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Cardi B “My Mama Said” Tattle Tale Memes Are Taking Over Social Media

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know that at least three major news events occurred over the past week.

The 12 boys from the Thailand soccer team, along with their coach, were successfully rescued from a cave they’d been trapped in for two weeks. France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And Cardi B memes are running rampant all over the internet.

Someone recently shared a picture of Cardi B (real name: Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar) as a child, and as Twitter is wont to do, they turned it into a hilarious meme, pointing out Baby Belcalis’ “tattle tale” stance and combining it with the phrase “my mama said…”

Perhaps the funniest part of the meme is that we all know a little smart azz child who doesn’t mind putting your business out there. Hell, some of us were that annoying, smart-mouthed kid. But the captions are what really set this meme off. Combine that with the thought of Cardi B’s voice as a tiny tot and you have the perfect recipe for pure hilarity.

Take a look below:

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Mugshot Madness: Michael Boatwright, Second XXXTentacion Murder Suspect, Arrested

Police have arrested a second suspect in XXXTentacion’s murder case.

22-year-old Michael Boatwright was arrested on an unrelated drug charge on Thursday, July 5th, and while he was in jail, he was served with a warrant on Tuesday, July 10th for first-degree murder.

According to court docs, when Boatwright was pulled over on July 5th for tinted windows, officers smelled marijuana and then discovered 6 grams of crack cocaine in his pocket.

Boatwright’s arrest record shows that, in addition to the murder charge, Boatwright is being held on charges of cannabis possession, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, possession of the drug flakka, battery on a specified employee, resisting/obstruction without violence, and probation violation, among other charges. He’s being held without bond and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he had obtained legal representation.

XXXTentacion was shot and killed outside of a motorcycle dealership in Broward County, Florida on June 18th. According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Boatwright is one of the two armed suspects who confronted the rapper outside Riva Motorsports before he was gunned down. Police believe four people in total were involved.

22-year-old Robert Allen was also identified by investigators as a person of interest in connection with the killing of the 20-year-old rapper after he was spotted on surveillance video at the motorcycle in Pompano Beach were XXX was shopping before he was murdered. Allen is still wanted, along with another unnamed suspect.

Boatwright’s arrest came a few weeks after 22-year-old Dedrick Williams was arrested and booked for first-degree murder, however, police have said that he is not one of the men who actually shot XXXTentacion.

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Body of Murdered New Orleans Teen Renard Matthews Displayed in Front of TV Playing Video Game

A New Orleans family chose a very unique way to remember their loved one at his wake.

18-year-old Renard Matthews was killed late last month (Tues, Jun. 26) during a shooting in his neighborhood. He had been walking his new dog when he was fatally shot in the head and his cellphone was taken, his aunt said.

For his wake at the Charbonnet Labat Glapion funeral home in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood last Sunday (Jul. 8), Matthews’ family decided to mourn him in the same way he lived his life.

The teen’s body was placed upright in a chair, with his hands holding a PlayStation 4 controller, surrounded by some of his favorite snacks, with his beloved Boston Celtics playing on NBA2K on a TV screen in front of him. He was wearing Celtics star Kyrie Irving’s #11 jersey, black pants, green socks with Irving’s face on them and black Nike slides. Matthews’ mother Tameka said her son was a homebody and a big fan of Kyrie Irving.

While this is certainly a rather “different” way to commemorate a loved one, you have to give Matthews’ family some originality points. While strange, it also probably helped lighten the burden of losing him, as seeing him in a casket would have likely been hard on the family, especially considering how young he was.

Renard Matthews’ funeral and burial were held two days after his wake, on Tuesday, July 10th.

via: WGNO

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WATCH: Adam “Pacman” Jones Gets Into Fight With Atlanta Airport Worker

NFL free agent Adam “Pacman” Jones got into a huge fistfight at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Tuesday evening (Jul. 10) after he was attacked by an airport worker.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Jones had just touched down in ATL Tuesday when police say an employee of the facility-service ABM Industries made a “gesture” towards Jones as he was walking through the airport with a woman.

Video footage posted online shows Pacman calling out the airport worker and confronting him. After exchanging words with Jones, the ABM employee, Frank Ragin, still wearing his bright orange fest, went after former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, which sparked the fight.

