5 Family Members, Including 2 Children, Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash With 18-Wheeler on Texas Highway

Five family members, including two children, were killed Saturday morning (Jul. 20) in a multi-vehicle crash on a Texas highway south of Houston.

According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, five people were killed and at least seven were injured in the collision involving an 18-wheeler, a passenger van and a Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, a spokesman for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, said the crash happened at 10:56 a.m.

He said a semi pulling a flatbed trailer traveling northbound on the highway was hit from behind by a white 2016 Ford passenger van.

The Ford van lost control and went over the grassy center median before crashing head-on into a 2015 Ford F-250 pickup traveling southbound.

The female driver of the van, two adult male passengers, and two children (a boy and a girl) were pronounced dead at the scene, San Miguel said.

“The white van was driving in the left lane,” San Miguel told NBC News. “The truck was driving in the right lane… For reasons under investigation, the van struck the left rear side of the semi-trailer with the front right of the van.”

There were a total of 10 passengers in the van on their way to a cruise. Everyone in the van was related, San Miguel added.

Five of the passengers in the van were taken to hospitals in Victoria and Houston, the Caller-Times reported. Their respective conditions weren’t immediately made available.

The victims were identified by the Department of Public Safety as 42-year-old Nora Gabriela Chavez (the driver of the van), 45-year-old Oscar Chavez, and 47-year-old Adrian Leal Rodriguez, along with a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, whose names weren’t released.

The surviving passengers were identified as 38-year-old Edna Hernandez, 19-year-old Andres Chavez, 21-year-old Oscar Alejandro Chavez, 17-year-old Andrea Chavez, and another 13-year-old girl whose name wasn’t revealed.

The male driver and a female passenger from the pickup truck, Oscar Garza and his wife Anna Bettancourt, were taken to a nearby hospital and were in stable condition Saturday. They reportedly suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.

San Miguel said that the crash remains under investigation, and though officials don’t know exactly what contributed to the crash, he stressed the importance of paying close attention while driving.

“Pay attention when you’re driving,” he said, according to the Victoria Advocate. “The main thing is for drivers to be aware of how important it is to be alert when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Be alert to everything.”

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Fearless Son Climbs 19-Story Apartment to Rescue His Bedridden Mother From Burning Building

A Philadelphia man went to extraordinary heights to save his mother from a burning apartment building.

Last week, a man, identified only as Jermaine, scaled the side of a 19-story apartment building to check on his 65-year-old mother who was bedridden on the 15th floor, despite his own injured hip.

“All for my mom’s safety, period. I wasn’t worried about mine at all,” he told WPVI after climbing 200 feet. “She can’t get out of the bed or walk around so if there’s a fire she needs help out.”

News cameras caught Jermaine climbing down the building, assuming he was escaping the fire. The clip went viral.

The 35-year-old later explained to reporters that he had received a call from his sister informing him that their mother, Sheila, was trapped in her burning apartment. And upon arriving on the scene, police would not allow him to take the elevator or take the stairs.

That’s when the brave son jumped into action. With wire cutters in hand, he began climbing the fenced-in balconies of each apartment.

“When I grabbed a gate, at the top of the gate, there was a ledge. Then I could step on top of the ledge and reach up to the other gate and keep climbing my way up,” he explained.

Fortunately, Sheila was fine and assured her son that she didn’t need rescuing. Jermaine says she was shocked, but not surprised by his heroic actions.

“She’s not surprised by the things that I do for her,” he said. “She knows I’ll go over and beyond for her.”

And what makes Jermaine’s Spider-Man-like abilities even more impressive is that he had injured his hip on a flight of stairs earlier that day and was even using crutches. Adrenaline propelled him up the burning building.

Jermaine anticipated being arrested once he reached the ground, but an understanding police officer let him go.

It’s believed the fire was caused by a trash compactor. Four people and three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.

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Nicole Murphy Caught Kissing Married Director Antoine Fuqua in Italy, Nicole Says They’re “Just Family Friends”

Photos of Nicole Murphy locking lips with a very married man named Antoine Fuqua—who is a famous director known for big blockbuster movies like Training Day, The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen, etc.—have surfaced online.

In the photos, the former model can be seen wearing a two-piece bikini, while Fuqua is shirtless and wearing swim trunks.

The pair, who are currently in Italy for the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, are enjoying each other’s company at what appears to be a hotel’s pool area.

Antoine Fuqua has been married actress Lela Rochon for the past 20 years. They have three children together.

After the photos of Antoine and Nicole kissing went viral, Rochon deleted her Instagram and Twitter accounts and Nicole has since limited interaction on her social media pages, leading many to raise eyebrows.

