19-Year-Old Texas Rapper Tay-K Found Guilty of Murder, Faces Life in Prison

Rapper Tay-K could possibly spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of murder by a North Texas jury Friday morning (Jul. 19).

The 19-year-old, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, was on trial for a 2016 home invasion that resulted in the murder of a 21-year-old father named Ethan Walker.

Walker, a father-of-one, was shot in the stomach after he told McIntyre and a group of other robbers that he didn’t have any drugs or money.

Prosecutors said it was a 15-year-old girl who actually planned the home invasion robbery, and earlier this week, one of her friends testified that she contacted McIntyre on Instagram asking him to help her get guns for the robbery.

McIntyre responded to her DM, saying that he didn’t have a gun but his friends did and he knew one who was “trigger happy.”

According to the testimony from Megan Holt, Tay-K recruited three of his friends—Latharian Merrit, Sean Robinson and Jalen Bell—for the robbery.

Holt said Merrit had a .40-caliber Glock with an extended clip on it when he arrived at the apartment for the robbery, while Sean Robinson had a .38-caliber gun and Jalen Bell was armed with brass knuckles.

As for McIntyre, Holt said: “He was kind of scared. He wanted ot make sure that his friends had his back if something was to go wrong because he was walking in there unarmed. Scared isn’t the right word. Maybe a little nervous. Unsure.”

Because McIntyre wasn’t the one who fired the weapon, his attorneys argued that he should be found not guilty, however, prosecutors said McIntyre was complicit in the crime, and knew the robbery would end up with someone being shot.

The young rapper pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery by threats in the robbery of Walker’s girlfriend and another man who was present in the home in Mansfield at the time of the incident.

McIntyre pleaded not guilty to capital murder and a separate count of aggravated robbery in connection to the robbery and shooting of Ethan Walker’s roommate Zachary Beloate, who was shot in the shoulder, but survived.

For Walker’s murder, McIntyre faces between five and 99 years in prison, CBS DFW reports.

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Kim Kardashian Contacted White House to Free A$AP Rocky from “Inhumane” Swedish Prison, Thanks Trump for His Help on Twitter

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been fighting for A$AP Rocky’s release from a Swedish prison for several weeks. In fact, Kim personally contacted the White House for their assistance, which worked.

Kim took to Twitter on Thursday (Jul. 18) to thank President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for getting involved in A$AP’s case.

“Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated,” she wrote in part.

It was reported on Thursday that Kim and Kanye became “very concerned” upon learning A$AP was being held in a Swedish prison with “inhumane conditions.” A$AP was detained July 2nd following an altercation with fans.

Kim—who has worked closely with Trump and the White House on prison reform over the past year—contacted Jared Kushner and informed him about the situation. Kushner relayed the information to Trump who reportedly agreed A$AP was “being held unfairly.”

Via Variety:

Sources say that West urged Kardashian, who met with the president about prison reform earlier this year, to contact Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner.

He took the matter to the president, who encouraged him to get involved, as did Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

TMZ Reports that a State Department member was expected to arrive in Sweden today (Jul. 18), and that the department has become involved in working for Rocky’s release.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the State Department expressed concerns over how A$AP was being treated while detained in Sweden.

“There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns. We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see A$AP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”

A$AP Rocky has been held in the Kronoberg Detention Center in Sweden since July 2nd after an altercation with fans who had been harassing him and members of his entourage.

Though not officially charged, the rapper is being held while prosecutors decide whether to charge him with assault or let him go. They have until Friday (Jul. 19) to make that decision.

However, it is being alleged A$AP is being held in “inhumane conditions,” including solitary confinement, inedible food, and forced to sleep on a mat.

A$AP’s manager John Ehmann was the first to make the claims. The Swedish Prosecutor’s Office denied the inhumane treatment allegations.

Last week, Snoop Dogg made a public plea encouraging Kim and Kanye to help free A$AP.

“You’ve been gettin’ all kinda n***as out of jail this year. Go get Rocky outta jail,” he said in an Instagram video. “Look out for us.”

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Two of A$AP’s friends are also detained, as well as their alleged attackers, who have been charged with molestation and assault.

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“Love & Hip Hop” Star Mendeecees Harris is Getting Out of Prison Early

Things are looking up for Love & Hip Hop star Mendeecees Harris.

According to a report from Bossip, a year and a half from now, Harris will officially be a free man.

The site reports that Mendeecees will be released from prison in November 2020, at least three years earlier than expected.

