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    R. Kelly & alleged victim release statements after “cult” allegations

     

     

    Both R. Kelly and one of his alleged victims made statements denying allegations that Kelly is holding several women against their will in an “abusive cult.” The allegations come from a disturbing report published Monday (7/17) on Buzzfeed from veteran music reporter/critic, Jim DeRogatis. In the report, DeRogatis spoke with families of alleged victims and former members of Kelly’s “inner circle.”

    Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — provided details supporting the parents’ worst fears. They said six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.

    The former members of Kelly’s inner circle provide chilling details about their experiences with life among Kelly’s “babies,” as they say he likes to call the women who live with him, including his control over every aspect of their lives, from what they wore to who they contacted, and even when they used the bathroom.

    Mack, Jones, and McGee claim that women who live with Kelly, who he calls his “babies,” are required to call him “Daddy” and must ask his permission to leave the Chicago recording studio or their assigned rooms in the “guest house” Kelly rents near his own rented mansion in suburban Atlanta. A black SUV with a burly driver behind the wheel is almost always parked outside both locations. Kelly confiscates the women’s cell phones, they said, so they cannot contact their friends and family; he gives them new phones that they are only allowed to use to contact him or others with his permission. Kelly films his sexual activities, McGee and Jones said, and shows the videos to men in his circle.

    Mack, the star’s former personal assistant, said Kelly almost always tells the women to dress in jogging suits because “he doesn’t want their figures to be exposed; he doesn’t want them to look appealing.” She said when other men are in the same room, Kelly “would make the girls turn around and face the wall in their jogging suits because he doesn’t want them to be looked at by anyone else.”

    R Kelly made a statement yesterday in response to these allegations via his attorney Linda Mensch. It reads:

    Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.

    Jocelyn Savage, one of the women whose parents DeRogatis’ report speaks with, released a video via TMZ denying that she’s being held against her will.

    I’m 21, I’m about to be 22 in a few days and I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that. It just came to a point where it definitely has got out of hand…I’m totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and everything is OK with me.

    She wouldn’t answer questions about where she was living and if she had roommates, however.

    These allegations are the latest in a long history of stories circulating around Kelly. Spinpublished a timeline of his “alleged sexual misconduct,” beginning with his marriage to to the then-15 year old Aaliyah in 1994, and going on to detail various out of court settlements and the infamous “pee tape” in 2002. In 2013, Kelly headlined Pitchfork Festival, and later that year The Village Voice published the full, “stomach churning” accusations against Kelly. In 2015, Kelly stormed out of an interview with Huffington Post after being asked how sexual abuse allegations have affected sales of his latest album, The Buffet.

    Jim DeRogatis has reported on allegations against Kelly for 16 years, and spoke with Slateafter the Buzzfeed report was published. In that interview, he speaks about the challenges of getting a story like this one published, and goes back to the 2008 trial when Kelly was acquitted:

    …it’s very important to remember that he was acquitted by a jury of his peers but the trial never introduced any of the other evidence—the illegal marriage, the civil lawsuits by young women who said he abused his position and fame and influence to bully them into illegal sexual relationships. The one lawsuit that is mentioned in the story today—that girl slit her wrist after her relationship with Kelly ended. There have been more than a dozen settlements before a suit was ever formally filed. Susan Loggans, the attorney, would just go to Kelly and say, “Here are the accusations from my client,” and he would pay them. This is a pattern of a quarter-century of behavior, in full view of the music industry and entertainment journalism.

     


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    JAY-Z Duets With His Mom on His New Album, She Upstages Him by Coming Out

    It's the first time either Gloria Carter or her son has publicly commented on her sexual orientation.

    Now that you've deep-dived into all the Beyoncé drama and celebrity call-outs on 4:44, let's get into "Smile," JAY-Z's track with his mother, Gloria Carter. On the song, JAY-Z introduces her almost immediately as a lesbian. It's possible Gloria has been out to friends and family for a while, but this is her first public comment on the subject (and JAY-Z's first public acknowledgement of it as well).

    "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian," Jay raps of his mom. "Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take." He continues: "Don't matter to me if it's a him or her / I just wanna see you smile through all the hate / Marie Antoinette, baby, let 'em eat cake."

    She takes the opportunity to come out and conclude the song by singing:

    Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? / In the shadows, people see you as happy and free / Because that's what you want them to see / Living two lives, happy, but not free / You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love / The world is changing and they say it's time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me / Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me / But life is short, and it's time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn't guaranteed / Smile.


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    Demi Moore flashes her 'fake' pearly whites at movie premiere.... after revealing she lost front teeth due to stress

    Demi Moore was all smiles as she arrived at the New York premiere for her upcoming romantic drama Blind on Monday.

    The stunning star, who's 54, flashed her pearly whites for the cameras, just two weeks after candidly revealing she lost both front teeth due to stress.

    'I sheared off both my front teeth,' the actress told PageSix.com. 'Thank God for modern dentistry. Without it, I wouldn’t be smiling on the red carpet.'

    She also joked about it during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on June 13, sharing a photo showing her missing one of the teeth. 

     

    All smiles: Demi Moore, 54, flashed her pearly whites on Monday night at the New York premiere for her new film Blind

     

    Demi looked positively radiant at Monday's screening, arriving in a colorful floral-themed pantsuit.

