Soulja Boy Released From Jail Early for Good Behavior

#FreeDrako is finally backwards. Soulja Boy is officially a free man after spending a little over 90 days in jail.

Though the rapper was originally sentenced back in April to 240 days for violating his probation, and wasn’t supposed to get out until sometime in December, TMZ reports he was granted an early release (146 days early to be exact) due to a number of things, including time served, overcrowding and good behavior.

This comes after prosecutors rejected Soulja Boy’s kidnapping case due to lack of evidence.

Looks like 2019 is being very kind to Young Drako.

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R. Kelly’s Girlfriends Kicked Out of Trump Tower Chicago Following Singer’s Arrest

R. Kelly’s girlfriends will need to find a new place to stay now that he’s is in jail.

The Blast reports that immediately following Kelly’s arrest Thursday (Jul. 11), Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary were evicted from Kelly’s home in the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, and the residence has since been taken over by federal officials.

The singer was reportedly walking his dog near Trump Tower when he was arrested, and the doors to Kelly’s apartment were promptly locked, forcing the girls to find temporary living arrangements.

Joycelyn’s family had traveled to Chicago hoping to reunite with their daughter. Joycelyn’s father, Timothy Savage, was seen on camera confronting Kelly’s publicist during a press conference Friday.

“Where’s my daughter at, answer that question!” yelled Savage. He said Friday that he hasn’t seen his daughter since 2016 and hasn’t spoken to her since a July 2017 conference call when she asked them to stop trying to contact her. “We want answers and we want them now,” Timothy Savage said.

Gerald Griggs, an attorney for the Savage family, said Joycelyn’s mother, Jonjelyn, has found out where her daughter is staying and is working on keeping “consistent contact” while trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting.

Earlier today, we reported that people in Kelly’s inner circle voluntarily handed over 20 videotapes showing R. Kelly having sex with minors.

The 52-year-old appeared briefly in a Chicago federal court Friday (Jul. 12) wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, CNN reported.

The judge delayed a decision on whether Kelly should be extradited to New York and face charges there until he’s arraigned in Chicago.

Kelly wasn’t given a bond and will remain in jail until at least Tuesday.

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Alabama Man Sentenced to Over 600 Years in Prison for Molesting 5 Girls Under the Age of 16

An Alabama man who admitted to raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing young girls was sentenced Wednesday (Jul. 11) to more than 600 years in prison.

WTVY News reports that 35-year-old Raven Smith was sentenced to 615 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence for his crimes.

Smith reportedly apologized to the families of the five victims, all girls under the age of 16 who he molested over several years, but that wasn’t enough to sway the judge from putting him behind bars for the next six centuries.

District Attorney J.T. Jones almost broke down into tears during the trial when describing the extent of Smith’s crimes.

“When you deal with cases that involve children, particularly young children, it’s going to hit your heart strings every time,” Jones told WTVY. “You get to know them and you feel the pain they go through.”

One victim’s mother, who wasn’t identified to protect her daughter’s identity, told the news station she was happy to see that the judge listened to her pleas to keep Smith in jail as long as possible. The judge also structured Smith’s sentence to make his chances of parole slim to none.

“I can’t believe what I said meant that much to a judge to punish this man the way I wanted him to be (punished),” the mother said.

The woman added, referring to other possible victims who may have been scared to come forward: “I don’t want them to be afraid anymore. I want them to know he’s in jail and can’t ever hurt them or anyone else.”

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Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Founder of African American History Museum, Found Dead in Trunk of Car

A 75-year-old Louisiana woman who founded an African American history museum was found dead in the trunk of a car, Baton Rouge police confirmed.

Police said Sadie Roberts-Joseph—an icon in the black community and Baton Rouge, Louisiana—was found dead around 3:45 p.m. on Friday (Jul. 12). Her body was located about three miles away from her home.

Authorities haven’t yet released how she was discovered and investigators said they were still for a coroner to determine a cause of death.

The Advocate reports Roberts-Joseph was the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, which she started in 2001 as the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum.

The museum is located on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church, where Roberts-Joseph’s brother is the pastor.

Roberts-Joseph was also responsible for organizing an annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, marking the date June 19th, 1865 when Union soldiers delivered belated news to Texas that that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years prior, declaring all slaves in the South free.

The museum features African arts, exhibits on growing cotton and black inventors, as well as a bus from 1953 from the period of civil rights boycotts in Baton Rouge.

It also has prominent exhibits on President Barack Obama, whose presidency “gives children in particular a sense of hope,” Roberts-Joseph told The Advocate. “As we inspire and as we educate them, we will see our youth doing greater things.”

