2 Dead, 4 Injured in Shooting at UNC Charlotte; Suspected Shooter in Custody

Two people were killed and four others were injured Tuesday (Apr. 20) in a shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The suspected shooter, believed to be a student, is in police custody, WSOC reports.

The school’s alert system warned students on Twitter that reports of shots fired began just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately,” UNCC officials tweeted.

According to local media, the shooting occurred near UNCC’s Kennedy Hall. Video footage shared on social media shows police running by students and telling them to put their hands up.

The campus was placed on lockdown immediately after the shooting.

Another video posted on social media shows the shooter being taken away by police.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates…

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Fantasia Confirms Song With Brandy & Jazmine Sullivan Will Be on Her New Album

New music is on the way from Fantasia, Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan. And, guess what? it’s all going to be on one album!

Fantasia is gearing up for the release of her upcoming single, “Enough.”

When she hopped on Instagram Live to talk with fans about the single, IG user @Team_Fantasia got the singer to share a few details about her forthcoming album, and that’s when she dropped Brandy and Sullivan’s names.

Tasia explained that she will collaborate with the two amazing vocalists and that she “had to” get them on the album.

“They are both my favorites. I turn into a little groupie when I see Jazmine. I love her and I love Bran,” she said.

And as an independent artist now, Tasia’s able to do what she wants and felt she could musically explore with Brandy and Sullivan.

“I wanted to kind of reach back and touch some different eras when it came to that girl group. I was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be dope if we had a girl group where it was Jazmine, Fantasia, and Brandy?’ Let’s just put it on an album.”

Fantasia said that she also collaborated with Meghan Trainor on the project.

There’s no official date for the upcoming album, but it sounds like we’ll be in for a treat. It will be Fantasia’s seventh album and her first non-holiday album since 2016.

“Enough,” the album’s lead single, will drop this Friday (May 3).

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“Empire” Renewed for Season 6, Fox Says “No Plans” for Jussie Smollett to Return

Fox has announced that they are renewing Empire for Season 6, but Jussie Smollett won’t be coming back to the show next season … at least not at first.

Via Entertainment Weekly:

“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire,” Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement.

Still one of the network’s signature and highest-rated series, Empire was experiencing a bit of a creative rebound when the news shifted to Smollett, who, back in January, claimed to be the victim of a racial and homophobic attack.

The next few months featured numerous twists and turns to the case, with Smollett being arrested for filing a false police report, only for the charges to eventually be dropped.

During all of this, Fox made the decision to remove from Smollett from the final two episodes of season 5. In what now looks to officially be Smollett’s swan song, his character Jamal was given a possible happy ending with his wedding to Kai.

If it was up to his castmates, then Smollett would return. Empire stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, and Nicole Ari Parker recently penned a letter to Fox and the show’s creative team asking that their costar be reinstated.

“More than ever, we must stand together as a family,” they wrote. “A family is there for us in good times and bad.”

The “Empire” Season 5 finale airs Wednesday night (May 1).

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Nipsey Hussle’s Sister Doesn’t Think His Baby Mama is Capable of Taking Care of His Daughter Emani

Nipsey Hussle’s sister has reportedly filed paperwork to obtain legal custody of the rapper’s daughter Emani.

According to TMZ, Samantha Smith filed legal docs in L.A. County Superior court seeking legal guardianship of 10-year-old Emani Asghedom.

Sources close to the family say that Samantha doesn’t think her niece’s mother—Nipsey’s first baby mama, Tanisha Asghedom—is capable of caring for her.

Nipsey was reportedly Emani’s primary caregiver before his tragic death, and Samantha said she helped take care of Emani and wants “to ensure the continued stability for Emani and ensure that she will be able to maintain her current and ongoing relationship” with Nipsey’s family.

Nipsey fathered another child, his 2-year-old son Kross, with his girlfriend Lauren London, however, Kross isn’t the subject of the conservatorship as he lives with his mother.

Emani’s mom, Tanisha Asghedom, has been on the blogs a lot following Nipsey’s passing.

After his funeral, fans wondered why she wasn’t invited on stage to pay tribute like everyone else in the family. And when she posted her own tribute on Instagram, trolls slammed her, saying she was just clout chasing.

Nipsey died March 31st after he was gunned down outside his The Marathon clothing store in Crenshaw.

On April 2nd, Samantha posted a tribute to Nipsey on Instagram and wrote: “I got Lauren. I got Emani. I got Kross.”

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You are my heart. You are my strength my wisdom my joy my balance. You are my Superhero. Invincible to me. I feel so safe with you. I feel so covered and protected. Imperfections do not exist with you because you are flawless. I need you I need you please let me hold you again. You are my baby. To the world you are the strongest man and to me you are the most vulnerable innocent child. Your heart is pure they don’t know you like we know you. Your love is expansive. Talk to me again. You’ve taught me so much. You hold me down through everything. I got Lauren. I got Emani. I got Kross. I got Sam, he is my responsibility now. He is my big little brother. I got mommy and Granny and Pop. You gave me so many tools. You gave me so much insight. We will talk every second of everyday and I am here to carry out your vision. Ermias God Will Rise. I love you forever and I will cry forever. You are my lifeline as long as I am here you are too.

