How Did Mrs. Garrett Die?

Charlotte Rae, the Tony and Emmy-nominated actress best known for her role as Mrs. Garrett on “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes” died on Sunday (Aug. 5) at 82 years old.

According to Rae’s publicist, she was surrounded by friends and family when she passed away in her Los Angeles home. An official cause of death was not revealed, however, in April 2017, Rae announced that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer—her second bout with cancer after having being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Rae told People Magazine of her bone cancer diagnosis: “I found out I have bone cancer…About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it’s too late. My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew.”

She continued: “So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I’m not in any pain right now. I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life. I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already. I have this decision to make.”

Rae’s mother, as well as her older sister and uncle all, died of pancreatic cancer, which is why Rae made sure she was screened for it frequently. “I had no symptoms. I had absolutely no symptoms. None whatsoever…They said that it was cancer, and it was contained, but it was growing fast. I just knew that I had to take action as quickly as I could,” she told UCLA Health.

Rae said it was a “miracle” that doctors found the pancreatic cancer “because usually, it’s too late.” She announced that she was cancer free after six months of chemotherapy.

Following her bone cancer diagnosis, Rae told People that when she first found out about it, she didn’t know whether or not she wanted to go through another round of treatment, and canceled her first appointment. Then she changed her mind.

“I wanted to think about it first,” she said. “I think I’m going to go for it. The side effects were not too bad when I did it originally. I’ve had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I’d like to choose life. I’m grateful for the life I’ve already had.”

Last spring, Rae told Fox News that she still stayed in touch with her “The Facts of Life” family and when Kim Fields, who played Tootie on the show, was on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2016, she cheered her on. Rae added that she wasn’t surprised that the show was still adored by fans.

“The show touched on issues that could bring parents and children together,” she explained. “And people enjoyed it. When I did a book signing at Barnes and Noble, I noticed there were a lot of people who stood in line and they told me that I meant so much to them… They were very attached to Mrs. Garrett. And they all wanted a hug from me! And I gave it to them. All of them.”

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My 600-lb Life Star James “L.B.” Bonner Found Dead in Ditch With Gunshot Wound

A man who appeared on the hit TLC show My 600-lb Life has died. According to multiple confirmed news reports, James “L.B.” Bonner was found dead in a ditch with a gunshot wound in a park near his South Carolina home on Thursday (Aug. 2).

A police officer from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was making a welfare check when he found Bonner unresponsive. The 39-year-old was confirmed dead at the scene.

The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation, but it is believed he took his own life. Officials are awaiting a coroner’s report listing his cause of death, and police aren’t investigating any suspects.

Bonner lost his leg in a car accident in 2013 and, in order to cope with the loss, turned to food and alcohol. He appeared in last season’s My 600-lb Life that documented his incredible weight-loss journey. When he started filming, he was nearly 650 pounds and ended up lost more than 300 pounds after undergoing a lap band surgery and getting sober. He even kept shedding the weight off-camera.

Before his death, Bonner wrote a post on Facebook in which he thanked everyone for their support and said he needed to “face demons.”

“I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shown me love and support throughout my journey,” he wrote. “I’ve realized a few things over the last few days and its time that I face my demons head on.”

He continued, “No matter what you change or the efforts you put forth in life, sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and deal with things your own way. Again, thank y’all so much. Please don’t ever let people you care about not know how you feel.”

Back in June, he shared a photo of late actor Robin Williams (who committed suicide in August 2014) with the saying, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. ALWAYS.” He wrote in the caption of the photo: “This is so true, step out your comfort zone to be kind.”

TLC shared a statement on Bonner’s death, writing:

James “LB” Bonner, who appeared on this past season of My 600-lb Life, has sadly passed away. On the show, viewers saw LB struggle with obesity following a tragic accident that claimed his right leg. Even though he once weighed 650 pounds, LB’s hard work and dedication helped get him in the 200-pound range. His spirit and determination as displayed through his story, quickly made LB a fan-favorite, and family & friends have taken to LB’s Facebook page to commemorate his life.

TLC was deeply saddened to hear of LB’s passing and is honored to have shared his honest and courageous story on My 600-lb Life.

