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Issa Rae pays homage to ’90s sitcoms with new photo shoot

“Insecure” actress and creator Issa Rae pays homage to some of the funniest sitcoms of the late 1980s and early 1990s including “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Brandy” and “A Different World” with a photo spread that brings back warm memories for fans.

In the photos she channels her inner  Dwayne Wayne, played by Kadeem Hardison, almost to the point you can  hear Whitley Gilbert’s southern drawl calling “Dwaaaaayyyne.”

Rae graces the cover of  GQ’s “Comedy Issue” along with Sarah Silverman, Kate McKinnon.

Rae first attracted attention for her work on the YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl.”

A behind-the-scenes look at @IssaRae's #GQComedyIssue photo shoot, where she channels some of our favorite '90s sitcom stars — GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 22, 2018

Brandy turned to Twitter to applaud Rae and posting her photo alongside Rae’s,  thanking her for her photo take on black television icons.


R. Kelly loses lawsuit against Georgia venue, faces another accusing him of assault, infecting woman with herpes

R. Kelly has been at the center of two lawsuits within the last week. He recently lost one against a Georgia venue and faces another for sexual battery.

RELATED: Why do black people still listen to R. Kelly?

In a May 15 filing, a judge dismissed the singer’s case against a Georgia venue. In the suit, his management company, RSK Enterprises, claimed Macon Coliseum-operator Comcast Spectacor did not pay him $100,000 for a concert he performed. Kelly asked for that amount plus damages.

However, the case was thrown out, because Kelly failed to appear in a Chicago court. He also did not appear at hearings on April 3 and May 8 and was warned “that any future failures to appear may subject this case to a dismissal for want of prosecution,” according to court documents.

Furthermore, the two attorneys representing RSK Enterprises stepped down from the case in April, citing “ethical obligations.”

On Monday, the musician was named in another lawsuit. Faith Rodgers, 20, filed one in New York this week, accusing Kelly of sexual battery. During their relationship, the then-19-year-old said he “mentally, sexually and verbally” abused her. She also alleged that he knowingly infected her with herpes and locked her in rooms for punishment. She said she also had to call him “daddy.”

In an interview with “ CBS This Morning,” she recalled one incident where Kelly visited her hotel room after he flew her to New York for one of his shows. There, she said she “submitted” to having sex with him.

RELATED: R. Kelly’s assistant, attorney resign following allegations against the singer

“I didn’t really say anything. I kinda just froze up,” she said. “I definitely was uncomfortable. But he has this type of, like, intimidation right off the bat. You know? So I was just waiting for it to be over.”

She said those situations occurred multiple times.

Although Kelly is not facing any criminal charges, he has been accused of  sexual misconduct several times over the years, including a claim that he ran a cult in his Atlanta home. He refuted that claim and has previously denied other allegations of sexual abuse.

In April 2018, Mensch and Kelly’s assistant resigned from their positions after working with the entertainer for years.

In May 2018, the Time’s Up movement launched a campaign specifically targeting him over the the sexual abuse allegations and revealed it would be collaborating with the social media campaign #MuteRKelly, which seeks to stop his music from being played and cancel his concerts.

Soon after, radio host Tom Joyner and Spotify announced it would no longer actively promote Kelly’s music in any way on its platform.

Kelly has not responded to the latest allegation.

RELATED: Time’s Up takes aim at R. Kelly over sex misconduct claims

R. Kelly sued by Texas woman for sexual battery, false imprisonment, claims he gave her STD

R&B singer R. Kelly is involved in yet another lawsuit in which he is accused of sexual assault.

The New York Times reported that Faith A. Rodgers, a 20-year-old Texas woman, filed a suit in a New York court. Rodgers said she was 19 when she started a relationship with Kelly.

>> Read more trending news 

NYT reported that, according to the filing, Rodgers said she met Kelly in March 2017 after he performed in San Antonio, Texas. She said she was flown to New York by Kelly after months of phone contact. It was in New York that Rodgers alleges Kelly “initiated unwanted sexual contact” in a hotel room and did not tell Rodgers he was infected with herpes. The suit claims she contracted the disease.

“He turns on all the lights ...And he’s like, ‘Take off your clothes.’ And he says it, you know, with authority in his voice,” Rodgers told CBS News Tuesday. “Not just, you know, he’s demanding me to do this. And I didn’t take off my clothes because why would I? I just wasn’t ready… Sex isn’t something, you know, I’m ready for.”

