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After years of criminal court proceedings, Ashanti faced her alleged stalker in a New York courtroom, the Daily News reports.
The singer has accused Devar Hurd, 36, of harassing her and her family since 2009. He even spent two years behind bars for the offenses, but the harassment started back up again in 2013. In court Tuesday, Ashanti faced Hurd, who is representing himself, as he cross-examined her.
“Wassup Shani… everything good?” he asked during questioning. “How’s ‘Army Wives’ going? Are you still acting on that show?”
He was shot down repeatedly by a judge for asking irrelevant questions.
“You’re not letting me ask her nothing!” he reportedly whined at one point.
“I was extremely scared and nervous. I had no idea what he was capable of. I felt unsafe,” Ashanti told the jury before describing the perverted tweets she received from Hurd during a dinner outing with her family on July 13, 2013.
Ashanti’s mother, Tina Douglas, and sister, Kenashia Douglas, who have also accused Hurd of harassing them, were subjected to his cross-examination as well.
While Ashanti says that she doesn’t ever recall meeting Hurd, Kenashia does remember posing for a photograph with him.
“In person you seem like, you know, a very nice guy. You come off that way,” Kenashia told Hurd. “But when you go home… you begin to tweet things that are inappropriate, talking about my body and the things you want to do to me that makes me feel unsafe.”
While exiting the courtroom Tuesday, Ashanti confessed that the experience of being cross-examined by Hurd had not been a pleasant one.
“It was horrible,” she said.
The trial is set to continue Wednesday.
While promoting her new Christmas album, Ashanti opened up to Hot 97’s Morning Show about her past relationship with Nelly and what she thinks about all of the drama that has been surrounding her ex-boo these days. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On Nelly always beefing with his boos’ exes:
“What can I say? Why are the boyfriends mad? Me personally, I go after the person that’s supposed to be loyal to me. Guys may handle things differently. I don’t know…what all those situations are. It’s hard because I see through a lot of different situations. I don’t think a lot of things are being taken seriously.”
On if these men are jealous of Nelly for a reason aka his sex game:
“Listen, it’s great [laughs].”
On if she’s dating anyone:
“I have friends.”
On the last time she had sex with Nelly:
“It’s been a while, but it hasn’t been a whole year yet.”
On their relationship/breakup:
“That whole situation…If people were to know the truth, the truth is more bizarre than the perception…The truth of me and him is way more bizarre than what the perception is. If you knew what was really going down, you would be like…WHAT?!?”
On their relationship being a “secret:”
“A lot of people had perceptions of claiming and not claiming and who was running this and who was running that. To clear a little bit of that, a lot of that was me. I’ll come out and say it because I don’t like to have my stuff on blast like that. Sometimes that can make another person feel like, ‘What’s up with that?’ It was a long time, a lot of years and in a relationship, things are 360. Sometimes it turns. One person may feel a certain way at this portion and then the next few years it flips and the other person feel a certain way. You see what I’m saying? I’m trying to give it without giving all of it.”
Check out Ashanti’s full interview below. Thoughts?
Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.
You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.
Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.
Treme actor Rob Brown recently made a settlement with Macy’s for an undisclosed amount over his degrading “shop-and-frisk” experience, but he’s just one of many people of color who have been complaining about being detained while shopping in some of New York City’s major retail stores.
You can now count Ashanti among the unfortunate rich and famous who were discriminated against for shopping while Black. During a recent interview about her fifth studio album, Braveheart, and her upcoming film, Stuck, which is about six strangers trapped on a NYC subway train, the singer opened up about being racially profiled while shopping in Manhattan.
“You know what’s the worst thing? If I have a hat on and sweats or glasses and I’m chillin and I go into a store, you may get someone who follows and says, ‘oh may I help you?’ When they find out [who I am], they say, ‘oh that’s Ashanti, that’s Ashanti, oh my gosh how are you? Would you like some champagne? How may we help you?’” she told theGrio.
Luckily Ashanti hasn’t been stopped and frisked, but racial profiling of shoppers in NYC had gotten so out of hand last year that the Rev. Al Sharpton met with various retailers, such as Macy’s and Barneys New York, to try and rectify the issue. He even drafted a Customer of Bill of Rights.
“According to the bill of rights, store employees who racially profile customers can be disciplined and possibly fired. Also, vulgar language or excessive force while detaining suspects is prohibited. Employees must ‘respect the basic civil and legal rights of any person suspected of a crime,’ the list says,” as we reported
Racial profiling of shoppers happens not only in New York and just in retail stores, but all over the country as teenage boy Rashid Polo made many aware of with his Vine about being followed all over in a series of convenience stores. Perhaps the more entertainers shed light on this issue and make more noise with their pocket,s by not patronizing discriminatory stores, than their mouths, this trend will begin to decline.