Police said Ragin punched Jones in the face, and after being hit, Jones defended himself and hit Ragin back, before eventually knocking him to the ground. At some point during the fight, Ragin reportedly hit the woman with Jones, hurting her hand.

Cops were called and arrested Ragin on two counts of battery. Jones was not arrested because Ragin through the first punch was the instigator in the fight, police said.

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XXXTentacion Signed a $10 Million Record Deal Weeks Before Shooting Death

Just weeks before he was shot and killed in Florida, XXXTentacion signed a record deal worth $10 million, the New York Times reports. According to the Times, X was offered the contract by Empire, the same label he released his debut album 17 on last year.

According to multiple people who were “briefed on the terms,” Empire planned on releasing the Florida rapper’s third album sometime this year, and he had been in the studio working on new music at the time of his death.

Empire founder Ghazi Shami confirmed that the rapper had finished “a significant amount of material” for the album before he died. XXXTentacion’s posthumous third album isn’t expected to drop until at least October due to a clause in his last record contract with a distribution unit of Universal Music Group.

The release of his third album will no doubt contribute to the controversial rapper’s posthumous rise in popularity. The week after his death, his latest single “Sad!” jumped from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and he beat Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s Everything Is Love joint album for the #1 spot for that week.

The video for “Sad!”—which was released the day of his private funeral and eerily shows him attending his own funeral and fighting with his own resurrected body—has been viewed more than 60 million times on YouTube, bringing his total audio and video streams for his music to a whopping 4.6 billion, according to Nielson.

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Cardi B & Offset Welcome Baby Girl Kulture Kiari Cephus

Baby Bardi is here! Cardi B is officially a new mom after giving birth to a baby girl.

Cardi and her husband Offset welcomed their daughter Tuesday night (Jun. 10) at a hospital in Atlanta, and Cardi officially announced the birth of Kulture Kiari Cephus via Instagram Wednesday. Kiari, the baby’s middle name, is Offset’s real first name.

In her announcement photo, Cardi can be seen posing nude surrounded by a bed of flowers. Cardi tags her husband in the caption on the photo, which also reads the name of their baby girl her birthday: 07/10/18.

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This has been a long journey for Cardi, who was rumored to be pregnant back in February after Super Bowl weekend. When fans questioned her via Twitter, she denied the pregnancy rumors, saying that she was just gaining weight and told them to “let me fat in peace.”

A month later, pregnancy rumors swirled even more when she attended and performed at the iHeart Radio Music Awards wearing outfits that were clearly covering her belly, and also reports at the time suggested she would be a VERY pregnant woman by the time her Coachella performance came around.

By April, Cardi decided she was going to reveal the news herself, and confirmed her pregnancy by debuting her baby bump during her SNL performance the week before Coachella. She confirmed she was having a girl in May, and continued to work throughout her pregnancy, releasing videos and performing shows here and there, and even making a surprise appearance at the birthday bash in Atlanta in June.

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“Orange Is the New Black” Season 6 Trailer Shows Inmates Struggling in Litchfield Max

Netflix released the first official trailer for “Orange is the New Black” Season 6 on Monday (Jul. 9), and it looks like this season is going to be pretty bad for the women of Litchfield as they struggle to adjust to new life in the maximum security prison they were shipped off to after Season 5’s riot went terribly wrong.

From TV Line:

As you’ll recall, Season 5 ended on a major cliffhanger. A newly engaged Piper and Alex stood hand-in-hand with their fellow inmates — including Red, Nicky, Gloria, Taystee, Cindy, Suzanne, Blanca and Freida — waiting for the inevitable entry of armed officers following the conclusion of the prison riot. Meanwhile, the rest of the penitentiary’s populace got loaded onto buses and hauled to different prisons.

The trailer confirms everyone from the basement has been shipped to max—that is, except for Alex, who’s nowhere to be found. Additional inmates found in max include Lorna, Daya, Flaca, Pennsatucky and Boo, as well as unofficial prisoner Linda.

Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot Lolly (at the 1:23 mark in the trailer), who was last seen at the tail end of Season 4. At the time, she took the fall for Alex, who murdered Kubra’s hitman, and was dragged off to a psychiatric ward.

