(EXCLUSIVE) ‘Young, Famous & African’ Star Nadia Nakai Reflects On Show, AKA Relationship &... 

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Nadia Nakai gained fame in the US for her outspoken personality on Netflix’s “Young, African & Famous.” On the reality show, she shared past and current relationships, her journey into music, and her current career as an African hip hop artist.

Recently, Nadia stepped into The Shade Room for an exclusive interview with TSR Teens’ Taylor Bickham to reflect on her relationship with Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes, her role as a reality TV star, and making music in a male-dominated industry.

Nadia Nakai Reflects On Her Relationship With AKA & How She Plans To Approach Love In The Future

Earlier this year, Nadia shared a heartfelt message on social media following the funeral of her boyfriend, Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes. He was killed on February 10. The 35-year-old was a best-selling South African hip-hop artist with hit singles like “Fela in Versace,” “Prada,” “Lemons (Lemonade)” and “All Eyes On Me.”

In that message, she wrote about the plans that they had as a couple and how the situation made her question God.

“There is no pain bigger than the pain of losing you. I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with you, I realise you’re the one who spent the rest of your life with me. I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but I’m questioning God right now. Why would he bring us together to only take you away. I just don’t understand. I don’t know how I’m going to do this, going on with my life without you, I just can’t.”

Keep reading to see her reflections on her & AKA’s relationship and how she plans to approach love. 

Taylor Bickham: What is your type?

Nadia Nakai: “My type are bosses. Bosses. I am not the type of girl that goes for guys with money, but sometimes I feel like social currency outweighs the money that you have in your pocket. I need to be able to feel like when I walk into a space, your money is not going to open the doors that I need it to… want to be able to walk into a space where people are like, ‘Damn. He’s here.’ That’s the type of n—-s I like — that can shake a room with just their presence. That’s sexy to me. So, um.. Yeah, bosses.”

TB: What if it’s the opposite? What if you’re the one that shakes the rooms and opens the doors, and you have a guy that compliments you well? Are you open to it?

Nadia: “I think I am open to it now because I really don’t want public relationships anymore. I think I have to rewire my brain because I’ve always been about this power couple energy. I want to be strong, but I also wanted a guy that’s strong. And if a guy is strong, he’s going to be known, and I’m already known.”

“Because I’ve dated guys that are a little bit more understated, and there are a lot of self-consciousness on the way that I dress and the guys that I deal with and the guys that I’m going on tour with, and the guys I make songs with and in the studio to a point where I had an ex-boyfriend that contacted my manager to talk to him about how I dress, and that for me is overstepping because now you’re coming into my business talking to my manager about the way I’m dressing.”

“But, if you’re dealing with a boss, he’s not going to be self-conscious because he’s very self-aware, you know. So, that’s where it becomes tricky because I don’t want to deal with a self-conscious person that wants to bring me down and dim my light so you feel better as a man for yourself and that’s the problem with the hierarchy. For me, I’m a big deal, but I need a guy that’s a bigger deal so that I can match up, but you’re not trying to bring me down to you.”

TB: I saw a story where you swore off love.

Nadia: “I did. I have.”

TB: And do you never feel like you’ll be open to it again?

Nadia: “I don’t think so, I feel like I’ve found the love of my life, and the devil took him, and honestly, when I look around… when I go into these clubs, and I go into these spaces and I look at the men that are around he was, like, the last of a dying breed for me. I feel like guys right now are not about chivalry. They’re not about being the man in the relationship, they are not about leading their household. They are not about that stuff anymore, you know… [Some] are okay with their women working their butts off to look after them and themselves. They are just ratchet beings.”

“This mentality of being a guy that’s for every girl. There’s no one that wants to build a life. Let’s get married, let’s have kids, let’s build a house, or let’s move together. It’s like a flex for them [to say], ‘Oh, I got this bad b—-, but I also got these little bad b—-s around, and I’m f—ing around with these.’ It’s like a flex for them now. They don’t aspire to be a family man. That’s the type of woman I am. I want to be a family woman. Unfortunately, I’ve kissed multiple frogs, and then I got my Prince [AKA], and then things changed. So, I don’t see myself trying again. I don’t see it happening. But, I don’t want to close the doors because I’d like to be open because maybe God still has a plan for me, I’m hoping. But, I think God knows my heart because I have these battles where [I’m like], ‘I don’t want it!’ Then, I’m like, ‘God, please. I don’t want to be alone.’ But, like, also, ‘No, screw this.” Then, ‘God, please, I just want to be able to have kids.’ You know, there’s kind of that battle.”

TB: That was actually my next question, do you want kids?

Nadia: “I do, but I just don’t see how. I would love to have kids. I would love to have my own family set up. I’m alone a lot of the time. When I’m at home, I’m by myself. I live alone, it’s just me and my dog. And, if I am not working, I am at home. So, it’s, like, I would love to come home to, like, a situation. You know? But I don’t see that happening.”

TB: Grief and healing look so different. We have an idea of what it looks like, and it doesn’t look like that at all. The way you process it. It doesn’t fully process until weeks later when you think about something you would normally tell that person.

Nadia: “Yeah, or when you go back home, and that person isn’t there anymore.”

TB: With that being said, how has healing been for you?

Nadia: “I think I am still in the process of it because it’s very early. I’m just working. I am doing absolutely everything all of the time. I feel like, also, this feeling of time. Realizing that time is not forever. I am trying to do everything now. I don’t want to run out of time. So, while I’m here, I am going to do everything now, and I want it done now. So, there’s this urgency kind of thing that’s happening. But it’s literally just putting everything into work. Working on my album… I’m launching a podcast soon called ‘Hello Bragga’. I’ve now lifted off with my makeup brand… which should be in stores soon. I am doing my clothing thing. I am shooting a video as soon as I get back, and then YFA is about to start shooting, so I am literally filling up my calendar.”

TB: You’re staying busy, and honestly, that’s needed. To pour yourself into something else so your mind doesn’t go where it doesn’t need to. I would love to ask you, what was your favorite thing about him [AKA]? It seems like you’ve been very intentional about focusing on his life and celebrating him, even with the jacket you had created. What was his legacy to you?

Nadia Nakai: “His public perception was a very hard person. He was very, like, unapproachable. Very.. problematic in some ways on social media. But, with me, he was the biggest teddy bear. Like, I saw all of his soft side, and it was reserved for me, and I love that because no one else got to see that soft side, and that’s what always makes me chuckle and smile. Even when he would laugh, he had, like, this boyish thing about him that no one got to see. Like, everyone thought of him as this hard [person], even me, like before I got to know him… I was like, wow! And, when I got to know him how he’s such a little baby with me is what I love the most.”

“And he would have these things where he would get excited about stuff and run to me like, “Baby!” to me. Like, a boy. And, he was tall and had grown shoulders, and I’m just like.. awww. You’re so cute! But, like, when he was in the club, he was very, like… if someone is talking to me, he’s like, “Hey! Uh Uh!”… He’s not an approachable person, or he wasn’t approachable. But for me, he was [different].”

Taylor Bickham: I love that for you. Do you guys have some unreleased music that we don’t know about?

Nadia Nakai: We do! We recorded a lot of music. But, I think, I don’t know, maybe in a couple of years. There’s no way that I could even think about listening to them now. But maybe in a couple years. I can’t even think about sitting in the studio and touching the songs now.”

Taylor Bickham: Yeah, I don’t think anyone expects you to.

Nadia Nakai: “Yeah, and he inspired me a lot because he was such a great artist, so it’s like, “Oh my gosh. I am sitting in the lounge working with my boyfriend on music, who is actually the number one artist in the country… in the continent, you know?”

