Daycare Teachers Accused of Force-Feeding Children As They Cried, One Allegedly Hit a Child in the Face With a Plate

Three now-former daycare teachers are facing misdemeanor child endangerment charges after police say force-fed solid food to two children, holding the kids’ mouths clothes and tilting their heads back as they cried.

24-year-old Stephanie Radke, 28-year-old Maura Healy and 19-year-old Mariah Flemister were each charged with battery and endangering the life of a child while working at Little People Learning Center in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Radke is also accused of hitting a child in the face with a plastic plate.

“The alleged battery and endangerment was reported to us in mid-January and the investigation wrapped up in early April with charges being filed,” Downers Grove police spokesman Bill Budds said. “Warrants were issued and they turned themselves in on the charges.”

Healy was released from jail after posting 10 percent of her $5,000 bail, while Radke and Flemister were released after posting 10 percent of their $3,000 bails.

Via the Daily Herald:

A woman answering the phone at Little People Learning Center Tuesday identified herself as the acting director and would only give her first name as Janice. She said she was uncomfortable giving her last name because she had not done anything wrong.

Janice said all three women were fired on Jan. 17, once the allegations came to light.

She blamed the charges on a medical student she hired who rushed to call DCFS after witnessing the action.

She called the situation a “feeding infraction” that has been blown out of proportion.

She said a medical student training to be a doctor and working at the center saw the infraction and reported it to DCFS without checking with her.

She said she first learned of the complaint when a DCFS worker came to the business.

“DCFS is investigating an allegation of abuse related to the reported incident at Little People Learning Center, 2144 Curtiss St.” Director of Communications Jassen Strokosch said Tuesday evening. “That investigation is pending.”

Janice said she likely would have fired Radke for hitting the 1-year-old girl with the plate, but said it was an accident as Radke attempted to remove the plate from the child’s reach.

Each of the three women are next due in court on May 15.

This is totally unrelated … but all three of those women look much older than their ages.

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WATCH: 76ers Players Lose It After Someone Farts on the Bench

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid was benched in Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets due to a knee injury, and he probably regretted where he chose to sit after someone let out an apparently smelly fart on the bench.

During a break, Amir Johnson of the 76ers came over to the bench as cameras panned over to the inactive players, and judging by their reactions, someone let a nasty one rip near them.

Embiid could be seen covering his nose as other Sixers players seemed equally disgusted, with one player fanning in front of his face.

All farts aside, the 76ers ended up defeating the Nets 131-115, which put them up 2-1 in the series.

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Longtime Friends Find Out They’re Actually Brothers Thanks to a Cancer Diagnosis & 23andMe

Imagine a cancer diagnosis leads you to take a commercialized genetic test only to discover one of your closest friends is your half-sibling.

It may sound like the plot of a feel-good Hallmark movie, but it’s the true story of longtime friends, Walter Gordy III and Mark Tolson.

The friends/brothers and their mothers appeared on the Today show to share their incredible story.

Five years ago, Gordy, was diagnosed with lymphoma after doctors found a lump on his neck. He then used a 23andMe kit to learn more about his medical history.

Other than learning his African and European ancestry, there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary from the results.

But a few years later, Gordy’s received a call from his close friend, Tolson, that changed his life forever.

“I said, ‘Man, I’ve been knowing you for 12 years. Are you telling me we’re brothers?’” Gordy—an only child (or so he thought)—recalled upon learning the shocking news from his friend-turned-half-brother.

Raised by a single mother, Tolson took the test to learn more about his paternal ancestry. When he received the results and viewed his potential DNA relatives, he was floored.

“It popped up and said Walt Gordy III and I was like ‘Mom, I know him!’” Tolson recalled. “Thirty-five years later, I find out I have a brother. So that’s pretty amazing to me,” he said.

It turns out Gordy and Tolson’s mothers were both artificially inseminated by the same donor in the early 80s.

But the story gets even wilder. The newfound brothers’ mothers not only know each other, but they have been singing in the same church choir for the past 13 years. Neither had a clue that their sons were biologically related.

“We’ve always prayed that he would find that fraternal part of him,” said Booker Lynn Graves, Gordy’s mother.

“And we truly look at it as a blessing from God because our prayers were answered. It’s just a beautiful joy to both of them that they have one another the rest of their lives.”

Added Tolson’s mother: “It’s a very wonderful feeling to know that he has found someone that he can lean on who’s of his own blood.”