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Where’s Lawrence? This Is Why Jay Ellis Will NOT Be Returning to Insecure

Good news: Insecure Season 3 debuts in a few weeks! Bad news (for #TeamLawrence): Lawrence, played by actor Jay Ellis, will not be a part of the show’s third season.

Fans of the hit HBO series were thrilled when the Season 3 trailer was released online a few weeks ago, but when it got to the end, one question was on the minds of many: Where the heck is Lawrence?

Well, according to Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny and lead actress Issa Rae herself, Jay Ellis’ character was completely written out of the show so that they could “stay as true to life as possible.”

Issa explained during the third annual Insecure Fest in L.A. last weekend:

“We want to stay as true to life as possible. They had a great conversation at the end of season two and it was just about like, hey, she’s moving on with Daniel [Y’Lan Noel], sometimes we have those conversations. You never see the exes again. And it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.”

Penny added:

“At the end of the day, we’re always trying to tell stories that are true and authentic. We were in the writers’ room and we were initially talking about, Okay, well what is he doing?… Well, he’s not in her life right now. It was hard to make stories around that.

“We just said, well, if he’s not around, he’s not around. Let’s just deal with the reality of what her life is now. Let’s be true to that, when you breakup and you have closure.”

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Like it or not, it seems Lawrence’s exit will make way for new potential suitors in Issa’s life. “It was also like, well where is Issa in her life right now? What would challenge that? And you’ll see lots of people who are her love interest kind of come in and out,” Penny teases.

And there won’t just be one new guy, but a few. “Or guys?… Guys! Maybe. I think people will be rooting for her like they kind of always do, to make the right choice.”

So, there you have it, folks. Lawrence will NOT be a part of Insecure Season 3, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t be written back into the show in future seasons. #LawrenceHive, keep hope alive!

Insecure Season 3 will premiere on HBO on Sunday, August 12th at 10:30 p.m. EST. Watch the trailer below:

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“American Horror Story” Reveals Season 8 Title: “Apocalypse”

The title of American Horror Story‘s 8th season has been announced!

Friday (Jul. 20) at midnight PST during Comic-Con 2018 in San Diego California, AHS revealed the title of their eighth season: “Apocalypse.” The big announcement was accompanied by an image of a baby covered in blood being touched by a creepy-looking black hand.

In the past, showrunner Ryan Murphy has kept details of upcoming American Horror Story seasons under wraps, but this time, he chose to reveal a bit of info. about the next AHS season early on. Last month, Murphy tweeted that AHS Season 8 would be a “Coven/Murder House crossover.”

AHS’ first season, and arguably its best, “Murder House,” centered on a family who moved into a restored mansion, unaware that the house was haunted by the ghosts of its former residents and their victims. The third season of AHS, “Coven,” followed a coven of Salem witches fighting for survival in the present-day while dealing with issues from the past.

AHS Season 8 will reportedly be set in the near future (18 months in the future, according to Murphy) and will feature a long list of returning stars: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson (who will be playing multiple characters), Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd and Emma Roberts. Franchise newcomer Joan Collins will play the grandmother of Evan Peters’ character, who is said to be a “comedic hairdresser.”

“It’s a season unlike anything we’ve done because there’s a big hook to it,” Murphy said about AHS: Apocalypse. “There’s a huge thing that happens in Episode 5.”

Because Season 8 will be a crossover season, it’s highly likely that actors/characters from “Murder House” and “Coven” will appear. Murphy has said that he is optimistic that many of the original AHS stars will return for the crossover season, including Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and fan favorite Jessica Lange.

“I want all of them,” Murphy said. “I want Dylan, and Connie and Jessica [Lange]. They’ve all said — Kathy Bates, too — everybody who is involved in the show has always said, ‘Yeah, that sounds like fun, let’s get the band back together again.’ So that is one of the reasons why the writing process of that season is taking longer because it’s literally 25 people’s schedules. But I’m hopeful they will all be back.”

As one Facebook user put it, “We lived in the Murder House. We escaped the Asylum. We protected the Coven. We attended the Freak Show. We checked into the Hotel. We experienced the Roanoke nightmare. We joined the Cult. And now we will survive the Apocalypse.”