TB: What was a typical date night for you two?

Nadia Nakai: “We used to do a lot of, like, food vlogs. We used to eat out a lot. He’s a serious foodie, so we used to… they are still on my TikToks somewhere… I was actually watching a lot of them this morning. So, date night would be a restaurant that he really wants to take me to, vlog it, try the new food… stuff like that. And, if it’s not that, then we are cooking at home. We are very homebodies. We like being at home a lot of the time. So, date nights is definitely eating food somewhere.”

TB: What has this experience taught you?

Nadia Nakai: “Don’t love! Don’t kiss boys, don’t kiss them. Leave them alone. Don’t do it. Just don’t kiss boys. I watch movies, and I see people kissing, and I’m just like, ‘What a mistake! Because you’re going to fall in love, and that person can go.’ That devastation is wild. Don’t do it. Just don’t do it.”

Nadia Talks About How She Plans To Conquer The Industry Her Way

TB: Tell me about the inspiration behind [your first album, “Nadia Naked,” where you want to grow, and what [music] can we expect from you next?

Nadia Nakai: “So, “Nadia Naked” was my first official offering after quite some time. I actually have been running my career based purely on singles, which actually did very well for me. We actually had one single the whole year, but I still managed [to secure] brand deals and stuff like that… I was like there’s no necessity for me to drop an album, but I think because of the mysteriousness that I’ve had people always wanted to know my story, and I am not a person that talks a lot about my personal life on socials so I’m like.. Okay… I have time to drop another album, I’ve created enough hype.”

“And, I grew up to listening to, like, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill… amazing storytellers. So, when I tackled this album, I was like, I really want to be able to tell different stories about who I am and what actually molds ‘Nadia’. So, my background from having a Zimbabwean mom, being in South Africa, trying to conquer Africa, and being a girl in a male-dominated industry. South Africa is even more male-dominated. So, being able to conquer my way through the industry and really be one of the most booked people in the country. As well as the most branded people in the country. Also, I think what I was saying earlier there’s a little bit of conservativeness when it comes to, like, Africans, especially in South Africa. When I came out, it was ‘risqué.’ I’m going to talk about sex, I’m gonna have my bums out, and even though I was still definitely celebrated, there was always backlash, like, “Oh, Nadia is famous because she is selling sex, and she’s being very sexual about her things and all of that.”

Taylor Bickham: So, they weren’t used to that from a woman?

Nadia: “They weren’t used to that, especially coming from a woman like me. So, that’s why I was like, I am going to call the album “Nadia Naked” because first, people say that I’m always naked, but honestly, this is me kind of stripping away all the barriers that I’ve painted around myself, and for people to get to know who I am and actually listen to the music and know I put a lot of hard work into this thing. It’s not because of how I look. It’s not “pretty privilege”. I really worked hard, and there’s a lot of things that influence me to become the person that I am today.”

Taylor Bickham: I love that you said that because I remember listening to your album, and I was like, oh, she goes there. She says how she feels, and I’ve even noticed that from you as a reality TV star, you see what you get. I see that’s something that you pride yourself on, and so what do you recommend or suggest to women [in music] who want to be bold? What advice would you give them?

Nadia Nakai: “I honestly think you have to grow into it. A lot of girls will come out and say I want to be risqué. I want to be like that because that’s what’s globally the energy right now. When I started out, I wasn’t like that because I was young. I was talking about young girl stuff, and then I became a woman, I grew up, and I started having sex, and I started, you know, exploring my sexuality. It was my experience. So that’s why people are like, ‘Nadia, you never used to rap like this! You’re all risqué,’ and that’s because I’ve grown into this woman that identifies with certain things about her life and as a person [and] that’s what’s coming out of my music. And, my music is my experiences.”

“Everything that I talk about is things that I’ve experienced. It’s not fake, and I think people need to understand that you must allow yourself to grow into that journey because that’s how you become authentic, people hear it from you, and that’s how they know it really is authentic to you. You’re not putting on a facade, or you’re not putting on a jacket to say this is what hip hop girls look like, and this is how they sound, so therefore, this is what I’m going to do because it’s going to look very fake. They are not going to believe you.”

Nadia Nakai Shares Which American Artists She Would Love To Collaborate With



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Taylor Bickham: I want to talk about collaborations. You’ve talked about people who inspired you and your craft, but who are some American artists that are on your wish list of collaborations?

Nadia Nakai: “Nicki Minaj, definitely. She has been so influential in my career to a point that I didn’t even realize it. When I started making music, Nicki will always be goated, but when she came out, she was all over the place. I used to fight because fliers used to say ‘Nadia Nakai ss. Nicki Minaj,’ and I used to get very upset about that because I’m like I’m trying to have my own identity. But in the other way, I see it as if, okay, that is a compliment because you’re comparing me to the best of the best.”

“Nicki is somebody I really look up to. Missy Elliot is somebody I really look up to. Eve is somebody I really look up to because I have a very bully cadence to the way that I rap. It’s not very feminine. It’s kind of gully with a deep voice, ya know? So, Eve is somebody that I looked up to because she always had that gangsta vibe… very thuggish… and I absolutely love that. Lauryn Hill is like G.O.A.T. to me because I used to listen to her album. I know most of the songs word for word, and the way that she tells the stories I feel like…I’m not like her… but when people listen to my album, they say, ‘You tell stories. You remind me of Lauryn.’ The way that I was actually reciting things that happened in my life.”

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“Like, I have a song called ‘Africa,’ and I am talking about our males who are taken away from our country and cultivated other places, and that’s storytelling, you know, and I learned that from her. Some of the new guys… I love Dreezy. Dreezy’s such a dope vibe. I love her so much. She’s so cool. Cardi is amazing. I love her energy and her vibe. Meg, I love her music. I love her bully vibe, but a lot of people compare me to her as well because we kind of have the same smile, and we are also very tall b—-. Like, very, very tall, and we kind of have the same energy on TikTok. I would definitely like to work with Meg, as well.”

Taylor Bickham: What about male artists? We’ve talked about the rap girls because they are killing the game right now, but are there any male artists that you feel like, “I need to be on a song with them.”

Nadia: “You might be surprised, but Ludacris. Purely because I loved him so much as a kid. It’ll be this nostalgic [moment] like ‘Oh my gosh, Luda.’ I would really love to do a song with him, like a dirty trap song. Obviously, Kanye, but most likely the old Kanye, maybe. Travis, definitely. Drake. Those are the guys’ albums that I still listen to ‘til this day. I appreciate the new definitely, but that’s not for me. I appreciate the kind of hip-hop that made me feel some type of way. That era when it was like Young Money, and they all moved together. That’s the vibe.”

Taylor Bickham: Are there any African artists that you feel like you haven’t collaborated with that you would like to?

Nadia Nakai: “So many… it’s actually crazy because there are so many African artists that I would like to work with, like Tiwa Savage, I’m a huge fan of her, and she doesn’t see me. Like, I keep trying to get her attention, and she doesn’t see me, but I love her. She’s amazing. I would love to work with her. Yemi Alade is another person I’d love to work with. Aya Nakamura… she’s French. She’s amazing, and she sings in French, but it’s amazing. Mr. Eazi… he is really cool.”

Nadia Shares Her Thoughts On The Wage Disparity Between Female & Male Artists


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Taylor Bickham: If music didn’t work out, what were you going to be?

