Despite her recent denials, Cardi B is definitely pregnant, and she’s waiting for the right time to make the big announcement.
According to reports, Cardi B is about four or five months with Offset’s baby, which means that she’s due sometime around the first week in July. She’s set to perform in April at Coachella, but she’s not letting the fact that she’ll be at least five to six months pregnant by then stop her from making money moves, TMZ reports.
Since she’ll be closer to her due when she performs at Coachella, she might use that as an opportunity for a big pregnancy reveal if she doesn’t make an announcement before then.
According to Fameolous, she and her team and at Atlantic are working on putting a plan together to reveal the news. “Our industry source says the pregnancy isn’t a secret like many believe and Cardi is reminding people close to her that she is pregnant,” the site reported.
Cardi B reignited pregnancy rumors when she wore a huge fluffy dress (that noticeably covered her belly) at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards this past Sunday, where she opened the show with a performance medley and announced that her album would be released in April, just in time for Coachella.
Rumors of a possible Cardi B pregnancy started last month after Super Bowl weekend when members of her entourage were allegedly telling folks the “Bartier Cardi” rapper was with child.
As for her upcoming tour with Bruno Mars, TMZ says that’s still on, because the tour doesn’t kick off until September 7th, which will be about two months after she gives birth. According to TMZ, Cardi is set to make around $100K per night, which, in the end, could put more than $2 million in her bank account by the end of the tour.
Fans of “Power” will be thrilled to know that there isn’t much time until the hit drama series makes it way back to television. According to Deadline, the highly anticipated fifth season of Starz’ most-watched series will debut this summer on Sunday, July 1st at 9 p.m.
And just as the Season 5 premiere date was revealed, Starz also announced that “Power” has already renewed for Season 6, which is even more good news for fans.
“As Power wraps production on season five, we want to acknowledge and thank our spectacular Power team for producing another great season. We are also pleased to announce a pick-up for season six,” said Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik.
Created by showrunner Courtney A. Kemp, “Power” is Starz’ most popular and most-watched series, with its critically-acclaimed fourth season averaging more than 9 million multiplatform viewers per episode (including live, DVR and On Demand viewers) per episode and over 7 million multiplatform viewers throughout all four seasons. “Power” is also the third most-watched scripted series on premium cable.
The cast is led by Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a man who is desperately trying to go legit by escaping his past as a drug kingpin. Joseph Sikora plays his trusted longtime friend partner-in-crime Tommy Egan, and singer/actress Naturi Naughton portrays his ride-or-die wife Naturi Naughton, with Lela Loren rounding out the leading cast as his first live and one-time mistress, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Valdes. 50 Cent has a bit role as a f**k nigga from Ghost and Tommy’s cast Kanan, who kidnapped Ghost and Tasha’s son Tariq last season, leading the teen down a dark path of lean addiction, multiple home invasions, and eventually, murder.
Season 5 ended with the death of Ghost and Tasha’s young daughter Raina, which was talked about all over social media, especially after the last few episodes leaked prior to the finale.
The #FreeMeekMill campaign may just be working. The rapper could finally be released on bail very soon. In fact, his entire decade-old conviction could be overturned.
“The office is not opposed to him being out on bail,” a spokesperson for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced on Wednesday (March 14).
This is great news for Meek who’s been in jail since November after Judge Genece Brinkley controversially sentenced him 2-4 years in prison for probation violations. The decision to release him on bail ultimately rests with Brinkley.
Though Brinkley denied Meek bail in December, the D.A. is stepping in due to police corruption currently being exposed in Philly involving 29 officers (so far), including Meek’s 2007 arresting officer, Reginald Graham.
The scandal has already caused hundreds of convictions to be overturned. And because Graham was the only government witness to take the stand in Meek’s trial, the corrupt officer’s testimony has been called into question.
“[T]here is a strong showing of likelihood of (Mill’s) conviction being reversed (in whole or in part). Therefore, the Commonwealth is unopposed to (Mill’s) petition for bail…
“As Officer Graham was the only witness called at trial and was the affiant on a search warrant which produced evidence against (Mill), his veracity is essential to the Commonwealth’s prosecution in this matter.”
Last month, Meek’s lawyers submitted two affidavits last month with other Philly officers stating that Graham “repeatedly engaged in misconduct, including lying.”
