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Tameka Raymond, if you’ll recall, had quite a traumatic 2012.
While she lost primary custody of her two youngest sons with singer Usher, the saddest thing that could happen to a parent occurred: she had to bury her son. Kile Glover, who was only 11 years old, was killed when a man, allegedly a friend of the family, lost control of his jet ski and ran into an inner tube that Glover and another young friend were sitting on.
Well, in what some are considering shocking news, TMZ has learned that 38 year old Jeffrey Simon Hubbard has been arrested for the accident. He was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury and is charged with Homicide by Vessel, Serious Injury by Vessel and Reckless Operation of a Vessel.
Hubbard is currently being held in a Hall County, Georgia jail without bail. He will see a judge at some point this weekend to see if he can be released on bail.
It will be interesting to see what evidence led to this arrest seven months later because by all initial reports by the police, Hubbard was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time. It, sadly, seemed like a tragic and unfortunate incident.
There has been no comment at this time from Tameka or her ex-husband and Kile’s father, Ryan Glover.
Here we go again. By now, we should know that we’re never too far away from a Kanye West “episode.”
On Saturday night, he kicked off his back-to-back shows at London’s Hammerstein Apollo. After performing the G.O.O.D Music single, “Clique,” Yeezy decided that it was time to get some things off his chest.
He first discussed how he hates business people and the corporate world because they are wiling to stifle an artist’s creativity just to make a few million dollars. “Remind me again why we in this s**t? Since when was making music about getting rich,” he added.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
In what could be used as a double-edged sword, Kanye said:
“Remind me why we in this Isht? And I got love for Hov but I ain’t f**king with that Suit & Tie.”
As we all know, Jay-Z is featured on Justin Timberlake’s new single “Suit & Tie.” In the context of his rant, it is likely that he made the “suit and tie” comment in reference to his sudden disdain of corporations. However, Kanye is not a stupid man so he’s undoubtedly aware that this also comes across as an open “attack” of his friend’s new song.
Apparently, he also hates the foundation that has given him 21 awards: The Grammys. Kanye told the crowd that the Grammys can “suck my d**k” and that he’s “never won a Grammy against a white person.” Now unless he’s talking about winning an award in a non rap category (he would be right in that case), he is wrong because he’s beat both Eminem and The Beastie Boys in the past.
Oh, he’s also not over Taylor Swift beating Beyonce at the MTV Awards years ago. He still believes it is “bulls**t” and that a six year who’s working on their musical craft will be discouraged because someone like Swift (who he is saying is less talented) will always come out on top.
Finally, in response to President Obama calling him a jackass, Kanye replied, “I don’t give a f**k what none of the presidents got to say!”
At some point during the first video, he starts yelling uncontrollably, saying:
“Real [n-word] don’t live too long in this Shyte. They say you coming on too strong in this Isht. They always talking about I’m doing wrong in this Isht. I could give a f**k about…! Remind me why we in this Isht! I lost my muthaf**king mama! So I could a Fawk about your comments, I promise!”
On Twitter, fans who attended the concert tweeted that the rant brought down the energy of what was otherwise a great show. His rant just never seemed to end.
People have been saying that Kanye has not been the same since his mother, Dr. Donda West, passed in 2007. Many feel that he has just let his emotions simmer and his music – and personality – has greatly suffered.
One can only wonder how Nike feels about his hatred of corporations and big businesses since they’ve given him a deal to design the Air Yeezy sneakers. There aren’t many major businesses that need any artists to do anything for them so if this continues, Kanye could find himself on the outside looking in trying to figure out where he went wrong.
Check out the videos below for the rants (in the first video, it starts at about 4:10).
What do you think?
Clive Davis’ 2012 Pre-Grammy Party will always be remembered as the event where the world lost a legend. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room in the same venue where the party was to take place just a few hours later. This year, Cissy Houston says there’s no way she’d be able to attend Davis’ annual bash.
The music mogul extended a personal invitation for Houston to attend his affair, to which Houston politely declined.
“I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing. I don’t know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? Unheard of,” Houston told Access Hollywood. “I guess maybe he just sent me a copy for remembrance sake.”
Ms. Cissy is a classy woman but holds no punches. You know who did accept the invitation? Gary and Pat Houston. For more check out ESSENCE.
Do you think Clive Davis was just trying to be courteous and respectful by sending them invitations to his annual party?
A Lesson Before Dying: What My Aunt’s Death Taught Me About Freedom From Fear And Living Life To The Fullest
Her oxygen was turned up to the maximum and she was non-responsive. She wasn’t even squeezing my hand now. But I held her hand and prayed that God would work a miracle, or if that wasn’t in His will, that He would at least give me peace about the situation.
