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Tennessee Couple Welcomes Baby Girl on 9/11 at 9:11 Weighing 9 Pounds, 11 Ounces

A Tennessee family is making headlines for giving birth to what many are calling the “9/11 Baby.”

While September 11th will always be remembered as a true American tragedy in which thousands were injured and killed due to terrorist attacks, a couple from Germantown, Tennessee are bringing a positive light to the disastrous day.

According to WGN TV, Cametrione Malone-Brown and Justin Brown gave birth to their beautiful baby girl Christina on 9/11 at 9:11 p.m. And get this: She weighed in at 9 pounds, 11 ounces.

Christina was born via C-section at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee.

“She comes in on 9/11, there was so much devastation but she’s bringing all this joy and life into the world, because everybody’s been waiting on her,’ Christina’s mother told The Commercial Appeal.

Christina’s father said everything happened so sudden.

“Time was just rolling. Then all of a sudden, we heard the ‘wah!’ and next thing you know, they called it, 9:11 and then they got on the table and they were like, ‘Oh my gosh! She weighs 9/11!’”

Rachel Laughlin, a patient care coordinator, said she has never seen anything like this after working three decades in the industry.

“Oh, I’ve never seen it in 38 years. It’s very rare but very special. It just makes her an even more special little girl than she already is.”

Baby Christina is said to be currently in the NICU.

WGN TV reported she’s getting some extra oxygen after having some minor lung issues, but her parents said she’ll be OK, and they’re looking forward to the future

“Very excited and can’t wait to bring the new addition to the house,” Justin said.

Baby Christina’s parents were teenagers in 2001 when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred.

The couple also have three other children together aged 9, 10 and 13.

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Close Sources Confirm Rihanna is NOT Pregnant Despite Photos & Video That Sparked Internet Speculation

Rihanna wants her Navy to calm down.

The internet and the singer’s fan base are currently losing their minds after she sported what looked like a baby bump at her 5th annual Diamond Ball.

However, sources tell TMZ Rihanna is NOT pregnant.

Update Via TMZ:

There has been a flurry of activity on social media, with people honing in on one of the photos from the gala, along with an interview last night, suggesting she’s pregnant. Sources with direct knowledge say sorry, she’s not pregnant.

The pregnancy speculation was sparked after Rihanna strategically posed with hands over her belly at the gala and showed a noticeable bump when she appeared onstage with Pharrell.

She also discussed black motherhood when talking to Essence on the red carpet for the event.

“I’m a black woman. I come from a black woman who came from a black woman, who came from a black woman and I’m going to give birth to a black woman,” she said.

Rihanna has been dating billionaire Saudi boyfriend Hassan Jameel since 2017.

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Tinashe Denies Signing With Roc Nation, But Hints An Offer is Currently on the Table

Not so fast! Just hours after producer Hitmaka revealed that Tinashe had signed with Roc Nation, Tinashe says “rumors are rumors.”

TMZ caught Tinashe leaving Craig’s in Los Angeles last night (Sept. 12) and asked her to confirm if she had signed with JAY-Z’s label after leaving RCA records back in February. She said:

“I’m an independent artist. I didn’t sign anything.”

Tinashe definitely made it seem like an offer from Roc Nation is on the table and even took a beat to contemplate if she would sign with the label.

“At this point, I want to put something out independently before I put anything in paperwork. But I’m excited to potentially work with them on stuff. They’re doing a lot of smart move which I like; They’re good business people over there.”

It was reported that Tinashe had signed with Hov’s label after an interview Hitmaka did with HipHip-N-More was released on Thursday.

“I actually spoke to her just recently. She left RCA Records; I believe she’s managed by Roc Nation now,” he said.

Last year, Hitmaka produced Tinashe’s unreleased album, Nashe. Though it was ultimately shelved, it did produce a few singles.

Tinashe left RCA earlier this year after feeling like the label was not fully supporting her. She released her but album with them in 2014.

While taking selfies with fans and signing autographs, Tinashe seemed optimistic about her musical future, even singing a few lines of new material at the TMZ reporter’s request.

“I’m just trying to get my music out. Put out some good stuff, that’s all I’m worried about,” she said.