Gordy and Tolson have continued to build their relationship as brothers, including spending quality time together while Tolson’s home is rented out through Airbnb.

Gordy is now cancer-free but is thankful that the disease led him to his brother.

“Cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me because I was able to find a blessing in the end,” Gordy said.

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Ohio Rapper Q Money Turns Himself In to Police After Being Wanted for Murder

Ohio rapper Q Money turned himself in to police Thursday (Apr. 18) after reports surfaced that he was wanted for murder in Georgia in connection with the shooting death of another Cleveland area rapper.

According to jail records, 23-year-old Qamar Williams was booked into the Dekalb County Jail around 3:25 p.m. Thursday on a felony murder charge.

Williams is accused of shooting 24-year-old Calvin Chappell in the head around 8:30 am. Monday at the home of Chappell’s cousin in Decatur, which is about 10 miles outside Atlanta.

A man who lived in the apartment where Chappell was shot told police he heard a gunshot, grabbed his gun and ran downstairs.

He told police he saw Williams with a gun in his hand standing over Chappell’s body, and when he asked Williams what happened, Williams only stuttered “I” several times.

According to the police report, the man ran upstairs and woke up his roommate, Chappell’s cousin, and told him that “Q had done something.”

When the two men went downstairs to confront Williams, they took his gun from him, forced him out of the house, and locked the door behind him. The men then called a friend, who showed up with a gun, police said.

Officers found Chappell face down in the living room near several bullet casings, and they also recovered two guns from the kitchen.

Chappell’s cousin told police that Chappell had been staying at his apartment for about three or four days.

The police report also stated that the home was equipped with working surveillance cameras.

Williams, known by his rap name Q Money, became popular with the release of his song “Work,” which has nearly 9 million views on YouTube.

Q reportedly signed a record deal last year with Warner Bros. and Think It’s A Game Records.

He also just released a song back in February called “Neat,” which features a plethora of rappers, including Young Dolph, YFN Lucci, PeeWee Longway, G Herbo, and Flipp Dinero.

People who know Q Money were surprised by the accusations that he shot and killed someone.

“He had a little temper on him, but not nothing like that. I ain’t never heard of him doing anything violent,” Twon Kash told Cleveland19.com.

This is not the rapper’s first run-in with the law.

Since getting signed last year, Williams has had several run-ins with police, including an incident last summer on the set of a video shoot in which gunfire erupted, leaving six people significantly wounded and one person dead. Charges were reportedly dropped against the men involved.

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Brandy & Monica Are Finally Going on Tour Together Together After 20 Years of Feuding

Have Brandy and Monica finally buried the hatchet? In an unexpected twist, the two have reportedly put their differences aside and will go tour together later the summer, in the name of women empowerment.

Live Nation Urban announced dates for its “Femme It Forward” tour. Surprisingly, Brandy and Monica are slated to perform three dates together in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Concord, CA.

The 90s R&B queens will perform alongside artists such as Ashanti, Mya, Keri Hilson, and Lil Mo.

“Femme It Forward” is an all-female series featuring concerts, panels, and comedy shows. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations aimed toward the advancement of women.

Brandy and Monica have had a much-documented feud for over two decades, dating back to their hit 1998 collaboration “The Boy is Mine.”

It’s believed the beef was sparked when Monica became upset Brandy performed the song solo on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Monica retaliated by titling her 2nd album The Boy is Mine and releasing the song as the album’s lead single.

Since then, the two have thrown jabs back and forth, with Brandy mostly harboring the strongest feelings.

In recent years, Brandy had repeatedly thrown shade Monica’s way, has relentlessly stated her relationship with Whitney Houston was stronger than Monica’s, posted odd videos many felt were aimed toward her former duet partner, and also mocked the viral #SoGoneChallenge, which was inspired by Monica’s hit single “So Gone.”

And to make it clear why Brandy is in her feelings, during her set at Essence Festival last year, she changed the lyrics of The Boy is Mine to “the song is mine.”

The R&B rivals did momentarily reunite as adults in 2012 to record another duet, “It All Belongs to Me.” However, the mea culpa was short-lived, as the two fell out over promotion for the single and their planned joint tour was canceled.

Brandy did give Monica a positive shout out earlier this year, though.

She posted a still from “The Boy is Mine” video with Monica during Black History Month. “#Powerful Women,” she wrote on the Instagram post, which also included two crowns.

