Chaka Khan Roasted on Twitter Over Her National Anthem Performance at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Let’s just go on ahead and get this out of the way. Chaka Khan is a legend. That fact cannot be disputed. However, in the age of social media, even legends are impervious to the scrutiny that comes from Twitter.

And let’s just say … Chaka Khan’s rendition of the national anthem, which she performed at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago Sunday night (Nov. 16), sparked hella Twitter reactions, but not in a good way.

Anyone who takes on the task of singing the national anthem of the United States at a live, internationally televised event already has a huge weight on their shoulders, and while most American singers make the song “their own,” many felt as though Chaka Khan was doing way too much.

In fact, most would say that Chaka Khan’s version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” rivaled Fergie’s back in 2018 … and that’s far from a compliment.

Watch her performance here:

And see the hilarious Twitter reactions below:

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Jennifer Hudson & Common Perform Emotional Kobe Bryant Tributes at 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Chicago natives Jennifer Hudson and Common opened up the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago on Sunday (Feb. 16) with emotional tributes to basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

Before tipoff, Hudson took to the stage on the court to sing a beautiful rendition of the classic “For All We Know” as images of Kobe and his daughter Gianna (aka “Gigi”) were displayed on a massive screen behind her.

Prior to taking center court, Hudson was introduced by NBA icon and businessman Magic Johnson, who said he wanted everyone to “come together” to honor Bryant and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who passed away on New Year’s Day.

“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Johnson said. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.”

As the crowd started chanting “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe,” Johnson called for a brief eight seconds of silence to honor the NBA legend.

Following Hudson’s performance, Common took to center court for a performance praising fellow Chicago natives Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Isiah Thomas, and former President Barack Obama, while also honoring Kobe Bryant.

“He used his game to touch the world’s soul, a king named Kobe Bryant who wore purple and gold,” Common said.

Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine others who were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26th.

The other seven people who lost their lives were pilot Ara Zobayan, Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli, their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli, Harbor Day School basketball coach Christina Mauser, Gigi’s basketball teammate, 13-year-old Payton Chester, and Payton’s mother, Sarah Chester.

A public memorial for Kobe, Gigi and the seven other victims will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, February 24th.

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Guy Takes Girlfriend of 2+ Years to See “The Photograph” Then Dumps Her Right Afterwards

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day about love and showing your significant other how much you appreciate them, but one man used that day as an opportunity to give his girlfriend one last date before ending their relationship.

Antonia Hylton, a correspondent and producer for VICE, took to Twitter Saturday (Feb. 15) to share with her followers what happened to her on Valentine’s Day.

She said her boyfriend of more than 2 years took her out on a Valentine’s Day date to see The Photograph, a newly released film essentially about #BlackLove starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield.

And not long after their date, he completely blindsided her by dumping her, apparently for no reason (or at least not one that she was aware of).

Hylton said she can understand being dumped (hey, it happens to the best of us!) but what she doesn’t understand is why the hell did he take her out on a date first … to see a movie about love … ON VALENTINE’S DAY?!

“I… cannot wrap my head around why he took me out first,” she tweeted. “Is that a thing? Are men ok???”

I mean honestly, wheretheydothatat?!

The replies to her post on Twitter were just as confused, with most offering support and basically telling her: He was trash sis, you ain’t need that type of energy in your life anyway.

“As an old lady, let me promise you—it is always a blessing,” said world-famous broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien. “Doesn’t feel like it, I’m sure, but life is hard and you need people around you who are in it for the long haul. Trust me on this.”

“I’m so sorry. That’s TRASH trash,” tweeted another supporter, writer/activist Brittany Cunningham. “He wasn’t smart enough for you to be with if he was dumb enough to break up with you!”

Another woman offered a heartbreaking breakup story of her own: “My ex of 8 years planned and executed 2 surprise birthday parties for me in the same weekend for my 30th, then left me and our 1 and 2 year old daughters for another woman he fell in love with [during] the time me and the girls went away for a week.”