    The shimmery ensemble featured pink blooms and green leaves on a black background.

    Her jacket was fastened with a single button, giving a glimpse of her lace black bra underneath, while the pants were flared at the bottom.

    She added a pair of bright blue pumps and carried a pale pink and black patterned shiny clutch. 


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    Washington's Entertainment for May & June 2017

    Cheech & Chong     Sat. July 22  @ Emerald Queen Casino

    Gladys Knight     Thu. July 20th @  The Tualip Amphitheatre

    Tim McGraw     Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017,   Sat. May 27th @  Tacoma Dome ***

    Brad Paisley     Brad Paisley:  Weekend Warrior World Tour 2017  Fri. June 30th @ White River Amphitheatre

    Joe Rogan     Joe Rogan - Strange Times 2017 Tour, Fri. Aug. 04  @  Paramount Theatre

    George Clinton   George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Fri. July 28th @ Neptune Theatre

    Def Leppard     Fri. Jun. 09 @ White River Amphitheatre - ***

    The Moody Blues - The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed - 50th Anniversary Tour   Sunday, June 11th @ Chateau Ste Michelle Winery - ***

    Seattle Storm NBA BASKETBALL WOMEN's     Seattle Storm  vs  Indiana Fever  Sun. May 28th @ Key Arena ***

    Seattle Sounders FC - Seattle Sounders FC  vs  Portland Timbers  Sat. May 27th @ Century Link Field ***

    *** Events that are coming up within 10 days.

    Thank you


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    Blame Game: Phaedra Says THIS Is Who Told Her Kandi And Todd Wanted To “Bill Cosby” Porsha

     

    Phaedra Reveals The “Source” Of The Kandi Rumor

    Looks like just about ALL of those stories about the RHOA reunion are shaking out to be true.

    If you’ll recall, rumors swirled that not only was Phaedra booted from the show but that she took a member of production down with her, claiming that all the Kandi rape/drug BS came from HIS mouth, originally.

    Now a Bravo insider is reporting to Page Six that Phaedra did indeed try to loop production into her slanderous hearsay, bu Andy and crew shut that isht down quickly:

    “Phaedra tried to blame producers for manipulating the scenario, and it was cut from the reunion show. They’re not allowed to break the ‘fourth wall’ and talk about production. It may not have been entirely Phaedra’s fault, but she has to take the fall.”

    A source close to Phaedra also says the editing made her look crazy(er?) due to the lack of mention of who her “source” for the information was…

    “[It was] a producer who told her the drug and rape story, which she repeated to another cast member. It snowballed. The editing was not kind to her.”

    Sounds like she really did try to peg that nasty rumor on Carlos King

    However, a Bravo rep insisted that “Production is not involved” in Phae’s fanciful tales.

    SMH! Phaedra is really still riding this lie, huh? She did say she’ll never let anyone see her sweat…


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    Holding  Your Child Hostage for Money - Really?

    I woke up at 6am this morning with this on my mind.  Having prior conversation with a friend last night upset me.  This article is coming from my observations, experiences, marriage, and divorce.   First off let's begin with your child or children are a gift from God.  Secondly they did not ask YOU to be here.  So  state or vicissitude of life or fortune, here is a baby.  Now the baby is here what kind of Mother are you going to be?

    You love this child nuture this child, education, growth, strength, courage, family, understanding human differences.  Now as you go thru life marriage, separated, single parent what legacy will you leave your child or children.  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY?

    I get so perterb with you Mothers that hold your child or children hostage for the money.  Here are a few examples I have observed.  1. Don't pay child support, he don't see his child.  (so now your child has become a commodity)  2.  I need all that support check to pay my bills.  (in the meantime where is the child's clothes, shoes, hair done, after school activities)  3.  You can't keep a budget so your always using the child or children's money to make up for your mistakes!   4.  Your child or children are at the age to work and help.  (your oppportunity to teach them financial education.  Instead you take most of their money earn, and then make them feel guility for wanting to keep any for themselves)  5.  You make the child or children feel like a burden on you.  (You made the choice to open your legs and become pregnant).

    AGAIN, A CHILD OR CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD!  PERIOD!

    So this is how you handle your gifts?  What are you like on your Birthdays or Christmas time?  You sit back and take a pause about all the mental anquish in this country today, and forget it begins at home, the root of the source.

    Who doesn't want or need money?  Using your children to get it, is a sad commentary for a Parent(s).   Some folks will use their kids just to get a Welfare check or a SSI check.  Use their names for bills or credit.  (when they are grown wonder why they have no credit, it has already been burned by your Parent.)   Karma is a bitch, and know one but God knows when pay day is coming OK!!!!!

    SOLUTION:

    Teach your child or children the value of money and how to use it.   Not hold them hostage for your own benefits.  Look at yourself, how are you living.  Are you living above your means?  Then take a course in basic economics help yourself, and family.  We are not always taught about money when we grow up.  We see Parent(s) paying the bills, but don't understand the process of why.  If your receive child support or not the main rememberance is the gift that God has place in your hands to grown and nuture.  Money will not give you that love a child has for you total and unconditional.   Not understanding what money is gives them fear of not having enough.  If know one has told you today that they love you, well I do!

    Thank you,  Lennis



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