American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres Wednesday, September 12th on FX.

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Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Season 5 Supertrailer: Whew Chile, the Ghetto!

VH1 has released the Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Season 5 super trailer … and whew chile, THE GHETTO!

On the surface, Love & Hip Hop Hollywood would seem like it would be a bit more “classier” than its NYC, ATL and MIA counterparts. But nope, LHHH is just as ghetto as its sister shows. If not, more!

Kimberly, the artist formerly known as K. Michelle, has moseyed her way on over to yet another Love & Hip Hop franchise. After showing her ass (literally) in Atlanta and New York City, she’s taken her talent out west to Los Angeles, and she’s decided to remove those massive butt implants that helped catapult her to superstardom. But the road to self-love does come with a few caveats: dealing with the haters in L.A.

Princess Love and Ray J are FINALLY with child, but unfortunately, they’re still dealing with cheating rumors, which is pissing momma Sonja and sister Brandy off because Ray J isn’t really cheating “this time” (or so so they say). Oh, and Moniece is still hurling insults at Princess, and Princess is hurling them right back, which causes Moniece to attempt to attack a whole pregnant woman.

Lyrica and A1 have always been the most drama-free of the LHH Hollywood couples, but not this season. K. Michelle (err, we mean “Kimberly”) has come armed with a few allegations of infidelity on Lyrica’s part, and Brooke Valentine is corroborating those claims. Back in ATL, Karlie was shaking the tables, but in Hollywood, Lyrica is FLIPPING tables while Brooke laughs at her after calling her out for being “lit” with a “husband and a side n**ga.”

Lyrica Garett and A1’s mom Pam are back to beefing, and food and chairs go flying when the subject of Lyrica Anderson stepping out on A1 is brought up. And wayment. Is Safaree the man Lyrica has been sleeping with? Because A1 certainly thinks so, and jumps on top of a table to go after him.

And last, but certainly not least, is Teairra Mari, who has a new man in her life, but as usual, he comes with some problems. She’s apparently not his number one chick OR number two chick, but the NUMBER THREE chick in Akbar Abdul-Ahad’s harem of women. And he has also “allegedly” released explicit videos and photos of her. After busting the windows out his car, Jazmine Sullivan-style, Mari teams up with Lisa Bloom for a press conference announcing a “revenge porn” lawsuit against Abdul-Ahad with her BFFs Moniece and Brooke by her side.

Like I said before… WHEW CHILE, THE GHETTO!!!

Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Season 5 premieres on Monday, July 23rd, but before then, get into the super trailer below:

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“Orange is the New Black” Season 6 Trailer

Netflix released the first official trailer for “Orange is the New Black” Season 6 on Monday (Jul. 9), and it looks like this season is going to be pretty bad for the women of Litchfield as they struggle to adjust to new life in the maximum security prison they were shipped off to after Season 5’s riot went terribly wrong.

From TV Line:

As you’ll recall, Season 5 ended on a major cliffhanger. A newly engaged Piper and Alex stood hand-in-hand with their fellow inmates — including Red, Nicky, Gloria, Taystee, Cindy, Suzanne, Blanca and Freida — waiting for the inevitable entry of armed officers following the conclusion of the prison riot. Meanwhile, the rest of the penitentiary’s populace got loaded onto buses and hauled to different prisons.

The trailer confirms everyone from the basement has been shipped to max—that is, except for Alex, who’s nowhere to be found. Additional inmates found in max include Lorna, Daya, Flaca, Pennsatucky and Boo, as well as unofficial prisoner Linda.

Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot Lolly (at the 1:23 mark in the trailer), who was last seen at the tail end of Season 4. At the time, she took the fall for Alex, who murdered Kubra’s hitman, and was dragged off to a psychiatric ward.

“Orange Is the New Black” Season 6 will hit Netflix at midnight PT (3 A.M. ET) on Friday, July 27th.

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Tommy Gets in Trouble With the Italians, Dre Is (Unfortunately) Still Alive, and Ghost Turns Into Dexter

It was a rough couple of days for the characters of Power in Season 5 Episode 2 as everyone dealt with the consequences of their actions from the past.