Nadia Nakai: “I got a degree in Marketing, Media Studies & Communications, and I actually worked at an advertising agency for two years before I focused on my music. So, I would probably do that. I would probably work in advertising because it’s nice and you can work on multiple brands at the same time, but if I had to focus on a brand, it would probably be in a marketing department of Nike because they do a lot of fun stuff. Or, like CocoCola or Viacom.”

Taylor Bickham: Let’s talk about the industry. It has a lot of expectations and standards, and it also has a lot of opinions from the public. Do you feel like there’s a certain industry standard that people expect you to adhere to that you don’t agree with?

NN: “100%. I think, even globally, people expect a lot more from females than men. Men can do the bare minimum. They can wear the same day and jump on stage and perform, and everything is fine. But, with us, you have to make sure your outfit changes. Is it sequins? Is it beads? Oh my gosh, is the hair laid? Is the makeup done? There’s so much that goes into me actually going onto stage.”

“But it’s so funny that you won’t pay me the same as the guy who did absolutely nothing. He didn’t even put on powder on his face. And, they feel like, why are we paying you so much? There’s so many options for a male most of the time. But, when I get there, they don’t get that I’m putting on a show. When I put my outfit on, I am thinking about how to flex on the lights in Michael Jackson style. If I have white nails instead of a white glove because I want the last row to see it when I put my hand up.”

“It’s intentional, everything is intentional… And, then, when you lack on that standard, by the way, then they don’t want you because then they are, like, babes, you’re not looking after yourself, so what do you want? Pay me what I deserve to give me the show I want to give you. I think that’s why it’s also delayed me to get to a point where I want to do a one-man show because it’s going to cost a lot of money to do it. I can’t just do a one-man show and have one outfit the whole time. It really has to embody that feel of Nadia Nakai. Of a show… of a concert… so, I need all the monies.”

Taylor Bickham: It’s interesting that women are not being paid as equal when they have more out-of-pocket expenses than the males.

NN: “Exactly, but I also think that it’s a problem because a lot of people don’t want to listen to female narratives as well. Like, the album, I have to convince people to listen to my album. I am not only singing about girl stuff. You also resonate with it as a guy, and that’s specifically in Africa, or where I’m from. It’s difficult to get guys to actually listen to the album because they think, ‘Oh, it’s a girl. She’s only going to talk about girl things.”

“I’ve sold clothes that are tracksuits and hoodies and neutral colors, and guys will be like, ‘I can’t go buy that because a girl is selling it,’ but it’s a hoodie. You really can wear it. It’s okay, and I think that’s also an issue. But, women will listen to guys, definitely. I think that’s what we struggle with most, having males understand that they can get a lot of gems from women.”

“But, you know, I think also with Africans there’s still that level of [thinking] that the man is on top and the woman must follow. Not really have your own ideas. It’s not like that, but it’s like an underlining thing that lives in the air.”

Nadia On Selena Gomez & Rema Winning ‘Best Afrobeats’ At The 2023 VMAs

Taylor Bickham: There was an AFRIMMA (African Muzik Magazine Awards) panel, and they talked a lot about the evolution of Afrobeats. One example that came up was the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), where Nigerian artist, Rema, and American artist, Selena Gomez, won Best Afrobeats Video for their single “Calm Down,” and there was some outrage from the public because she was on the song and won over other Afrobeat artists. So, I wanted to get your thoughts on the exposure of Afrobeats music, and it going mainstream, and concerns from artists and people of the culture feeling like the music is being saturated, and on the flip side, there are people who feel like Afrobeats will not grow unless it reaches the heights of those kind of collaborations.

Nadia: “I understand why there is probably an outrage, but I don’t agree with it. I do feel like Rema collaborating with Selena Gomez just shows just how much it’s opening up [and] how much it should be like that. The reason why I resonate with it is because a lot of the times when I would collaborate with a male artist who’s bigger than me, they would say, ‘The only reason Nadia’s song did well is because she collaborated with this artist.'”

“There’s always a reason to take away and not feed, you know? I feel like, as Africans, we need to unlearn that. There’s a lot of bringing down syndrome. Oh, you’re doing well? Let’s just bring you down. Oh, you got an award? Let’s just bring you down. The reason why you’re on that stage is because of this. Let me bring you down. And unfortunately, it’s embedded within our DNA because of our history. We are always oppressed, we are always put on the back burner, and sometimes you can’t unlearn some of the things that are literally, actually, in our DNA. At the end of the day, music is music.”

“And I think the song was amazing, regardless. Actually, I don’t even know the original because she’s on the remix, right? I actually don’t even know what her verse sounds like to be honest [because] to me, it’s the original. Like, that’s a very big song. And, I don’t think she’s the [only] reason why that song is so successful and why it did so well. But I do get the…’Why couldn’t you get Beyonce? Why [couldn’t] you be Black with it?'”

Taylor Bickham: To your point, I think people should take it as a compliment. So many artists want to collaborate with a Selena Gomez or a Justin Beiber. It lets you know the bar that Afrobeat artists are setting. There were hip hop artists that still haven’t gotten a chance to collab with these artists. I think that the more we shy away from that growth, we’re going to be stagnant.

Nadia Nakai: “I agree with you, and I also feel like a lot of times when artists say they are going on a world tour, they leave Africa out, you know. And, I realize, for South Africa specifically, we are so far away from you guys. It took me 20 hours to get here, and South Africa is seven hours behind.”

“[America is] always seeing things late. So when African artists are collaborating with American artists, like the Selenas and Justin Beibers, [they] are closing the gap even more for us because we are physically so much further away. [They] are closing that gap between the two. So, they know you can’t have a world tour and not include Africa, and that is stuff that needs to start changing, and that happens with collaborations.”

Taylor Bickham: Speaking of AFRIMMA, you’ve been in your hosting bag, sis. You did ‘Love & Hip Hop South Africa’ reunion. Is that the goal to go more into hosting in addition to the music?

Nadia Nakai: “Well, it is a strategic plan. It’s not like I’m going to do hosting for everything. I think AFRIMMA is perfect because I really want to solidify my footprint in Africa because Africa is very important to me.”

“So I was like, definitely to this opportunity. I have to take it. But it’s not about just the bag. It’s about where I want to grow, and I’m getting older, you know, I want to get to a place where I don’t necessarily have to be in the club unless I want to. You know, what I realize with American artists is they tour when they drop a project, whereas in South Africa, we gig every weekend from Thursday to Monday, every weekend. So, if we drop a song or not, that’s how we are making our money because we are gigging every single weekend, every single day.”

Taylor Bickham: So, you have to because of the way the structure is?

Nadia Nakai: “We have to. It’s not like you only tour because you dropped a project. No, that’s not like that, and I realize in America it’s like that. So, the whole six months, they can be chilling working on an album. We are working on our album and still gigging on the weekend, you know.”

“So, that’s kind of what I want to get into, but because with us, we need multiple incomes to be able to sustain our lifestyle. If I can do the hosting stuff, focus on my project, and not have to be in the club so much because it separates what I’m trying to do in the music. So when I drop a project and do like three shows in the country, that is the kind of thing I want to build for myself instead of having to be in the club constantly because I feel like I am over-saturating myself. I don’t want people to be that familiar with me and that available to me.”

Nadia Nakai Reflects On Season One & Season Two of Netflix’s ‘Young, Famous & African’

Taylor Bickham: Let’s talk about reality TV. There’s a lot of expectations with reality television, and there’s also a lot of people calling it fake or staged. So, what has been your experience going into reality TV, and is it what you expected?