And one woman offered to go all Jazmine Sullivan on the man’s car: “You can slash the tires. I can key the car.” Brittany Cunningham, once again, replied: “I got the bat to the headlights.”

Women weren’t the only ones offering their support either.

Shermichael Singleton, who according to his Twitter bio is a writer and political consulted said: “First, I’m sorry for your break up. Secondly, no that is not how you end things with someone you love and care about. Those are the actions of a boy, not a man.”

Another guy tweeted: “Wait, he took you out on Valentine’s Day to break up with you? Who raised him???”

See more anecdotes tweets of support below:

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Disney’s Queen of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies at 15 of Brain Tumor

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a young actress who starred in Disney’s Queen of Katwe—a film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum—has died at the age of 15 from a brain tumor.

According to Ugandan media reports (via UK’s Mirror), Nikita passed away on Saturday (Feb. 15) at TMR International Hospital in Naalya, Kampala.

Nikita played the role of Gloria in Queen of Katwe, a 2016 Disney film based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who started playing chess at the young age of 9 despite not being in school and went on to compete in international chess tournaments.

The film starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.

Nikita was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly rallied to help fund her treatment in India after Ugandan doctors said they didn’t have the proper equipment to treat her.

She was given the all-clear in 2017, but was found to have another tumor in 2019, which devastated her family.

A family member said Nikita had been living in a lot of pain before she passed away. “The brain was swollen and it is exerting a lot of pressure,” the relative told local media.

Reports suggest the teen, a student of Gayaza High School, was awaiting another surgery to remove the tumor before she passed away.

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Three People Shot at Kandi Burruss’ Old Lady Gang Restaurant in Atlanta on Valentine’s Day

Police are investigating a shooting that injured three people at Kandi Burruss’ Old Lady Gang restaurant in East Point, Georgia.

East Point police said that a male suspect walked into Old Lady Gang Restaurant at 3650 Marketplace Boulevard on Friday evening (Feb. 14) and opened fire on a man inside the eatery.

Police said as the gunman was shooting, he also hit two other people, who they believe were unintended targets.

The shooting not only happened on a Friday, which is often one of the busiest days of the week for restaurants, but also on Valentine’s Day.

One woman who told Channel 2 Action News that her brother works at the restaurant described a chaotic scene inside the building after the shots were fired.

“While they were back there cooking and stuff, they just heard gunshots,” Ricka Franklin said. “All of a sudden, the customers ran to the back where they were.”

Two other witnesses told 11 Alive they were sitting outside Juicy Crab, another nearby restaurant, when the shooting happened.

“We just trying to chill, trying to enjoy dinner like usual,” one of the witnesses, who didn’t want to be named, said. “The line was long so we were just chilling outside and it happened out of nowhere,” she added.

“I was real quiet at first then I heard the scream and I saw the guy run out,” her friend said, also speaking anonymously. She said she heard two “pops” before she took off running.

“I was just worried about my safety,” she said. “I didn’t know who he was going for, what was on his mind. I was worried about my safety. I was trying to get out of there.”

The woman expressed concerned about the gunman’s mental state and wondered what would cause him to commit such a violent act in a public setting.

“I just wondered what was going through his head, why would he want to pop off like that,” she said.

Old Lady Gang (also known as “OLG”) is owned by Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker. The East Point location where the shooting happened opened in 2018 following the success of the original location in Castleberry Hill.

Police haven’t released any further details about the shooting, but confirmed that the three victims, whose names haven’t been released, all suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police also said they are still searching for the suspect.

“We are actively looking for a suspect but do not have any further information at this time,” East Point police Captain Allyn Glover told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Charles Barkley Says Kobe Bryant’s NBA Career & Rape Case Are Both Part of His Legacy: “He Had a Flaw That We All Know About”

Following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant that shocked the sports world and the world at large, most people honored his storied legacy in the way they best saw fit.

Murals of the legendary NBA athlete quickly went up across the country, current players made on-the-court gestures to remember the legend, and Bryant became the only player in NBA history to have two numbers retired.