Mendeecees was originally sentenced to a minimum of 97 months (or 8 years) in prison back in December 2015 after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.

Harris confessed to being a part of a massive drug ring that transported millions of dollars worth of cocaine and heroin across New York between 2005 and 2012. He admitted he was a part of the operation between 2006 and 2008.

Harris fought the sentence, but it was ultimately upheld in appeals court. He had already served 15 months prior to being granted bail in the case, which was considered time served, court records stated.

After all is said and done, Mendeecees will have served five years of his original eight-year sentence.

Bossip reports that the 40-year-old was initially incarcerated in a facility in Pennsylvania, but he’s since been transferred to a medium-security facility in New Jersey, likely to be closer to his wife, Yandy Smith-Harris and his four children (one of whom he shares with Yandy).

Mendeecees noted in court docs that he completed a substance abuse prevention class as well as courses in money management and parenting from prison. He also said he took classes for health, nutrition and public speaking.

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ABC Looking to Permanently Add Keke Palmer to “Good Morning America”

From the TV screen to the movie screen, 2019 has already been a busy year for Keke Palmer. And now the word on the street is that she’s being considered for a permanent job in daytime television.

Palmer has been guest co-hosting the ABC talk show, Strahan and Sara, all summer long while co-host Sara Haines is on maternity leave.

However, the chemistry between Palmer and host Michael Strahan is undeniable and viewers’ response to Palmer’s addition has been overwhelmingly positive.

Sources exclusively tell Love B. Scott that ABC execs “are trying to ‘figure out’ how to make Keke a permanent part of the Good Morning America family.”

Last week, Palmer had a viral moment on Strahan & Sara when she had a message for racist trolls and defended Disney’s decision to cast Halle Bailey as Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

Palmer has also recently been taking the lead of the hosting duties while Strahan is away working on other projects. A rotating cycle of celebrity guest hosts have joined the 25-year-old.

Strahan and Sara initially premiered in 2018 as a third hour of the Good Morning America brand with the title GMA Day. It was rebranded in January 2019 to diminish its GMA ties and focus on its hosts Strahan and Haines, similar to Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda, now known as Today with Hoda & Jena.

It’s unlikely ABC will replace Haines, so the challenge is to figure out how to incorporate Palmer on a regular, if not permanent, basis. B. Scott suggested the title “Strahan and Sara Have a Keke.”

In addition to her summer hosting gig, Palmer has a leading role in the VH1 series Scream and co-stars with Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Lizzo in the upcoming film Hustlers.

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35-Year-Old Father of Seven Drowns in Ocean While Trying to Save His Two Kids Swept Away by Wave

A Sunday trip to the beach turned into a tragedy after a father drowned while attempting to rescue his children who had been swept away by a strong wave.

Johnny Lee Vann Jr., 35, and his family wanted to spend a day at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina after church service on Sunday (Jul. 14). Suddenly, two of his children were swept off a jetty wall and carried into the ocean.

The father of seven quickly jumped in the water to save his kids.

“He never hesitated. He threw everything down—phone, keys—and ran out there,” Johnny’s wife Dawn Vann told reporters. “What any father would do in that situation.”

Johnny was able to rescue one child, but began to struggle after going back into the ocean to save the second. He refused help from bystanders as the current took him under, encouraging them to help his child instead.

“They could’ve easily saved him,” Dawn recalled. “He said, ‘Forget about me. Get my kids.’ He didn’t care about nothing else.”

The rough waters pulled Johnny underwater for 30 seconds. After saving the second child, a rescue crew pulled him out of the water and performed CPR for 45 minutes. They were unable to resuscitate him.

“You couldn’t ask for a better person,” Dawn said. “You could have took anybody else. I mean me personally, I would’ve preferred to take me than him.”

Dawn says she is in shock and denial of the traffic loss of her husband—who always “put his family first.” She also described him as “the best man you could ever imagine to ever have in your life.”

“His spirit is still alive and we’re all going to remember him as a hero,” Johnny’s daughter Kierstyn told a local news outlet.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover funeral expenses as well as potential grief counseling, relocation expenses, and to help transport Johnny’s body to Michigan to be buried next to his mother.

“Johnny was known to his family and friends as a pillar of jovial spirit,” the GoFundMe reads. “His smile could light up any room and was guaranteed to put a smile on your face.”

Sunday’s tragic incident has reignited ongoing concerns about the jetty wall which is completely submerged during high-tide. Warning signs to stay off the jetty were blown away during Hurricane Matthew back in 2016 and were never replaced.

