kenya teased her Egyptian getaway with a photo of a birthday cake and balloons. “Where in the world am I?” she wrote.

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Marc Daly has yet to appear on RHOA, but Kenya is clearly getting comfortable with showing him off on social media. The two secretly got married in private St. Lucia ceremony last year.

The couple is also trying to start a family and Kenya is undergoing IVF treatments. They were both spotted at a reputable fertility clinic in Barbados.

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Former “Glee” Actor Mark Salling Dead of Apparent Suicide: Fast Facts to Know

Mark Salling, a former actor on the hit Fox series Glee, has died of an apparent suicide while awaiting sentencing for child pornography charges.

TMZ first broke the news Tuesday morning (Jan. 30). While the coroner has yet to release an official cause of death, US Weekly has confirmed through the Los Angeles Police Department that Salling died from an apparent suicide.

Salling’s death ends a tragic chapter in his life that saw him facing up to seven years in prison for child porn accusations. He was 35 years old.

TMZ reports that Salling’s body was discovered near a riverbed, and he may have died after hanging himself.

According to TMZ, Salling’s body “was found near a riverbed in Sunland … the area where he lived. We do not yet know the manner of death. We’re told he may have died after hanging himself. We’ve learned the address where Salling was found dead is a little league field near a creek.”

TMZ reports his body had been there for a while. Police went to Salling’s home in Sunland after receiving a request to conduct a “welfare check.” The check led the officers to a nearby little league baseball field which is adjacent to the area Salling’s body was found.

According to Us Weekly, police responded to “a death investigation near the Glee alum’s home in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood” the morning of January 30th but the Glee star wasn’t initially identified.

Salling allegedly tried to commit suicide before, but his lawyer denied it.

Before reaching a plea deal in his child porn case, back in August 2017, Salling allegedly tried to commit suicide, according to TMZ.

At the time, the site reported that Salling “freaked out” and cut “both of his wrists.” His roommate “discovered the bleeding,” TMZ reported. Salling’s lawyer, however, denied TMZ’s report.

Salling pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography possession, which could have sent him to prison for years.

Back in 2016, Mark Salling was accused of possessing child pornography and was charged. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he pleaded guilty to the charges through a plea deal at the end of 2017 “after admitting he possessed images of prepubescent children.”

A search warrant discovered “more than 50,000 images of child porn on his computer and thumb drive,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to the child porn charges, Salling also had other troubles with the law over the years, like in 2013 when he was accused of sexual battery by his girlfriend, Roxanne Gorzela, in a 2013 lawsuit. E! News reported that the actor settled the lawsuit and was ordered by a judge to pay $2.7 million to Gorzela.

Salling would have been sentenced for his child porn case in March 2018, and he would have faced between four and seven years in prison and would have been forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Salling was raised in a religious family in Texas.

Mark Salling’s IMDB bio states that he was born in Dallas, Texas. “He is the younger of two children of Condy Sue (née Wherry), a school secretary, and John Robert Salling, Jr., an accountant,” the site reads.

Salling’s IMDB bio also states that his family were strict Christians and he was home-schooled for a while. While in high school, he wrestled and starred in talent shows. As an adult, he “attended the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, California and began studying guitar, giving guitar lessons to make a living.” Salling then ended up on Glee, for which he’s best known.

Salling is best remembered for playing on “Glee” as Noah Puckerman.

Most fans remember Mark Salling best as the character Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the hit Fox TV show Glee. He starred on Glee for its entire six-year run, between 2009 and 2015.

Salling dated his co-star Naya Rivera for three years while on the show. “He was always just a very dark soul to me,” Rivera told Entertainment Tonight after Salling’s child pornography arrest in 2015. “I always felt like there was something that he was wrestling with.”

According to the Mercury News, Rivera wrote of her relationship with Salling in a 2016 memoir: “I think everyone should have that one relationship where you look back and ask yourself, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ You’ll learn something and you won’t regret it. Unless, of course, that relationship was with someone who had a sizable stash of child porn on his computer. Then, by all means, regret everything.”

Salling’s death marks the second unexpected “Glee” death.

Mark Salling’s death is second unexpected death from a “Glee” cast member. Corey Monteith, the show’s male lead, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013.

Heroin, codeine, morphine, and alcohol were all found in the 31-year-old’s system. Glee remained on-air for two more seasons.

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Former “Glee” Star Mark Salling, 35, Dead from Suicide While Awaiting Child Pornography Sentencing

Tragedy once again strikes the Glee cast. Mark Salling has been found dead from an apparent suicide.

TMZ reports police found Salling’s body on Tuesday (Jan. 30) near a riverbed in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Salling reportedly committed suicide by hanging and TMZ reports his body had been there for a while. He was only 35.

Police went to Salling’s home in Sunland after receiving a request to conduct a “welfare check.” The check lead the officers to a nearby little league baseball filed which is adjacent to the area Salling’s body was found.