Nicole, however, says they’re “just family friends” and they’re nothing to see here.

“Antoine and I are just family friends,” she personally told B. Scott of Love B. Scott.com. “I ran into him in Italy and we exchanged a friendly hello and that was it.”

Just family, friends, huh?

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Mugshot Madness: Young Dro Arrested for Throwing Banana Pudding at His Girlfriend

Young Dro got locked up in Georgia … and it’s all over a heated food fight he got into with his girlfriend.

Yes, you are reading this correctly, and it sounds absolutely ridiculous, right?

The “FDB” rapper was arrested on July 5th for throwing a plate of banana pudding at his GF at their home in Atlanta.

According to TMZ, the two got into an argument over money which led to them both hurling food at each other.

Cops were called to the scene and while Young Dro’s girlfriend made it clear to them she didn’t want to press charges, Dro was arrested anyway.

Due to his arrest, Dro was charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor battery/family violence.

Authorities also got Dro for being behind on his child support payments (involving another baby mama, not the girl he’s with now) and he’s still being held in custody over this. He reportedly owes almost $41K and needs to pay $10K to be released.

However, sources close to Dro are claiming he’s caught up on all child support payments and that it’s obviously a clerical error.

Hopefully Dro gets all this worked out, but he gotta chill with all the banana pudding throwing. Bill Cosby definitely would not agree with this….well NVM maybe Bill isn’t the best person to bring up at the moment.

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Mahershala Ali to Star in Marvel’s “Blade” Reboot

During this weekend’s Comic-Con festivities, Marvel made a number of big reveals, including announcing the schedule for their next line-up of superhero films, like Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four and many others.

But perhaps one of the biggest reveals the studio made Saturday (Jul. 20) was the announcement of Mahershala Ali as the next “Blade.”

More via The Hollywood Reporter:

The casting was announced during the studio’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, where Ali received massive applause as he took the stage and put on a Blade baseball cap.

Created by writer Marv Wolfman, Blade’s first appearance was in the 1973 comic book The Tomb of Dracula #10, as a supporting character.

He is known to be a vampire hunter— half-mortal, half-immortal— who tries to rid the world of vampires as a way of avenging his mother, who was killed by a vampire as she gave birth to him.

Wesley Snipes starred as the vigilante in David S. Goyer’s Blade franchise, which began with the 1998 original and was followed by two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity.

The series grossed $204 million at the box office, and the series is considered to be the unofficial kick-off of the modern comic book movie culture.

Speaking to THR after the presentation, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that Ali called the studio after winning the Oscar for his work Green Book.

“When Marhershala calls, you answer,” Feige said. At the meeting, Ali came right out and said that he wanted to do Blade. That was that.

Ali is a two-time Oscar winner, snagging a statue first for his role in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. He was last in theaters with Robert Rodriguez’ Alita: Battle Angel.

Curiously, he appeared in Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage as the villain Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. Technically, the Netflix shows took place in the same universe as Marvel’s films, though they never truly felt like they connected.

It isn’t clear when the film will be released or who else will be a part of it, but we can expect to get those details soon.

What do you think about Mahershala Ali as the next Blade? Let us know below in the comments!

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RHOA Drama: Kenya Moore Kicked Out of Marlo Hampton’s Wig Launch Party, Security Had to Get Involved

Kenya Moore has apparently wasted no time bringing the drama since her return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

According to Straight From The A, Kenya Moore had her first major run-in with a castmate and was even kicked out of a party.

The site reports that the entire RHOA cast gathered earlier this week to film their first group event. The special occasion was the soft launch for Marlo Hampton’s “I Am Her” wig line.

Though Kenya was an invited guest, she came in tow with gift bags featuring products from her Moore Hair Care natural hair care line.

She handed out the gift bags to Marlo’s guests, telling them her products are “healthy alternatives” to Marlo’s wigs.

A clip of Kenya’s messiness from the event was shared on blogs. She got on the mic saying her products will help your edges grow. Marlo grabbed the mic and asked if the products will help with gray hair, aiming the jab at Kenya.

Sources tell Straight From The A that security had to get involved in the situation between the two women. Kenya was ultimately escorted out of the event and then chose to pose alone for photos outside of the venue.

Despite reports, NeNe Leakes—who is beefing with Kenya—was also in attendance and was even seen photographed holding a Moore Hair Care gift bag. Sources say she left the event when Kenya and Marlo started to get into it because she wanted to avoid the drama.