Rodgers said she ultimately submitted and had sex with Kelly even though she didn’t want to. She claimed Kelly recorded the act on his iPad without her consent.

Rodgers said after the incident, Kelly asked how old she was.  

“I told him and he’s like, ‘You know, if you’re really, you know, 16, that you can tell daddy, right?’ And he was like, ‘You know, you just look about 14, 15 or 16,’” she said.

Rodgers said in the suit that she was in a relationship with Kelly for a year, in which he “routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact.” The suit alleges Kelly’s actions were “designed to humiliate, embarrass, intimate and shame her.”

The suit is seeking unspecified damages, alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease. CBS News reported that Rodgers previously filed a criminal complaint with the Dallas Police Department in April.

In the past, Kelly has routinely denied allegations of sexual abuse. In response to the April criminal complaint, Kelly’s representative said the musician “categorically denies all claims and allegations.”

Petition created to urge police to drop charges against rapper T.I.

Days after T.I. was arrested outside of his gated community in Henry County, an online petition has surfaced urging police to drop the charges against the Atlanta rapper. 

» RELATED: Atlanta rapper T.I. arrested after arguing with security guard

On Wednesday, the artist, whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, but the Care2 petition is calling on police to drop the charges.

The organizers called the charges “ridiculous” and said T.I. deserves an apology. They also said the security guards involved were “racist.”

“A simple check would have proven who he was and the situation could have resolved there. But instead they decided to involve the police which used the opportunity, not to aid the citizen in need, but support security who were in the wrong,” they wrote on the site

They are asking for 12,000 signatures. As of Saturday afternoon, they had garnered more than 11,700 supporters. 

Via a live Instagram video, T.I. labeled the arrest “nonsense” and “small potatoes,” adding that God will take care of it. And his attorney Steve Sadow said his client “was wrongfully arrested.”

The incident occurred after T.I. arrived at the gate outside his community to find the security guard sleeping. While the guard initially refused to let the rapper in, he eventually admitted him, according to an incident report from Henry County police.

T.I. then walked from his home back to the guard booth — a distance of more than a half-mile — and began to argue again with the guard, who called police.

He was released from the Henry County Jail about 8 a.m. Wednesday after posting $2,250 bond.

» RELATED: ‘You work for me’: 911 call released in rapper T.I.’s arrest

‘Black-ish’ creator to give ‘Million-ish’ to Clark Atlanta University in ‘Grown-ish’ gift

Clark Atlanta University laid the foundation for Kenya Barris to become one of the hottest producers and writers in television. 

The Atlanta-based HBCU set up Rainbow Barris to become a leading anesthesiologist in Los Angeles. 

Now, the 1996 graduates of CAU are returning the favors a million times over. 

The couple is expected to donate $1 million to the school for scholarships at a pre-commencement reception Sunday night.

»RELATED: Read the AJC’s full coverage of the health of HBCUs

Half of the Kenya and Rainbow Barris Annual Scholarship Award will go to support mass media arts majors. The other half will help students majoring in biology. 

Kenya Barris majored in mass media arts and is the creator of Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning television series, “Black-ish,” as well as the critically-acclaimed college spinoff, “Grown-ish.” 

Rainbow Barris has a degree in biology from CAU and is a board-certified anesthesiologist in Los Angeles. 

Their gift  is the largest single gift from alumni since the consolidation of Clark Atlanta University in 1988 and school president Ronald A. Johnson, is also hoping that the gift sparks a trend. 

»RELATED: Kendall Youngblood finds a dream reborn by transferring to Clark Atlanta

Earlier this week, the university announced the $2 million Charles S. Ackerman Memorial Scholarship, which includes a gift of more than 114 rare books valued at approximately $127,000. 

The Ackerman scholarship, named after a former member of the board of trustees, will cover tuition for full-time undergraduate students of CAU who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents, the university said in a news release. Ten sophomores will be selected into the Ackerman Scholarship Program each academic year, beginning this fall semester. 

“Mr. Barris has lifted his powerful voice in the entertainment industry to explore issues of classism and racism in creative and humorous ways,” Johnson said. “In giving back to their alma mater, he has again used his powerful voice to articulate the importance of supporting this beloved institution that is giving our students the skills and confidence to find and lift their own voices in the field of their choice.” 

The Barris gift will be formally announced on Sunday at a reception on the eve of CAU’s Monday commencement, where Kenya Barris will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. 