The actor’s death comes as he was out on bail and awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in December. Sentencing was to take place in March and Salling faced 4 to 7 years in jail.

Prosecutors alleged Salling had 50,000 images of underage children on his computer.

Prior to accepting the plea deal, Salling allegedly attempted suicide in August 2017 by cutting his wrists. He was rushed to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation and then admitted to a rehab facility for more evaluation. His lawyers denied the incident was a suicide attempt.

This is the second unexpected Glee death. Corey Monteith, the show’s male lead, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013. Heroin, codeine, morphine, and alcohol were all found in the 31-year-old’s system. Glee remained on-air for two more seasons.

Recently, Glee alum Naya Rivera has also faced hard times. She was arrested for domestic battery in November 2016 after hitting her husband during a dispute. She was released and refiled for divorce.

Salling and Rivera also briefly dated during their Glee days, but the relationship was tumultuous.

“He was always just a very dark soul to me,” Rivera told Entertainment Tonight after Salling’s child pornography arrest in 2015. “I always felt like there was something that he was wrestling with.”

Salling starred on Glee for its entire six-year run.

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Court Transcript Shows Meek Mill Judge Did NOT Make Personal Request to Rapper

It’s not looking too good for Meek Mill as he continues to sit in jail. His legal team’s claim that Judge Genece Brinkley suggested the rapper drop Roc Nation and hire her friend as his manager instead was just debunked.

TMZ reports that a court transcript of the hearing in question, which took place in Brinkley’s private chambers, show that Brinkley was not the person who suggested Mill hire respected music manager, Charlie Mack. Mill’s probation officer made the comment.

The PO felt Mack was a good influence on Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams. According to the transcript, the officer said:

“What I like about Charlie, he is not invested in Meek Mills. He is invested in Robert Williams.”

In fact, the transcript obtained by TMZ shows that Judge Brinkley made it clear that she was not trying to get involved with Mill’s career choices. She said:

“I don’t want the record to suggest who your management is or is not.”

After Brinkley controversially sentenced Mill 2-4 years in jail for violating his probation, the rapper’s lawyers claimed the judge has a personal vendetta against him because he refused to hire Mack and give Brinkley a shout out on a Boyz II Men cover song.

Brinkley, Mack and Mill are all from the same region of Philadelphia.

While it seems Brinkley may not have acted unethically, TMZ has also uncovered that a court clerk secretly asked Meek Mill for money. Wanda Chavarria admitted to giving Mill a note in which she asked him to “donate” to her son’s college tuition.

Chavarria is also from Philly and says Judge Brinkley had no knowledge of the note she wrote to the rapper. A formal court investigation has been launched into this particular situation.

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Bruno Mars and Cardi B Brought “Finesse” to the 2018 Grammys

Bruno Mars and Cardi B were out here drippin’ in “Finesse” Sunday night (Jan. 28) at the 2018 Grammys.

In one of the night’s most anticipated performances, Bruno and Bardi lit the Grammys stage up as they brought their “In Living Color”-inspired music video to life, complete with 90’s outfits and the word “Finesse” written in large letters behind them.

Someone on Twitter hilariously pointed out that Cardi B was dressed like a Hot Dog on a Stick employee.

The duo’s set kicked off with a solo verse from Cardi, followed by Bruno and the Hooligans, who wowed the audience with a quick dance break in the middle of the performance. Cardi then came back out for a second time, and she and Mars ended their joint performance together. This marks Cardi B’s first time ever performing on the main stage at an award show.

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Cardi B was nominated for two Grammys, both of which she unfortunately lost. Meanwhile, Bruno Mars won all seven of the awards he was nominated for—Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”), Best R&B Song (“That’s What I Like”), Best R&B Album (24K Magic), Best R&B Performance (“That’s what I Like”), Record of the Year (“24K Magic”), Album of the Year (24K Magic) and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (24K Magic).

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Lady Gaga Performs “Joanne” and “Million Reasons” at the 2018 Grammys

Lady Gaga kept things very light and simple for her 2018 Grammys performance.

Sitting in front of grand piano covered in feathers that looked like angel wings, Gaga played an emotional rendition of her Joanne album’s title track and dedicated her performance to her late aunt Joanne, who died in 1974 of lupus complications at 19 years old.

“This is for my father’s late sister, Joanne,” said Gaga, who was accompanied by Mark Ronson on the guitar. “This is for love and compassion even when you can’t understand.”

Following a brief pause, Gaga then segued into her hit single “Million Reasons.”

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Kendrick Lamar Opens 2018 Grammys With Powerful, Politically Charged Performance

Kendrick Lamar opened the 60th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night (Jan. 28) with a powerful, politically charged performance that featured a lot of fire (literally and figuratively) as well as appearances from legendary rock band U2 and comedy legend Dave Chapelle.