Nadia Nakai: “People think that it’s scripted, especially with YFA [“Young, Famous & African”], and it’s not. It really isn’t. They obviously set up the [situation], like if we have an event, they’ll set up the event in a specific place, but once they start rolling, they roll, and everything that happens happens. The storyline happens within that space, and we walk off, the cameras just follow you and film it.”

“But, why people probably think it’s scripted is because, from season one, Zari [Hassan] came and shocked the whole situation because she came with the most amount of drama. All of us were kumbaya-ing just loving each other, and she came and caused such drama. I think in season two, the cast members themselves realize that if they cause drama, they will get more airtime, or whatever the case is, but they are not told to do that. The cast members decide what they want to do.”

“It’s very what you make it. If you want to be dramatic, then you’ll be dramatic, but I think everyone was like, ‘I want to come with the drama this season because I also want to be..’ Because Zari was one of the most talked about cast members on the show, and essentially she wasn’t supposed to be a part of the cast. She caused so much drama that they added her to the cast because they were like, ‘You shook everybody up.’ You know what I mean? Then, people were like, ‘Okay, season two, we all are going to shake things up.’ No one told her to do that.”

Taylor Bickham: It seems like you kind of stayed out of drama in season two. Was it based on rewatching the show? What made you kind of like, “I’m not getting involved in this”?

Nadia Nakai: “Because it was too much going on. Everyone had drama. Like, season one, the only drama was Annie [Macaulay-Idibia], Zari [Hassan], Andile [Ncub], and Diamond [Platnumz]. But, like in this season, everyone had drama.”

“I couldn’t find where I was going, where’s left and right. I was just like a spectator now. [I was] just like… guys, please. And, then, when [Zari] and Fantana had their blow-up at my sound check, that’s when I was like, ‘Guys, relax. This is not how it’s supposed to be because you guys are going at each other, and it’s actually the man’s fault. This is Diamond’s problem, this is what he’s doing to you guys.'”

“But otherwise, for me, it’s like a lot of drama that was going on, and very weird uncertainties that were happening with some new cast members, and Swanky [Jerry] was being weird all of a sudden. We still, also, have a weird relationship since then because I just felt like, who are you, dude?”

Taylor Bickham: So, are y’all really close in real life? Do y’all hang out as often as you do on the show?

Nadia Nakai: “Well, the people that I’m cool with. Like, me and Khanyi [Mbau], that’s my big sis. I love her to death. Like, she is my favorite. Swanky [Jerry] and I have always had a relationship even before YFA, so we’ve always been really cool. I love him to death. Who else am I cool with? Andile [Ncub]. Andile is also someone I’ve known for the longest time, and he’s like a big bro. We get along very well.”

“Annie [Macaulay-Idibia], no, we haven’t spoken since I think she watched the show, and she got very upset at some of the comments that I made. I don’t know if she’s upset with me about the whole 2Face [2Baba] dinner thing. I still have to address that kind of stuff because I actually don’t know where we stand. And, I did say I don’t think Annie is my friend, so I think that’s probably why we haven’t really [talked]. Even on socials, she doesn’t really tag me in stuff anymore, and stuff.”

Taylor Bickham: I feel like that would be an easy thing to clear the air, though.

Nadia Nakai: “Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. When we start shooting again, I will be able to clear the air and find out if there is an issue because I never got to.”

Taylor Bickham: So, for me, I would automatically think you can just DM (direct message), or text them, whereas you guys wait until you are back filming the show.

Nadia Nakai: “I wait purely for the ones that live in a different country, so Annie went back to Nigeria. Also, Swanky went back to Nigeria, and I like having things face to face, and I think just for the value of the show, it would be better to do it on the show anyway because that’s where the drama is happening.”

“But even before we start shooting, I think I will probably have the conversation with her and be like, ‘Are we cool? Are we not?’ Annie is also very open with her feelings, so I think I will be able to pick up if there is a vibe or not. But we will see.”

Taylor Bickham: So, the relationships that were mentioned on the show: Vic [Mensa] and Diamond [Platnumz]. Did y’all link up because the show, or did it happen naturally?

Nadia Nakai: Me and Diamond?

Taylor Bickham: Yes, Diamond.

Nadia Nakai: “I don’t know what he was trying to do, to be honest. I think he probably saw me as an option to vibe with. In season two, he saw Fantana, and it kind of worked out for him. I don’t know what was happening because the first thing that we did was he dedicated a song to me on stage, and I never got that vibe from him off camera.”

“So, for me, I was like, it’s not authentic, and was in a relationship, and it was long distance, and I really wasn’t interested. But I don’t want to be rude because I still wanted to work with this guy, and even though I shut him down, he still gave me that vibe that he doesn’t want to work anymore. And that’s kind of the thing with being a female artist. It’s not necessarily, like, dangling sleeping with the guys, but you have to kind of shut people down nicely so you don’t block doors for yourself. You don’t get to a point where you can’t work with people. You don’t get opportunities because they are like, ‘Oh, I wanted you, and now you’re saying, no, so it’s actually screw you.'”

“Even when I was trying to be nice about it. It still had the same outcome. He still didn’t get into the studio with me, but he got into the studio with Fantana, though, so.”

Nadia is currently gearing up to film season three of “Young, African & Famous” and continues to heal from AKA’s death and aims to break barriers in her industry.

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Ohio Woman, 23, Sentenced To 15 Years To Life After Being Found Guilty Of Fatally Striking Her... 

Ohio Woman, 23, Sentenced To 15 Years To Life After Being Found Guilty Of Fatally Striking Her Mother 'Nearly 30 Times' In 2020
Ohio Woman, 23, Sentenced To 15 Years To Life After Being Found Guilty Of Fatally Striking Her Mother 'Nearly 30 Times' In 2020

A 23-year-old Ohio woman was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Thursday. According to a press release from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, the woman was found guilty of the 2020 murder of her mother on Wednesday.

RELATED: UPDATE: Antonio Armstrong Jr., 23, Sentenced To Life In Prison After Being Found Guilty Of Murdering His Parents In 2016

More Details Regarding The 23-Year-Old Ohio Woman’s Alleged Crime

According to Cleveland 19 News, 19-year-old Sydney Powell was at home with her 50-year-old mother, Brenda, on March 3, 2020. At the time, the pair were allegedly engaged in an argument. New York Post reports that Brenda “was on the phone with officials” from the University of Mount Union when she learned that her daughter had been “kicked out” of the college.

According to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, it was then that the teenager allegedly fatally assaulted her mother.

“In March of 2020, Sydney Powell struck Brenda Powell in the head with an iron skillet, then stabbed her nearly 30 times in the neck,” the Summit County Prosecutor’s press release reads.

New York Post reports that police arrived at the Powell residence the day of the incident. Authorities reportedly discovered Brenda “with severe injuries.”

Brenda and Sydney Powell were ultimately transported to a hospital, where the 50-year-old mother was pronounced deceased.

According to Daily Mail, Brenda Powell was a beloved “child life specialist” at the Akron Children’s Hospital. Powell reportedly worked there for 28 years.

“Countless patients and families benefited from Brenda’s compassionate care and support. Brenda loved working with the teens in the Showers Family Center and always did everything possible to make sure they succeeded,” a statement about Powell, per Daily Mail read.

More Information Regarding Sydney Powell’s Conviction

According to the New York Post, a now 23-year-old Sydney Powell appeared in a Summit County Common Pleas courtroom Wednesday. Powell’s appearance followed an ongoing trial by jury, which reportedly began on September 6, as per Cleveland 19 News.

Before Powell’s appearance, the woman’s defense team argued that she experienced “schizophrenia.” Therefore, the 23-year-old could not be “held accountable” for her mother’s murder.

