Swizz Beatz’ Ex-Wife Mashonda Sends Alicia Keys Heartfelt Mother’s Day Message: “I Want to Show Extreme Gratitude to My Baby’s Other Mother”

They really are a blended family.

Mashonda Tifrere—Swizz Beatz’s ex-wife and mother of his son Kassem Jr.—gave Alicia Keys a special Mother’s Day shoutout.

“Before this glorious day ends, I want to show extreme gratitude to my baby’s other mother,” Tifrere began her heartfelt Instagram message.

“@aliciakeys thank you so much for holding this child close to your heart and supporting him with his homeschooling and emotional needs over the course of these past 2 crazy months. Even though my heart ached due to his absence, I found great peace knowing that you were the woman holding his hand and putting him to sleep at night. THANK YOU!”

Based on the post, it seems Tifrere has been unable able quarantine with her son who has been with his musical father and step-mother.

The Tifrere, Beatz, and Keys triangle has been a popular topic of discussion for a decade now. Beatz left his wife to be with Keys.

By the time their divorce was finalized in May 2010, Beatz was already engaged to Keys who was also pregnant with their first child together.

In 2016, Keys released the song “Blended Family (What You Do for Love),” which explained Keys’ relationship with Beatz, Tifrere and her step-son.

Four years later, Tifrere’s genuine message is proof that the blended family is still making it work for the sake of the kids and their modern family.

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Legendary R&B/Soul Singer Betty Wright Dead at 66

R&B/Soul legend Betty Wright has died at the age of 66.

Wright’s niece confirmed her passing on Sunday morning (May 10), however, a cause of death has not been revealed.

Wright’s death comes a week after Chaka Khan took to Twitter to ask fans to pray for the Florida legend’s health.

“Calling all my #PrayWarriors | My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your [prayers],” Chaka tweeted. “‘Que Sera, Sera | Whatever Will Be, Will Be.’ In Jesus Name We Pray for Sister Betty
All My Love Chaka.”

A March 2020 feature on Wright’s music in People magazine referred to Chaka Khan as a “dear friend” of Wright’s.

Wright, whom some in the music industry considered one of the most underrated singers of her time, was recently featured on TV One’s Unsung.

Born Bessie Regina Norris in Miami Florida in December 1953, Wright began her career singing Gospel music with her family and later became a star in her own right with the release of her most famous song “Clean Up Woman” in 1971 when she was only 18 years old.

She went on to record a number of hits, including “Let Me Be Your Lovermaker,” “Shoorah Shoorah,” “Tonight is the Night” and “Where is the Love.”

Betty made history in the 1980’s when she launched her own independent label, which, before her, had never been done before by a female artist. That’s when she recorded the song “No Pain (No Gain),” which popularized the phrase.

She later recorded “Mother Wit,” and the song went gold, which also made history because she was the first African-American singer to go gold on her own record label.

Wright went on to become an inspiration to many singers, including Mary J. Blige, who sampled “Clean Up Woman” for her own hit single “Real Love.” Wright’s “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do” was also sampled for Beyoncé’s 2006 single “Upgrade U.”

Back in 2011, Wright said of working with younger artists: “I believe in legacy. And I believe in making the radio sound better. If I gotta listen to it, I want it to sound good. So I’m tired of people disturbing the peace, getting on the radio and sounding a hot mess.

“If I can tell what the note really is, why let them go to the note they think it is? I’ve got that mama vibe. I don’t look at it with an ego.”

Wright had five children—Aisha, Patrice, Patrick, Chaka (named after her BFF), and Asher. However, on Christmas Day 2005, Wright’s family was struck with tragedy when her son, Patrick Parker, was shot to death at a holiday party in South Florida at the age of 21. No arrests were ever made in the killing.

Wright recorded the song “Dry Well” to pay tribute to her son, and in 2012, she performed it at a rally in support of the arrest of George Zimmerman.

“And if I can lend a celebrity voice to it, because when my son died, the way I got through it was through the power of family and the power of prayer,” she said at the time. “And I began to write it out, as I have always done the pain in my life.”

Wright’s death on Mother’s Day came at the end of a particularly difficult weekend for the music industry following the loss of industry vet Andre Harrell and Rock ‘N’ Roll legend Little Richard.

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It Was All A Lie: String of Burglaries Gregory & Travis McMichael Said Was the Reason for Stalking & Murdering Ahmaud Arbery Never Happened

Gregory and Travis McMichael, the white father and son who were arrested Thursday (May 7) and charged with murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, told police they believed the 25-year-old black man was a suspect in a string of burglaries in the area, and that’s why they chased him down and killed him while trying to detain him for questioning in a citizen’s arrest.

Well, as it turns out … and this may or may not surprise you … that was a whole entire lie.