It also kicks off the university’s 30th anniversary yearlong celebration, which officially starts on July 1.

Who was Dee Dee Warwick? Singer accused of sexually abusing Whitney Houston

An upcoming documentary about the life of Whitney Houston is revealing new details about her upbringing. The star was the victim of sexual abuse as a child and the abuser was her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, another notable singer, according to filmmakers. 

» RELATED: Documentary: Whitney Houston was sexually abused by cousin Dee Dee Warwick

The movie entitled “Whitney,” which hits theaters in July, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday, and in a recent IndieWire interview, the director Kevin Macdonald talked about the sexual abuse allegations. 

“Gary the brother told me he was abused by Dee Dee,” he said. “So it’s not allegations. He’s saying I was abused by this person and told me, ‘I think she abused Whitney.’”

Want to know more Dee Dee Warwick? Here are five things you should know. 

She was born into a family of singers.

Born Delia Juanita Warrick, the singer was raised in Newark, New Jersey. She is the younger sister of Grammy-award winning singer Dionne Warwick, whose hits include “Walk On By” and “Say A Little Prayer.” 

In her teens, she began singing with her sister and their aunt Cissy, Whitney Houston’s mother, in church. They eventually became a gospel trio called Gospelaires and were recruited by a record producer after a performance at the Apollo Theater in New York. 

Warwick sang backup for Aretha Franklin and others.

As a teen, she sang for stars including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and even her sister Dionne. She also sang solo. After leaving the gospel group, she recorded a version of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” which was later covered by Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. 

» RELATED: Rare footage shows Whitney Houston rehearsing 'I'm Your Baby Tonight'

She launched a solo career in her late teens. 

By the 1960s, she officially began to pursue solo endeavors. Her first recordings included songs such as “You’re No Good” and “I (Who Have Nothing).” In 1965, she signed a deal with Mercury Records and found success with the tunes “We’re Doing Fine,” “Foolish Fool” and “She Didn’t Know (She Kept on Talking).”

She also made some TV appearances. The starlet sang alongside her sister on NBC’s Hullabaloo and as a solo act on the TV show Shivaree. 

She was reportedly one of the first openly gay women in the music industry.

The Telegraph reported she was open about her sexuality. 

“Dee Dee was openly lesbian in the music industry,” one anonymous source close to the Warwick family told the publication. “Not necessarily in public, but I don’t think that was a secret within the music industry. And that was a detriment to her development also, because she didn’t hide it within the music industry. She didn’t.”

The singer battled with substance abuse. 

She battled drug addiction for much of her life, and in 2008, she died in a New Jersey nursing home at the age of 63. Her sister was reportedly by her side. 

» RELATED: Photos: Dionne Warwick through the years 

Spotify should ban Chris Brown, Eminem and others after R. Kelly music ousted, women’s group says

Women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet wants Spotify to extend its artist ban beyond R. Kelly and XXXTentacion to other musicians who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Chris Brown, Nelly, Eminem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Don Henley, Steven Tyler and 6ix9ine.

» RELATED: Spotify removes R. Kelly music from playlists

“[These] two men are not the only abusers on your platform. We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote,” the organization’s executive director Shaunna Thomas wrote in an open letter Monday to Spotify head Daniel Ek. “Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse,” the group wrote. “That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.”

Last week, Spotify announced a new policy to curb content that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

» RELATED: #MeToo: A timeline of 2018’s sexual harassment scandals

The policy change went into effect following a #MuteRKelly social media movement sparked by the multiple allegations of sex abuse against the artist. Spotify no longer actively promotes the artist’s music, though the songs are still available on the service.

As of May 10, Kelly’s music was no longer be available on the site’s editorial or algorithmic playlists, including Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, RapCaviar and any of the platform’s popular genre- or mood-based playlists, the AJC previously reported.

Apple Music and Pandora followed suit.

» RELATED: Why do black people still listen to R. Kelly?

The Grammy-winning artist has been accused of many crimes over the years and allegedly “held women against their will in a cult” at his homes in two cities, including one in metro Atlanta. He has denied the accusations and isn’t currently facing any charges. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography.

In a statement to Billboard, Spotify said, "We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

» RELATED: R. Kelly off Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora playlists but remains on Atlanta radio stations

In response to the platform changes, Kelly’s team told BuzzFeed News that Spotify’s “actions are without merit” and are “based on false and unproven allegations.”