She continued: “We have to be educated about our history and other people’s history. Across racial lines, the community can help to build a better Baton Rouge, a better state and a better nation.”

The Baton Rouge Police Department released a statement about Roberts-Joseph’s murder, saying: “Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace. Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice.”

Louisiana State Representative C. Denise Marcelle wrote on Facebook: “My heart is empty… as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered! This woman was amazing and loved her history.

“She never bothered anyone, just wanted to expand her African American Museum downtown, where she continually hosted the Juneteenth Celebration yearly. I loved working with her and am saddened by her death…. whoever knows what happened to her, please contact the authorities and say something. RIP my friend!!!”

Last month, on Juneteenth, Roberts-Joseph led a procession to the Mississippi River to raise the official Juneteenth flag as part of a concerted effort with 45 other states and Washington, D.C. to make the day a national holiday.

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle said in a Facebook post that that Roberts-Joseph had raised awareness of African American history and the civil rights movement. “My heart is empty … as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered!” Marcelle wrote. “This woman was amazing and loved her history. She never bothered anyone.”

Beatrice Johnson, one of Roberts-Joseph’s 11 siblings, lives two doors down from her sister’s house on a quiet street in Baton Rouge, and she said Roberts-Joseph would come by to visit her every day.

“Friday, she came by (because) she had mixed some cornbread, but her oven went out, and she brought it here to put in the oven.”

Gesturing toward her kitchen, Johnson said: “The bread is still there. She never came back to get it.”

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Nipsey Hussle’s Baby Mama Says She’s Broke & Homeless After Nipsey’s Family Cut Her Off Financially

Nipsey Hussle’s baby mama Tanisha Foster is denying allegations of being an unfit mother and she’s also claiming that Nipsey’s family has cut her off financially, leaving her in a position to not even be able to afford to keep a roof over her head.

Nipsey’s family is seeking permanent custody of 10-year-old Emani because she was primarily living with her father up until his untimely death in March, and the family thinks it’s best for her to stay with them instead of her mother because they believe she’s unfit.

However, Foster recently filed court documents “strongly” opposing the guardianship petitions for her daughter Emani entered by Nipsey’s sister, brother and mother.

“I strongly oppose both of the petitions filed by Samantha Alexandria Smith, Samiel Asghedom and Angelique Smith,” she said.

“I am the other of Emani Asghedom and there is no good reason my rights as her mother should be taken away from me, or otherwise reduced as her mother.”

In the legal documents, Foster says she believes she’s the best person to take care of Emani and there is “no good reason” that her parental rights “should be taken away” from her.

She argues there has never been a “court order ever taking Emani away from me; or any court order that indicates that is not in her best interest to have me in her life.”

Tanisha claims she and Nipsey shared parenting responsibilities, and he always made sure she was taken care of by doing things like setting her up in an apartment and giving her money to cover other necessities.

But since his death, she’s been forced to rely on “the goodwill of family and friends” for food, clothing, shelter and transportation.

She insinuates in the legal docs that Nipsey’s family is refusing to helping her financially, and that’s not what Nipsey would want.

“No one seems to care about the impact Ermias’ death has had upon me and Emani,” she said in the legal docs. “I have been maligned as being an unfit mother, a golddigger, and someone not worthy of any voice in the matter of my daughter and her future.”

Tanisha continued, claiming she has “no financial means of my own to care for myself or Emani” and that she was “was dependent upon” Nipsey to get by.

“When he suddenly died, I came home one day to discover that the locks had been changed,” she said. “His family is not willing to pay the rent. I am still in the process of putting all of my personal belongings into a storage facility.”

Tanisha said she understands the the lifestyle she and Emani were used to before Nipsey’s death won’t be the same, but she’s willing to make it work to the best of her ability, and she’s asking the judge to at least give her visitation rights.

She concluded: “If everyone was truly interested in doing what is best for Emani, they would treat me as her mother and not in the manner that they have.”

Tanisha also says she’s not the only person with a “problem past,” however, she’s choosing to not “sling mud.”

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Hell Yeah! Lashana Lynch is the new 007 in Bond 25

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Move over Daniel Craig, there’s a new 007 in town. Film insiders say that the latest film in the Bond franchise, known as Bond 25, will see Lashana Lynch take over Bond’s 007 designation and license to kill. But this doesn’t mean that Lynch is the new James Bond. After all, the film’s star is still Daniel Craig, in his final outing as the iconic spy. Lynch’s character Nomi, is an agent who takes over Bond’s number after he retires. But since it is, after all, a Bond film, chances are he won’t stay retired for long.