I want to say that my aunt lived a full life but I can’t. I want to say that she did most everything she dreamed of doing before she passed but she did not. I want to say that she was free of the chains of others people’s opinions but she was not. While I watched her live a beautiful life dedicated in service to God as a pastor, mother and all-around nurturer, I also watched her live a life tortured by fear.
“What would they say? What would they think? How will they react? Is it the right time? We have to wait….”
She lived a long life as God’s servant, but the fullness of that life never came to complete fruition. I took a long hard look at her life and saw how it mirrored my own. At 26 years old, I have been afforded many opportunities, many of which I took, but many of which I let slide between my fingers. Why?
I refused myself the deserved happiness and pride of receiving my Master’s degree for fear of being called “uppity” by my own family. (NOTE: They called me “uppity” anyway.) I deferred to share my hopes and dreams divinely placed in my heart for fear of them being shot down as so often they were. I turned down more than a few opportunities to travel abroad for fear of being called flighty. I’ve held myself back in a major way simply because of fear. Fear of failure, fear of other people’s disapproval, fear of the unknown.
But as I watched my aunt, my second mother, lay passing away in that hospital room I realized that life is not to be feared but to be lived. And not just lived in mediocrity, but wholly, abundantly, fully, lovingly, freely. What a disservice we do to ourselves and the God who created us by living just to get by when He has so much more in store for us!
I made the choice that day to usher in my 27th year of life, 2013, with a new mindset, a new outlook, a new resolve to BE and DO everything for which I am purposed. I’m going to learn how to swim (I know right?). I’m going to fall in love. I’m going to travel to many a beautiful destination, camera in hand. I’m going to do the service work I’ve dreamt of for years. I’m going to push myself out of my comfort zone, past the ridiculing stares and whispers of others, and I’m going to honor God with my life.
During her life, my aunt gave me roots: a deep respect for God, a desire to stay humble, a desire to serve wherever, however I can. And in her passing, I believe she gave me wings. For I have realized that tomorrow certainly is not promised and every single day, every single moment, every single breath I breathe is another opportunity to be whole, excellent, and free. I relinquish the fear that once drove me to sacrifice myself to the gods of mediocrity and I choose to honor the God of my gifts and talents and callings and opportunities.
It’s a new day and I’m 26 years young. Let freedom (and purpose) ring.
La Truly is a late-blooming Aries whose writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change among young women through her writing. Check out her blog: www.hersoulinc.com and Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.
Listen, don’t shoot the messenger.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, TLC will be premiering “Best Funeral Ever” tonight with an hour long special. The show will follow Dallas funeral home, Golden Gate Funeral Home, as they come up with some of the most eccentric homegoing celebrations you’ve ever seen. The owner,John Beckwith Jr wants to bring about a certain attitude to the sad situation, looking to give a smile to the mourning friends and family, versus just going with continued sadness. They can pretty much make anything happen; as Beckwith said, “If the deceased wanted to dunk a basketball, we can make it happen.”
Golden Gate, while providing the wishes for the family and possible “too little, too late” dreams by the deceased, they also provide professional funeral mourners. Now, some of you may have seen this type of person at a church service or funeral you’ve attended , but they do it for free. The professional mourners hired by Golden Gate are trained to grieve loudly and excessively at funerals of people they’ve never met so the family will open up.
The show will likely turn into a full reality show if the special does as well as TLC expects with the ratings.
I’m not sure that I’m interested in watching a show about eclectic funeral arrangements but it certainly can’t be any worse than anything else on television.
Ten months after her son was killed, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, says she’s ready for justice to be served in 2013. She spoke with ESSENCE.com about her first holiday season without Trayvon, her thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and her hopes for 2013:
This year has been bittersweet. The bitter part is that I lost my baby boy. The sweet part has been the show of support that we have received from our community and from the world. We are thankful.
This is our first holiday season without Trayvon, and I have to admit, I’m having a difficult time. I’m an emotional rollercoaster. Trayvon loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. He always looked forward to those holidays. But while I am sad I’m reminded that I have another son that I’m trying to help get through not having his younger brother around.
Sybrina continues to ve a very strong woman. You can read the rest of the touching message over at ESSENCE.
Details are very slowly emerging about Friday’s tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.
Lt. Paul Vance held a press conference Saturday morning and stated that all victims, 20 children and six adults, have been identified and their families have been notified. All of the bodies have been moved from the school to the local morgue as the investigation continues. The medical examiner is expected to speak to the press later on Saturday and will be charged with identifying the names of all the victims. Lt. Vance pleaded with the media to respect the wishes of the parents and families by not hounding them for comments and respecting their privacy. To that end, each family will be supplied with a trooper to be by their side at all times.