Keisha is looking at the St. Patricks sideways because no one seems to be willing to fill her in on the circumstances surrounding Raina’s murder, even though it’s painfully obvious that they know what happened. Ghost and Tasha are having a rough time dealing with their daughter’s death, and it’s clear that they both feel responsible. That little life of crime Tariq was living in last season may be coming back to bite him in the azz pretty hard, and I honestly can’t wait to see it happen.

Tommy is feeling the wrath of all of the different organizations he’s connected to—the Jiminez, Jason’s crew and the Italians—over his various f*** ups. Dre has hired a couple of morons to help him run his organization, and it’s starting to backfire. Without even realizing it, Tommy is pretty much GIVING his new organization away to Kanan, who is working on backdoor deals to secure his own bag.

Angela is out here taking big risks with her career as an AUSA by helping cover up Tariq’s involvement in Raina’s murder and the subsequent revenge killing of Officer Raymond Jones (aka Ray Ray). Thanks to Mak, Proctor’s law license is on the line after helping his criminal clients get off scot-free on various crimes. And the AUSA team is hot on Ghost’s tail because of that one lady (Maria Suarez) who heard his voice when he killed her husband.

Now, let’s get into this recap, shall we?

Power Season 5 Episode 2, titled “Damage Control,” opens up with the Jiminez Cartel throwing a wrench into Jason’s L.A. port deal by offing a couple of the Serbians, which pisses Jason off, obviously. He later rolls up on Tommy, Ghost, and Kanan, blaming Tommy for the deal going south, and threatens to kill all three of them. But Tommy saves the day by offering to kill the Jiminez and agreeing to pay him the $2 million he lost from the failed port deal.

Lucky for Tommy though, he’ll have the help of Ghost and Kanan, because Jason pretty much required it. This is also a chance for the Three Amigos to kill two birds with one stone, because now that Dre is rolling with the Jiminez, they can off them all at the same time.

But those plans are immediately put on hold when Tommy is approached by Sammy, who forces him to take a ride with him to go visit a very badly wounded Carmine, thanks to Tommy’s botched hit on Dre (because Tariq wanted to be captain save-a-hoe).

When Carmine suggests that they tell Vincent what happened, Tommy pulls out his burner to put Carmine out of his misery, but Sammy quickly lets him know “that’s now how we do things” because Carmine is “Vincent’s godson” for Christ’s sake. Tommy puts his weapon away and tells Sammy that he “just needs to talk to Teresi.” Sammy and Tommy then leave to get Carmine some “fresh bandages,” as if that’s going to help him. THIS MAN NEEDS A HOSPITAL, NOT BAND-AIDS.

Later, Tommy goes to visit his very pissed off daddy in jail. Because they’re communicating behind prison walls, Teresi has to be very covert in the way he reprimands Tommy for making him look bad in front of the Italians.

“I heard you threw a party, and a couple of guests didn’t show up,” Teresi tells Tommy. “The problem is, you didn’t invite the guest of honor. And you’re gonna tell him you threw that party. He’s gonna be pissed, and you’re gonna apologize like a man, and you’re gonna take whatever punishment he hands you, you understand me?”

In other words, man the hell up, tell Vincent you screwed up, and DON’T MESS UP LIKE THAT AGAIN, YOU HEAR ME?!

Tommy nods his head in agreement. “You should have come to me first,” Teresi tells him before giving him an angry look of disappointment and cutting their visit short. Tommy grew up without a father in his life, and it’s kind of funny seeing him get in trouble with his dad as a grown, 30-something-year-old man.

Things for Tommy get a little more complicated when he and Sammy return to Carmine and find him dead, and Vincent wants answers. Tommy finally confesses, but lies by telling Vincent he “took care” of whoever killed Carmine and Marco, and Sammy vouches for him. Vincent lets Tommy know that he appreciates the transparency, but he’s not getting off the hook that easily.

Vincent makes Tommy take a 50 percent loss on the weight they discussed in the previous episode, and Tommy promises to make restitution to the dead hitters’ families.