Dawn feels the jetty should be made taller or completely removed. “It’s still dangerous,” she said.

Witness Andre Neil says the nearest lifeguard station where the incident took place is too far away.

“If there was a lifeguard station right here yesterday, this would not have happened,” he said.

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Macy Gray Claims She’s a Vampire in Bizarre Interview: “I Want to Just Go Bite People, But It’s Illegal” (VIDEO)

We all know that Macy Gray is a little left of center with her kooky sense of humor, but a recent TV interview was so bizarre that many viewers were left feeling a little concerned for the singer.

Gray appeared on the British morning show Lorraine with Lorraine Kelly earlier this week. The 51-year-old briefly discussed a recent hospital visit due to a blood-related issue and that’s when things took a turn.

“I’m a vampire,” she said. “I have a low blood count, so like every two or three years I run out of blood.”

Now this statement alone could just be an off-the-cuff joke that Gray’s strange mind conjured up. But that’s not where it ended.

“I want to just go bite people, but it’s illegal,” Gray added, to which the British host advised her just to continue seeking treatment at hospitals.

Later during the interview, Gray complained about having to be up so early to do to the morning talk show.

“Why do you guys go on so early?” she asked. “You should shoot it at night and then tell people it’s live, that’s an idea. Why do it in the morning?”

And as the host attempted to pivot to discuss Gray’s upcoming headlining performance at the WOMAD Festival, Gray asked directions for her next interview.

“Where is Malmesbury, how long will it take to get there in the car?” she asked.

Following the bizarre appearance, viewers took to Twitter to express the concerns for the singer as they processed what they had just watched.

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Black Twitter Slams Madonna for Posting Photos of Black Daughters Posing With Watermelon Slices

Pop legend Madonna is not too popular with Black Twitter at the moment. The entertainer is under fire for posting pictures of her two adopted African daughters that are culturally insensitive.

Madonna recently posted a series of controversial photos of the twin Black girls to her Instagram story. In the photos, each girl is posing with a slice of watermelon as if the fruit is a dress they are wearing.

Given the racial history and stereotypes associated with Black people and watermelons (along with fried chicken), Black Twitter did not appreciate the photos, especially since the mother of six only depicted her two Black children in the photos.

 

In 2014, The Atlantic explained how watermelon has been used as a racist trope against black people since the Civil War. The magazine reported:

The trope came into full force when slaves won their emancipation during the Civil War. Free black people grew, ate, and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom. Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence.

While Madonna is most likely not racist, she is severely tone-deaf and may be feeling just a little too comfortable because she’s the mother of black children.

And, unfortunately, this is not the first time she’s found herself in hot water for some racially insensitive mess.

In 2014, she posted a photo of her white son Rocco with the hashtag #DisN***a. She apologized and deleted the post.

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Alabama Rapper Arrested in Atlanta After Throwing $250K Worth of Meth Over Balcony

An Alabama rapper was arrested in Atlanta after he allegedly tossed $250,000 worth of meth over an apartment balcony during a police raid.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, drug and gang agents were executing a search warrant at an Atlanta residence last Wednesday (Jul. 10) when 37-year-old Kelvin James Dark—who goes by the rap names “Mr. Alabama” and “K Digga”—threw nearly six kilos of methamphetamine off the high-rise apartment’s balcony.

Police, after sweeping the entire apartment, safely recovered the meth on a nearby street.

GBI agents also found two semi-automatic rifles, a handgun, more than 13 pounds of marijuana and cash in the residence.

The drugs, firearms and cash seized in the raid (Photo: Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

Dark was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A woman who was with Dark, 33-year-old Tiffany Peterson (pictured along with Dark below), was also arrested and charged with trafficking meth and weed and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

GBI officials said in a news release that the arrests were “part of an ongoing investigation into subjects smuggling contraband via domestic and international flights” and “additional arrests are anticipated” as the investigation continues.

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“When They See Us” Receives 16 Emmy Nominations, Including Lead Actor Nod for First-Time Nominee Jharrel Jerome

The Television Academy saw When They See Us and were impressed. The emotional Ava DuVernay series just received 16 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series and a lead actor nomination for Jharrel Jerome.

“I’m going crazy over here. I feel like I’m on a whole other planet right now,” Jerome told The Hollywood Reporter after receiving his first Emmy nomination.

DuVernay was nominated for directing and writing the series. Jerome is glad she’s being recognized for her dedication in telling this important story.