Some of the musicians listed by Ultraviolet have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual abuse or domestic violence, but not all of them have been charged with a crime.

The group, which was founded in 2012, applauded Spotify’s hate content and hateful conduct policy and hopes the open letter will urge other streaming platforms to follow Spotify’s lead.

Read Ultraviolet’s open letter to Spotify.

YouTube star slammed for her 'women's edit' of Childish Gambino's 'This Is America'

YouTube star and comedian Nicole Arbour has been heavily criticized after releasing her own version of Childish Gambino‘s powerful video for his song, “This Is America.

Arbor dubbed her version, the “Women’s Edit” and was promptly slammed for co-opting a work which examined the black experience in America, with many calling her video “a white women’s edit.”

“This is not a women’s edit,” wrote one social media user. “This is a WHITE womans edit. If you cannot see the difference, you’re a s–t feminist and a hack.”

“You truly didn’t understand ‘This Is America’ if your thought process was let me make a WHITE women’s edit version,” another Twitter user wrote to Arbour. “Please delete and apologize for this atrocity.”

Arbour, who disabled the video’s comments, has since issued “not an apology” but rather an explanation for the “purpose of [her] rendition.”

“I thought it best to respond to the misinterpretation of my video here to clarify openly,” she wrote. “The purpose of my rendition was to honor the spirit of the video which absolutely moved me, by adding my and many women’s life experiences and truths to the brave and brutal truths expressed in the original.”

Continued Arbour: “It was created with every intention of bringing a light to women’s experiences such as the shaming of mothers breast feeding, common place date rape drugging, the labels put on us of ‘prude or hoe,’ pressures to create a family, workplace harassment, the glass ceiling, drug dependency, effects of social media on modern relationships and self, and included a nod to the cheerleaders who have come forward demanding at least min wage from the multi million dollar corporations they work for.”

Arbour went on to say that the video “was a thought in cheek to give additional glory to what I believe is the most impactful piece of art in recent years.”

She added: “In retrospect, due to the sensitive nature of the original, I understand why some people are wrongly portraying this as white vs black. However, this was not the intent or theme at all. We had a very diverse cast and creative team working on project from start to finish, who signed on to honor the original while adding more truth from another perspective.”

“(Not an apology, but a clarification) #GOTEAM 👊🏻?🤘🏻” Arbour captioned her explanation on Instagram Monday.

Actor Donald Glover, whose musical stage name is Childish Gambino, released his music video for “This Is America” after performing the song during “Saturday Night Live” on May 5.

The video has been hailed as one of greatest social commentaries in music’s recent history commenting on race relations, the black experience in America, police brutality, the monetization of the church and gun violence to name just a few.

At the beginning of the original video, Glover shoots a man in the back of the head — the gun is then handled with care as the body is dragged away.

“This is America. Don’t catch you slippin’ up,” he sings. “Don’t catch you slippin’ up. Look what I’m whippin’ up.”


Meanwhile, Arbour’s rendition starts off with a woman sitting in a chair breastfeeding as the YouTube star pulls out her cell phone and takes a picture of the woman. Later in the video, another woman is seen taking what appears to be pills as Arbour sings, “This is America. Smile for the camera. Come on girl, where’s your teeth? That pill will take care of ya.”

This isn’t the first time Arbour has faced backlash for one of her YouTube videos.

In September 2015, Arbour posted a “Dear Fat People” video on social media and YouTube in which she says that “fat-shaming is not a thing,” claiming obese people should be shamed into losing weight and compares people who are overweight to slow-moving zombies and Frankenstein’s monster.

Despite the major backlash it received, Arbour continued to defend her video, which has since been taken down from YouTube.

“That video was made to offend people, just the way I do with all my other videos,” Arbour said during an appearance on The View not too long after the video was shared. “It’s just satire, it’s just being silly. I’m just having a bit of fun, and that’s what we did.”

She continued: “That topic was actually voted in by fans, some of whom are fat. They’re like, ‘You can’t make fun of some people and not make fun of me too.’”

Rihanna home break-in leads to stalking, burglary charges

Authorities say a man who broke into Rihanna's Hollywood Hills home last week and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time, according to the Associated Press.          

Los Angeles County prosecutors say 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton was charged Monday with felony counts of stalking, burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.          

He appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Leon is accused of climbing over a fence and breaking into the house on Wednesday. Authorities say Rihanna's assistant found him and called police. 