After Vincent leaves, but not before warning him not to tarnish Teresi’s good name, Tommy breathes a sigh of relief that he gets to live to see another day and attempts to thank Sammy for covering for him. But not so fast, because Sammy cold clocks Tommy not just once, but TWICE in the face for putting him in such a compromising position.

Sammy says he told Teresi he wouldn’t let Vincent hurt him, but he didn’t say anything about him not punishing him. “I’m not lying for you ever again,” Sammy warns Tommy, who is quickly learning that being a part of an Italian mob family isn’t as glamorous as it looks in the movies.

Back at the AUSA’s office, Angela and Co. tie the gold gun used to kill Uriel last season to the murder of the couple we watched die in their penthouse apartment last season. This, along with the La Araña card found on the Cruz’s bodies, leads the AUSAs to the conclusion that the Jimenez are the connect for the Toros Locos gang, which is huge, because if they can connect the Jimenez siblings to the killings, it’ll be a major win for the Feds.

Angela has a rather awkward run-in with her colleague D. Gaines—the same guy whose login she used to delete Tasha’s gun from the system—who congratulates her on her promotion and also asks her to check in with IT because his login is all of a sudden not working. Something tells me this isn’t going to end well for at least one of these people.

In a subsequent meeting with the AUSA team, Angela reveals her big break in the Cruz murder case. After reviewing the surveillance footage from the building, she sees Diego Jimenez leaving the building the day of the murder, along with a woman carrying a baby. With the Feds working under the assumption that the other Jimenez is a brother, not a sister, Angela posits that the woman carrying the baby is Diego’s wife, and if so, “I can get her to talk.”

While Angela seems pretty confident in front of her co-workers, she’s not as certain when it comes to the whole Tasha/Tariq mess she’s found herself smack dab in the middle of. Throughout most of the episode, she spends her time trying to figure out if anyone else can link Tariq to Ray Ray, and finds out that the only two people that could—Brains and Big Country, the guys from Kanan’s burglary ring—are dead. She tells Tasha this in one of several private meetings and Tasha is relieved that as long as Tariq doesn’t get linked to the burglaries, he should be OK.

Dre is finding out very quickly that being a boss ain’t easy, and also, Diego Jimenez is a voyeuristic psychopath. Dre walks in on Diego having a threesome in front of huge floor-to-ceiling windows in his apartment, and when Dre tries to leave, Diego insists that he stays because the fact that he has a live audience excites him even more.

After Diego … finishes … he, still completely naked, expresses to Dre how he’s not happy about losing 86 keys of product to the feds because of a raid, which he blames Dre for. The good news, though, is that he was able to seize some product from the Serbians (remember Jason’s failed L.A. port deal at the beginning of the episode?), and he wants Dre to move it quickly to help recoup all of the money they lost due to the raid.

Diego also brings up all of the fighting within the Toros Locos gang now that they don’t have a leader yet, and he wants Dre to swoop in and fix it immediately because neither he nor his sister Alicia “have the time for f**** ups.” Dre ensures Diego that he’ll take care of it as well as secure the nightclub deal he stole from Ghost last season.

Following his meeting with Diego, we catch up with Dre and one of his goons, a reckless opportunistic fellow by the name of 2-Bit. Dre explains to 2-Bit that their first Jimenez shipment is coming in and he wants him to be there to receive it. Of course, 2-Bit jumps at the opportunity because this would essentially make him the next man in charge.

Cristobal walks in, and you can tell he’s not too trusting of Dre’s minion, and asks to talk to Dre alone, but Dre insists that 2-Bit is cool, which he later finds out was a HUGE mistake. Cristobal tells Dre what’s going on with the Toros and suggests that Dre take out the youngest member, which would shift power to Lorenzo. 2-Bit suggests that they take out Lorenzo instead of the younger Toros member because he would be easier to control. Dre agrees with 2-Bit, and he and Cristobal come up with a plan that involves killing the hitmen after they take of Lorenzo so that the hit can’t be traced back to them.

Outside, Ghost and Kanan see Dre and Cristobal leaving the warehouse. Ghost wants to kill Dre right then and there, but Kanan points out that they need Dre to lead them to the Jimenez.