A police lieutenant told CNN that there was just ONE burglary incident—not several, as the McMichaels said—reported in the Brunswick, Georgia, and that was on January 1st, nearly two months before the shooting.

Greg, 64, and his 34-year-old son Travis were arrested in Brunswick on Thursday (May 7) and face charges of murder and aggravated assault in Arbery’s death.

Many in the South Georgia community (and all over the country) were angry that it took over two months for the McMichaels’ arrests, which came two days after video footage surfaced showing the deadly confrontation, sparking outrage and calls for justice.

Immediately after the fatal shooting, according to a Glynn County Police report, Greg McMichael—a former investigator for the District Attorney’s office—said he thought Arbery resembled a suspect in a series of recent break-ins in the Satilla Shores neighborhood.

However, Glynn County Police Lieutenant Cheri Bashlor said there was just one automobile burglary in the neighborhood reported after a 9mm pistol was stolen on January 1st from an unlocked truck outside the McMichaels’ home.

Arbery was out for a jog in the Satilla Shores neighborhood on February 23rd when Gregory McMichael and his son chased him down, police said.

Arbery and Travis McMichael struggled over the latter’s shotgun, and Gregory McMichael told police that his son shot Arbery after Arbery attacked him, the police report stated.

The McMichaels briefly appeared in court Friday and the judge denied bond for the father-son duo.

“I just want justice for my son,” Ahmaud’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., told CNN Friday on what would have been Ahmaud’s 26th birthday. ” I just want them to pay the price for the crime they did.”

Marcus Arbery Sr. compared his son’s killing to a modern-day lynching.

“Anytime you pursue a young man, go jump in a truck with shotguns and a pistol … and you follow him and slaughter him like that, that’s lynching,” he said.

Because Georgia is one of a few states that doesn’t have a hate crime statute, the McMichaels will not face any hate crime charges for Arbery’s shooting death.

When asked why the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested the McMichaels so quickly when local authorities failed to do so for 74 days, GBI Director Vic Reynolds said he couldn’t speak on the actions of other agencies.

But, he did say that he was “very comfortable in telling you that there’s more than sufficient probable cause in this case for felony murder.”

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Little Richard Dead at 87

Little Richard, the flamboyant Rock ‘N’ Roll pioneer, has died at the age of 87.

His death was first announced on his official Facebook Saturday morning (May 9), and his son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed the sad news to Rolling Stone. A cause of death was not revealed.

Little Richard was reportedly suffering from a few health problems over the past several years, and had suffered from a stroke and a heart attack, along with hip problems.

His bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told TMZ that he’d been sick for the past two months and passed away Saturday at his home in Tennessee surrounded by close family members, including his brother, sister and son.

Glenn said he last spoke with Richard back in March and the singer asked him to come over and visit, but he couldn’t due to the pandemic.

Glenn said Richard was like a father to him and would sometimes tell him: “Not to take anything away from your dad, but you’re my son.”

Considered a founding father of Rock & Roll, Little Richard—born Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932—landed his first record deal back in 1951 with RCA.

He didn’t become successful until after 1955 when he signed with Specialty Records, where he quickly rose to fame with hits like “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Lucille,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and more.

Richard’s influence was so huge that The Beatles have credited him as being one of their biggest inspirations. The legendary group even re-recorded his hit “Long Tall Sally,” which was a huge success.

Bob Dylan also said he played the rock icon’s song on his piano as a kid.

“I heard Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and that was it,” Elton John told Rolling Stone back in 1973. “I didn’t ever want to be anything else. I’m more of a Little Richard stylist than a Jerry Lee Lewis, I think. Jerry Lee is a very intricate piano player and very skillful, but Little Richard is more of a pounder.”

Little Richard was also one of the 10 original inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and was honored at the 1993 Grammys with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

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Uptown Records Founder Andre Harrell Dead at 59

Andre Harrell, the veteran music exec who founded Uptown Records, has died at the age of 59.

The sad news was first announced by DJ D-Nice early Saturday morning (May 9) during his nightly set on Instagram Live.

Industry sources confirmed to All Hip Hop that Harrell died suddenly, however, a cause of death was not immediately revealed.

Harrell founded Uptown Records back in 1986. The label, which went on to become one of the most popular R&B/Hip-Hop labels of the late 80’s and early 90’s, was responsible for launching the careers of Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (now known as Diddy), Mary J. Blige, Heavy D & The Boyz, Teddy Riley, Jodeci, Al B. Sure! and many others.

Fans of rap culture know that Harrell also infamously fired Sean “Diddy” Combs back when he worked for Uptown Records, which inspired him to launch Bad Boy Records, the label that made Combs into the mogul that he is today.

Harrell would go on to be a mentor for Diddy and ended up regularly working with him in various capacities over the last few decades.

Harrell also served as the President & CEO of Motown Records for a time and was the Vice Chairman of Revolt, Diddy’s multi-platform music network.