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Soulja Boy Sentenced to 240 Days in Jail for Violating Probation

Soulja Boy will spend the next 8 months behind bars after a judge ordered him to serve jail time for violating his probation.

Soulja appeared in court Tuesday (Apr. 30) and a judge determined that he violated his probation by getting caught with gun ammo at his home during a police raid.

The judge reportedly told Soulja he considered giving him two years in state prison, but decided to go easy on him, acknowledging that he’s missed out on business opportunities while behind bars.

As punishment for not sticking to the terms of his probation, the judge sentenced him to 240 days in jail and 265 days of community service once he gets out. He’ll get credit for time served.

Soulja was arrested earlier this month and held without bail after a judge said he failed to complete his court-ordered community service and conspired to falsify evidence that showed that he had completed it.

On top of that, his house in Agoura Hills, California was raided by police in February to investigate a claim by an ex-girlfriend that he’d tied her up and held her hostage in his garage.

During the raid, police found ammo, which was bad news because Soulja’s currently on probation for a 2014 weapons case and isn’t allowed to have guns or ammunition in his possession.

Unless something changes (sometimes California inmates are released early due to overcrowding), Soulja will be released sometime in December 2019.

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K. Michelle Crashed a Country Music Event & Said “I’m a Black Girl Who Sings Better Than Any White MF Country Singer! I’m the Next Motherf**king Taylor Swift!”

In a world where Lil Nas X has subverted norms about genres and teamed up with Billy Ray Cyrus to top the Billboard Hot 100, it’s understandable that other black musicians would see the country music genre as ripe fruit, fresh for the picking.

And that kind of genre experimentation is fantastic. The idea that black musicians can ONLY do hip-hop or R&B is stifling, racist and limiting. But K. Michelle, who is Tennessee-born and raised, has decided that the best way for her to make her mark on the country music industry is by pulling a drive-by rant during country musician Tyler Ryan’s set.

In her rant, K. Michelle proclaimed that her talents as a country singer would not go undenied.

“I am here in Nashville, I just got done sitting down with Mr. Chris Stapleton, you guys can pull it up… And I am a Black girl who sings better than any white mother*cking country singer in Nashville right now. I have a ton of your favorite people behind me. So when I say I am the next motherf*cking Taylor Swift, it’s not a motherf**king joke.”

Watch the footage for yourself below:

So… Kimberly. Name dropping people and cursing at them is not gonna get you anywhere near a country music chart.

And while I’m no Taylor Swift fan, one thing that girl is is very successful and you’re gonna have to put WAAAAAAYYY more respeck on Taylor’s name before you run around calling yourself the Next Great Swift.

Comparing yourself to Taylor, who is decidedly far more of a pop singer than a country singer these days, is setting yourself up for failure.

Surprisingly, Tyler Ryan had K. Michelle’s back though, even though it was his set she rudely interrupted.

Call me old school, but rather than fussing at folks, wouldn’t K. Michelle be better off putting a decent country song out and allow the music to do the talking?

After all, it’s not like Lil Nas X sought anyone’s permission to do a country song and its success proved the so-called gatekeepers of country music don’t have the power they thought they had.

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Kandi Confirms She Will Leave RHOA If Phaedra Comes Back: “I Just Won’t Be A Part of That”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta may have one less housewife for season 12. Kandi Burruss remains adamant that she will leave the show if her ex-buddy returns.

Burruss appeared on People Now on Monday (Apr. 29) and gave a flat out “No” when asked if she’d be okay if Phaedra Parks came back to the RHOA.

“For me, it’s like, if that’s what they want to do, that’s fine. But I just won’t be a part of that,” she said.

Kandi went on to explain that she’d be glad to step away from RHOA if producers really want Phaedra for another season.

“I don’t have problem with her being a part [of the show], I just don’t want us to have to deal with each other,” she said. “I would take my break and let her do it if that’s what it is. It’s no big deal.”

As we recently reported, rumors suggest Phaedra is in talks to rejoin the show after having her peach snatched once season 10 wrapped.

Kandi and Phaedra were once close reality show friends, but fell out after Phaedra admitted to lying on her and spreading a rumor that Kandi and husband, Todd Tucker, had attempted to date rape fellow housewife Porsha Williams in their “sex dungeon.”

NeNe Leakes is also reportedly lobbying for Phaedra to return in order to have an ally against returning housewife Kenya Moore.

Kandi also let it be known on People Now that she’s also not checking for NeNe at the moment.