Additionally, the defense team alleged that Powell suffered a “psychotic break” during the incident.

However, prosecutors reportedly disagreed with the defense’s argument.

“Sydney stopped attacking with the pan, presumably went to the kitchen with a knife,” Assistant Prosecutor Brian Stano told the court, per the New York Post. “She had to switch weapons and keep attacking her… Just the knife just in the neck multiple times? That is purposeful. That is trying to end someone.”

Additionally, prosecutors alleged that Powell “initially lied” to authorities about her mother’s murder, per Daily Mail. The outlet reports that Powell falsely informed police that an intruder had broken into the home and committed the murder.

Furthermore, prosecutors also alleged that Powell had even “staged” the crime scene.”

During the proceeding, witnesses from the University of Mount Union who were on the phone with Brenda during her murder testified that they “heard repeated thuds and screaming.” These sounds prompted them to alert the police.

According to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, the jury ultimately found Powell guilty of “two counts of murder,” “felonious assault,” and “tampering with evidence.”

More Details Regarding The Sentencing Of The 23-Year-Old Ohio Woman

Powell reappeared in court Thursday morning. According to WKYC, Powell was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Judge Kelly McLaughlin. The Akron Beacon Journal has since provided additional context to Powell’s sentencing, reporting that she will be “eligible for parole after 15 years.”

According to WKYC, Powell did not speak when given the opportunity at Thursday’s proceeding. Meanwhile, her attorneys seemingly plan to appeal the 23-year-old’s sentence.

“I have advised Miss Powell that given the nature of our appeal she should not make a statement today,” one of Powell’s attorneys reportedly told Judge McLaughlin, per WKYC.

Additionally, Powell’s attorneys reportedly shared that her family’s main concern “is that Sydney receives the mental health treatment and placement that she needs.”

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Eboni K. Williams Encourages Black Women To Prioritize Marriage While Simultaneously Earning Degrees 

Eboni K. Williams Encourages Black Women To Prioritize Marriage While Simultaneously Earning Degrees
Eboni K. Williams Encourages Black Women To Prioritize Marriage While Simultaneously Earning Degrees

Eboni K. Williams is encouraging Black women to not keep their partnership goals on the back burner in favor of professional and academic pursuits, as delaying partnership “comes with its own consequences.”

RELATED: Eboni K. Williams Defends Comments About Black Men & Mediocrity: ‘Somebody Has To Start Telling The Truth’

Eboni Speaks On “The Reality That Needs To Be Said”

On Wednesday (Sept. 27), theGrio shared a clip from a new installment of theGrio with Eboni K. Williams that showcased the Real Housewives of New York City alum discussing the subject of pursuing partnership as a young, educated professional.

She said that, despite one’s accomplishments, the “marriage and partnership market value” for Black women is still “depreciating with every passing year.” As a result, Eboni K. Williams let it be known that she “want[s] younger Black women to seek marriage and partnership in college or right after if that’s what they choose.”

“The reality that needs to be said out loud is that as Black men age, their desirability increases. Thus, their optionality of women is always expanding. And the exact opposite is true for Black women.”

The attorney, who has never been married, added, “I suggest that you simultaneously pursue that ‘MRS’ degree right along with that B.A. or J.D.”

Toward the end of the clip, Eboni noted that her ultimate intention was to let Black women know about the “consequences” of not giving relationships the same priority as one’s professional pursuits.

“By the time you reach my age, 40, you will be faced with different choices regarding life partnership and motherhood. Now, I’m not saying that delaying marriage or motherhood is a bad option, but it’s one that comes with its own consequences.”

She added, “Our women deserve to know on the front end of their decision-making instead of on the back half.”

RELATED: (Exclusive) Eboni K. Williams Talks Never ‘Quieting’ Her Blackness For New Law-Focused Talk Show

Social Media Reacts To Eboni’s Advice

As one would imagine, Eboni’s commentary ruffled some feathers. The Roomies chimed in beneath The Shade Room‘s upload to make their stances loud and clear.

Pushing back against Williams’ advice, @fashionforever84 stated, “Normalize not listening to people and trusting yourself and the good Lord.”

Similarly, @ronnebrown declared, “Gods timing is best! Don’t let anyone rush you into anything out of fear.”

On the other hand, @rico_hundo responded by penning, “It’s about time some truth is publicized.”

As for @marty_sandiego, she provided a lengthy list detailing some of “the consequences of marrying young,” noting that it’s often “forced.”

“Most of the time it’s forced , you’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do in your head or someone made you feel like marriage and kids was the only step after college. But you haven’t fully developed as a person and don’t know what you truly want, and when you figure it out, you’re crucified for it.”

Another Roomie going by @acemetaphor wrote, “Well… there’s a lot to unpack here. LOTS. Bottom line: Do whatever makes you HAPPY and NEVER date from a scarcity mindset… that’s how you settle.”

Underneath theGrio’s initial upload, @tyalexander called the conversation “extremely archaic.”

“Can we also stop putting all these responsibilities on women? It’s an extremely archaic topic. Fix the pool of men. And it’s start with how we raise our young boys.”

Another user going by @mademoiselle_73 implored viewers to not feel “pressured” by society’s pressures.

“As a Black woman who has been married and holds two degrees. Don’t be pressured into what society thinks you should do. Do what you want to do.”

As for @lifewithden, she declared, “These scare tactics & propaganda being pushed ain’t flying here. Sorry.”

Eboni K. Williams Previously Faced Heat Over Commentary On Dating A Bus Driver

Of course, this is far from the only time Ms. Eboni K. Williams landed herself in hot later this year.

As The Shade Room reported, a conversation between Iyanla Vanzant and Eboni K. Williams prompted the women to acknowledge whether they’d “date a bus driver.” While Iyanla said she would if the driver in question were “a man of integrity,” Eboni said she’d only consider it if he “own[ed] the bus.”

Upon catching some backlash, she later doubled down and proclaimed, “Average is not and will never be good enough for me.”

While this answer didn’t quell the backlash, Eboni later defended her sentiment by saying, “Somebody has to start telling the truth.”

RELATED: Woman Shares How Breastfeeding Her Husband Since 2017 Has Impacted Their Marriage: ‘It’s Definitely Brought Us Closer’

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Baecation Mode? Jamie Foxx Seen Holding Hands With Rumored Girlfriend Alyce Huckstepp In Mexico... 

Jamie Foxx Seen With Rumored Girlfriend In Mexico (PHOTOS)
Jamie Foxx Seen With Rumored Girlfriend In Mexico (PHOTOS)

It looks like Jamie Foxx and Alyce Huckstepp are making Cabo San Lucas their getaway spot!

Photographers captured the rumored couple hand-in-hand in the Mexican city on Sunday (Sept. 24). TMZ released the photo of both Foxx and Huckstepp cheesing as they made their to a restaurant at Nobu Los Cabos Hotel.

According to the outlet’s insiders, Jamie Foxx and Alyce packed on the PDA on an outside patio with ocean views, including flirting and “affection.”

RELATED: WATCH: Jamie Foxx Waves At Fans In First Public Video Since Suffering A ‘Medical Complication’

Over Labor Day weekend, Jamie and Alyce were also photographed arriving in Cabo, per Page Six. Still, neither has confirmed a relationship, and PEOPLE previously reported that Alyce Huckstepp leads a private life without being active on social media.

The rumored pair sparked dating talks when Alyce and Jamie Foxx dined together at Malibu’s Nobu with a group in August. Last year, Huckstepp also attended the world premiere of Jamie Foxx’s movie “Day Shift.” However, she was not photographed alongside the actor, instead posing for paps with singer Sela Vave.