“Orange Is the New Black” Season 6 will hit Netflix at midnight PT (3 A.M. ET) on Friday, July 27th.

Check out the OITNB Season 6 trailer below:

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“The Song Is Mine”: Did Brandy Shade Monica By Remixing “The Boy Is Mine” Lyrics?

Brandy is singlehandedly keeping the beef between her and Monica alive.

While performing at the 2018 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Brandy took the audience on a trip down memory lane by singing her 20-year-old hit single “The Boy Is Mine,” which also features Monica. During the song, Brandy switched the lyrics from “the boy is mine” to “the song is mine,” which was clearly meant to be shade towards Monica.

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“The Boy Is Mine” was released as a joint single in May 1998 and was featured on Brandy’s second studio album Never Say Never. A month later, Monica also released the track as the lead single from her sophomore album titled The Boy Is Mine.

The song marked the first #1 Hot 100 hit for both artists and spent 13 weeks at the top of the chart. Both singers also won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group at the 1999 Grammy Awards.

It is believed that part of the song’s success came from ongoing rumors that Brandy and Monica had an unspoken rivalry. Monica also reportedly had an issue with Brandy performing the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno without her, and Brandy was reportedly upset with Monica for using the song’s title for the name of her album.

The beef gained so much traction that the singers’ managers were forced to release a joint statement addressing the feud after rumors began to swirl that the duo almost had a physical altercation while rehearsing for the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. Their managers blamed the media, calling the behavior “disturbing” and saying that the “ongoing negativity [was] totally unfair.”

Although Brandy and Monica reunited 14 years later on “It All Belongs To Me” in 2012, it looks like Brandy still has some unfinished business to tend to and is taking the title of their 2012 collaboration literally.

Fans on Twitter were hella confused and quickly voiced their opinions online:

Of course, as some of the tweets above suggest, this is far from the first time Brandy has thrown shade at Monica. Based on our own records, Brandy has taken jabs at Monica at least seven times (including this one) over the past couple of years. See below for proof:

Jul. 18, 2016: Brandy Goes Full Diva and Shades Monica on Instagram, Then Deletes the Post

Aug. 27, 2016: Brandy Is Not Here For Monica or the #SoGoneChallenge

Sep. 17, 2016: Is Brandy OK? The Singer Responds to Monica’s “The Real” Interview With Strange Snapchat Videos

Nov. 28, 2016: Petty Brandy Throws Shade at Monica During Soul Train Awards Performance & on Instagram, Tamar Braxton Joins In

Nov. 29, 2016: Brandy’s Mama Sonja Norwood Joins in to Shade Monica on Instagram, and Brandy Is Not Letting the Beef Go

Aug. 9, 2017: Brandy Celebrates Whitney Houston’s Birthday by Insinuating the Icon Loved Her More Than Monica (Again)

Aug. 9, 2017: Black Twitter Drags Brandy for Claiming Whitney Houston Passed the Torch to Her Before Her Passing

As you can see, it’s clearly time for Brandy to move on with her life and let that hurt go. Because this beef is CLEARLY one-sided.

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Beyonce, JAY-Z & More to Perform at Global Citizen Festival Honoring Nelson Mandela in South Africa

A special Global Citizen Festival will be held in South Africa later this year in honor of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013.

The concert, which will be held on December 2nd at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, organizers announced early Monday (Jul. 9). Beyoncé and JAY-Z are set to headline the show, which will also feature performances from Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Usher and African artists including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, and Femi Kuti.

Oprah Winfrey will deliver a keynote address on Mandela’s legacy, organizers said. Other hosts will include Naomi Campbell and actors Forest Whitaker and Tyler Perry. The Global Citizen movement has a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, and with its Mandela campaign, it hopes to rake in at least $1 billion to help make that goal a reality.

“Global Citizen’s campaign, which aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide, will focus on the first six Global Goals: ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and life below water,” the festival’s announcement reads.

In lieu of putting tickets on sale, the festival is asking fans to earn tickets through advocacy and social justice work starting August 21st. To sign up and find more info about the concert, head on over to the Global Citizen website.

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“Power” Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: Tommy Gets in Trouble With the Italians, Dre Is (Unfortunately) Still Alive, and Ghost Turns Into Dexter

It was a rough couple of days for the characters of Power in Season 5 Episode 2 as everyone dealt with the consequences of their actions from the past.