Their conversation quickly pivots to Tariq, who Kanan says reminds him of Ghost when he was that age, only Tariq is even more of a thug than Ghost was. Ghost says he doesn’t want that life for his son, and after they get rid of Dre, he’s out the game for good. Kanan then puts a bug in Ghost’s ear that if Tommy didn’t f*** up the deal with the Italians, Dre would already be dead and Ghost could have already moved on with his life. Is Kanan trying to pit Tommy and Ghost against each other? Because it sure as hell sounds like it.

Later, we find out why Cristobal was giving 2-Bit the side-eye, because this guy is NUTS. While riding around with Spank, they spot Lorenzo and use that as an opportunity to take him out in hopes of impressing Dre and moving up in the ranks. But what those idiots don’t know is that if the Toros finds out that they killed Lorenzo, it could all fall back on Dre, which would be bad news for their organization.

As you can imagine, Dre is pretty pissed when 2-Bit waltzes in bragging about how he killed Lorenzo and calls him by his government name “Francis,” because what’s a better way to express your anger with someone than yelling their corny birth name in their face. “The Jimenez and these clubs really got you thinking you’re better than everybody else?” 2-Bit (aka Francis) yells at his former equal.

Dre reminds 2-Bit that he’s the boss now, and he is to do whatever he tells him to do from this point forward, no ifs and or buts. Dre also lets him know that him and Spanky will no longer be working their corner as punishment for this. Meanwhile, in a car across the street, Kanan—who has been following Dre the whole episode—sees (and hears, due to the shouting) everything. Later, Dre meets up with Arturo, the younger Toros Locos member, and acts like he thinks Arturo is the one who took Lorenzo out. And a hella confused Arturo just goes along with it.

Saxe not only wants to take down Ghost, but he also wants to end Angela’s career, which, she probably deserves at this point. Mak feels like it’s a waste of time for them to parade a blindfolded witness in front of the jury, but Saxe thinks otherwise and is 100% convinced that this is the opportunity take down both Ghost and Angela. Saxe has his way of bringing Ghost and Angela down, and Mak has his.

Mak’s way of ending Ghost is to get his lawyer, Joe Proctor, to flip on him. But little does he know, Joe is the most loyal attorney in the world, especially when it comes to his #1 client, Ghost. Also, he’s probably afraid of what would happen to him if he ever decides to flip on Ghost. Remember last season when Tommy threatened Proctor and basically told him, “you’re in the family now” while holding a knife to his neck? Right after he watched Tommy murder someone? Yeah, I’m pretty sure Joe doesn’t want those types of problems in his life.

Mak pops up on Proctor while he’s enjoying a drink at the bar with his friends, and offers to withdraw his conflict of interest complaint in his upcoming bar committee hearing if Proctor gives him the information he needs on his clients (aka Ghost). Joe immediately shuts Mak down, but as John is leaving, he casually mentions that Joe needs his job to take care of his daughter.

Now that he knows Proctor isn’t going to cooperate, he moves on to Plan B. He ambushes Proctor’s former second council on Ghost’s trial and Tasha’s side piece, Terry Silver, who Mak nows has some issues with Proctor, and his testimony would help put the nail in the coffin that is Proctor’s legal career, but Terry doesn’t want to testify against his former colleague. Unfortunately for Terry, Mak is pretty smart, and slides a subpoena in his jacket, forcing him to appear in court anyway.

At his hearing, Proctor holds his own pretty well because he’s been down this road before. This is the third time, to be exact. The only difference is that Mak is out to get him and he’s forced Terry Silver to testify against him. During the hearing, we find out a little bit of info regarding Proctor’s past, as he explains why he doesn’t use his birth name.

After the death of his father, who was acquitted of attempted murder charges, Joe took his stepfather’s last name when his mother re-married. He said he was happy to change his last name due to his father’s side of the family’s extensive criminal history because that doesn’t represent who he is. “Just because I stand beside criminals in rooms like this, doesn’t mean that I am a criminal,” he says.