Krasner took office in January and was recently made aware of the corruption, which the previous D.A. kept secret. The list of corrupt officers was released to the public last week.
Meek’s mother, Kathy Williams, tearfully begged Krasner to look into her son’s case during a news conference on Tuesday (March 13). Williams said in a statement after learning Meek’s conviction could possibly be overturned:
“I would like to thank the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for carefully evaluating my son’s matter and not opposing the request for bail. The fact that Robert’s entire conviction could be overturned is a blessing and I pray that God gives Judge Brinkley the wisdom to make the right decision and allow my son to return home to his family. I truly believe justice will prevail.”
Meek’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, added: “We look forward to [Mill’s] immediate release by the court on bail in light of this development.”
Meek’s 2017 probation violations and subsequent imprisonment stem from a 2008 drugs and weapons conviction. He served eight months in jail and was initially given five years of probation, which Judge Brinkley increased to 10 years after violating his parole agreement.
And President Trump believes teachers should be armed with guns…
As many as three students at a California High school was injured after a teacher accidentally fired a gun inside a classroom. According to a press release from Seaside Police Department, the teacher has been identified as Dennis Alexander.
Alexander worked as a math teacher at Seaside High School in Monterey County and is a reserve police officer with the Sand City Police Department. He is also a city councilman. He was teaching a class on gun safety when he pointed a semiautomatic weapon at the ceiling and it accidentally fired a shot.
Seaside Police confirmed 17-year-old student Fermin Gonzales was struck in the neck by debris or a fragment from the ceiling after the weapon was discharged, and an updated report from the Associated Press notes that two other students were injured as well.
One of the parents of the injured 17-year-old student told KSBW that the teacher told the class he had to make sure his gun wasn’t loaded when it fired off into the ceiling.
“It’s the craziest thing. It could have been very bad,” Fermin Gonzales Sr. said to the news outlet.
Gonzales also said he immediately rushed his son to the hospital when he returned home with blood on his shirt and bullet fragments in his neck. His son is OK, but was shaken up by the whole thing. Gonzales is upset that the school never reported the incident.
In picture: “bullet fragments removed from student’s neck” – after teacher discharged a loaded weapon into the ceiling in California. The boy suffered moderate injuries, his father Fermin Gonzales told KSBW. https://t.co/lJY9oXkmd3pic.twitter.com/hQz0g6aEln
“He’s shaken up, but he’s going to be OK,” Gonzales told KSBW. “I’m just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it.”
Gonzales also no longer supports President Donald Trump’s proposal to have teachers armed with guns in schools.
“I was kinda leaning toward having armed people in school in case something happened,” Gonzales said. “After today, I get why people say there should be no guns in schools.”
Since the incident, Alexander has been placed on administrative leave from his position at the school and the Sand City Police Department. He is also currently under investigation and could face charges.
“We’re looking into any violation of city ordinance or the penal code and we’ll determine whether or not there are any applicable charges,” Seaside Police Chief Abdul D. Pridgen said.
In 2015, guns were banned from schools and colleges in California.
“I have concerns about why he was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom. We will be looking into that,” City Police Chief Brian Ferrante told KSBW.
The Superintendent’s office sent out a letter to parents saying:
“We want to make you aware of an accident that occurred in the Administration of Justice class today at Seaside High School. As some of you may know, the teacher is a reserve police officer. Today, during class, the teacher accidentally discharged his firearm during a lesson while it was pointed at the ceiling. Debris from the ceiling then fell. Upon learning of the incident, our Human Resources department, school site administration and the Seaside Police Department immediately began investigating the incident, including interviewing students in the class. We will also have counseling services available for students. Due to the nature of this personnel incident, we are unable to share any other details. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the on-going investigation. The safety of your student is always our top priority, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep them safe while they are under our care.”
And here is the official media release from the Seaside Police Department:
Former Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack died of heart failure on Monday (Mar. 12) at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, S.C. and now fans are wondering whether the religious cult he was a part of that allegedly bans medical care had something to do with it.