At this time, there isn’t much-verified information about her background or how she might’ve met Foxx.

Baecation Mode? Jamie Foxx Seen Holding Hands With Rumored Girlfriend Alyce Huckstepp In Mexico (Photos)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 10: (L-R) Guest and Alyce Huckstepp attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “Day Shift” on August 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)


Jamie Foxx’s wide grin is likely a welcome expression after his medical complication scare this past spring and Jennifer Anniston’s mistaken accusation of antisemitism. His early August post about “fake friends and fake love” using the story of Jesus being nailed to the cross caused Aniston’s public callout.

RELATED: Girl What?! Social Media Drags Jennifer Aniston After She Mislabeled Jamie Foxx’s Use Of AAVE As ‘Antisemitic’

As for his medical complication, Jamie has yet to reveal details of his diagnosis or the incident. However, he previously thanked his eldest daughter and his sister for protecting his privacy.

On Aug. 24., Fox told his 17 million Instagram followers he was back behind the driver’s seat with a slider of driver’s seat selfies.

RELATED: The Speculation Is Over! Nelly FINALLY Confirms Rekindled Relationship With Ashanti

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Blac Chyna Gushes Over Newfound Romance With Songwriter Derrick Milano: ‘Love Found Us’ 

Blac Chyna Gushes Over Newfound Romance With Songwriter Derrick Milano: 'Love Found Us'
Blac Chyna Gushes Over Newfound Romance With Songwriter Derrick Milano: 'Love Found Us'

Blac Chyna, also known as Angela White, is opening up about her newfound romance with songwriter Derrick Milano. As The Shade Room previously reported, the couple debuted their relationship earlier this week.

RELATED: WATCH: Tokyo Toni & Blac Chyna Emotionally Celebrate Chyna’s One Year Of Sobriety On The ‘Tamron Hall Show’

Blac Chyna Speaks On The “Best Thing” About Her “Power Couple” Relationship With Derrick Milano

The 35-year-old mother of two shared an exclusive statement with PEOPLE on Wednesday. White confirmed that she and Milano, also known as Derrick Gray, are indeed a “power couple.”

“You won’t be able to say power couple without mentioning Angela White & Derrick Gray!” White told the outlet.

Additionally, she touched on how her and Milano’s relationship came to be.

“They always say don’t go looking for love, let love find you. In…  this case love found us,” the mother of two explained. “I know that might sound cliche, but hey, it be like that sometimes.”

White provided more insight while explaining that the “best thing” about her relationship with Milano is their “friendship.” The 35-year-old explained that their “long talks, consistency, support, love, trust, and faith” is essentially what made their relationship “what it is.”

The Mother Of Two Explains The Components Of A “Successful Relationship”

As White’s statement continued, she explained that God’s timing is “always right.” Additionally, the 35-year-old shared that “when it comes to love, you have to have faith in GOD and each other.” However, White believes it’s “always” important for couples and individuals to prioritize “God first.”

Furthermore, the mother of two also spoke about the role of “vulnerability” and “communication” in relationships.

“Being able to be around somebody in your most vulnerable state plays a huge role in a successful relationship,” the 35-year-old explained. “Not to mention how important communication is to express to each other feelings, emotions, & honesty.”

Lastly, White explained that her and Milano’s individual goals also support their relationship.

“As you know, I’m very involved in my career & vision just as much as Derrick is,” White shared. “When I win ‘WE WIN’ when he wins, ‘WE WIN.'”

Before concluding, White explained that she and Milano “love it here” and “value” their relationship. Additionally, White revealed that her mother, Tokyo Toni, “loves” Milano.

Blac Chyna & Derrick Milano Made Things “Instagram Official” Amid Her Celebrating One Year Of Sobriety

Blac Chyna’s insight into her relationship with Milano arrives just days after the couple made their Instagram debut earlier this week. At the time, White shared a photo of her and Milano gazing into each other’s eyes.

A brief caption accompanied the photo.

“X🙏🏽 @derrickmilano”

Milano also followed up with his own photo of him and Chyna. His post also featured a brief caption.

“It hits different when you find your best friend & lover at the same time. ♾🧩 Love you Angela 🤞🏾

Since then, Milano has also praised Chyna as one of his “favorite ladies,” posting a photo of his girlfriend alongside his mother and sister.

“My mom is always gonna be there to support! She went & got me a full-size banner of all my achievements to stand beside me on stage during my class. I love my mom so much & I know my moms proud of me. ❤ Swipe left to see my favorite ladies 😍

White’s new relationship arrives amid her recent celebration of one year of sobriety, as reported by The Shade Room. The 35-year-old documented the occasion as a guest on ‘The Tamron Hall Show’ earlier this month. During her appearance, White detailed how she was able to accomplish the milestone and was even surprised by her mother, Tokyo Toni.

Roomies, please join us in sending continued support and congratulations to Blac Chyna, aka Angela White!

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Bye Kev! Fans Are Feeling Emotional After Alex Hibbert Confirms His Exit From ‘The Chi’ 

Fans React After Alex Hibbert Confirms His Exit From ‘The Chi’
Fans React After Alex Hibbert Confirms His Exit From ‘The Chi’

Season six of “The Chi” has done nothing but pull on our heartstrings! We also can’t forget the bittersweet feeling we all felt once the character Kevin announced his plans to move to Los Angeles. This scene left many fans wondering if we had to say goodbye to the character’s actor, Alex Hibbert, for good.

Grab the tissues! Since 2018, viewers have seen the cast grow before our eyes, and the flashback scenes will forever get fans in their feels! Listen! From watching our TV cousins graduate to Papa talking to Bakari over Papa’s father’s casket, my heart can’t take it anymore.

And now THIS! 

It’s Official! Alex Hibbert Confirms His Departure From ‘The Chi’

In a feed post on Instagram on Sept. 22, Alex Hibbert shared a lengthy message thanking his fellow cast members and fans for their support during his acting journey on “The Chi.”

Dear fans and viewers, it

brought tears to my eyes just writing this. As some of you may already know, today marks my departure from “The Chi.” This show has been such an important part of my life and I’m forever grateful to the people that watched me grow up on camera in front of your eyes for several years,” Hibbert wrote. “It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my castmates, crew members, and all of you who have supported me throughout this incredible journey.”

He also spoke about the experience of being on the show.

“Working on this show has been an unforgettable experience, and I am grateful for all the opportunities it has brought me. I have learned so much from my time here, and I will carry those lessons with me as I move on to new projects.”

Hibbert also sent word directly to his fans.

“To the fans who have followed me and my character’s journey, your unwavering support and love have been the driving force behind my work. I am humbled and honored to have been able to bring this character to life and share Kevins story with you. While I may be leaving this show, I am excited about what the future holds. I look forward to continuing to create meaningful and impactful work that resonates with audiences around the world. Once again, thank you for everything. I will miss this show and most importantly I’m going to miss Kevin, but I will cherish the memories and experiences forever.”


‘The Chi’ Cast Send Their Farewells To Hibbert

Alex Hibbert got to sit down with his cast as they reflected on some of their special moments, favorite episodes, and the strong bond they created throughout the years.

Many of them even shared some heartfelt messages under his announcement post.