One song can make or break an artist’s career. The right song can put them on the map, but the wrong song can send them to court, which was the case with these artists sued over their songs.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Even though he’s been dead for almost two decades, The Notorious B.I.G. still isn’t exempt from being sued over his music. Lee Hutson, former lead singer of The Impressions, is suing Biggie’s estate over the alleged illegal use of one of his songs. Hutson accuses the Brooklyn rapper of using a sample of “Can’t Say Enough About Mom” in his 1994 song “The What” featuring Method Man and he only noticed it two years ago. Bad Boy Records filed a pre-emptive claim a few days before Hutson saying any claim about a sample is past the statute of limitations. Negotiation between the two sides broke down and it looks like the suit will be headed to court.
For the past couple of weeks, messy headlines that tell of the love train known as Floyd Mayweather, Shantel Jackson, Nelly, Ashanti, Tae Heckard, Brandon Jennings and Teyana Taylor have been shared across media outlets. While so much can be said about the über eventful love lives of these well-known people, there are also plenty of lessons to be learned. One of those lessons being, how NOT to break up.
Floyd Mayweather and ex-fiancée, Shantel Jackson, made news after he attempted to embarrass Jackson by uploading medical paperwork to Instagram, accompanied by a caption that pointed to an abortion as the reason for their split.
“The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies.#ShantelJackson#FloydMayweather#TheMoneyTeam#TMT.”
Shortly after, the boxing champion released a dated photo of Shantel and joked that he wanted a refund for all of the cosmetic surgery that he paid to have performed on her.
“…@missjackson Before all the plastic surgery I had to pay for. I’m an Indian giver I want my money back LOL…#PlasticSurgery #TMT,” he wrote.
Despite the seemingly misplaced LOLs tacked at the end of his messages, his antics reeked of a heartbroken man who lacks a constructive way of dealing with his feelings. He was hurt that their relationship didn’t work out (and possibly that she terminated her pregnancy), and since he was unsure whether or not she was feeling the same way, he set out to inflict pain on her as well. He sought to publicly humiliate and degrade her, possibly hoping that he would feel better after the fact. But in the end, it’s highly unlikely that he did. It’s believed that Shantel’s recent revelation that she’s romantically involved with Nelly is what sent Floyd over the edge. But in the end, he only made himself look bitter, vindictive and emotionally unstable. Blasting or attempting to “expose” an ex after a breakup is rarely, if ever, the move.
But Mayweather isn’t the only offender here when it comes to how not to break up. There’s also something to be learned from the actions of Detroit Pistons star Brandon Jennings. In case you’ve already checked out of this messy web of love and lies because it’s way too much to digest, allow me to catch you up to speed. Jennings and Teyana Taylor were an item, off and on, for nearly six years (according to her timeline). The two were even allegedly engaged. Recently, Jennings began claiming actress and model Lashontae Heckard as his new girlfriend, and even fiancée. Problem 1: Heckard was actually a friend of Taylor’s. Problem 2: According to Taylor, Jennings began to seriously downplay their relationship on social media once he got with Heckard.
“On Twitter he said he’s been single for three years,” Teyana said during a recent interview. Brandon knows, the world knows, I know that we were engaged. That was very public. We were engaged at the Madea premiere.
I feel no real man should ever downplay anything, whether it’s me, his baby’s mother, anything. Don’t downplay your past relationships to build a platform. If she loved you for who you are or liked you for who you are, then she’s gonna like your regardless. You don’t need to downplay me. I was disappointed. I felt betrayed because of everything we’ve been through on and off for six years.”
Some speculate that Jennings simply wanted to get back at Taylor for ending their relationship, while others speculate that he made their relationship seem insignificant to make his new lady feel secure. Either way, trying to diminish or downplay the role a person once played in your life simply because things didn’t work out is also a really immature thing to do.
Breaking up has always been hard to do, but there’s no reason for it to get so ugly. The name calling, taking to social media, and downplaying the roles of the person you once couldn’t get enough of isn’t necessary–and you’re not fooling anybody. Maturity is everything. And if your ex is the one seeking to get a rise out of you, remember this quote from Rachel Wolchin: “Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment.” Get it? Got it? Good.
What do you think? What are some other things that people should avoid doing after a break-up?
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I actually went to both my junior and senior prom near the end of May, but for many current high school students, prom season has officially started. It’s that time of year when your parents will happily pay hundreds of dollars for you to enjoy a few hours of dancing, posing, eating and God knows what else you were doing after the prom ended.
Just as we did last year, we thought we’d give you the chance to see some of your favorite famous folks dressed up for their own proms back in the day, and we have 12 celebs ready to embarrass for your enjoyment.