Mack found fame on Diddy’s Bad Boy label in the mid-1990’s and gave the label its first hit with his single “Flava In Ya Ear.” His first album, Project: Funk Da World,went on to go gold, however, his early success with Bad Boy was overshadowed when the Notorious B.I.G. joined the label’s roster and dropped his debut album Ready to Die.
Mack ended up splitting with Bad Boy after his first album and released his second album Operation: Get Down in 1997. The album, however, failed to produce a hit single and his career went downhill from there. Mack disappeared from the Hip Hop world for nearly a decade following the failed album and wasn’t seen until he made a random appearance in Diddy’s music video for his 2002 single “I Need a Girl (Part One).”
In 2016, the rapper resurfaced in a Youtube video giving a testimony at a church in Walterboro, S.C. In the video titled “Craig Mack Testimony,” Mack raps about living a life of sin before devoting his life to the Lord at Overcomer Ministry. He also rapped about moving his family from New York to South Carolina so that he could be a full-time member of the church.
The church’s leader Ralph Gordon Stair (a.k.a. R.G. Stair) preached after Craig’s rap about him being found by God.
“Craig Mack did not find the Lord. He wasn’t even looking for him,” Stair said in the video. “He found what he was looking for: fame, women, money, pleasure. He found it all and when he found it, he found he was lost. He found he was lost because the Lord found him. The Lord found Craig Mack. Craig Mack didn’t find the Lord. The Lord found him.”
In another video, Stair is seen asking Mack “What did you do when you was in the world?”
Mack responds, “Wickedness.”
Stair says, “And what are you doing now?”
“Righteousness!” Mack fires back before waving his hands and jumping up and down.
Stair also refers to Mack as a “boy” in the video and tells him he’s no longer a slave and now a servant of the Lord.
Many of Craig’s fans found the video to be shocking and disturbing, to say the least, but it wasn’t until his death on Monday that reports came out claiming that the ministry may be responsible for Craig’s death.
Overcomer Ministry is said to be a religious cult that requires its members to live on the church’s land and to give all their “worldly goods and monies to the Lord.” The members are also prevented by Stair from seeking medical attention by doctors.
Pastor R.G. Stair’s wife Teresa said in a 2002 interview, “Medical doctors—it’s almost like a—they call it a practice. They practice on your body, a medical practice. We believe the Bible that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and he received stripes on His back for our healing. We believe that. We believe he’s our healer. The Bible talks about gifts of healing. We don’t think medical doctors are included in those gifts of healing.” She added, “If medical doctors healed everybody, nobody would be dying in the hospitals.”
A brochure for the church reads, “We live in community homes of mobile trailers for each family or accommodations for brothers or sisters with common baths and common eating, all seeking to live together in love for God and each other. We go nowhere, no shopping or trips to see what have you. Your life will be here on the farm until Jesus comes.”
All of this may have played a role in Mack’s death, and according to one of his close friends, Alvin Toney, he was very sick around the time of his death.
You can see how frail and sickly Mack looked in his last photo below (via Media Take Out):
“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”
Toney also said that Mack was shooting a documentary weeks before he died about his decision to give up fame for his religion.
There are other rumors that Mack may have been killed because he was supposed to testify against Stair in his criminal case. Stair was arrested in December of 2017 and hit with charges of assault with intent to commit first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and three counts of criminal sexual conduct. Stair’s bond was set at $750,000 in his first court appearance last month.
Stair’s arrest came after he posted a video of him inappropriately groping a 12-year-old girl’s breast during a worship service. “I’m gonna touch them things till nobody else can touch them,” he said in the video.
In another video on YouTube, a 16-year-old girl accuses Stair of molesting her over the course of five months, The Post and Courier reports.
In 2002, he was arrested on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct after two women alleged he raped them on numerous occasions. He pleaded guilty to two lesser counts of misdemeanor assault and battery and was sentenced to time served.
Mack’s death may have been simply from bad health, but his association with the Overcomer Ministry doesn’t stop us from wondering if they had any involvement.
Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist best known for his work on black holes, has died at the age of 76 years old.
According to official reports, Hawking died Wednesday (Mar. 13) of complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that he was diagnosed with at a very young age.
Hawking was considered one of the greatest minds of our time, and at one point, was considered the “smartest man on earth.”
His children said in a statement after his passing, “He was a great scientist… whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”
It didn’t take long for Bow Wow to set the record straight about that video showing him getting knocked the f**k out for talking trash about Future.