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» Twitter users just realized what Rihanna’s last name is

» Did Rihanna just respond to getting body-shamed? (with a Gucci Mane meme and tear emoji)

» It’s official! Netflix nabs Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna film created by #BlackTwitter

Jada Pinkett Smith breaks down in tears talking about close friend Tupac Shakur's tragic death

Jada Pinkett Smith is still mourning the loss of Tupac Shakur.

In a sneak peek of episode 2 from her Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk , the actress, 46, tearfully reveals the impact of the tragic death of the iconic rapper, who was her longtime best friend.

“A lot of people try to figure out my relationship with Pac. That was, you know, a huge loss in my life,” Pinkett Smith tells her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones and 17-year-old daughter Willow Smith.

“Because he was one of those people that I expected to be here. My upset is more anger. Because I feel that he left me. And I know that’s not true. I really did believe he was going to be here for the long run,” Pinkett Smith says.

Long before the world knew their names, the pair was just aspiring artists at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland.

» Willow Smith on growing up in the spotlight: 'It’s absolutely terrible'

As young students in the mid-’80s, Pinkett Smith and Shakur bonded quickly, their initial encounter an instant indication of what was to come.

“It was the first day and he came over to me and introduced himself,” Pinkett Smith recalled in a May 2009 interview. “And in high school, Pac was a little funny looking. Definitely from looking at him, wasn’t necessarily the type of cat that I would even like, deal with.”

She continued, “But as soon as he approached me, he was like a magnet. Once you paid attention to him he kind of sucked you in. And we hit it off from that moment on… I don’t think either one of us thought we would have made it in the way that we did, but we knew we were gonna do something.”

When Shakur was killed in September 1996, Pinkett Smith hadn’t been speaking to her friend after a “hardcore” argument about their changing lives. “It definitely taught me a lesson, which is life is too short. Do not let disagreements stand in between you and people that you love,” she said.

The next episode of Red Table Talk hits Facebook Watch Monday.

Rapper Young Dolph gives $20K to baristas fired from Duke University coffee shop

Rapper Young Dolph surprised two former baristas with $20,000 after they were fired from a Duke University coffee shop for playing the song, “Get Paid.”

According to Revolt, the rapper flew the pair to his performance at the Rolling Loud hip hop festival in Miami Friday night.

During his set, he called them on stage and gave them $10,000 each while “Get Paid” played in the background. 

>> Read more trending news 

According to Duke Univesity’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, the baristas at Joe Van Gogh were fired after Larry Moneta, vice president of student affairs at Duke University, complained about “inappropriate music” in the coffee shop. 

The barista told the student newspaper that Moneta was ordering a vegan muffin when he asked her to turn off the song.

She said she immediately complied and offered to give him the muffin for free, but he demanded that she pay for it because he was “offended” by the song’s lyrics. 

The two baristas on duty were fired by Monday, The Chronicle reports.

Stephen Colbert criticized the firings on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show, calling it “racist.”

In a statement to WTVD, Moneta said he thought the music was, “quite inappropriate for a working environment that serves children” but did not demand their firing.

Hours after the Young Dolph concert on Friday, Joe Van Gogh coffee shop told WTVD it was cutting ties with Duke University.

The Latest: R. Kelly fan says everybody has demons

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on efforts to silence R. Kelly over allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local):

10 p.m.

R. Kelly performed in North Carolina Friday night despite efforts to silence him over allegations that he's abused women.

He had barely begun inside the Greensboro Coliseum when the music suddenly stopped. Kelly used an expletive to describe what his week had been like. Then he summoned his fans to cheer to show their support.

There were a few dozen protesters outside, but Kelly's fans inside aren't giving up on their R&B superstar.

Clarissa Kelley of Lancaster, South Carolina says "everybody has some skeletons in the closet," so she's not going to tear him down.

And she says all musical geniuses have their issues. She points to Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor, for two. She says "everybody has demons," and it's only because of social media that everything is exposed.

Kelly denies abusing anyone and faces no current criminal charges.


6:30 p.m.

R. Kelly insisted on performing in North Carolina Friday night, rejecting efforts to silence him over longstanding allegations of sexual misconduct.

A small group of protesters with the #TimesUp and #MuteRKelly movements demonstrated outside the Greensboro Coliseum.

Omisade Burney-Scott of the rights group Sistersong said "it's important for the black community to stand up and hold him accountable for his actions. She says putting money in his pocket allows him to continue to insulate himself from being held accountable."