One thing that largely went unmentioned, however, was the alleged 2003 raping of a then 19-year-old woman.

The criminal charges were dropped before ever going to court, but today (Feb. 14), one prominent voice has spoken out saying that the public can’t choose to just brush this questionable history aside.

NBA Hall of Famer and current Inside the NBA host, Charles Barkley, told TODAY: “Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players ever, and he had a flaw that we all know about. You have to tell the picture in totality.”

The message was met with mixed reactions on social media, with some lambasting the sports broadcaster over bringing up a lawsuit that was eventually dropped and others commending him for his words.

Barkley isn’t the first person to bring up this issue as the public continues to mourn the untimely death of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Giana.

Shortly following the incident, CBS star Gayle King sparked a feud with rapper Snoop Dogg after she discussed the “complicated” legacy in an interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

Following the interview, Snoop Dogg went after King on an Instagram post, saying: “Why you all attacking us, we your people. You ain’t coming after f**king Harvey Weinstein asking him dumb-ass questions. I get sick of you all.”

However, today, Barkley mirrored King’s views on the late Kobe Bryant.

He admits that he and Bryant were not close, but the news of his passing still hit home and that he “started crying when I got the news. I felt like I had lost a member of my family.”

Despite that, Barkley stands strong on his stance that Bryant needs to be held accountable for the rape allegations that resulted in a payment following a civil lawsuit.

“We’re not trying to make Kobe out to be no hero,” Barkley said. “We’re celebrating his basketball excellence. We understand what happened in Colorado. That’s fair. But two things can be true.”

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Woman Meets Man on Dating App and is Forced to Be His Getaway Driver When He Robs Bank on Their First Date

Even with all the online dating apps (or perhaps, because of the many online dating apps) finding true love in the age of the internet can be difficult.

Just take it from a 40-year-old Massachusetts woman, Shelby Sampson, who thought she’d swiped right on her soul mate only to be conned into robbing a bank on the short-lived couple’s first date.

On December 5th, 2016, Sampson agreed to meet up with 33-year-old Christopher Castillo for their first date, and right away, she should’ve known that she would’ve been better off ghosting the man.

To start, Castillo asked the woman to pick him up from his parent’s house in Rhode Island. Off to a great start, right?

The pair then drove a half-hour to North Attleborough, Mass., in which time Castillo proceeded to drink wine in the passenger’s seat, because that’s great first-date etiquette.

At one point, the man told her to pull into the Bristol County Savings Bank where he quickly made his way inside, according to WHDH.

Now, maybe she was just trying to be a good person and not ditch a man a half-hour away from his parent’s house, but at this point, it probably would’ve been best if the woman just drove off.

She didn’t, though. Instead, she waited patiently in the car for a man she had just met for the first time that, who moments earlier, was downing wine in her car. That same man proceeded to run out of the bank in a panic and demanded that she drive away. Not now, but RIGHT NOW.

It wasn’t long before the sight of blue lights filled her rear window as police officers caught up to the modern-day Bonnie & Clyde.

Unbeknownst to the woman, after Castillo entered the bank, he brandished a pistol and demanded $1,000 from the teller because he was “really hurting” and needed money, CNN reported.

Both were arrested for the incident, with the woman being charged as being an accessory after the fact and held on a $250,000 bail, per The Sun Chronicle. Those charges were later dropped when she was able to convince prosecutors she was unaware of the bank robbery plan.

Castillo, however, wasn’t so lucky. After three years, he was finally sentenced to five years of incarceration for multiple charges that included armed robbery and assault and battery on a police officer.

All of a sudden, your worst first date story probably doesn’t seem too bad, does it?

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Kodak Black Professes His Love for Zendaya From Jail With Valentine’s Day Poem

With Valentine’s Day season in full swing, people all across the country are searching for love, but few are doing it quite as publicly as rapper Kodak Black, who apparently has it bad for actress/singer Zendaya.

Rather than sliding into Zendaya’s DMs, Kodak decided to let everyone in the world know his intentions with a public Instagram post featuring a poem he wrote specifically for his Hollywood crush.