Keisha is looking at the St. Patricks sideways because no one seems to be willing to fill her in on the circumstances surrounding Raina’s murder, even though it’s painfully obvious that they know what happened. Ghost and Tasha are having a rough time dealing with their daughter’s death, and it’s clear that they both feel responsible. That little life of crime Tariq was living in last season may be coming back to bite him in the azz pretty hard, and I honestly can’t wait to see it happen.

Tommy is feeling the wrath of all of the different organizations he’s connected to—the Jiminez, Jason’s crew and the Italians—over his various f*** ups. Dre has hired a couple of morons to help him run his organization, and it’s starting to backfire. Without even realizing it, Tommy is pretty much GIVING his new organization away to Kanan, who is working on backdoor deals to secure his own bag.

Angela is out here taking big risks with her career as an AUSA by helping cover up Tariq’s involvement in Raina’s murder and the subsequent revenge killing of Officer Raymond Jones (aka Ray Ray). Thanks to Mak, Proctor’s law license is on the line after helping his criminal clients get off scot-free on various crimes. And the AUSA team is hot on Ghost’s tail because of that one lady (Maria Suarez) who heard his voice when he killed her husband.

Now, let’s get into this recap, shall we?

Power Season 5 Episode 2, titled “Damage Control,” opens up with the Jiminez Cartel throwing a wrench into Jason’s L.A. port deal by offing a couple of the Serbians, which pisses Jason off, obviously. He later rolls up on Tommy, Ghost, and Kanan, blaming Tommy for the deal going south, and threatens to kill all three of them. But Tommy saves the day by offering to kill the Jiminez and agreeing to pay him the $2 million he lost from the failed port deal.

Lucky for Tommy though, he’ll have the help of Ghost and Kanan, because Jason pretty much required it. This is also a chance for the Three Amigos to kill two birds with one stone, because now that Dre is rolling with the Jiminez, they can off them all at the same time.

But those plans are immediately put on hold when Tommy is approached by Sammy, who forces him to take a ride with him to go visit a very badly wounded Carmine, thanks to Tommy’s botched hit on Dre (because Tariq wanted to be captain save-a-hoe).

When Carmine suggests that they tell Vincent what happened, Tommy pulls out his burner to put Carmine out of his misery, but Sammy quickly lets him know “that’s now how we do things” because Carmine is “Vincent’s godson” for Christ’s sake. Tommy puts his weapon away and tells Sammy that he “just needs to talk to Teresi.” Sammy and Tommy then leave to get Carmine some “fresh bandages,” as if that’s going to help him. THIS MAN NEEDS A HOSPITAL, NOT BAND-AIDS.

Later, Tommy goes to visit his very pissed off daddy in jail. Because they’re communicating behind prison walls, Teresi has to be very covert in the way he reprimands Tommy for making him look bad in front of the Italians.

“I heard you threw a party, and a couple of guests didn’t show up,” Teresi tells Tommy. “The problem is, you didn’t invite the guest of honor. And you’re gonna tell him you threw that party. He’s gonna be pissed, and you’re gonna apologize like a man, and you’re gonna take whatever punishment he hands you, you understand me?”

In other words, man the hell up, tell Vincent you screwed up, and DON’T MESS UP LIKE THAT AGAIN, YOU HEAR ME?!

Tommy nods his head in agreement. “You should have come to me first,” Teresi tells him before giving him an angry look of disappointment and cutting their visit short. Tommy grew up without a father in his life, and it’s kind of funny seeing him get in trouble with his dad as a grown, 30-something-year-old man.

Things for Tommy get a little more complicated when he and Sammy return to Carmine and find him dead, and Vincent wants answers. Tommy finally confesses, but lies by telling Vincent he “took care” of whoever killed Carmine and Marco, and Sammy vouches for him. Vincent lets Tommy know that he appreciates the transparency, but he’s not getting off the hook that easily.

Vincent makes Tommy take a 50 percent loss on the weight they discussed in the previous episode, and Tommy promises to make restitution to the dead hitters’ families.