Kelly denies abusing anyone and faces no current criminal charges.

R. Kelly off Spotify playlists but remains on Atlanta radio stations

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 16: R. Kelly performs at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)

Posted Friday, May 11, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

A concerted effort to get R. Kelly’s music off the radio has not worked in Atlanta, but streaming service Spotify earlier this week said it will no longer feature his music on its playlists and algorithmic recommendations.

This doesn’t prevent its 70 million subscribers from creating playlists with his music on it or to listen to his music.

“His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it,” Spotify told Billboard magazone. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”

“I was excited,” said  Oronike Odeleye, managing director of Atlanta arts organization Creative Currents Artist Collaborative who is also part of the #MuteRKelly movement. She is fine with what Spotify did because it reduces exposure of R. Kelly music to new listeners. “I hope this has a domino effect.”

Last month, syndicated host  Tom Joyner, heard on Classix 102.9 locally,  also agreed to stop playing his music during his morning show.

Odeleye has continued to place pressure on radio stations to pull R. Kelly off their playlists but so far, local R&B stations continue to play the artist, who has been battling accusations for decades about his involvement with under-age women.

Three local radio stations — Kiss 104.1, V-103 and Majic 107.5/97.5 — played R. Kelly songs over the past week, according to Mediabase 24/7, which tracks radio airplay for major stations. Kiss spun him 20 times, Majic 18 times and V-103 twice.

He last performed in Atlanta last August and  Odeleye  tried to stop that concert from happening but he performed after all. He has not scheduled a concert locally yet this year and Odeleye thinks some promoters are spooked and unwilling to take him on. She also said some radio stations are not willing to promote his concerts by giving away tickets or running ads although they continue to play his songs. 

She credits the #MeToo and #TimeUp movements for helping her cause. She is in regular contact with leaders of both groups.

Kiss 104.1 and The Atlanta Journal-Constitutition are both part of Cox Media Group. 

Andrew Young ‘resting’ at Emory University Hospital after medical scare

Andrew Young is continuing to “rest and receive medical treatments,” his wife said early Friday morning. 

Carolyn Young’s brief update of her husband’s condition comes five days after he was initially hospitalized in Nashville with a fever and infection, and two days after he was airlifted back home to Atlanta, where he has been under the care of doctors at the Emory University Hospital. 

When Young arrived back in Atlanta, his daughter, Andrea Young, said that he would not be receiving visitors at the hospital and instead encouraged people to pray for her father. Carolyn Young’s Friday morning statement, seemed to indicate that that was happening. 

“Thank you for the many calls, inquires and acts of kindness toward Ambassador Young,” she said. “He is continuing to rest and receive the medical treatments. I am passing on all of the generous expressions directly to him.” 

Young, who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 until 1979 and the mayor of Atlanta from 1982 until 1990, flew to Nashville on Saturday as he was scheduled to deliver the keynote for the Fisk University baccalaureate service on Sunday. 

Early Sunday morning, he sent the organizers of the event a text that he would be unable to speak and was quickly taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

The 86-year-old civil rights legend and politician spent three days at Vanderbilt before being transferred to Emory. 

Carolyn Young’s statement did not offer specific on the exact nature of Young’s illness. Nor did it give a timetable as to when he might be released. 

In her statement, she told supporters of her husband to not send flowers. 

“Andy has said that if you want to help in some way, you may send a donation to the Andrew J. Young Foundation, Morehouse College or Clark Atlanta University,” Carolyn Young said. “I will personally let Andy know the gestures you have made on his behalf. Please know that he is being uplifted by all of your expressions of love.”

Why Donald Glover has been ignoring 'This Is America' critics

Donald Glover hasn’t really addressed his provocative new music video for “This Is America,” apart from a few words to “Entertainment Tonight”: “I just wanted to make, you know, a good song. Something people could play on Fourth of July.” As of right now at least, the performer, known as Childish Gambino, just can’t deal with the hot takes.

Glover appeared on Thursday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday to talk all things “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in which he plays a young Lando Calrissian, but he also spoke briefly about how he’s been ignoring all the critics of “This Is America.”