According to The Daily Mail, “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman. It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman. Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.”

This fresh, feminist addition to the Bond canon is likely the work of co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The Fleabag star and Killing Eve creator was tasked with bringing a fresh perspective to the tired franchise. Waller-Bridge said of her work on the project, “There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character.”

This is a promising direction for Bond 25, which has been besieged by issues from the start. Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Yesterday) was set to helm the film, but left the project due to creative differences. He has since been replaced by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective). Shooting was delayed after Craig injured his ankle, and a crew member was wounded during a controlled explosion on set.

The film is scheduled for release sometime in 2020, and will be Craig’s final outing as Bond. Rami Malek also stars as the film’s villain. Rumors have been swirling that the next Bond could be Richard Madden or Idris Elba, though both have denied their involvement.

Many fans have been clamoring for a female Bond or a Bond of color, and while Lynch will not be taking over as Bond herself, it’s exciting to see her don the iconic number. Who knows what the future holds for Bond as a character, but here’s hoping he leans into a more progressive, modern bent.

(via Daily Mail, image: Marvel)

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Things We Saw Today: This Shazam! Deleted Scene Teases the Arrival of a New Foe

SPOILER ALERT: This deleted scene and article feature spoilers for Shazam!

After years of rumors and speculation, will Dwayne Johnson finally be joining the DCEU as famed villain Black Adam? Thanks to a newly released deleted scene from Shazam!, it looks like Johnson may be taking on the role in the sequel. The scene, “Family on Thrones”, takes place at the very end of the film, after Billy Batson extends his Shazam powers to his foster siblings.

As the heroes all take a seat in the Rock of Eternity, they notice that one throne is conspicuously empty. Darla (Meagan Good) says of the empty chair, “Whoever it is, I’m going to love them no matter what. Because they’re an automatic part of the family.” Now, we’re thinking that this empty chair may be for Black Adam himself.

This would be an exciting development, as fans have been longing to see Johnson in the role since he was attached in the early 2000s. The Black Adam film has bounced around between different studios and directors, but never found a landing. With the success of Shazam! however, the long gestating character may finally hit the big screen.

If the sequel does include Black Adam, he won’t be alone. The mid-credits scene of Shazam! see Dr. Sivana in prison, where he is approached by Mister Mind. The alien worm super villain is clearly looking for a team-up, which may bring Black Adam into the fold. Either way, here’s hoping that Johnson finally gets a crack at the character. Given how enjoyable Shazam! was, it looks like his appearance may be worth the wait.

(via /Film, image: DC/Warner Bros.)

  • Disney+ is sparing no expense on their Star Wars series The Mandalorian, spending $15 million on each episode. (via Daily Dot)
  • Christoph Waltz may be reprising his role as Blofeld in the upcoming Bond 25. (via Kotaku)
  • Check out the trailer for Extra Ordinary, a supernatural romantic comedy starring Will Forte. (via /Film)
  • Famed horror director John Carpenter is authoring a one-shot about the Joker for DC comics. (via Blastr)
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau doesn’t want to hear your complaints about the final season of Game of Thrones. (via WinterIsComing.net)
  • Sophie Turner is here to shut down the bottle cap challenge. (via Twitter)

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Scarlett Johansson Walks Back Her Awkward Casting Claims After Internet Backlash

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How do you solve a problem like Scarlett Johansson? The erstwhile Natasha Romanoff has landed herself in hot water yet again thanks to a new interview in As If Magazine. The interview, conducted by visual artist David Salle, touches on a number of topics regarding art and artists, but takes a cringe-worthy turn when Johansson claims that she should “be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal”.

The full exchange is below:

Are we seeing an acting trend today?

Hmm… We live in such a weird time that is sort of identity-less in a lot of ways. I don’t know if there’s a trend in performance, but there’s certainly trends in casting right now. Today there’s a lot of emphasis and conversation about what acting is and who we want to see represent ourselves on screen. The question now is, what is acting anyway?

Right. Who gets to play what roles…

You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.

Yes. Must you only represent yourself, your gender, your ethnicity, or can you, in fact, play beyond these categories?

There are a lot of social lines being drawn now, and a lot of political correctness is being reflected in art.

Does that bore you? Annoy you? Buck you up? Cheer you on? I know it’s complicated, there’s probably not one answer.

You know, I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions. What do you think about it David? You’re literally creating art all the time.