During his time at Revolt, he was instrumental in launching the Revolt Music Conference, which is held annually in Miami.

More to come…

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Nicki Minaj Hints at Pregnancy During Fan Q&A, Reveals Cravings & Says “The World Ain’t Ready” for Her Baby Bump Just Yet

Nicki Minaj is bout to a mama! Or so we think.

Though it has not been confirmed, many of the Barbz believe their fave is pregnant after she strongly hinted that she is with child during a Q&A session on Twitter.

Minaj hosted the session with her fans on Thursday (May 7).

And when discussing what she’s been cooking while in quarantine, the rapper revealed that she’s been having cravings for red meat and extra jalapenos.

Following up on the “cravings,” someone asked if Minaj also happened to be experiencing morning sickness.

Minaj shared that she hadn’t been throwing up, but had nausea and was using the bathroom a lot.

All the hints led to a fan asking when will we get to see the baby bump. “In a couple of months,” Minaj teased again. “The world ain’t ready yet.”

Minaj married childhood friend Kenneth Petty last year and has long expressed her desire to have children.

“I do not want to work all my life and never experience the joys of a family,” she told Vogue Italia in 2014.

She elaborated on her domestic plans in 2015 Cosmopolitan interview:

“Ten years from now, I will have two children, unless my husband wants three. I will be into my fitness a lot more, I will stop yo-yo dieting, and I’ll be a housewife with careers that I can run from home.

“I want to be able to cook for my children, bake cookies for them, and watch them grow up. I just want to be mommy. Take them to school, go to the parent-teacher conference, help them with their homework, and put their work on the refrigerator.”

Again, nothing has been confirmed.

Plus, this is far from the first time Minaj has teased us with pregnancy innuendos.

Last fall, she stated that she was retiring to start a family and most recently she jokingly claimed that she was pregnant during one of her Queen Radio broadcasts.

“They really gon’ believe me—my manager’s face! He was about to die!” she laughed off the statement.

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Princess Love Files for Divorce From Ray J After Living Apart for Several Months

Princess Love has reached the end of the road with her relationship with husband Ray J and has filed for divorce.

Several outlets confirm Princess filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (May 5), just months after she gave birth to the couple’s second child.

A rep for the couple told People:

“It’s a very difficult time for both Princess and Ray J and we are asking that we just let them have their privacy as they work through and deal with this very trying situation.”

The Love and Hip-Hop stars have been living separately for several months now.

The breakdown of their relationship played out publicly and on social media after Princess claimed Ray left her and their 2-year-old daughter stranded in Las Vegas while he partied back in November. Princess was also 8 months pregnant at the time.

With tensions running high, both threatened divorce and Ray J was seen without his wedding ring in December.

Ray J made several public pleas to his wife and tried to make amends. They spent Thanksgiving together and he even made a grand gesture for Valentine’s Day by covering his apartment with 2,000 roses for Princess and their daughter.

The two also confronted each other for a three-part special on Zeus in an effort to save their marriage. But the conversation went all the way left, exposing more cracks in the relationship than fixing them.

Ray J and Princess got married in 2016 after dating for three years. They have two children together.

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Gregory & Travis McMichael Arrested for Murder in Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery

Gregory and Travis McMichael have been arrested and charged for the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations announced in a press release.

The white father-son duo who made headlines for chasing down and shooting an unarmed black man while he was jogging in a Georgia neighborhood were taken into police custody Thursday (May 7) and face charges of aggravated assault and murder.

Photos posted to social media show the men being apprehended in front of a house.

Arbery, 25, was shot to death the afternoon of Sunday, February 23rd as he was running through the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia.

Arbery’s family and friends say he was simply out jogging, while the McMichaels claimed acted in self-defense when they followed Arbery in their truck because they believed he was responsible for a string of burglaries in the area.

There is no evidence Arbery committed the burglaries.

“Earlier this week, I watched a video depicting Mr. Arbery’s last moments alive. It is absolutely horrific, and Georgians deserve answers,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said.

“I have confidence in Vic Reynolds and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. I know they will work around the clock to thoroughly and independently investigate Mr. Arbery’s death to find the truth. In these moments, please pray for his loved ones, the local community, and our state.”

More to come…

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Video Shows Alabama Cop Body Slamming Black Woman at Walmart for Not Wearing a Mask

A police officer in Birmingham, Alabama is under investigation after video footage surfaced showing him body-slamming a Walmart customer for allegedly refusing to wear a face mask.

According to AL.com, the incident happened Tuesday night (May 6) while the off-duty cop was moonlighting as a security guard at a Walmart in Roebuck.

The footage, which has been shared thousands of times on social media, shows the officer, who is black, attempting to handcuff a woman, also black, for not complying with orders to leave the store.

The cop then picks the women up in the air, flips her and violently slams her to the ground as other customers look on in shock.