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» Donald Glover buys all the cookies from Girl Scout who went viral singing 'Redbone'

You’ve probably seen a few of these analyses online, or the Twitter thread from “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien dissecting the imagery, but apparently Glover hasn’t dived in. “Some friends have sent a couple, but to be real, I haven’t been on the internet since Thursday night before the ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said Glover, who hosted the NBC sketch comedy series this past weekend. “Yeah, just ’cause it’s like I don’t want to be in all the mix. It’s bad for me. I’m really sensitive, so I’m like I’ll just let it be.”

“I see one negative thing and I track that person down,” he joked. “I will go into their Instagram and be like, ‘You’re not so great! That baby isn’t even that cute!'”

But there’s little rest for Glover in this business. His mind now seems to be on “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which is hitting theaters this May 25. He dished to Kimmel about the experience playing Lando, walking around with his “Star Wars” fan father on the film’s set, and chatting with original Lando actor Billy Dee Williams.

“I called my dad first and told him, and that was a big moment,” Glover said of when he first found out he got the job. “He was proud. And then I went and got a large cheese pizza and then went home and watched “Empire Strikes Back.” That was it. It was like research.”

Bernice King calls for Waffle House boycott after latest viral incident

Three weeks after an Alabama woman had her breasts exposed in a violent scuffle and arrest at a Waffle House, calls have intensified to boycott the iconic chain now that video of another incident – of a North Carolina man being choked and slammed by a police officer – has surfaced. 

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. tweeted Thursday to “Stay out of Waffle House until the corporate office commits” to a discussion on racism and employee training. 

King, the CEO of the King Center, posted a second tweet about the previous Alabama incident, concluding it with the question, “Do Black Lives Matter?” 

“This is an epidemic of the culture around Waffle House,” said Gerald Griggs, an Atlanta attorney and activist, who has been leading a series of restaurant demonstrations since May 4.

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Griggs said that he is encouraging an “economic disruption.” 

“This clearly shows a climate of that corporation that is insensitive to people of color and it needs to be addressed immediately,” Griggs said. “It is our hope that they will be responsive and adjust the culture.” 

Pat Warner, a spokesman for the chain, which has 1,900 restaurants in 25 states including more than 400 in Georgia, said he welcomes conversations with anybody, including Griggs and King. 

He added that the company has already launched extensive investigations into the two incidents and spoke directly with a woman from a third high profile incident, where she claimed that another Alabama Waffle House intentionally locked her out. 

In the Pinson, Ala. incident, Warner said an employee at the restaurant “panicked” because only two people were working, and a large group had just left: “She got behind, panicked and locked the door. That should not have happened. She should not have locked the door.” 

“As anybody knows who has eaten with us, we are proud of our diverse workforce and customers. We pride ourselves on that,” said Warner, the director of public relations and external affairs for Waffle House. “We know folks are upset, but our stance is we would be proud to talk to you about it. These incidents are high profile, but we encourage everybody to get all the facts.”

Waffle House was also the site of a violent Tennessee shooting on April 22 that left four people dead, before James Shaw Jr. disarmed the shooter.

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In a Facebook video that was posted May 8 on Facebook, a Warsaw, N.C. police officer is shown choking and slamming 22-year-old Anthony Wall to the ground. 

Wall was dressed in a tuxedo with a gold vest. He had just returned from taking his 16-year-old sister to the prom. The 27-second video does not show any incident leading up to the arrest. Nor does it show the aftermath. 

In describing the video to a North Carolina television station, Wall said: "I was pretty much trying to scream for air and trying to breathe because he was holding my throat and that's when I got aggressive with him because you are choking me." 

In the same television interview, Wall admits arguing inside the restaurant with Waffle House employees. He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for arguing with Waffle House employees. 

The Wall video comes on the heels of the April 22 arrest of 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons at a restaurant in Saraland, Ala. Video of the incident shows Clemons, who is black, being thrown to the ground and having her breasts exposed during a scuffle with several police officers. 

Griggs is already planning a demonstration for 9 a.m. Saturday at a Waffle House on Cobb Parkway across from SunTrust Park. He said Chikesia Clemons will be there.

Spotify removes R. Kelly music from playlists

Several activists have called on radio stations and streaming services to remove R. Kelly’s music from its platforms due to the numerous sexual abuse allegations against him. Spotify is on board.

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While the singer’s songs will still be available on the service, the company announced it will no longer actively promote it in any way, Billboard reports. As of May 10, users will no longer be able to find the artist’s music on any of the site’s editorial or algorithmic playlists, including flagship ones like RapCaviar, Discover Weekly, New Music Friday and other genre- or mood-based playlists.