“Love brudda 7 years ago feel like 7 days ago lol continue to soar N shine yo future filled with nun but brightness.” — Michael Epps (Jake)

“I love you bro. thank you for your consistency, seriousness, being a leader & your wisdom. you were a blueprint for me coming in & im forever grateful for you taking me in wit open arms brudda. Go be great brudda I love you… job well done.” — Ahmad Ferguson (Bakari)

“LOVE YOU” — Birgundi Baker (Keisha)

“Whewww thank you for being the foundation of this family and the PERFECT example. you know I love you” — Judea Brown (Jemma)

“Job well done honey!! Keep soaring!!!” — Tabitha Brown (Octavia)

“Rooting for you, king. We love you baby!” — Genesis Hale (Maisha)

“Now I’m crying again! Love you

@therealalexhibbert! And the door is

always open.” — Lena Waithe

“We’re going to miss you, Nephew!

Continue to reach for the stars! It was an absolute pleasure and honor to work alongside with you!! God bless you, Alex!!”—Jason Weaver (Rashaad)


Fans React To Alex Hibbert’s Announcement

Many fans can’t imagine “The Chi” without Alex Hibbert and his character.

We have watched Kev persevere through the worst situations. The feeling of him leaving is so bittersweet because, for six seasons, we watched him grow up as he battled so much trauma, but fans seem to be collectively happy to see him finally make it out of Chicago alive.

Here are some fan reactions following his recent announcement:



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UPDATE: Woman Alleged To Be Lil Tay Spotted In Public For First Time Since Death Hoax 

Woman Alleged Lil Tay Public First Time Death Hoax
Woman Alleged Lil Tay Public First Time Death Hoax

In the wake of Lil Tay (real name Tay Tian) accusing her father of faking her death, she is believed to have been spotted out in public for the first time since the apparent hoax.

RELATED: New Statement Reportedly Claims Tay Tian Is Not Dead, Says Instagram Was ‘Compromised By A Third Party’

Is Lil Tay In Incognito Mode?

On Wednesday (Sept. 27), Splash News photographers spotted the person believed to be Lil Tay at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The video shows the figure wearing an all-black outfit, complete with a hoodie, face mask, and sunglasses.

As the person alleged to be Lil Tay is questioned about some of the recent drama she’s faced, she remains silent while walking to a waiting car.

In addition to personal security, the Daily Mail reports that the woman alleged to be Lil Tay appeared to be accompanied by her brother — Jason Tian — and mother, Angela Tian.

Check out the footage down below.

The Teen Recently Blasted Her “Abusive” Father Online

This update comes just one day after Lil Tay shared an Instagram Story accusing her father, Christopher J. Hope, of being “abusive” and setting the death hoax into motion.

Above a photo of her dad, Lil Tay wrote, “My abusive racist misogynistic woman beating father faked my death.” 

However, Christopher Hope pushed back against the allegation. According to TMZ, Hope declared, “The person who is responsible for that Instagram post, as well as anyone repeating the completely false and libelous accusation within it, are virtually certain to become defendants in a defamation lawsuit.”


As The Shade Room reported, a statement previously posted to Lil Tay’s Instagram declared the teen had unexpectedly passed away. A subsequent statement contradicted this claim and alleged that her account had been hacked.

Following this development, family attorneys representing the teen noted that her dad owes $275K in child support.

RELATED: Family Attorneys For Lil Tay Say The Minor Is In Her Mother’s Custody, While Father Owes $275K In Child Support

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Locked In? Travis Kelce Says His Friends & Family Spoke ‘Good Things’ About Taylor Swift After... 

Travis Kelce Says His Friends & Family Approve Of Taylor Swift After She Joined Them At His NFL Game
Travis Kelce Says His Friends & Family Approve Of Taylor Swift After She Joined Them At His NFL Game

Travis Kelce might’ve dominated on the field during Sunday’s Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs game, but he makes it sound like Taylor Swift was the real star of the evening to him.

In a new episode of his co-hosted podcast, New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce, the pro-football player spoke on Taylor’s appearance at the game Taylor for the first time.

RELATED: Taylor Swift Announces Ice Spice Collab After Rumored Boyfriend’s Involvement In Racist Commentary About Rapper

About halfway through the video, Travis’ brother Jason joked about Taylor Swift putting the star athlete “on the map.” And, in response, the Chiefs tight end gave Swift a “shoutout” for pulling up to the stadium, calling her appearance “pretty ballsy.” 

“I just thought it was awesome that everybody in the suite had nothing but good things to say about her. The friends and family, she looked amazing and everybody was talking about her in great light and on top of that the day went perfect for Chiefs fans of course.”

This past weeks, videos and photos show the 33-year-old singer laughing, cheering, and even chest-bumping several of Kelce’s friends and family in a suite. Travis Kelce revealed on the Wednesday-released episode that he was here for it all!

“To see the slow-motion chest bumps, to see the high-fives with mom, to see how Chiefs Kingdom was so excited she was there, that shit was absolutely hysterical, and it was definitely a game I’ll remember that’s for damn sure and then we just slid off in the getaway car at the end.”

Locked In? Travis Kelce Says His Friends & Family Spoke 'Good Things' About Taylor Swift After Bears vs Chiefs Game
KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 24: Singer Taylor Swift watches the game with Donna Kielce Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) mom against the Chicago Bears on September 24th, 2023 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Following the game, someone captured a video of Taylor Swift and Travis walking side-by-side through the stadium hallway. There weren’t any apparent signs of intimacy, like hand-holding, between the two. Still, social media exploded with reactions to the sighting — setting off viral dating rumors.

Travis Kelce Says He Plans To Keep Their Personal Lives Private Going Forward

We should add, Taylor hasn’t addressed her duck-off with Kelce since going viral. Back in May, PEOPLE reported that Swift had shared a public kiss with singer Matt Healy. He was her rumored boo at the time.

This, however, isn’t the first time Kelce has spoken on the Swifties artist. In a July episode of his podcast, Travis Kelce revealed he was “butthurt” that he didn’t get to meet Taylor Swift. He had apparently made her a bracelet — no word on whether he gave it to her!

Locked In? Travis Kelce Says His Friends & Family Spoke 'Good Things' About Taylor Swift After Bears vs Chiefs Game
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 24: Taylor Swift watches a regular season game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears with Donna Kelce, mother of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)


He admitted in Wednesday’s episode that he brought the attention to them. Now, he says he wants to be respectful about their personal lives. He doesn’t plan to speak about them on his show or shows he features on.

“I’m enjoying life, and I sure as hell enjoyed this weekend. Everything moving forward I think me talking about sports and saying ‘alright now’ will have to be where I keep it,” Travis Kelce said of his romance with Swift.

RELATED: Issa Baewatch! Dancehall Artist Jada Kingdom Reacts After Fans Flag Pardi In Her Recent Pictures

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Draya Michele Clears Up ‘Misconceptions’ About Her Cosmetic Procedures (Exclusive Video) 

Draya Misconceptions Her Cosmetic Procedures Exclusive Video

Draya Michele dropped by for the latest installment of Stepping Into The Shade Room, and she’s servin’ up some piping-hot tea for host Thembi.

From discussing how Basketball Wives LA fed into negative stereotypes to dishing on relationships and co-parenting, Draya certainly didn’t hold back. She also shared some exclusive insight about the cosmetic procedures that she’s undergone!

She Acknowledges Getting One Round Of “Illegal” Butt Shots

During the sit-down, Draya mentioned working out a “minimum [of] four times a week” on account of her “sh**ty” diet, and she also acknowledged, “Through my adulthood, I have made alterations to things.”

Upon Thembi asking her to elaborate, Draya shared, “There’s a lot of misconceptions about the work that I have had done.”

Draya then declared that she does not have a Brazilian butt lift, though she did get illegal butt shots a decade ago.