After Vincent leaves, but not before warning him not to tarnish Teresi’s good name, Tommy breathes a sigh of relief that he gets to live to see another day and attempts to thank Sammy for covering for him. But not so fast, because Sammy cold clocks Tommy not just once, but TWICE in the face for putting him in such a compromising position.

Sammy says he told Teresi he wouldn’t let Vincent hurt him, but he didn’t say anything about him not punishing him. “I’m not lying for you ever again,” Sammy warns Tommy, who is quickly learning that being a part of an Italian mob family isn’t as glamorous as it looks in the movies.

Back at the AUSA’s office, Angela and Co. tie the gold gun used to kill Uriel last season to the murder of the couple we watched die in their penthouse apartment last season. This, along with the La Araña card found on the Cruz’s bodies, leads the AUSAs to the conclusion that the Jimenez are the connect for the Toros Locos gang, which is huge, because if they can connect the Jimenez siblings to the killings, it’ll be a major win for the Feds.

Angela has a rather awkward run-in with her colleague D. Gaines—the same guy whose login she used to delete Tasha’s gun from the system—who congratulates her on her promotion and also asks her to check in with IT because his login is all of a sudden not working. Something tells me this isn’t going to end well for at least one of these people.

In a subsequent meeting with the AUSA team, Angela reveals her big break in the Cruz murder case. After reviewing the surveillance footage from the building, she sees Diego Jimenez leaving the building the day of the murder, along with a woman carrying a baby. With the Feds working under the assumption that the other Jimenez is a brother, not a sister, Angela posits that the woman carrying the baby is Diego’s wife, and if so, “I can get her to talk.”

While Angela seems pretty confident in front of her co-workers, she’s not as certain when it comes to the whole Tasha/Tariq mess she’s found herself smack dab in the middle of. Throughout most of the episode, she spends her time trying to figure out if anyone else can link Tariq to Ray Ray, and finds out that the only two people that could—Brains and Big Country, the guys from Kanan’s burglary ring—are dead. She tells Tasha this in one of several private meetings and Tasha is relieved that as long as Tariq doesn’t get linked to the burglaries, he should be OK.

Dre is finding out very quickly that being a boss ain’t easy, and also, Diego Jimenez is a voyeuristic psychopath. Dre walks in on Diego having a threesome in front of huge floor-to-ceiling windows in his apartment, and when Dre tries to leave, Diego insists that he stays because the fact that he has a live audience excites him even more.

After Diego … finishes … he, still completely naked, expresses to Dre how he’s not happy about losing 86 keys of product to the feds because of a raid, which he blames Dre for. The good news, though, is that he was able to seize some product from the Serbians (remember Jason’s failed L.A. port deal at the beginning of the episode?), and he wants Dre to move it quickly to help recoup all of the money they lost due to the raid.

Diego also brings up all of the fighting within the Toros Locos gang now that they don’t have a leader yet, and he wants Dre to swoop in and fix it immediately because neither he nor his sister Alicia “have the time for f**** ups.” Dre ensures Diego that he’ll take care of it as well as secure the nightclub deal he stole from Ghost last season.

Following his meeting with Diego, we catch up with Dre and one of his goons, a reckless opportunistic fellow by the name of 2-Bit. Dre explains to 2-Bit that their first Jimenez shipment is coming in and he wants him to be there to receive it. Of course, 2-Bit jumps at the opportunity because this would essentially make him the next man in charge.

Cristobal walks in, and you can tell he’s not too trusting of Dre’s minion, and asks to talk to Dre alone, but Dre insists that 2-Bit is cool, which he later finds out was a HUGE mistake. Cristobal tells Dre what’s going on with the Toros and suggests that Dre take out the youngest member, which would shift power to Lorenzo. 2-Bit suggests that they take out Lorenzo instead of the younger Toros member because he would be easier to control. Dre agrees with 2-Bit, and he and Cristobal come up with a plan that involves killing the hitmen after they take of Lorenzo so that the hit can’t be traced back to them.

Outside, Ghost and Kanan see Dre and Cristobal leaving the warehouse. Ghost wants to kill Dre right then and there, but Kanan points out that they need Dre to lead them to the Jimenez.