Just 2 hours after the embarrassing footage leaked, Bow Wow hopped on Instagram live in a desperate attempt to clear his name.
First of all, he says the video was recorded last year, and y’all late as hell. And secondly, he swears on his daughter that “it didn’t go down like that” and “this ain’t no mothaf**kin Bow Wow Challenge.”
Without explicitly saying it, he pretty much alludes to defending himself and throwing his own punches, but that wasn’t shown on camera because people are haters.
Unfortunately for Bow Wow, though, all we’ve seen is the version of him getting knocked down to the ground. Even though we would hope Bow Wow ain’t out here swearing lies and falsehoods on his daughter’s life, we can’t attest to what happened off-camera.
Video footage has surfaced of what appears to be Bow Wow getting ambushed for talking shit about Future.
Tuesday night (Mar. 3) a clip surfaced showing someone who looks a lot like Bow Wow getting punched in the head by a rapper named Cheeks Bossman.
And why is someone who might be Bow Wow getting randomly attacked outchea in these streets, you ask? Allegedly, it’s because he’s been bad-mouthing Future, who is currently dating his baby mama Joie Chavis. We know this because someone (possibly Cheeks Bossman) shouts, “What’s up with that Future sh*t?!” before punching the man who may or may not be Bow Wow so so hard that he falls.
Craig Mack, the New York rapper who found fame on Diddy’s Bad Boy label in the mid-1990s, has died at the age of 46 years old.
The rapper’s producer confirmed the sad news to NY Daily News Tuesday morning (Mar. 13). According to NYDN, Mack—famous for his 1994 hit single “Flava in Year”—died of heart failure at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina Monday.
“God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” said Alvin Toney, who produced Mack’s albums Project Funk Da World and Get Down Remix.
Toney’s last time seeing Mack was last week at the Overcomer Ministry church in Walterboro. He was there to shoot scenes for a documentary about the retired rapper and his decision to give up fame for his religion.
“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney said. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”
During their last meeting, Toney said Mack informed him that he had been sick for a while and was “ready” to go. “He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”
Mack is survived by a wife and two children, who are both adults, Toney said.
Craig Mack is credited as the first artist to release an album under Diddy’s Bad Boy Records with his debut, Project Funk da World. “Flava in Ya Ear” was the album’s biggest hit, and the single went on to be certified platinum after reaching as high as #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1994.
Several members of the hip-hop community have already taken to social media to offer their condolences regarding Mack’s death.
DJ Scratch posted a photo of Mack with the caption, “I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”
“Just A Friend” rapper Biz Markie wrote on IG, “R.I.P TO MY MAIN MAN CRAIG MACK ANOTHER GREAT ONE GONE….”
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16-year-old Latania Janell Carwell has been missing for nearly a year after allegedly leaving her home in Augusta, Georgia along with her stepdad 38-year-old Leon Tripp in April of 2017. Last week, police found her remains just a mile away from her family home.
Weeks after his disappearance, Carwell’s stepdad Leon Tripp was arrested and charged with kidnapping, which was later upgraded to murder charges. Her mother, Tanya Tripp, was also arrested in connection with her disappearance and presumed death.
Here are some things you need to know about Latania Carwell and her disappearance:
Latania Carwell’s remains were found just a mile away from her home.
Last week, the remains of Latania Carwell were discovered in a wooded area behind a home on Golden Camp Road in Augusta, GA. Authorities sent the body to the GBI crime lab for identification and were able to positively identify Carwell through her dental records, WISTV reports.
According to WJBF News, the owner of the home where Carwell’s remains were found was surveying his land when he discovered a bone sticking out of a shallow grave.
Carwell’s remains were found just a mile away from her home on Tate Road.
Carwell’s mother and stepfather are still in jail over her disappearance, and police believe they are both responsible for her murder.
Latania Carwell was last seen alive on April 17, 2017 with her stepdad Leon Tripp.
Her mother, Tanya Tripp, called police early that morning and told them that Latania (who also went by her middle name Janell) and her husband Leon Tripp were both missing and hadn’t answered repeated phone calls from her. Tripp told police that the two had left in her husband’s truck and drove from Augusta, Georgia to Clarks Hill, South Carolina to help a friend of his that was stranded. She said Janell tagged along because she was tech-savvy and went to help with the GPS on a smartphone, Crime Watch Daily reported.