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Trump Personally Vouching for A$AP Rocky’s Release to Sweden’s Prime Minister May Not Do Any Good

As A$AP Rocky continues to be detained in a Swedish jail, Donald Trump has personally spoken with Sweden’s prime minister to advocate for his release.

The president is confident the two heads of state can come to a resolution, but it may not be as simple as his tweets make it seem.

On Saturday (Jul. 20), Trump wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to “personally vouch” for Rocky’s bail and assured him that the rapper would not be a flight risk.

The president also claimed that Lofven said that Rocky would be treated fairly. It has been alleged that Rocky is being held in “inhumane conditions,” including 24-hour solitary confinement and sleeping on a mat on the floor.

Trump’s pleas and promises, however, may fall on deaf ears.

Following the Saturday phone call, Lofven spokesman Toni Eriksson essentially said in a statement that the prime minister’s hands are tied and A$AP won’t receive any special treatment.

“The Prime Minister made sure to point out that the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts are completely independent. He also pointed out that everyone is equal before the law and that the government neither can nor will try to influence the judicial process.”

Eriksson even denied Trump’s claim that the two governments will discuss the matter further within the next 48 hours.

“It is possible that there will be follow-up calls, but right now there is not one planned,” Eriksson said.

A judge ruled on Friday that A$AP Rocky is a flight risk and must remain detained for another week while prosecutors continue to investigate the case.

The rapper has been held—without charge—for over two weeks following a physical altercation with two fans in Stockholm. Though it seems he did not initiate the fight, prosecutors have been slow to decide whether or not to charge him with assault.

TMZ reports that Swedish prosecutors revealed their plan to indict Rocky in a press release. When TMZ contacted them for a statement, prosecutors told the site “they mistakenly put that info in the press release and then removed it.”

A representative from the U.S. State Department arrived in Sweden earlier this week to advocate on Rocky’s behalf.

Trump personally got involved in the matter after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West contacted the White House and lobbied for Rocky’s release. Other celebs have urged the White House to help as well.

“Many, many members of the African American community have called me, friends of mine, and said, ‘Can you help?’” Trump said from the Oval Office on Friday.

He continued, stating that Rocky has America’s support.

“I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky, but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country … and when I say African-American I think I can really say from everybody in the country because we’re all one.”

Now, whether Trump said this out of sincere concern for an American citizen or because he’s angling for a perceived “win” after telling four U.S. congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from and inciting a “send her back” chant at one of his rallies remains to be seen.

Rocky could face up to six years in prison if charged and convicted of assault.

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Master P Calls Out BET Awards for Honoring Nipsey Hussle Posthumously: “I Thought That Was Strange”

Master P is known for keeping it real, and that’s exactly what he did while speaking about his late friend Nipsey Hussle in a recent interview with Rolling Out magazine.

According to P, the attention Nipsey received after his death was confusing to him, because he believes the Victory Lap rapper should have received his flowers while he was still around to smell them.

“Me and Nipsey was tight, man,” Master P said. “That was my little partner. I was showing him the game, showing him the ropes. I had a lot of respect for him, he had a lot of respect for me.”

P continued: “I don’t normally just hang out and go in the studio with just anybody. He was special. My thing was to the world: why make him special after he’s gone? This man did so much while he was here, and nobody cared. His last album was two years ago [and it’s] now like, the biggest record around the world now.”

The No Limit CEO also called out BET for making Nipsey a central figure of the 2019 BET Awards, including having a blue carpet and giving him a number of trophies posthumously.

“BET gave him a Humanitarian Award and Male Artist of the Year,” Master P said. “I thought that was strange. What about the year before? That’s the same album. Ain’t nothin’ changed.

“He ain’t even get a chance to go on the main stage [the year before]. He was on the pre-show. Him and YG. That’s my dog so you know I know. We talked about this stuff. So, he really upset about that. You remember last year when he went to the BET Awards, he got into it with the security guards ’cause he act like he ain’t know who he was.”

“So, how do we get from there…now, if I would have did that, I wouldn’t have even been invited to the awards the next year,” P said, insinuating that if Nipsey were still alive, he probably wouldn’t have been invited to this year’s show.

“Let’s be honest. So, that’s what I’m saying. You going with what’s hot, the trending topics, instead of what’s right. I mean, Nipsey’s my dog, but Snoop [Dogg] has been doing stuff in those communities for at least 15 years. I’ve been in those same communities for over 21 years. Think about it. Me and YG mama been feeding the people at least five, six years. Why he didn’t get no award?”

What do you think? Do you agree with Master P? Let us know in the comments below!