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Joined by masked dancers in military fatigues beneath screens displaying a waving American flag, Lamar kicked off the show with a performance of “XXX,” which was followed by a brief appearance from U2’s Bono and The Edge.

Afterward, Dave Chappelle took the stage and introduced himself, saying, “I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America, is being an honest black man in America.”

Kendrick then returned to the stage and continued his set, this time performing “King’s Dead.” The first song performed by Kendrick is a cut from his critically acclaimed 2017 album DAMN, which earned him seven Grammy nods this year—the second most behind JAY-Z’s eight. The second song comes from the “Black Panther” soundtrack, which was produced by Kendrick.

Before the show even started, K. Dot had already won the awards for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Music Video. Not too long after his performance, the rapper also won the award for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Loyalty,” his collaboration with Rihanna.

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Toni Braxton Opens Up About Her Relationship With Birdman: “Bad Boys Remind You That You’re Alive”

We’ve known that Toni Braxton and Birdman are dating for nearly two years now. But even so, its still puzzling how and why this odd couple came to be. For the first time, Toni is opening up about what’s special about the surprising pairing.

Toni stopped by The Angie Martinez Show earlier this week. When the radio host noted Toni’s “good girl” image, the “Un-Break My Heart” singer revealed that Birdman makes her feel “alive.”

“We’re the girls who got caught up in the image of being a good girl and forgot to read the book. And forgot to be, happy. Bad boys remind you that you’re alive.”

She says the rapper is a gentleman and plans extravagant date nights for the couple, which she has to “bring him down” from so it could just be a normal night out.

Toni recounts that Birdman was by her side back in 2016 while she battled serious complications of Lupus. She says the two weren’t even dating at the time.

“When I was on tour in 2016 I was really sick, I had a really bad flare (referring to her Lupus)…there was a rumor that I died…every day I was on tour, he was there with me. If he left, he would come back. We weren’t anything; he was my friend, he was there.”

Toni also shut down speculation the two are secretly married, a rumor that was started by Toni’s own sister, Tamar Braxton. Toni says that she and Birdman are NOT married and the ring she now wears on her left was just a birthday gift.

Birdman and Toni have been dating since mid-2016 and already has the stamp of approval from Tamar the Braxton family matriarch, Evelyn.

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Kimora Lee Simmons Defends Russell Simmons As 6th Woman Accuses Him of Rape: “These Allegations Against Him Are Nothing Like the Person I Have Known”

As more than a dozen women come forward to accuse Russell Simmons of sexual assault, his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons is coming to his defense, stating the allegations are “nothing like the person I have known” for over 25 years.

The day after filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik accused Russell of rape in a $5 million lawsuit, Kimora broke her silence on the scandal to a TMZ videographer on Thursday (Jan. 25). “I love him; We’re still friends,” she said of Russell before adding that she believes he’s innocent of the allegations.

Kimora later took to Instagram to elaborate. Despite the allegations, she described Russell as a “caring and supportive father” who has worked to “uplift disenfranchised communities.”

“I have known Russell for over 25 years. We were close friends, married, divorced and have remained friends, co-parents and partners throughout it all. These allegations against him are nothing like the person I have known in all that time. I have known him to be a caring and supportive father and someone who has worked tirelessly to uplift disenfranchised communities.”

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However, she also made it clear that she supports those who speak out against sexual harassment and assault.

“This is a pivotal moment in which men are being held accountable for their abuses of power and denigrating behavior towards women in all spheres. As a mother of two daughters, I believe that no one should ever be shamed or portrayed as an unreliable witness to their own experience for speaking up.”

In the past few months, at least 15 women have accused Russell of sexual assault and Jennifer Jarosik is the 6th to accuse him of rape. She claims the mogul raped her at his Los Angeles home in 2016.

Jarosik filed a lawsuit against Russell—her friend of 10 years—on Wednesday (Jan. 24), seeking $5 million in damages. She alleges in the suit:

“Simmons got aggressive and pushed Plaintiff [Jarosik] on his bed. Plaintiff tried to force Defendant to stay away from her and in doing so, Defendant knocked Plaintiff off his bed, and Plaintiff hit her head and then Defendant pounced on her while she was still in shock and fear, and proceeded to rape her.”

“These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” Russell wrote in a statement in response to Jarosik’s allegation.

“I look forward to having my day in court—where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known.”

Russell’s statement continued:

“In recent weeks, some former business, creative and romantic partners have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject. In some of these instances, financial motives and direct contradictory witness testimony has been supplied to the media, which has been completely left out of stories. The current allegations range from the patently untrue to the frivolous and hurtful. The presumption of innocent until proven guilty must not be replaced by ‘Guilty by Accusation.’”

Two other women filed reports against Russell Simmons earlier this month claiming he raped them. Several other women have made similar claims, including filmmaker Jenny Lumet, whose graphic open letter caused him to step down from his companies.

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