“She’s the last person I look at to validate me,” she said when referencing the moment NeNe claimed Kandi was “not important” during the season 11 reunion. “What [NeNe] says is not really important to me, either.”

Kandi Burruss joined The Real Housewives of Atlanta in season two (2009). Would you miss Kandi if she were to leave the show because of Phaedra?

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Tech Company Requests “Preferably Caucasian” Candidates in Racist Job Listing on LinkedIn

An IT company is doing serious damage control after one of their online applications requested “preferably Caucasian” applicants.

Cynet Systems faced heavy backlash in recent days after an online application for a pharmaceutical accounts manager position in Tampa, Florida went viral for encouraging white people to apply.

The job description read the employer was seeking a “preferably Caucasian” candidate “who can get more opportunities and build the account.”

Employment discrimination based on age, race, skin color, or ethnicity is illegal … unless there is a “bona fide occupational qualification” that is essential to the company’s central mission. Although I doubt that extremely rare exception applies to a Florida IT company.

Social media was quick to call out Cynet Systems for the racist posting and advised the Virginia-based company to take diversity more seriously.

Cynet, who’s owners are Indian-American, initially apologized for the post in a simple tweet on Sunday.

The company released an official statement apologizing for the incident on Monday and blamed the posting on employees, who have since been fired due to the discriminatory language.

The statement read in part:

“We understand why some may been upset seeing this listing, because we ere too. It is a long-standing policy for our company to refuse any request to list jobs only seeking candidates of any specific ethnicity, gender, or other inappropriate restrictions.”

The statement goes on to boast about Cynet’s commitment to diversity with a “60% minority” workforce and claim they are taking measures to ensure “offensive or outside-of-policy ads” aren’t published online in the future.

Cynet’s racist online job posting comes days after Uber had to apologize for a tweet using the N-word. The post was a response to an internet troll who was using the slur as their Twitter username and then tweeted at Uber’s support account, apparently in a deliberate attempt to get Uber to tweet the word.

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Lizzo Lands “V” Magazine Cover, Talks About Embracing Her Size & Loving Her Blackness

Lizzo is one of the hottest new artists on the scene right now and all of the buzz surrounding her major label debut has landed her on the cover of V magazine’s annual music issue.

Part of Lizzo’s V interview was conducted by fellow musician Sam Smith and she took the opportunity to praise her curvy body and promote body positivity.

“I love my body. No matter what angle you shoot it at, no matter the lighting, my body is just so f***king beautiful all the time. I may talk shit about it sometimes, but f**k. She’s still a bad b*tch.”

The 31-year-old says she used to wonder if her size prevented her from being successful. But self-love—which she admits “ebbs and flows”—helped her overcome those pestering thoughts.

“[Part of me was like], are they not posting about me because I am big? I felt this [frustration] with how I was being perceived all through high school, and for much of my life. Until I was like, f**k it. I just need to be undeniable. It’s not about me being big. It’s about me being me. Y’all are going to get this bad b*tch. You are going to get these bops and get this show. And you are going to get your life by receiving it.”

Another part of Lizzo’s identity is her blackness. And she’s most definitely a proud black woman!

“I am really just so honored to be graced with this identity. No shade to any other shade on the planet—I just can’t relate. I just love being a black woman, even in a world where [we] are statistically the least desirable. I am still here, and I still rise.”

And because she’s often felt excluded either because of her size, skin color, or her self-proclaimed nerdiness, Lizzo has made it a priority to use her artistry and newfound platform to break the mold and advocate for marginalized people.

“My movement is for everyone. It’s about inclusion,” she said. “Because f**k boxes; I am too big to be put in one anyway. I am a fat bitch.”

She added: “I want other people who look like me to have opportunities, to be seen and to get jobs.”

Cuz I Love You is Lizzo’s third studio album and first major label debut. The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 to universal acclaim.

The album “is a narrative of how to love yourself in a world that doesn’t love you back,” Lizzo explained, a message many probably need to hear right now.

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So Sad: Toni Braxton’s Niece Lauren Dies at 24 Years Old

Toni Braxton’s 24-year-old niece has died in Maryland, TMZ reports.

Lauren Braxton, who is the daughter of Toni’s younger brother, Michael Conrad Braxton Jr., died Monday (Apr. 29).

According to Lauren’s father, her death was caused by a heart condition.

More via TMZ:

Law enforcement tells TMZ … they received a 911 call around noon on Monday, and Lauren — who went by the nickname LoLo — was unresponsive when they arrived. She was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Michael — who is a Maryland native — is the only son of the Braxton siblings. He and Toni are the elder siblings to Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar. Like most of his sisters, Michael is also a singer and songwriter and he’s appeared on episodes of his sisters’ reality show “Braxton Family Values.”

Michael started singing with his sisters in church choirs when they were young.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Braxton family.

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