“Zoolin in a ice box frozen in time,” Kodak wrote. “But mentally you’re my Valentine. Hope I made you smile with this poem. I’m thinking bout you all the way home.”

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Kodak ended his lyrical gift with, “P.S. don’t make me beat Spider-Man up,” perhaps a reference to Zendaya’s Spider-Man franchise co-star, Tom Holland.

Zendaya and Tom aren’t dating, though, as she’s recently been spotted with fellow HBO show Euphoria co-star Jacob Elordi.

You know what they say when it comes to love: you have to shoot your shot and Kodak certainly took his with this poem. Zendaya has yet to respond publicly to this Valentine’s Day hail mary.

Part of the reason might be because Kodak Black is currently serving time behind bars as part of his nearly 4-year sentence stemming from federal weapons charges. However, this hasn’t stopped the Grammy-nominated rapper from living his life, and it’s not just his love life.

In addition to continuing his search for true love, Kodak also dropped his latest track, “Because of You,” on Valentine’s Day as well.

The song, which features Kodak discussing how he wants to be a better man for an unnamed woman (Zendaya, maybe?), and it already has over 250,000 views on YouTube.

Whether or not his social media longshot pays off and scores Kodak a new Valentine remains to be seen, but I think it’s safe to say that Elordi isn’t too thrilled to have him moving in on his girlfriend.

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“Divorce Court” Couple Goes Viral After Revealing Fight Over Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Beef Caused Their Separation

The lines are drawn so deep between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B stans that the beef is even causing marriages to break up.

A couple is going viral this week after their appearance on Divorce Court and their unexpected reason for divorcing after two years of marriage.

When Judge Lynn Toler asked D’Andrew and Don’te Leaphart what caused their separation, D’Andrew promptly responded: “The Nicki Minaj and Cardi B beef. I’m serious about that.”

Toler thought they had been joking, but D’Andrew explained that the couple’s last big fight was over which female rapper is to blame for their beef.

Don’te is Team Cardi while D’Andrew is a Barb all day. Things apparently got heated between the two and the couple called it quits. “It was silly,” Don’te said.

Don’te went on to admit there were “underlying issues” within the relationship, calling his husband “ungrateful” and “disrespectful.

The Nicki/Cardi fight “was one of the moments [D’Andrew] was disrespectful,” Don’te stated.

Another songstress was also involved in their troubled relationship. Don’te testified that after D’Andrew broke his car windows, he began singing Jazmine Sullivan’s song, “Bust Your Windows.”

And in case you’re wondering, Team Cardi ultimately won this round.

Judge Toler ruled in Don’te’s favor who was suing D’Andrew for his half of $1,250 to cover damage expenses of their shared rental home.

You can watch Don’te and D’Andrew’s full Divorce Court appearance below:

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Body of Missing 6-Year-Old South Carolina Girl Faye Swetlik Found After 3-Day Search

Three days after being reported as missing, the body of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik was found on Thursday afternoon (Feb. 13) in the same Cayce, South Carolina neighborhood she disappeared from.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts we’re announcing we found a body the coroner identified as Faye Marie Swetlik,” Bryon Snellgrove, Cayce Department of Public Safety Director, told reporters at a news conference.

On Monday afternoon, Swetlik got off a school bus and was seen playing in her parents’ front yard when they noticed they hadn’t seen her since 3:45 p.m. They called the police at 5 p.m. and a search was launched throughout the area to find the missing child.

Authorities say that the body of the first-grader was found in the same Churchill Heights neighborhood that she vanished from, and that there was also a “deceased male” nearby.

Although they are saying that the community is not in danger, they are ruling her death a homicide and have launched an investigation into the shocking death.

Snellgrove did not field any questions during the somber press conference, and he wouldn’t verify if authorities believed that the two deaths are connected according to WDPE

As news of the horrifying discovery spread, reactions poured in online from across the country:

While no arrests have been made, police are still actively searching through the wooded Churchill Heights area in search of answers.

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