The police also didn’t say much about the shooter, now identified as 20 year old Adam Lanza. While his older brother, Ryan, was detained for questioning by police on Friday, there has been no word on whether or not he was involved in this shooting. The shooter killed his mother, Nancy, in her home before continuing on to the school, bring the death toll to 27 people. Nancy Lanza was also a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary. Law enforcement is still checking on a third crime scene in New Jersey but are not giving more information as to not give false information.
Lt. Vanza added that it appears that the shooter was not just openly welcomed into the building and forced his way in. It has been reported that the shooting occurred in a very specific area of the school and targeted only two classrooms. There were three weapons found: a Bushmaster rifle was found in the car of the shooter and two pistols were found on him, all of which were legally purchased by his mother and in her name. It is assumed that he killed himself after he finished his massacre.
The police expect the investigation will continue for at least another day while they continue to figure out the timeline of events. Further, while they have not stated a reason for the shooting, police say they found evidence at Nancy Lanza’s home which gives them a good idea as to how and why it happened.
We will keep you posted when any major news is given.
In light of the murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher of his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and himself, the National Football League is stepping in to provide financial assistance to the couple’s now-orphaned child. The league has agreed to pay for funeral arrangements and provide their three-month-old daughter, Zoey, with at least $1 million throughout her life span.
According to TMZ, the NFL agreed to pay for funeral arrangements to relieve the families from massive funeral and memorial service bills.
Baby Zoey, who is now in the custody of the Belcher family, will be taken care of through the league’s Surviving Child Benefit and health care plan. According to USA Today, she will receive $9,000 a month for the next four years and at least $4,000 a month until she turns 18, or 23 if she decides to go to college.
You can get the story in its entirety over at ESSENCE.
Sherman Hemsley will finally be laid to rest soon in a military burial three-and-a-half months after the actor passed away July 24. Sadly, Hemsley’s burial was delayed due to bickering over his $50,000 estate, and based on the ruling the judge laid down it was all for nothing. During a hearing, Sherman’s original wish for Flora Enchinton to be the beneficiary of his estate was upheld in court.
The cause of the delayed burial was Richard Thorton, a man who claimed to be Hemsley’s half-brother and who challenged the validity of the actor’s will, which was written six weeks before he died. According to Fox News:
At a deposition in September, Thornton was ordered by the judge to take a DNA test to prove his relationship to Hemsley. According to his attorney, the tests did prove their brotherhood – but at that point the judge refused to take the evidence into consideration as Thornton missed the deadline to submit the results to the court.
The proceedings were dragged out due to complications associated with gathering evidence, and then pushed back to the travel woes caused by Hurricane Sandy. However, court proceedings may not be completely over just yet.
“The judge admitted the will to probate and appointed Flora Enchinton Bernal as the independent executrix of the Estate. The Court also ruled that Ms. Enchinton Bernal was the person authorized to make the decisions as to Mr. Hemsley’s burial arrangements. At the conclusion of the trial, Mr. Thornton’s attorney indicated that he planned to appeal. To my knowledge, no appeal has yet been filed,” added Neill.
Regardless of the threat of appeal, Echinton’s lawyer told Fox that a military funeral is now being planned for Hemsley, who served for four years in the United States Air Force prior to launching his acting career.
“My client is planning on a military funeral for Mr. Hemsley at Fort Bliss National Cemetery here in El Paso. Mr. Hemsley previously served in the United States Air Force and thus is eligible for a military funeral,” said attorney Alexander Neill. “At the present we are waiting for all of the final orders to be entered by the Court so the funeral plans can proceed.”
Let’s hope they wrap this up by Christmas — literally.
As sad as it is for singer Natina Reed to have died so suddenly, the tragedy of the young singer’s death has been magnified by the fact that the circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear.
What is known is that the 32-year-old was hit by a car on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road in Atlanta. What’s unknown is why she was walking on the highway Friday night and what caused the driver of the car, whom police do not plan to file any charges against, to hit her. Natina’s parents spoke out to Channel 2 news seeking answers, with her mother, Tamara Goodridge, saying:
“We’re not looking to be victims. We’re not seeking to be angry, but we do need a resolve.”
Natina’s father, Paul Reed, expressed those same sentiments, hinting at what he believes may have led to his daughter’s death.
“She was on the phone. She was walking across the street on the phone, and the next thing she’s on the floor.”
“I’m sure it played a big part in it, Natina’s mother added, “so I’m asking anyone who will view this tape to please be conscientious of the cellphones.”
Beyond that information, Natina’s parents and police want to know where their daughter was coming from that night and where she was headed. For now, though, they are preparing for a public wake and funeral set for Friday and Saturday.
“[Natina] was full of life, tenacity and a visionary always a visionary and very good at what she did,” her mother said, with her father adding:
“Even her acting you could see the light of what she was trying to communicate. Her acting was so profound that you believed the story.”
Hopefully the singer’s parents will soon have more answers than questions regarding Natina’s death.