Two weeks went by and police still weren’t able to track down Janell or Leon. They eventually found the white pickup truck Janell and Leon were in before their disappearance a mile away from the family’s home.
Police went through cell phone records and found out that Janell and Leon never made it to the Clark Hill area where Leon’s alleged friend had got stranded. The investigation took a turn when friends of Leon tipped police off that he had been spotted in Atlanta.
Police put out a search for Leon and they end up finding him along with Janell’s mother Tanya at a U-Haul facility in Atlanta.
“We were extremely shocked when we found her and him actually together,” Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told Chris Hansen from Crime Watch Daily. “And that’s when we really got that sick feeling that, you know, this case is really not heading in a good direction.”
Janell’s mother Tanya tried to lie to police and tell them she found Leon on the side of the road while she was driving through Atlanta and the two happened to be together by coincidence. Authorities didn’t buy Tanya’s story and arrested them both. Leon was hit with kidnapping charges, while Tanya was charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal.
“We now know have confirmed via statement, and this is from Mr. Tripp, that Janell is not alive,” said Augusta-Richmond County District Attorney Natalie Paine.
Police also found evidence that Tanya was in contact with Leon on numerous occasions throughout the search for her daughter.
“We have now confirmed that is now a lie,” said District Attorney Paine. “They were in regular contact via cell phone records for an extended amount of time prior to Mr. Tripp’s arrest.”
Paine also went on to say, “I would also state that Mrs. Tripp would have facilitated Leon Tripp being transferred back to Atlanta during this time frame that Janell has been missing.”
In August, police upgraded Leon and Tanya’s charges. He is now facing murder, while she is being charged with concealing her daughter’s death.
Leon Tripp has a violent criminal record and was still in prison when he and Tanya got married.
Before Janell’s disappearance, Leon Tripp had previously been arrested for aggravated assault charges and cruelty to children charges.
According to Crime Watch Daily, Tripp and Janell’s mother Tanya met when he was locked up for aggravated assault charges and got married while he was in prison.
“He actually was released and moved directly into the family home,” said Sheriff Roundtree.
Carwell disappeared on the day of her 16th birthday and was said to be a “loving” teen who was an honor student with dreams of becoming a doctor.
It was only 90 minutes after Carwell turned 16 when she left her home in Augusta, Georgia with her stepdad Leon Tripp.
Carwell’s pastor Angela Harden says she remembers her as a loving teen who dreamed to be a doctor one day.
“Janell was a loving, very intelligent, smart young woman who wanted to be a doctor, who was an honor student,” said Harden.
Members of the community were sad to hear the news about Carwell’s remains being discovered.
“We searched this area almost a year ago… right across the street,” Pastor Harden told WFXG. “And this baby was laying across the street hurt, dead, and we didn’t know it.”
Community activist Ray Montana, who also played an avid role in putting together search teams to find Carwell following her disappearance, said he almost wrecked his car when he was told the sad news from a friend.
“He said, ‘Are you alright?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m OK.’ He was like, ‘Are you sure you’re OK? If you need me, I’m here,’” Montana told WJBF news. “I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ He said, ‘That was her.’ I almost wrecked my car. I said, ‘Her who?’ He said, ‘Janell.’ I almost wrecked the car again.”
Montana also said he believes that Carwell may have been pregnant around the time of her death. “My thoughts are was she dead when she went up there?” he said. “My thoughts are was she pregnant when she went up there?”
Pastor Harden is calling for justice in Janell’s case and wants her mother and stepfather to suffer severe consequences.
“They need to pay for what they done,” Harden said. “There needs to be judgment. There needs to be justice in this case and to the highest level.”
Carwell’s uncle has custody of her younger sister.
Janell’s 7-year-old sister was found when police discovered Tanya and Leon in a U-Haul in Atlanta. Since their arrest, she has been staying with her uncle Charles Carwell and his wife.
“I’ll have to explain this to her little sister one day,” Charles Carwell told News One. “She was a young, innocent kid. She didn’t deserve this. No one deserves this under any circumstances.”