The changes were enacted under the terms of Spotify’s new public hate content and hateful conduct, which states that the brand does “not tolerate hate content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence.”

“While we don’t believe in censoring content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, we want our editorial decisions - what we choose to program - to reflect our values,” the company said in a press release. “So, in some circumstances, when an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful (for example, violence against children and sexual violence), it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”

Earlier this month, Tom Joyner vowed to stop playing Kelly’s music on his morning radio show after Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, made an appearance to explain why she believes listening to his music commends bad behavior.

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In fact, the Time’s Up organization launched a campaign specifically targeting Kelly over the the sexual abuse allegations against him.  

“We demand appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly's abuse made by women and their families for more than two decades now. And we declare with great vigilance and a united voice to anyone who wants to silence us — their time is up,” the organizers wrote in a statement.  

The social media campaign #MuteRKelly, which seeks to stop his music from being played and cancel his concerts, launched last year. Time’s Up said it would also be collaborating with those activists. 

Although Kelly is not facing any criminal charges and is not known to be under investigation, he has been accused of many crimes over the years, which he has denied.  

2017 BuzzFeed article said the Grammy-winning artist “held women against their will in a cult” at his homes in two cities, including one in metro Atlanta.  

Kelly’s attorney at the time, Linda Mensch, sent a statement to the AJC refuting the claims in Buzzfeed.  

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

In April 2018, Mensch and Kelly’s assistant resigned from their positions after working with the entertainer for years.  

In 2008, he was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography.

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Andy Young hospitalized in Atlanta after falling ill in Nashville

Former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young arrived at Emory University Hospital Wednesday afternoon for treatment, three days after falling ill in Nashville during a speaking trip.

“He had a minor infection and ran a fever,” said Young’s daughter, Andrea Young. “He is recovering well.”

Andrea Young, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, said her father was scheduled to deliver the keynote for the Fisk University baccalaureate service on Sunday when he became sick.

He did not speak at the Fisk event.

“He is so generous with his time and Fisk is an American Missionary Association school that has such an iconic role in the civil rights movement,” Andrea Young said. “He pushed himself harder than he should have.”

The 86-year-old civil rights legend and politician spent three days at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Andrea Young said her father would be consulting with his personal physicians at Emory. 

He flew to Nashville on Saturday for the Sunday speech. He sent the organizers of the event a text on Sunday morning that he would be unable to speak and was quickly taken to the hospital.

“We know the city loves him, but we are asking for no visitors,” Andrea Young said. “He always wants to respond to people. But the best thing they can do for him is pray. But we have no doubt that he will make a full recovery.”

Young was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 until 1979 and the mayor of Atlanta from 1982 until 1990.

Follow for updates. Political columnist Jim Galloway contributed to this article.

VOTE: What is the best urban radio show in Atlanta? 

It's likely that you spend a lot of time listening to the radio while in Atlanta traffic, in the office or while relaxing at home. 

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This week's Best of Atlanta poll is in search of our city's favorite urban radio personalities. They share a bit of news and lot of laughs in between spinning the latest Drake track or an old school Anita Baker record.

If your favorite radio host brings a smile to your face on the regular and plays your favorite hip-hop and R&B, then we want to celebrate them.

In a city full of talent, our urban radio family is another important group that stands out from the crowd. 

Note: This list is designated for our radio shows that record in Atlanta, so some fan favorites like “The Breakfast Club,” which is syndicated but based in New York, are not listed.

If you’d like to submit a write-in nominee for best urban radio personality, please email your pick to

2 Chainz proposes to Kesha Ward (again) on the Met Gala red carpet

Met Gala proposal.

Rapper 2 Chainz got down on one knee on the famous Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art stairs Monday to ask his longtime love Kesha Ward to marry him.

Ward, who has daughters Harmony and Heaven and son Halo with the 40-year-old hitmaker, was spotted wiping tears from her eyes as she looked shocked and excited.

“It’s crazy, he just gave me this! So happy! I love it,” she told reporters on the red carpet as seen during E!’s livestream.

2 Chainz previously proposed to Ward at the BET Awards in June 2013, but they never made it official. “They’ve been together so long and have three children together that he always refers to Kesha as his wife, but they’ve never actually tied the knot!” a source explains.

The couple previously attended Gucci Mane’s wedding to bride Keyshia Ka’oir in October 2017.

What a memorable way to mark his first Met Gala.

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