“I came out on a TV show in 2011. In 2013, 10 years ago, I got butt shots. One round, the most mildest thing you could get, because it was set up to get multiple [rounds of injections].”

Not stopping there, Draya pointed out, “The illegal kind. The ghetto kind.” After Thembi asked why Draya opted to go this route, she noted it wasn’t about money. Instead, the decision was more based on the person doing the procedure.

“It was just about who can do it and who had the track record of being able to do it. And I trusted the person who did it.”

She added, “I was very happy — the world is happy with the results! … But I’ve only touched my actual butt one time. And, no, it wasn’t ’cause I took fat from my stomach and put it into my butt.”

Additionally, Draya said she’s undergone two boob jobs, as her first set of implants were “way too big” and “10 years old” by the time she had them removed, got a breast lift, and opted for smaller implants.

She also acknowledged trying out liposuction and undergoing a reverse tummy tuck before noting that she hasn’t touched her face at all.

Does Future Have A Shot With Draya Michele?

Aside from putting her cosmetic procedures out on the table, Draya Michele also kept it real with what she looks for in a partner, noting that she loves a man whom she can “learn from.”

“As far as my type of man, I like a man who is educated in different areas than I am so that we can kind of bounce ideas off of each other. I love, love, love to learn from a man.”

Host Thembi also got Draya to play a game acknowledging whether she’d hypothetically date a few different high-rollin’ eligible bachelors.

Starting off with Michael B. Jordan, Draya said they’d “hypothetically get along so well” since they’re both Aquarians.

With Diddy and Drake, though, Draya said their platonic friendships run too deep for dating to work. She similarly shut down Nick Cannon, noting that — while “he’s nice” — she wouldn’t be able to date a man “with 27 kids.”

Segueing to Future, though, Draya appeared to be a bit more open to something non-serious.

“Future’s cool. He’s a cool guy. … If I was single, maybe I would let him take me on a date or something.”

Common didn’t elicit the same response, though, as Draya shut the idea down by calling him a “serial dater” before also giving Trey Songz a firm “no.”

Check out Draya’s Stepping Into The Shade Room episode below!

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Fourth Suspect Arrested After One-Year-Old Passes Away Following Suspected Fentanyl Exposure At... 

Fourth Suspect Arrested After One-Year-Old Passes Away Following Suspected Fentanyl Exposure At Bronx Day Care
Fourth Suspect Arrested After One-Year-Old Passes Away Following Suspected Fentanyl Exposure At Bronx Day Care

A fourth suspect has been arrested and reportedly faces charges in connection to the passing of one-year-old Nicholas Dominici. As The Shade Room previously reported, the toddler passed away on September 15. At the time of the incident, Dominici was in the care of the Divino Nino Daycare in the Bronx, New York.

The toddler’s death is reportedly due to suspected fentanyl exposure.

RELATED: UPDATE: Cops Find Narcotics Beneath Trapdoor At Bronx Day Care After One-Year-Old Dies Of Suspected Fentanyl Poisoning

More Information Regarding The Fourth Suspect’s Arrest

According to CBS News, Felix Herrera Garcia was taken into custody on Tuesday after being located on a bus headed to Culiacan in Mexico. According to the outlet, Culiacan is a “hub” for the “most powerful drug cartel in the world,” the Sinaloa cartel.

“That cartel is the largest producer, manufacturer and trafficker of fentanyl to the U.S.,” the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, explained as per CBS News. “It tells me he was going there for protection. So it made sense for him to take a bus to lay under the radar and go directly into Culiacan to lay low for a period of time.”

The outlet adds that authorities discovered Herrera Garcia’s whereabouts after receiving a tip. As The Shade Room previously reported, the suspect is the husband of the daycare owner, Grei Mendez De Ventura, who was taken into custody on the day of the incident.

At the time, it was reported that Mendez initially contacted her husband when she found Dominici “unresponsive.” When Garcia arrived at the location, he reportedly removed items from the daycare’s basement. Then, the suspect fled from police.

“… He left the day care and fled out the back alley, carrying two full shopping bags,” Williams added, as per USA Today. “All of that happened while the children, the babies, were suffering the effect of fentanyl and were in desperate need of help.”

According to PEOPLE, authorities believe that Herrera Garcia, his wife, and two other suspects are “mid-level drug distributors.” CBS News adds that the four suspects were reportedly “operating a drug ring out of the day care.”

Additionally, the outlet reports that Herrera Garcia will be extradited from Mexico to reportedly face “murder and other charges” in the U.S.

More Details Regarding The Third Suspect’s Arrest Last Week

According to ABC News, a third suspect was arrested on Saturday in connection to Nicholas Dominici’s passing. The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Renny Antonio Parra Paredes.

CBS News adds that Paredes, also known as “El Gallo,” served an “instrumental role in the drug distribution operation.” Authorities reportedly discovered many “tools and instruments” such as “strainers, tape, a grinder, plastic bags and digital scales” in Paredes’s apartment.

Additionally, police also discovered “two clear bags filled with a grayish powder” and a “rectangular brick-shaped package” at the suspect’s residence. The bag and packages reportedly “appeared to contain drugs.”

USA Today reports that Paredes worked closely with Herrera Garcia’s cousin, Caristo Acevedo Brito. Acevedo Brito is the second suspect arrested by authorities,

Additionally, CBS News reports that Paredes was arraigned in federal court on Monday. The suspect has since been charged with “conspiracy to distribute narcotics resulting in death.”

The outlet adds that if Paredes is found guilty of his charges, he faces 20 years to life in prison. Furthermore, ABC News reports that Paredes is being held without bail.

More Details Regarding Nicholas Dominici’s Passing & The Arrests Of The Two Initial Suspects

As The Shade Room previously reported, Divino Nino Daycare was operating on Friday, September 15, when a two-year-old named Jaziel Lino was taken home that afternoon. At the time, the child’s mother noticed her son was “acting lethargic and unresponsive.” Upon taking the child to the hospital, Lino was given Narcan. According to SAMHSA, the medication is designed to “reverse opioid overdose” and reportedly “saved” the boy’s life.

Later that day, the remaining children at the daycare ate a meal and then took a nap. However, when Mendez woke the children up, she found a two-year-old boy, an eight-month-old girl, and one-year-old Nicholas Dominici “unresponsive.”

This is when Mendez reportedly contacted her husband, Herrera Garcia.

When authorities later arrived, the children were also given Narcan and then transported to Montefiore Medical Center. It was there that Dominici was pronounced deceased.

As The Shade Room previously reported, the daycare had passed inspection a week before the incident.

Additionally, Dominici had only been in the care of the daycare for about a week.

Grei Mendez De Ventura and Caristo Acevedo Brito were arrested that same day. Both individuals have been charged with “murder, assault, and child endangerment” in relation to Nicholas Dominici’s passing.

As authorities investigated the daycare, they reportedly found multiple kilo presses. The object is “used to package large amounts of drugs,” as previously reported by The Shade Room.

Additionally, authorities located a trapdoor containing drugs and other narcotics beneath the area where the children slept, as per The Shade Room.

“Parents entrusted Grei Mendez with the care of their children,” Williams further explained as per USA Today. “As alleged, instead of diligently safeguarding the well-being of those children, she and her co-conspirators put them directly in harm’s way, running a narcotics operation and storing deadly fentanyl out of the very space in which the children ate, slept, and played.”

Mendez’s daycare license has reportedly been suspended as she and her attorney prepare to fight the charges against her. According to CNN, Andres Manuel Aranda informed the outlet that Mendez allegedly had “no previous knowledge of any contraband in the apartment.”

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