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Rihanna Debuts Noticeable (Possible) Baby Bump During Annual Diamond Ball & Twitter Can’t Handle It

Rihanna returned to the stage last night. While she didn’t debut any new music, she did have a surprise for fans. And Twitter is freaking out!

Rihanna held her 5th annual Diamond Ball last night (Sept. 12), benefitting the Clara Lionel Foundation. But during the event, the singer sparked speculation that she may be pregnant with her first child.

She first raised eyebrows when she spoke with Essence on the red carpet about what it means to be a black woman. Her response:

“I’m a black woman. I come from a black woman who came from a black woman, who came from a black woman and I’m going to give birth to a black woman.”

“My mother is an incredible example of how to fight through obstacles in life. I’m sure her mom taught her that and that’s how I’m going to be,” she added.

But it was when Rihanna took the stage with Pharrell Williams to perform their song, “Lemon,” that Twitter kicked into high gear. RiRi sported a noticeable bump, much like a baby bump!

Obviously, Twitter exploded with the thought that our Baby Girl RiRi may be pregnant. Rihanna and #RihannaIsPregnant became trending topics.

We should note that Rihanna has NOT confirmed any pregnancy, it’s all speculation at this point. And it’s not the first time she’s faced such rumors; it also happened in late 2017.

Since 2017, Rihanna has been dating Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, who is reportedly the heir to a $1.5 billion family fortune. The couple has kept their relationship mostly private, but its still going strong by all accounts.

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Producer Hitmaka Reveals Tinashe Has Signed With Roc Nation After Leaving RCA Records

After splitting with RCA Records earlier this year, Jay-Z has reportedly taken Tinashe under his wing.

According to producer Hitamaka, Tinashe has signed with Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s management company. Hitmaka shared the news with HipHop-N-More during a recent interview.

“I actually spoke to her just recently. She left RCA Records; I believe she’s managed by Roc Nation now.”

Hitmaka worked with Tinashe last year and produced her unreleased album, Nase. Though it produced a few singles, the project was ultimately shelved.

“She reached out to me about the record,” Hitmaka revealed to HipHop-N-More. He hopes the music will be released soon, now that she’s with Roc Nation.

“It was a lot of fun doing that because we really went into the studio for a week and banged out like 15 records that are just amazing,” the producer added. “I’m excited for everybody to hear the records.”

Tinashe—who released her debut album in 2014—confirmed that she had left RCA back in February because she didn’t feel like the label supported her.

“They low-key always sabotaged my real art shit. disappointing, but it made me stronger,” she wrote on Twitter during a Q&A with fans.

She also confirmed she split with her longtime manager Mike Nazzaro during the same Twitter session.

Tinashe, herself, has not confirmed the move to Roc Nation. However, earlier this week, she did tweet she expected only “good vibes” for the rest of 2019.

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Phaedra Parks Returns to Reality TV, Joins “Marriage Boot Camp” With Actor Boyfriend Medina Islam (Report)

Phaedra Parks is still trying to claw her way back to reality TV.

The lawyer/mortician/woman with several jobs has reportedly joined the newest season of Marriage Boot Camp. Phaedra obviously isn’t married, but she will appear relationship counseling show with her new bae, actor Medina Islam.

A source close to the Marriage Boot Camp production tells TMZ Phaedra and Islam have signed on. Apparently, Phaedra needs a reality show in order to help her decide whether to move to LA (with her two children) to be closer to Islam or remain in Atlanta.

Phaedra and Islam started dating several months ago after meeting on the celebrity dating app, Raya.

Islam is known for appearing in Tyler Perry productions, most notably The Haves and Have Nots. While Tyler Perry Studios is based in Atlanta, Islam must be looking for more LA opportunities.

Phaedra has tried to make several reality TV comebacks since being fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2017. Last year, she joined Braxton Family Values when several of the Braxton sisters went on strike mid-season due to contract negotiations.

Will Phaedra’s stint on MBC help her new relationship or is she just desperate to return to TV?

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Chrissy Lampkin, Jim Jones and Other “Love & Hip-Hop New York” OG Cast Members Return for Season 10

Love & Hip-Hop New York is returning for a milestone 10th season. And it seems VH1 producers have a special surprise for longtime fans.