Their conversation quickly pivots to Tariq, who Kanan says reminds him of Ghost when he was that age, only Tariq is even more of a thug than Ghost was. Ghost says he doesn’t want that life for his son, and after they get rid of Dre, he’s out the game for good. Kanan then puts a bug in Ghost’s ear that if Tommy didn’t f*** up the deal with the Italians, Dre would already be dead and Ghost could have already moved on with his life. Is Kanan trying to pit Tommy and Ghost against each other? Because it sure as hell sounds like it.

Later, we find out why Cristobal was giving 2-Bit the side-eye, because this guy is NUTS. While riding around with Spank, they spot Lorenzo and use that as an opportunity to take him out in hopes of impressing Dre and moving up in the ranks. But what those idiots don’t know is that if the Toros finds out that they killed Lorenzo, it could all fall back on Dre, which would be bad news for their organization.

As you can imagine, Dre is pretty pissed when 2-Bit waltzes in bragging about how he killed Lorenzo and calls him by his government name “Francis,” because what’s a better way to express your anger with someone than yelling their corny birth name in their face. “The Jimenez and these clubs really got you thinking you’re better than everybody else?” 2-Bit (aka Francis) yells at his former equal.

Dre reminds 2-Bit that he’s the boss now, and he is to do whatever he tells him to do from this point forward, no ifs and or buts. Dre also lets him know that him and Spanky will no longer be working their corner as punishment for this. Meanwhile, in a car across the street, Kanan—who has been following Dre the whole episode—sees (and hears, due to the shouting) everything. Later, Dre meets up with Arturo, the younger Toros Locos member, and acts like he thinks Arturo is the one who took Lorenzo out. And a hella confused Arturo just goes along with it.

Saxe not only wants to take down Ghost, but he also wants to end Angela’s career, which, she probably deserves at this point. Mak feels like it’s a waste of time for them to parade a blindfolded witness in front of the jury, but Saxe thinks otherwise and is 100% convinced that this is the opportunity take down both Ghost and Angela. Saxe has his way of bringing Ghost and Angela down, and Mak has his.

Mak’s way of ending Ghost is to get his lawyer, Joe Proctor, to flip on him. But little does he know, Joe is the most loyal attorney in the world, especially when it comes to his #1 client, Ghost. Also, he’s probably afraid of what would happen to him if he ever decides to flip on Ghost. Remember last season when Tommy threatened Proctor and basically told him, “you’re in the family now” while holding a knife to his neck? Right after he watched Tommy murder someone? Yeah, I’m pretty sure Joe doesn’t want those types of problems in his life.

Mak pops up on Proctor while he’s enjoying a drink at the bar with his friends, and offers to withdraw his conflict of interest complaint in his upcoming bar committee hearing if Proctor gives him the information he needs on his clients (aka Ghost). Joe immediately shuts Mak down, but as John is leaving, he casually mentions that Joe needs his job to take care of his daughter.

Now that he knows Proctor isn’t going to cooperate, he moves on to Plan B. He ambushes Proctor’s former second council on Ghost’s trial and Tasha’s side piece, Terry Silver, who Mak nows has some issues with Proctor, and his testimony would help put the nail in the coffin that is Proctor’s legal career, but Terry doesn’t want to testify against his former colleague. Unfortunately for Terry, Mak is pretty smart, and slides a subpoena in his jacket, forcing him to appear in court anyway.

At his hearing, Proctor holds his own pretty well because he’s been down this road before. This is the third time, to be exact. The only difference is that Mak is out to get him and he’s forced Terry Silver to testify against him. During the hearing, we find out a little bit of info regarding Proctor’s past, as he explains why he doesn’t use his birth name.

After the death of his father, who was acquitted of attempted murder charges, Joe took his stepfather’s last name when his mother re-married. He said he was happy to change his last name due to his father’s side of the family’s extensive criminal history because that doesn’t represent who he is. “Just because I stand beside criminals in rooms like this, doesn’t mean that I am a criminal,” he says.

Everything seems to be going good for Joe until the judges introduce his former co-council Terry Silver as a witness. Terry admits that he did ask Proctor to recuse himself from James St. Patrick’s murder case due to a conflict of interest between St. Patrick and his other client Thomas Egan. Terry pointed out that Proctor refused and told James not to take a plea deal that would have also been an admission of guilt for a crime he didn’t commit because he was innocent. Proctor then flips the situation on Terry by asking him if there was ever a time where he compromised himself for a client who he felt was innocent, to which Terry replies no, but we all know that’s a lie.