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Boonk Gang Says His Jaw Will Be Wired Shut For 6 Weeks After Getting Punched in the Face

You won’t be hearing from too much from Boonk Gang over the next six weeks because his jaw is wired shut.

Earlier this week, the social media menace turned rapper was seen in a viral video getting punched in the face.

PREVIOUSLY: Boonk Gang Suffers Broken Jaw & Loses Several Teeth After Video Shows Him Getting Punched in the Face

The brief clip showed Boonk getting hit just one time, but apparently, that one hit was so lethal (or maybe he was hit more times after the camera cut off) that it broke his jaw in two places.

Boonk shared a series of graphic videos on Instagram Sunday (Jul. 14) showing off his injuries, writing in the caption of one clip: “They knocked out most of my teeth bruh with that cheap sh*t bruh.”

The next day, he took to Instagram once again, this time to reveal that he had to have his jaw wired shut for the next six weeks.

“Face fat af man,” he wrote. “My [jaw] wired together for 6 weeks. Surgery went well … Thanks for all the support & love [middle finger emoji] Who hating.”

He can be seen in the video below talking through a surgically clenched jaw. “Six weeks, with my mouth wired together,” he said.

Boonk Gang (born: John Robert Hill Jr.) is known for his ridiculous antics on social media, particularly for taking things out of people’s hands and running away from them, or just acting a whole entire fool inside establishments like fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, Walmart and more.

Boonk’s popularity sparked a trend of people recording themselves snatching things from people and running off while yelling his catchphrase “Boonk Gang! Whole lotta gang sh*t!”

When he joined Instagram in April 2017, his first video showed him going behind the counter of a Popeye’s and walking out with a box of chicken. The video garnered more than a million views within four months.

In July, Boonk—a native of Miami, Florida—celebrated reaching one million followers on Instagram by stripping down to his underwear and throwing milkshakes all over himself inside a local Chick-fil-A.

That same month, he was arrested and charged with burglary and petty theft for taking a tray of doughnuts from a Dunkin’ Donuts in Miami Gardens two months prior.

He returned the doughnuts at the request of an employee and later pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in probation.

In late June 2018, Boonk posted a number of sexually explicit videos to his Instagram stories showing him performing various sex acts with a woman in a hotel room.

The videos quickly went viral and Instagram eventually deleted his account in early July.

Later that month, he posted on Snapchat that he had gotten shot twice, but an insider at the hospital where he was treated said his bullet wounds were “self-inflicted.”

Just two weeks prior to him “getting shot,” he went viral on social media after a video showed him falling and hitting his head on a wall after he showed up high as a kite to an interview on Adam 22’s No Jumper podcast.

And now … in July 2019, Boonk Gang’s jaw will be wired shut for the next six weeks after getting punched in the face on camera.

What is it with this guy and the month of July? Is it the Miami heat?

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Dwight Howard Says He Feels Liberated After Dealing With Rumors Regarding His Sexuality: “It Really Just Set Me Free”

After facing allegations regarding his sexuality last year, Dwight Howard is opening up about how the situation affected him and “liberated” him to just be.

Howard spoke candidly in a two-part interview on FS1’s Fair Game with Kristine Leahy. The NBA player says he very hurt and isolated himself after a gay man publicly claimed they were in a relationship together.

Howard—who says he’s not gay and has never met his accuser—says the experience changed his thinking and set him free.

“I went through a situation last year that kind of, um, just, it really just set me free,” he said. “I saw all the hate, the pure hate, from people that I never met before just pile up everywhere I went against me.”

“I think that liberated me, because I saw how a lot of people would feel, whether they’re gay or they’re straight, or whether they have issues, people are afraid to be who they are. They’re afraid to just step out and be…because they’re afraid of what other people might say or think about them. And so that situation made me realize, you not like this, but just be you, be free.”

“I’m not gay,” Howard continued. “It’s a lot of people who are and they have to hide, and there’s people who have mental issues and they have to hide. There’s people who have different problems in life and they have to hide. They have to put on the mask every day, and it’s like, I don’t wanna wear no mask, I just wanna be.”

Last year, a man named Masin Elije claimed online that he and Howard had been in romantic relationship and it ended because Howard was allegedly cheating with other men.

Elije then alleged Howard and his pastor tired to pay him “hush money” and force him to sign and nondisclosure agreement.

“People were talking about it, and it upset me because I didn’t even know who the person was,” Howard said in the interview. “Why would somebody who I never met, never had any contact with, make up a whole story about me.”

Elije filed a lawsuit against Howard in March. The NBA star countersued.

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