“I’m so proud of her. I was hoping that the Emmys would really receive When They See Us the way the world received it and would understand the importance of it. And just respect her brilliance and her integrity. The reason we did what we did was because of her.”

In the four-part Netflix series about the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five—now known as the Exonerated Five—and their journeys to justice and freedom, Jerome plays Korey Wise. He was the only actor to portray one of the five men from childhood to adulthood.

“The first time I met Korey, he took off the chain around his neck and put it on my neck and said, ‘You’re the king now. You’re Korey Wise,’” Jerome recalled.

Jerome says he continues to be inspired by Wise and the rest of the Exonerated Five. He also believes the series has somewhat brought about justice regarding the repercussions the prosecutors have faced since the show’s release.

“I’m proud to know that these men are out there in the world,” Jerome said. “As for everyone else, it’s just the way the world responds, and however they respond is how they choose to respond. For me, I’m just happy with the smiles on the faces of these men and that’s what’s most important to me.”

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter:

[Prosecutor Linda] Fairstein, who is now a novelist, was dropped by her publisher Dutton and resigned from the boards of nonprofit Safe Horizon and Vassar College. She also stepped down from the boards for God’s Love We Deliver and the Joyful Heart Foundation.

In turn, [Prosecutor Elizabeth] Lederer informed Columbia Law School that she would not seek reappointment as a part-time lecturer as a professor at Columbia Law School.

In addition to DuVernay and Jerome, several other members of the cast received nominations including Niecy Nash, who played Jerome’s onscreen mother.

“Just to have shared those scenes with her and for both of us to come out with a nomination, that means everything in the world to me because we put our hearts and souls into those scenes,” Jerome said of working with Nash.

When They See Us is still available on Netflix. The 71st Emmys will be held September 22nd and broadcast live on Fox.

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Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s Alleged Murderer Arrested, Sex Offender Suspect Was a Tenant in One of Her Homes & Owed Rent

An arrest has been made in the death of Baton Rouge civil rights activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

Baton Rouge police announced the arrest of 38-year-old Ronn Jermaine Bell Tuesday (Jul. 16) in a news conference, The Advocate reports.

Police said Bell, who is a registered sex offender, was a tenant of Roberts-Joseph in one of her properties.

He was reportedly was several months behind on his rent and owed her $1,200, but Chief Murphy Paul said a motive hadn’t been officially determined.

“There’s no information which leads us to believe this is a hate crime,” Paul said. “There’s no information which leads us to believe that this incident was motivated by Ms. Sadie’s activism or her community efforts.”

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, an icon in the black community and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead Friday afternoon (Jul. 12) in the trunk of a car located about three miles away from her home.

According to results of a preliminary autopsy released on Monday (Jul. 15) by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, 75-year-old Roberts-Joseph died from “traumatic asphyxia,” including suffocation, which could be the result of strangulation, however, the coroner didn’t specify exactly how she was killed. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Video evidence showed the murder suspect near where Roberts-Joseph’s car and body were found Friday, and an affidavit said that his DNA was found on her body.

Bell acknowledged during the investigation that he was behind on his rent, but had been given permission by Roberts-Joseph to stay at the home as long as he paid her something.

Roberts-Joseph’s death shocked the Baton Rouge community and left it in a state of mourning. The activist was the founder and curator of the city’s African-American history museum and hosted the annual Juneteenth festivities.

Local and state leaders have mourned her loss and have been praising Roberts-Joseph’s accomplishments in the days since her tragic death.

“I’m heartbroken that our community has lost such a kind and selfless soul in such a violent, tragic manner,” East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said in a statement.

“I have known and loved Mrs. Sadie Roberts-Joseph for years and admire and respect her dedication to education and our community. … Hate tried to silence Mrs. Sadie, but her voice will continue to ring strong for peace and love through the countless people she touched.”

State Representative C. Denise Marcelle of Baton Rouge called Roberts-Joseph “an icon,” while Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome lauded her as “a mother of our community.”

Ronn Bell has a criminal record that dates back to the early 2000s for a child rape case. He was arrested in 2006 after being accused of raping a 9-year-old child in 2004 when he was 23 years old.

He was charged with aggravated rape, but ended up copping to a sexual battery charge after taking a plea deal and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Police said Bell had already been arrested and jailed Monday on another charge related to violating the requirements for registered sex offenders when he was ID’d as a suspect in the murder of Sadie Roberts-Joseph. He was rebooked Tuesday afternoon on a count of first-degree murder.

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