A nearby woman could be seen and heard shouting at the security guard for slamming her friend’s head on the ground.

For what it’s worth, Alabama’s stay-at-home order amid the COVID-19 pandemic only recommends, not requires, that residents wear face coverings while out in public.

After the footage surfaced, Birmingham police spokesman, Sgt. Rod Mauldin, released a statement saying that the incident was being investigated.

“The same day the interaction occurred immediate actions were taken for the sake of public trust and transparency,” read Sgt. Mauldin’s statement.

“A preliminary investigation consistent with the Birmingham Police Department reportable use of force protocols were immediately initiated and investigators of the Internal Affairs Division are conducting an investigation. This protocol applies for all use of force incidents that occur within the Birmingham Police Department.

“We understand we are operating in trying times. The Birmingham Police Department has maintained a consistent community oriented educational approach to the surrounding circumstances of Covid-19. As a department we have been successful in our efforts to gain compliance and cooperation from the vast majority of citizens in Birmingham.

“Our records indicate, we have not issued any citations or made arrests as it relates to the shelter in place ordinance or the face covering ordinance. We have made a valiant effort to gain voluntary compliance and we will continue to work cohesively with the community.”

This particular incident comes just days after other videos have gone viral showing NYPD cops violently arresting black people for violating social distancing guidelines—a stark contrast to images showing white people in NYC parks violating those same guidelines, but being handed face masks instead of being violently apprehended.

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Memphis Teen Shot to Death in McDonald’s Drive-Thru Days Before Graduation, Family Believes It Was a Setup

A Memphis teen is making headlines after she was shot and killed over the weekend in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant just weeks before she was supposed to graduate high school.

18-year-old Mya Taylor was shot to death at the McDonald’s on Winchester Road and Millbranch Road in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday (May 2).

The teen was in line waiting for food with her friends when the tragic shooting that claimed her life took place.

She was set to graduate from high school later this month and had a bright future ahead of her.

One of her friends who was at the scene of the crime told authorities that a gray sedan pulled up next to their car and started firing gunshots.

“Her best friend said they didn’t even know they were shooting at the car,” Mya’s sister, Brianne Sweat, told WREG-TV News. “They just heard gunshots and ducked down.”

Sweat said her sister’s friends sat up after the shots were fired, that’s when they noticed the teen slumped over in the car.

Taylor’s friends believe that they were targeted, but they don’t believe Taylor was the intended target. The car they were riding in also had tinted windows.

Sweat said a group of boys gave her sister and her friends a ride to the McDonald’s, but she doesn’t know who the boys are.

Sweat also revealed that moments before the shooting took place, Taylor moved from the back seat of the car to the front passenger seat, swapping seats with a male in the car.

“The windows were tinted, if the car was targeted, they would have never known that Mya swapped to that front seat. I have no doubt in my mind that Mya was not the target,” Sweat said.

Sweat said Taylor didn’t have any enemies, she was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong people.

“Her friend said Mya, right before it happened said, ‘Why is that car staring at us?’” Sweat said.

A 19-year-old male victim was also shot during the encounter. He was released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

Taylor’s mother, Jolanda Wright, received the news that her daughter had been shot while she was at work.

“My mom received a phone call from my sister’s phone. Her best friend was screaming. She could hardly understand them. The only thing she could understand was that Mya had gotten shot,” Sweat said.

Sweat said she remembers her sister as being a goofy, care-free spirit.

“Mya was a really sweet person,” Brianne said. “She was really goofy. She didn’t take much seriously.”

Taylor’s family is looking for justice for her senseless murder. They believe someone in the car knows who killed their loved one, but is not speaking up.

“Talking to people about who they are into it with, nobody wants to tell us, but you have to think, that could have been your son. You would want someone to help you bring them to justice,” Sweat said.

She went on: “Everyone wants justice for Mya. It’s not going to bring her back, but it will make us feel a lot better to know that the people that did this will pay.

“They said the guy drove up, was hanging out the window with a black hoodie and a black mask covering his mouth and shot up the front of the car. All the bullets were in the front of the car.”

Jolanda Wright said that she is deeply hurt by her daughter’s death and just wants answers.

“This hurts. It hurts. I need to know something. I just want justice,” Wright said.

Police have released photos of a suspect and are asking for anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH.

They say the man in the photo and other suspects were last seen in the Sedan speeding away.

A GoFundMe has been created to help pay for Taylor’s funeral expenses.

Her school, Hillcrest High School, posted a message on Facebook about her tragic death. The statement read:

“Early this morning, we received word of Mya’s untimely passing and still struggling to come to grips with this sad news. Our staff and students will truly miss Mya’s smiling face and pray that her family finds peace in knowing she was loved by many, including her Viking Family. To Mya, rest well Young Queen. You are loved and will be missed!!”

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