According to TMZ and Bossip reports, several original cast members and fan favorites from the early seasons will return for season 10.

Season one’s Chrissy Lampkin and Jim Jones are reportedly on-board, as well as Somaya Reece. Though unconfirmed, Emily B. is also said to be in talks to join the upcoming season.

Other notable returning faves include Kimbella Vanderhee, Tahiry Jose, and Juelz Santana.

Yandy Smith, Juju C., Joe Budden, Cyn Santana, Safaree Samuels Erica Mena, and Rich Dollaz are all among those rounding out the season 10 cast.

TMZ is unsure if Remy Ma and Papoose have officially signed on for another season. While the couple has had little airtime in recent seasons, they are expected to appear on season 10 in some compacity.

TMZ also notes that LHHNY season 10 began filming last week and sources say things are already popping off because some of the OGs still have beef dating back to season 1 (2011).

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Fantasia Disappoints Us All, Now Says Collab With Brandy & Jazmine Sullivan Will NOT Appear on Her Upcoming Album

Fantasia is out on the promo circuit hyping up her first independent album Sketchbook. While it’s already produced two singles, there’s one highly-anticipated track that didn’t make the final cut.

During one of her recent promo stops, Fantasia broke the unfortunate news that a previously-confirmed collaboration with Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan will not appear on Sketchbook. The decision to shelve the track was due to “industry politics.”

“It was something that I really wanted to happen; unfortunately, it did not go through,” Tasia said. “There’s politics to this…sometimes storms and test will come. But I’m used to the rain,” she added.

Back in April, Fantasia confirmed during an Instagram Live session that the Brandy, Jazmine collaboration would appear on the album, saying that they’re two of her favorite artists and wanted to musically experiment with them.

Sketchbook is Fantasia’s first effort as an independent artist, so it’s unclear why she wasn’t able to make the collab happen. However, a Brandy fan page says Brandy is not the reason the song was scratched from Tasia’s album.

Sketchbook is slated to be released in October.

Brandy also recently confirmed her next album will be released sometime in 2019, so maybe the unreleased track will find a spot there.

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Cleveland Browns Player Chris Smith’s Girlfriend Killed in Car Accident Weeks After Giving Birth to Their First Child Together

Cleveland Browns player Chris Smith is mourning the loss of his girlfriend and the mother of his child, Petara Cordero, after she was killed in a car accident in Cleveland. She was 26 years old.

According to officials with the Cleveland Police Department, Cordero died Wednesday morning (Sep. 11) when she was struck by a vehicle while she and Smith were on the side of the road after Smith’s Lamborghini had a tire malfunction and crashed into the center median wall.

Cleveland.com reports:

Smith and Cordero were heading west on I-90 near the West 140th Street Exit Ramp in his 2019 Lamborghini.

Smith told police that a tire on his vehicle blew out which caused the vehicle to veer left and strike the center median wall. Smith and Petara exited the vehicle and were standing on the north shoulder of Interstate 90 West.

A short time later, a woman in a 2017 Mazda 3 approached the disabled Lamborghini. The Mazda veered to the right side of it, striking the open passenger side doors and then Cordero.

Cordero was taken to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where she was pronounced dead.

The crash happened around 2:00 a.m. early Wednesday morning, police said.

The woman driving the Mazda told police she’d been drinking, however, police said they were waiting on the results of a toxicology test to determine whether her BAC (blood-alcohol content) was over the legal limit for driving, which is 0.08 percent.

The woman so far has not been charged in the incident.

As for Smith, police said he wasn’t injured and wasn’t impaired.

Petara tragically died just weeks after giving birth to her and Chris’ first child together, a daughter they named Haven Harris Smith.

According to Cordero and Smith’s baby registry, their daughter was born on August 17th. Cleveland.com also reported that Smith was excused from the Browns-Colts preseason game on August 17th so that he could attend Haven’s birth

“I’m so thankful to have another beautiful gift in this world my daughter Haven Harris Smith,” Smith shared on IG on August 27th. “You are such a blessing to me and your mother!! Love you Petara and Baby Haven.”