Everything seems to be going good for Joe until the judges introduce his former co-council Terry Silver as a witness. Terry admits that he did ask Proctor to recuse himself from James St. Patrick’s murder case due to a conflict of interest between St. Patrick and his other client Thomas Egan. Terry pointed out that Proctor refused and told James not to take a plea deal that would have also been an admission of guilt for a crime he didn’t commit because he was innocent. Proctor then flips the situation on Terry by asking him if there was ever a time where he compromised himself for a client who he felt was innocent, to which Terry replies no, but we all know that’s a lie.

Ghost and Tasha are obviously having a hard time dealing with Raina’s death. While Tasha seems to be the most grief-stricken of the pair, Ghost is showing that he’s falling apart in his own way. Tasha spends most of her time crying in Raina’s room, while Ghost spends his avoiding it. “You can’t come in, and I can’t leave,” Tasha says to Ghost.

Tasha brings up the idea of attending a grief counseling group for parents who’ve lost children, and Ghost reluctantly agrees to do it just for her. At the meeting, while listening to stories from the other grief-stricken parents, one particular story sticks out to Ghost about a couple who’s son died six months ago at the hands of a drunk driver a week from his 16th birthday, and how the man continues to stop by a liquor store daily, continuing to drink and drive. “It’s only a matter of time before he kills another kid,” the man says before asking, “Is it wrong to want him dead?” Tasha tries to raise her hand to share her story, but Ghost grabs it to keep her from speaking.

Outside their apartment, Tasha expresses to Ghost how she needs to talk to someone, but Ghost tells her that’s a bad idea because “those people don’t understand what we’re going through” and “it’s best to not say anything at all.” After angrily getting out of the car, Tasha drops a truth bomb on Ghost: “Maybe we should ask the Reverend to refer us to a support group for families of murdering drug dealers! They’ll understand us right, Ghost?”

Councilman Tate, slithering around like the snake that he is, is obviously using Raina’s death to help him get elected governor of New York, but he’s disguising his mission as caring about Raina and wanting to help James and Tasha get through their rough time.

In a one-on-one meeting about the community center they’ve been working together on, Tate lets James know that he is bad for business after Raina’s murder, which doesn’t look good in regards to their fundraising efforts. Tate says in order for him to allow James to continue to work with him on this, they’ll need to solve Raina’s murder. James says it’s out of his hands at this point, but Tate suggests that the St. Patricks hold a press conference to offer a reward to help the NYPD solve the case. Ghost is hesitant, but says he’ll speak with Tasha about it.

Without hesitation, Tasha immediately shuts that sh** down with the quickness, considering they already know who Raina’s killer is, and speaking about it so publicly could make matters worse for the family, especially Tariq. James lets Tate know that they won’t be able to speak at the press conference, but they’ll at least attend.

And in an unsurprising move, Tate puts them on the spot when they arrive, and invites them to the podium to talk about Raina. Tasha and James, completely caught off guard by Tate’s sneakiness, speak about their daughter without revealing anything, and afterward, Tasha goes in on Ghost for setting for her up, but Ghost says that it was Tate who set them both up. James then turns his anger to Tate, who couldn’t care less because it’s all about the “QCP numbers” for him. And this is exactly why people don’t trust politicians.

After multiple failed attempts at reaching out to Angela, Ghost is starting to lose it. He even left her a voicemail telling her “he’s not doing so good.” After she ignores his phone call for the second time in a row, Ghost turns to a bottle of liquor to help ease his pain.

Remember the story about the father who stalks his son’s killer outside the liquor store he frequents? Well, Ghost has taken it upon himself to track the man down and follows him to a nearby alley before brutally stabbing him to death. Has Ghost now become a vigilante, Dexter-style? Or was this just his way of lashing out for his daughter’s murder? It’s hard to say, but based on how this show works, I wouldn’t be surprised if this somehow comes back to haunt Ghost down the road.

