Ari Lennox Reveals Fear of Flying, No Longer Doing Shows Overseas 

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R&B singer Ari Lennox revealed she’s done booking shows that require her to take a flight. The Washington, D.C native shared on social media and apologized to her overseas fans but said her fear of flying in a plane has taken a big toll on her mental health. 

The Dreamville singer posted: 

“For my mental health and sanity, I will not be doing any shows that require me to fly. I can not keep torturing myself with this huge fear of mine. It is literally destroying my health. Enough is enough. I’m so sorry to all that are inconvenienced by this. Don’t know what this will mean for my career but I just can’t do it.”

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 Although it’s not the most convenient way to travel, Ari will still be able to make her way through the USA on a tour bus. The late Aretha Franklin, along with DJ Khaled, Whoopi Goldberg and Fat Joe have all opened up about their fear of flying. Legendary rapper KRS-One has even taken a boat to Australia to avoid the not so friendly skies. 

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ICYMI: Bill Cosby Found Guilty, Civil Jury Awards $500K to Judith Huth 

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A jury in California decided that comedian, Bill Cosby is guilty of sexually assaulting Judith Huth, a then-teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion back in 1975.

On Tuesday, the jury came back with a verdict in the civil case against Cosby which found him liable and awarded Huth with the sum of $500,000 in damages. 

While no punitive compensation was awarded, 84-year-old Cosby, was served a major legal defeat. 

“We have always maintained that Judy Huth, Gloria Allred and their cohorts fabricated these false accusations, in order to force Mr. Cosby to finance their racist mission against successful and accomplished Black Men in America,” Cosby’s spokesperson said in a statement following the verdict. “Mr. Cosby continues to maintain his innocence and will vigorously fight these false accusations, so that he can get back to bringing the pursuit of happiness, joy and laughter to the world.”

READ MORE: Judge Orders Jury Deliberations to Start Over in Civil Case for Bill Cosby

According to Variety, Huth, who is now 64 years-old accused Cosby of luring her and a friend to the Playboy Mansion a few days after meeting him in a park. She claimed that Cosby took her alone into a bedroom, pulled down his sweatpants and then grabbed her hand in order to masturbate himself, forcing her into a sexual act.

The is the first case to go to trial under the Child Victims Act, which protects adults who suffered abuse as children and come forward with their accounts years later.

Prosecutors say there won’t be criminal charges because the case is past the statute of limitations. Cosby maintains the allegations are false. 

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VP Harris Urges Citizens To Call Out State’s Attorney General’s To Protect Women’s Health 

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Vice President Harris says state attorneys general need to protect women’s health as the Supreme Court decision to possibly overturn Roe V. Wade looms in the near future.

Harris talked about the options states have to continue to put reproductive health first. She said they have the power to assess and challenge the constitutionality of laws being passed in their states and convene legal organizations such as nonprofit law firms to help those affected by those laws.

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Vice President Harris says Americans should be in the know. Harris talks about what state attorneys general can do for reproductive rights and urged citizens to be informed about their rights and to know who their state attorney general is.

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Lil Baby Awarded Ascap Songwriter of The Year at 35th Ascap Rhythm & Soul Music Awards 

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Lil baby is picking up the Ascap Songwriter of the year for the 2nd time in a row at the 35th annual Ascap Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

The awards ceremony that celebrates songwriters and publishers is set to take place today, June21 through June 24 on @ASCAP and @ASCAPUrban’s social media channels.

Grammy Award-winning songwriter and artist, Lil Baby is behind several chart-topping hits including “Every Chance I Get,” “Girls Want Girls,” “On Me,” “Rags2Riches 2” and “Wants and Needs.” Lil Baby fans can be delighted to know his 3rd studio album and follow up to MyTurn is slated for a summer 2022 release. 

READ MORE: ‘Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby’ Set to Hit Prime Video This August

Other expected highlights include “Deconstructed: Ashanti Breaks Down Her Hits,” a special ASCAP Experience conversation featuring multiplatinum singer and songwriter Ashanti.

Ashanti, 41, will speak with VIBE Editor-in-Chief, Datwon Thomas about the 20-year anniversary of her history-making debut album, Ashanti, and delve into the creation of some of her all-time greatest hits.

The event will be broadcast from ASCAP’s YouTube channel. More information is available at www.ascapexperience.com

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Lizzo Teams with Live Nation for $1 Million Donating to Planned Parenthood 

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Following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Lizzo and Live Nation have teamed together for a $1 million donation to Planned Parenthood.

“I’m pledging $500k from my upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood,” Lizzo announced on Twitter. “Live Nation agreed to match— to make it 1 MILLION dollars.”

She added, “The most important thing is action & loud voices. @plannedparenthood @abortionfunds & organizations like them— will need funding to continue offering services to people who are most harmed by this ban.”

The Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade Friday morning, jeopardizing the ability to get abortions across America. With states already passing legislation to stop abortions, certain states like Illinois and California are highlighting how they are still open to women who need the service. Additional support for women came from Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO who announced travel reimbursement for employees.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Announces Travel Expense Support for Employees Seeking Abortions 

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The Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade Friday morning, jeopardizing the ability to get abortions across America. With states already passing legislation to stop abortions, certain states like Illinois and California are highlighting how they are still open to women who need the service.