Cordero wrote in her own post about her daughter on Instagram: “This little girl has filled my heart with so much joy and love !! I’m so thankful that God chose me to be her mommy!! So excited for this life journey with you!!! Haven Harris Smith.”

Cordero’s last post on Instagram was a photo of her and Smith. “This a forever thing, I love you through everything,” she captioned the pic.

After practice on Tuesday (Sep. 10), Smith spoke with Cleveland.com about how excited he was that Petara and Haven had flown to Cleveland from Charlotte to see him.

Smith also talked about how happy he was and how blessed and grateful he was to have Petara and Haven in his life, along with his two older children (who are not Petara’s).

In a statement on the Cleveland Browns’ official website, team owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said: “Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara.

“Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time.”

The Browns said Smith’s teammates were notified of Cordero’s passing during a team meeting on Wednesday. Head coach Freddie Kitchens also visited Smith at his home earlier in the day.

According to the Browns’ website: “Smith will receive the full team’s support of resources and will have the opportunity to grieve as he sees best fit, including being excused from or participating in any team activities, if desired. The team will have counselors onsite throughout the week for players and staff.”

Smith, who is 27, was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. He signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns last year.

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Paul Mooney’s Twin Sons Speak Out Against Claims He Molested Richard Pryor’s Son: “Ain’t None of It True, It’s All Lies”

The twin sons of comedian Paul Mooney are fiercely defending their father against claims he sexually violated Richard Pryor’s son when he was underage.

Daryl and Dwayne Mooney spoke with Comedy Hype to address the claims made by Pryor’s former bodyguard Rashon Kahn.

Daryl responded:

“My response is ‘F**k you. Rashon, f**k you.’ OK, coming out with some bullsh*t like that when Paul is ailing, after he’s old. If the sh*t was hot, you should’ve told that sh*t years ago. Richard Pryor Jr. ain’t say nothing about it, so why you gonna tell somebody’s business.”

During his own interview with Comedy Hype in August, Kahn claimed Pryor and Mooney’s friendship ended in the 80s after it was discovered that “Mooney had f**ked Richard’s son,” implying there was a sexual relationship between the two.

He also suggested that Pryor contemplated putting a $1 million hit out on Mooney, but he never went through with hit.

Following the shocking claims, TMZ caught up with Richard Pryor Jr, who seemingly confirmed that he was sexually abused during his adolescence. However, he did NOT explicitly name Mooney as his abuser and said Kahn’s timeline was incorrect.

“Whatever happened in my life, it happened when I was young. Way before the ’80s,” Pryor Jr., said.

“How can any relationship be consensual if I was a teenager?” he added when asked if any consensual encounters occurred.

Daryl and Dwayne Mooney refuse to believe there is any validity to Kahn’s claims, especially since Pryor Jr. has not named their father as his abuser.

Daryl said:

“Ain’t none of it true. It’s all lies. It’s all gossip. Until Richard Pryor Jr. steps up to the plate and says somebody did something, then it’s true. Other than that, it’s just haterade …

“If this happened, how old was he? You say he was a little boy, but then you say the timeline is different. Was he 19? Was he 20? Until Richard Pryor Jr. comes out with it, we don’t—I don’t know. ‘Cause people can say any damn thing, especially you’re hating on somebody.”

Daryl went on to compare the attack on his father to the allegations against Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson.

“Look what they do to these black men after they’ve created a legacy,” he said. “Then all of a sudden, they get older, somebody wanna crack and destroy their legacy.

Paul Mooney has not made any public statements regarding Kahn’s claims and Pryor Jr.’s TMZ interview. Though he canceled a comedy gig after the scandal broke, his sons say the decision was made because of his health issues.

In fact, the twins say Mooney doesn’t even know about the current sexual abuse allegations.

“Paul Mooney ain’t hiding. Paul Mooney is not well,” Dwayne said. “He doesn’t even know what’s going on right now, with all this Richard Pryor stuff. He don’t need to speak on it. We’re speaking on it. We’re his oldest sons.”

You can watch Daryl and Dwayne Mooney’s full Comedy Hype interview below:

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