Honestly, we thought we’d never see the day: Monica and Brandy have finally put all the drama behind them! Or, at least, we hope so. Their first tour date isn’t scheduled until July.

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Lil Yachty Wrote Most of “Act Up” By City Girls: “I Wrote the Whole Song Except for J.T.’s Last Verse”

The next time you’re turning up to City Girls’ “Act Up,” make sure you thank Lil Yachty for creating the smash hit.

During a recent interview with social media influencer Kerwin Frost, the “Broccoli” rapper revealed that, aside from JT’s closing verse, he “wrote the whole song.”

“One day I was in the studio with my best friend Earl and he played the beat and said ‘write something for City Girls’ and I was like ‘okay.’ And I just did it,” he said.

Yachty is credited on the track alongside its producer EarlThePearl and City Girls member Jatavia “J.T.” Johnson (City Girls’ other member, Caresha “Yung Miami” Brownlee, doesn’t have a writing credit), but he wants people to know that the majority of the song’s lyrics came from him.

“[People] said ‘he might have said one thing in the studio and they credit him.’ I wrote the whole song, except J.T.’s last verse,” Yachty said. “But everything that everyone is singing, I wrote the whole thing.”

Yachty, who is signed to Quality Control along with City Girls, went on to explain his writing process.

“I just thought like them. I know them personally, and I know what women like to hear,” he added. “What’s some like, raunchy sh*t? I just started saying it, and before I went in the booth I said ‘no homo, y’all’ because all my boys was in the room. And I started saying crazy sh*t. But I came out and I was like, ‘Y’all watch, this is about to blow up.”

And Lil Yachty’s prediction was correct.

“Act Up” is currently in its sixth week on the Billboard Hot 100, rising to a new high of No. 40 this week. Though the song has yet to top the duo’s Cardi B collaboration “Twerk,” it’s already City Girls’ highest-charting single without a feature.

Yachty said that this is his first time writing a song for another artist.

“I always wanted to write a song for somebody. And I did it, and when it blew up I felt so good,” he said. “Because people always try to discredit me. So when I seen it, I realized now I get my credit a different way.”

Since then, he said he’s working on more songs for other artists that are coming out soon.

“That’s something that I’m getting into now,” he said. “I’m about to start doing writing camps for different producers. I write sh*t all the time… I can think like other people. That was a real fun experience for me, and it was most fun when it leaked to the public. I spent a few days just reading people’s responses, because I didn’t speak on it, I didn’t say anything.”

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Dave East Dragged on Twitter After Calling “Old Town Road” Wack

For the second week in a row, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X is the #1 song in the country, and New York rapper Dave East couldn’t care less, because according to him, the song is “super wack.”

East said in a video shared to his Instagram stories

“This f**kin’ ‘Old Town Road’ sh*t is f**kin’ wack. I don’t know what the f**k is going on with hip-hop or rap but … that sh*t is wack with a cape on it. It’s super wack.”

While everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions, Twitter was not here for the slander against Lil Nas X and “Old Town Road” and promptly commenced to drag Mr. East.

“Name me 5 good Dave East songs,” one person tweeted. “I’ll wait. I promise I’ll wait. I’ll wait all day honestly.”

Said another: “Dave East hasn’t created one song that’s better than Old Town Road. Opinion is voided.”

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Not everyone was against Dave East though. In fact, some people agreed with East and took up for him.

Lil Nas X has yet to respond directly, but he did post this video on Twitter of Kevin Hart talking about how it’s “cool to be negative” not too long after Dave East’s comments went viral

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Kodak Black Hides Behind a Bunch of $100 Bills As He’s Released From Jail on $20K Cash Bond After Drugs & Weapons Arrest at U.S. Border

In the words of T.I., Kodak Black was released from jail “quickly, expeditiously.”

After getting arrested Wednesday (Apr. 17) at the U.S.-Canada Border on drug and weapon possession charges, a judge allowed the rapper to post a $20,000 cash bond Thursday in exchange for his freedom, TMZ reports.

WKBW News was at the Niagara County Jail when Kodak was released, and the rapper hid his face from the cameras behind a wad of cash as fans followed him around and took selfies with him.

Kodak’s team was forced to cancel a concert last night in Boston due to the rapper’s arrest earlier in the day, and his fans—who waited outside for hours because no one knew were Kodak was at the time—were pissed.

New York State Police said Kodak Black, whose real name is “Bill Kapri” (he changed it from his birth name, Dieuson Octave, last May) and three other men were attempting to enter the United States via the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge when they were detained at the border for weapon and drug possession.