In response, Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO and President, Lauren Hobart, announced support on behalf of the company for any employee who needs to travel to a different state for abortion access. She posted a message on her LinkedIn page:

“In response to today’s ruling, we are announcing that if a state one of our teammates lives in restricts access to abortion, DICK’s Sporting Goods will provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement to travel to the nearest location where that care is legally available. This benefit will be provided to any teammate, spouse, or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, along with one support person.”

You can see her full statement below.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Last Words Detailed During Testimony by Man Injured in Same Shooting 

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The Nipsey Hussle murder trial is underway and one of the first witnesses was Shermi Villanueva, a 47-year-old who was also injured in the parking lot of The Marathon Store.

During Villanueva’s testimony, the last words of Nipsey Hussle were recounted.

“’He shot me. He shot me,’” Villanueva said he heard Hussle say. “I heard it, and then I saw Nipsey fall. When I looked and see Nipsey, I started to run.”

Prosecutors state Hussle’s killer, Eric Holder was once considered a friend of the rapper and used two guns in the shooting. Holder opened fire on Hussle after going to eat lunch. Holder’s attorneys are not arguing that the murder is not premeditated. Holder is facing one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

You can see footage from inside the courtroom below.

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J. Cole on Drake’s ‘Honestly, Nevermind’: “This Album is Phenomenal” 

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Drake’s new Dance album Honestly, Nevermind was in rotation across the world this weekend and has been quite polarizing. Some people love it, while the other side of the spectrum appears to be confused as to why Drake made it. Then there are some, like Drake himself, who argue those who don’t like it just don’t get it. You can find J. Cole on the support side.

Cole hit Instagram and shared a screenshot of the song “Liability” and revealed “Man. This album is phenomenal. Point blank.”

Last month, Drake and J. Cole put fans on alert as they were spotted filming a music video together. Videos leaked online showing Drizzy creating a new music video, on the set was Cole, but some fans questioned if he is just a guest.

Last year, J. Cole jacked Drake’s “Pipe Down” for a single called “Heaven’s EP,” which you can hear below.

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Wendy Williams Reportedly Never Leaves Home and Has Memory Loss 

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The Wendy Show is now over and according to sources, the former host, Wendy Williams, has no plans to get back to work.

A source spoke to The Sun stating Williams doesn’t leave her house and “can’t remember anything.” The source also added Wendy “hasn’t taken any meetings to try to get back on the air” and it would be a long road to get her back on air in the future.

“She can’t remember anything, she needs a teleprompter and she needs someone there to remind her of things,” the source said. “She is sitting in her house, she isn’t taking meetings, she isn’t going out, there is no plan.”

The decade-plus run of The Wendy Williams show came to a close this past Friday. Ahead of the show Variety noted Wendy Williams would not be in attendance for the final episode. Instead, a video montage celebrating Williams played in the time slot.

“The final original episode of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ will air on Friday, June 17th with a video tribute to the iconic host. The series comes to an end after 13 successful years in syndication,” said a spokesperson for the show.

Wendy Williams has not been on her show for the entire 2021-22 season due to health-related issues. Throughout the season multiple guests filled in for Wendy, including Sherri Shepherd, who is hosting the final week and will have her own show this coming Fall.

Previously, Williams expressed she would be returning to her show. Co-Presidents of Debmar-Mercury, the show’s creators, Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, said they would be willing to work with the host again.

“It doesn’t mean the next day, but we will put it together and figure it out,” Bernstein said. “It’s not like we have a Plan B where we hit a button and it’s back in a week, but we do have the desire to be in business with her, if she can come back and be healthy, and so does Fox.”

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Chris Brown Leaves the Door Cracked for VERZUZ: “We Might Figure Something Out” 

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The boys of R&B will hit the VERZUZ stage this coming week when Omarion, Mario, Bobby V., Ray J and more will step into the ring. But who could battle Chris Brown? None of those names for sure but it appears the VERZUZ team is brainstorming a battle for Breezy.

Chris Brown was speaking with Big Boy on Monday and revealed he had an exploratory conversation with the team behind the battles.

“I’ma keep it a hundred. I’ve been talking to the people so we might figure something out but I ain’t gon’ say nothing yet. I ain’t gonna get nobody hype yet,” Chris Brown said. He added, “the check ain’t been cut, none of that.”

Breezy also revealed he once considered a VERZUZ battle but figuring out the perfect opponent would be tough.

“Me at my career now, I ain’t hanging no towel up. I don’t feel that I wanna go up against somebody that might not be in there,” Brown said. “It’s too much of a Verzuz for me. I don’t want to have to overshadow nobody or really, ‘Damn, that boy killed this person.’ I don’t even want to go back and forth with none of that.”

Who do you think can take on Chris Brown? You can hear him talk VERZUZ below. Breezy is out on Friday.

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