It’s a frustrating but unsurprising take from the actor, who has repeatedly shown an entitlement to play characters of different races and gender identities. We all remember the backlash she received as Major Motoko Kusanagi in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell, where the famed Japanese character’s whitewashing resulted in poor box office performance and reviews.

Johansson came under fire again when she was cast to play Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man in Rub & Tug. The backlash was so strong that Johansson eventually left the project.

It’s all part of a disappointing pattern for a talented actor who has the privilege of a massive platform. The Avengers star is arguably one of the highest paid, most famous faces in Hollywood, thanks to her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johansson has no shortage of offers and opportunities to play any role she wants. The world is her oyster. So why is she repeatedly defending her right to play other races/ethnicities/genders? It comes across as painfully tone-deaf and out of step with the real world.

Social media was quick to come for Johansson’s nonsense, so she issued a clarifying statement regarding her interview. Johansson told Entertainment Weekly that her comments were “widely taken out of context.” She continued, saying:

“The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art … I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way. I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to. I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”

Still, many have taken to social media to criticize the actor’s comments and offer plenty of “Scarlett as a tree” memes.

(via As If Magazine, image: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Trump Tweets Racist Tirade Against Progressive Democratic Congresswomen Because He Is and Always Has Been a Racist

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President Donald Trump has come under fire for a series of racist tweets aimed at the quartet of progressive Democratic congresswomen of color. The tweets, sent at 5:30AM this morning, show Trump telling these women (who are American citizens) to go back to their own countries.

Though he doesn’t name them in the tweets, it’s clear that he’s referring to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley. All four freshman congresswomen are women of color and all four have repeatedly called out Trump’s administration for its hideous human rights violations at the border. Of the four, three of the congresswomen were born in America, while Rep. Omar fled Somalia as a child with her family to seek asylum. She attained US citizenship in 2000.

Trump’s racist, gross attacks should be no surprise: we’ve known the president was racist since before he entered the 2016 presidential race. We’ve seen through his actions, policies, and rhetoric, yet the media still ask the disingenuous question “is Trump racist?”. And this isn’t just conservative outlets.

In January, Anderson Cooper interviewed Ocasio-Cortez for 60 Minutes and asked her the same question. When she replied yes, he reponded “how can you say that?”. AOC replied, “When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident, where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it’s— it’s night and day.”

Cooper was promptly roasted on Twitter, because Trump’s racism isn’t a matter of debate. It’s clearly evident to anyone paying attention to his behavior. The congresswomen quickly shot back at Trump, calling him out on his hideous tweets.

Several politicians took to Twitter to condemn the president’s racist tirade and lift up the congresswomen:

This tirade is not only further proof of Trump’s racism, but of his cowardice in the face of these women standing up to him. Women who have shown more conviction, passion, and commitment to this country than Trump and his ghoulish cabinet will ever be capable of. 2020 can’t come soon enough.

(via CNN, image: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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R. Kelly’s Inner Circle Reportedly Gave the Feds 20 Videos of Him Having Sex With Underage Girls

So it turns out it really do be your own people.

The reason why R. Kelly is behind bars right now is because the people in his inner circle presented the feds with nearly two dozen videos showing the singer having sex with underage girls, TMZ reports via word from the attorney for multiple alleged victims.

According to Gerald Griggs, the lawyer representing Joycelyn Savage’s family among others, the federal investigation run by the Northern District of Illinois uncovered 20 videos of Kelly sexually abusing minors.

Via TMZ:

Both Griggs and our federal law enforcement sources tell us the tapes show multiple victims … and prosecutors confirmed with multiple witnesses the girls were underage.

Griggs says several of Kelly’s enablers — past and present — flipped and turned over the tapes to investigators. He says those videos were exactly what the feds needed to secure indictments for sex crimes, including child pornography.

R. Kelly was arrested Thursday (Jul. 11) while walking his dog after a grand jury indicted him on 13 counts of federal sex crimes, including four counts of producing child pornography and two counts of receiving child pornography.

In addition to that, Kelly is facing another five-count indictment from the Eastern District of New York for racketeering, four violations of the Mann Act and obstruction of justice. Brooklyn prosecutors want to keep him in jail until his trial.

He’s also facing 11 other sex abuse charges in Cook County, Illinois related to his alleged abuse of Jerhonda Pace, who appeared in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.

At a press conference talking about Kelly’s arrest Friday morning (Jul. 12) the singer’s publicist was interrupted with an outburst from Joycelyn Savage’s father.

“I don’t wanna hear all that bruh!” Timothy Savage shouted during the presser. “I wanna know where my daughter’s at! Where is she at?! Answer that question!” he said as a woman pulled him away.

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