Police said they found marijuana and an undeclared Glock 9mm pistol in the Cadillac Escalade the 21-year-old rapper was driving at the time.

There was also a Porsche traveling with Kodak’s team with three other people, and the driver of that vehicle declared two loaded handguns, but didn’t declare a third that was found by police in the trunk.

Police also said they found more marijuana in the Porsche, and everyone in the vehicle—22-year-old Jeantony Saintmelus (the driver), 24-year-old Stetson President and 20-year-old Madarrow Smith (the passengers)—was arrested.

Saintmelus, President and Smith were all charged with criminal possession of a weapon, while Saintmelus was hit with an additional marijuana possession charge.

Kodak shouldn’t get too excited about his freedom though, because not only does the State of New York NOT play when it comes to gun charges, the trial for his criminal first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge is scheduled to begin in the summer or fall … and the judge over that case is probably going to look at this latest arrest with a huge side-eye.

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G Herbo Arrested in Atlanta & Charged With Battery for Allegedly Assaulting His Baby Mama Ari

Chicago rapper G Herbo was arrested in Atlanta Wednesday (Apr. 17) after getting into an argument with his baby mama, Ariana Fletcher, that allegedly turned physical.

According to TMZ, police said Herbo (real name: Herbert Wright) and Ari got into a shouting match Wednesday morning, but at some point, Herbo physically assaulted Ari.

Police said Herbo then fled the location with their son, but later returned, and after speaking with officers, he was arrested for simple battery.

Police said Ariana sustained minor scratches as a result of the altercation, though it’s unclear what triggered the alleged assault.

Herbo’s arrest is particularly interesting because he and Ari are not together romantically, as she is currently dating boxer Gervonta Davis and is around 14 weeks pregnant with his child.

Coincidentally, Ari and Gervonta were spotted partying Monday night (Apr. 15) at Allure Gentlemen’s club in Atlanta, where Chance the Rapper was celebrating his birthday, and G Herbo also happened to be in the building as well.

Ari, Gervonta and G Herbo were NOT there together, however, it isn’t clear whether a possible encounter may have led to the alleged assault the next morning (and we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case).

Herbo is currently being held at the Fulton County Jail on $2,000 bond.

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Mugshot Madness: Kodak Black Arrested at U.S.-Canada Border on Gun & Drug Charges

Just hours after it was reported that Kodak Black was a no-show at a concert Wednesday night (Apr. 17) at the House of Blues in Boston, it was revealed that the Florida rapper had been arrested by U.S. Customs Agents for weapons and drugs charges at the U.S.-Canada border earlier that day.

According to Buffalo’s WKBW News, New York State Police said Kodak (whose real name is “Bill Kapri”) was with three other men attempting to enter the United States via the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge when they were detained at the border for weapon and drug possession.

Police said Kodak had marijuana and a Glock 9mm pistol that he didn’t declare inside the Cadillac Escalade he was driving.

According to TMZ, there was also a Porsche traveling with Kodak’s team with 3 other people, and the driver of that vehicle declared two loaded handguns, but didn’t declare a third that was found by police in the trunk.

Police said they also found more marijuana in the Porsche, and arrested 22-year-old Jeantony Saintmelus (the driver) for criminal possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana. Stetson President and Madarrow Smith (the passengers) were also arrested for criminal possession of a weapon.

A spokesman for Customs and Border Protection said in a statement:

“On Wednesday, two vehicles occupied by U.S. Citizens were encountered at the Lewiston-Queenston Port of Entry. During the initial inspection, the U.S. citizens admitted to being in possession of marijuana and firearms.

“During a secondary inspection, it was revealed that the weapons were possessed unlawfully in New York State and subsequently the marijuana, firearms and subjects were turned over to the New York State Police for further processing.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations continuously works in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, which include federal, state and local agencies.”

All four men were arraigned in Lewiston Town Court and taken to the Niagara County Jail to be booked on their charges. They’re all due back in court in May.

Though Kodak never made it to his Boston show, his tour bus did, and it was surrounded by angry fans after being told that the rapper wasn’t performing.

TMZ reported that Kodak’s fans waited outside for several hours before his team canceled the gig.

This has been an especially busy week for Kodak Black, who has been beefing with damn near the entire Hip Hop industry after making disrespectful comments about Lauren London following the death of Nipsey Hussle.

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