Ghost and Tasha are obviously having a hard time dealing with Raina’s death. While Tasha seems to be the most grief-stricken of the pair, Ghost is showing that he’s falling apart in his own way. Tasha spends most of her time crying in Raina’s room, while Ghost spends his avoiding it. “You can’t come in, and I can’t leave,” Tasha says to Ghost.

Tasha brings up the idea of attending a grief counseling group for parents who’ve lost children, and Ghost reluctantly agrees to do it just for her. At the meeting, while listening to stories from the other grief-stricken parents, one particular story sticks out to Ghost about a couple who’s son died six months ago at the hands of a drunk driver a week from his 16th birthday, and how the man continues to stop by a liquor store daily, continuing to drink and drive. “It’s only a matter of time before he kills another kid,” the man says before asking, “Is it wrong to want him dead?” Tasha tries to raise her hand to share her story, but Ghost grabs it to keep her from speaking.

Outside their apartment, Tasha expresses to Ghost how she needs to talk to someone, but Ghost tells her that’s a bad idea because “those people don’t understand what we’re going through” and “it’s best to not say anything at all.” After angrily getting out of the car, Tasha drops a truth bomb on Ghost: “Maybe we should ask the Reverend to refer us to a support group for families of murdering drug dealers! They’ll understand us right, Ghost?”

Councilman Tate, slithering around like the snake that he is, is obviously using Raina’s death to help him get elected governor of New York, but he’s disguising his mission as caring about Raina and wanting to help James and Tasha get through their rough time.

In a one-on-one meeting about the community center they’ve been working together on, Tate lets James know that he is bad for business after Raina’s murder, which doesn’t look good in regards to their fundraising efforts. Tate says in order for him to allow James to continue to work with him on this, they’ll need to solve Raina’s murder. James says it’s out of his hands at this point, but Tate suggests that the St. Patricks hold a press conference to offer a reward to help the NYPD solve the case. Ghost is hesitant, but says he’ll speak with Tasha about it.

Without hesitation, Tasha immediately shuts that sh** down with the quickness, considering they already know who Raina’s killer is, and speaking about it so publicly could make matters worse for the family, especially Tariq. James lets Tate know that they won’t be able to speak at the press conference, but they’ll at least attend.

And in an unsurprising move, Tate puts them on the spot when they arrive, and invites them to the podium to talk about Raina. Tasha and James, completely caught off guard by Tate’s sneakiness, speak about their daughter without revealing anything, and afterward, Tasha goes in on Ghost for setting for her up, but Ghost says that it was Tate who set them both up. James then turns his anger to Tate, who couldn’t care less because it’s all about the “QCP numbers” for him. And this is exactly why people don’t trust politicians.

After multiple failed attempts at reaching out to Angela, Ghost is starting to lose it. He even left her a voicemail telling her “he’s not doing so good.” After she ignores his phone call for the second time in a row, Ghost turns to a bottle of liquor to help ease his pain.

Remember the story about the father who stalks his son’s killer outside the liquor store he frequents? Well, Ghost has taken it upon himself to track the man down and follows him to a nearby alley before brutally stabbing him to death. Has Ghost now become a vigilante, Dexter-style? Or was this just his way of lashing out for his daughter’s murder? It’s hard to say, but based on how this show works, I wouldn’t be surprised if this somehow comes back to haunt Ghost down the road.


  • Mak and Co. find out via the prison’s visitors’ logs that Tommy is Teresi’s son, which can’t be a good thing.
  • Tommy looks like he wants that old thing back with Keisha, who may be vulnerable enough at this point to give him some play.
  • Kanan is a sneaky motherf***** for going behind Tommy’s back and planning on setting up his own meeting with the Serbians.
  • Is it bothering anyone else that Tariq—who took drugs, did hoodrat things with Kanan, was largely responsible for the death of his twin sister, and then killed an undercover cop—isn’t receiving ANY type of punishment from his parents? Maybe they’re too distraught over Raina’s death to focus on their son and his ain’t sh*tness, but if he were my child, I definitely wouldn’t even be considering sending him off to some fancy private school as if he deserves to be rewarded for anything at this point.

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