Ah yes…both Ashanti and her friend’s prom dresses look like something I saw quite a few girls wearing to prom back in the day–a lot of velvet and sequins. Now as for those eyebrows…hey, you live and you learn.
If your suspicions were raised when you saw Nelly make Floyd Mayweather’s ex, Shantel Jackson, his #WCW two weeks ago, your thoughts were justified. After the pair was spotted at the Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats game Sunday night everyone started to question whether they might be more than Instagram flirts and Bossip was able to confirm that Derrty Mo and Miss Jackson are indeed an item.
Sources told the site that the two have actually been dating for several months but have been keeping their relationship on the low. That’s likely all about to change though, thanks to intel which claims Nelly is getting ready to drop a track called “Thanks To My Ex” that we imagine will have Floyd, Ashanti, and Tae Heckard all in their feelings. Emotions aside, it seems to us Nelly is doing the absolute most these days. We’ve come to accept Ashanti is lowkey just as responsible for their decade of secrecy as he is, but every other week Nelly Nel seems to be switching between shouting out his old girl, Ashanti, to his ex-girl Tae, to his new girl Shantel, on social media. He might be thinking it’s time to put it in a song so we know it’s real, but judging by his history — and Shantel’s — he might wanna wait a bit before dropping any love songs that he’ll later have to retract.
Also, interesting he’s willing to be so public with this woman, but he and Ashanti were the worst kept secret in music in the 200s….
How do you see this situation playing out? Check the full story on Bossip.com.
“People Always Put Us Against Each Other”: Ashanti Speaks On Beyoncé And The Musical Rivalry That Never Was
In an interview with Global Grind’s Blogxilla, Ashanti talked about going head-to-head musically with Beyoncé during the early ’00s. If you’ll recall, the two were often compared once Beyoncé went solo, and an article in the New York Times from 2003 even boldly stated in its title: The Solo Beyoncé: She’s No Ashanti. Hey, the year before Bey dropped Dangerously In Love and was launched into the stratosphere as a solo artist, Ashanti was quite huge too, having released her mega-hit debut album of the same name, racking up awards, and being the first lady of the uber-popular (and now defunct) Murder Inc. But if you ask Ashanti, such comparisons then and now are tired. She says that she and Beyoncé always got along well and while they both worked hard and had a lot of buzz at the same time, their music was totally different (even though the New York Times described Ashanti at the time as Beyoncé’s “mirror-image rival”). This is what the singer had to say:
“I remember that [article]. I feel like ‘the critics’ and ‘the media,’ people always put us against each other, but we never had beef. It was always all love. ‘Hey!’ ‘What’s up!’ ‘I like your shoes!’ It was that kind of thing. I think we’re two very different artists. I think we bring our different music to the table and I think there’s room. Again, I didn’t like the fact that people always put us together, but it’s a competitive business. There’s only one number one spot. Both working very, very hard. I was extremely happy just being with Murder, Inc. We had an amazing wave and I loved the music we were doing and it just felt right.”
I actually thought they didn’t have all that much in common even then. But seeing as how the number of R&B singers getting shine continues to diminish, those out and doing well can’t help but be compared to one another. But what do you think?
Check out her statements during the interview at the 6:15 mark and share your thoughts:
“#WCW And So What…???”: Nelly Posts Pic Of Tae Heckard As His “Woman Crush Wednesday,” But What About Ashanti?
This love triangle, or whatever is going on between Nelly, his long-time love and ex Ashanti, and recent boo Tae Heckard, is getting quite interesting. We told you that at Ashanti’s album release party for her album Braveheart in March, Nelly Facetimed her to congratulate her on her success, and in response, she sent back kisses through the phone, doing so gleefully in front of cameras. And even before then, there were rumors that the two were back on. The New York Post said sources spotted them canoodling while partying with Diddy and Rick Ross, and she addressed their relationship in the coy way that she does, in interviews. When asked if she felt a way about Nelly previously dating Heckard right after their split, she told The Breakfast Club that she didn’t think he was serious about that relationship:
“Did I feel a way? I’m very smart and I know him. I knew what the facade was.”
Not sure what is going on between them now, but it seems that Nelly is back on Team Tae, posting a beautiful picture of the model and sometimes actress to his Instagram for Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) today. He captioned the photo with this:
#WCW and so what…???? @lashontae aka Cookie …
Well, Cookie and Cornell must be getting close again, and fans of Nelly seemed excited about his small token of appreciation for Heckard, saying that she’s the right girl for him. So what does that mean for Ashanti? Hell if I know, but as I’ve always thought, she needs to do her own thing and find someone who is on the same page and wants the same things as she does. No need to wait around for Nelly to come around at this point.