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  • Mak and Co. find out via the prison’s visitors’ logs that Tommy is Teresi’s son, which can’t be a good thing.
  • Tommy looks like he wants that old thing back with Keisha, who may be vulnerable enough at this point to give him some play.
  • Kanan is a sneaky motherf***** for going behind Tommy’s back and planning on setting up his own meeting with the Serbians.
  • Is it bothering anyone else that Tariq—who took drugs, did hoodrat things with Kanan, was largely responsible for the death of his twin sister, and then killed an undercover cop—isn’t receiving ANY type of punishment from his parents? Maybe they’re too distraught over Raina’s death to focus on their son and his ain’t sh*tness, but if he were my child, I definitely wouldn’t even be considering sending him off to some fancy private school as if he deserves to be rewarded for anything at this point.

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Rest in Peace Raina, Hopefully Dre & Tariq Will Be Joining You Soon

After “Power” Season 4 ended on a tragic note, “Power” Season 5 focuses on the St. Patrick family trying to put the pieces back together and heal from the untimely death of their teenage daughter Raina.

Raina’s twin Tariq, who is the most responsible for her death after his encounters with crooked police officer Raymond Jones a.k.a. Ray Ray, hasn’t learned anything from her passing and is still playing with fire.

The only good thing that has come from Raina’s death is it ended up bringing Ghost, Tommy and Kanan back together on the same team to take out their one common enemy Dre. Tasha, on the other hand, is still struggling with Raina’s death and is trying to keep enough strength to be the backbone of the family, while balancing her relationship with Ghost’s new lawyer, Terry Silver.

This new season definitely seems like it’s going to have a lot of twists and turns and hopefully for everyone’s sake will end with Dre being killed for his disloyalty and backstabbing.

Power‘s Season 5 premiere episode opens with Angela having flashbacks and almost going into a panic attack at the crime scene of officer Raymond Jones a.k.a. “Ray Ray” because she thinks Ghost is responsible for his death.

Last season, Angela helped Tasha find Tariq’s whereabouts after he went missing, which makes her believe she may have unintentionally given away Ray Ray’s location to Ghost and Tasha. In reality, we know Tariq is the one who actually killed Ray Ray to avenge his sister’s death in the Season 4 finale, but at this moment Angela is unaware of that. Angela knows that if she did give Ray Ray’s location to Ghost and Tasha, she can be in a whole heap of trouble.

While Angela is trying to keep her involvement with Tasha on the hush, a new character named Blanca Rodriguez, who is a member of NYPD’s Internal Affairs, is introduced to the show. Rodriguez is working on the Raymond Jones case and happens to notice Angela at the crime scene. She later goes to Angela’s office to confront her about being at the crime scene and questions her about not putting her name on the sign-out sheet, which is a violation of NYPD protocol.

Angela tells Rodriguez that she slipped up and forget to sign the form and didn’t personally know Officer Jones, but he came on her radar shortly before he went missing. Rodriguez can tell Angela is lying and is up to no good, and we can already tell that she is going to be watching Ms. Valdes very closely throughout this season.

Dre is back on on the BS and early on in the episode, he notices Angela leaving the building where Ray Ray stays at with a load of cops cars. This causes Dre to get nervous and he calls Tariq to find out what happened, but Tariq tells him he can’t talk at the moment. Dre then calls Cristobal and tells him they have a problem and need to meet up.

The scene shifts to Tasha returning home (we’re guessing this is not too long after Tariq shot Ray Ray) and LaKeisha is there waiting on her. Tasha tells LaKeisha she needs her to say that she and Tariq were at the house the whole night if anybody asks. LaKeisha is confused as to why Tasha is asking her to give an alibi and wants more answers, but Tasha is unwilling to say too much.

Meanwhile, Ghost, Tommy, and Kanan hang out together and devise a plan to take out Dre. Ghost is somewhat hesitant to have Kanan around and asks him how can they trust him, to which Kanan reminds Ghost he is the one who set him on fire and if he wanted to, he could have shot him and Tommy long ago. Ghost seems to agree and keeps Kanan along for the ride.

Maria Suarez, the woman who was blindfolded while her fiance was murdered by Ghost in the series pilot, sits down and speaks with Detective Saxe and Tameika Robinson (the new U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District) about identifying James St. Patrick as Ghost. Suarez became aware of St. Patrick being Ghost after hearing his voice during an interview he did on TV in Season 4.

While Suarez actually knows what she is talking about, assistant U.S. Attorney John Mak reminds Saxe and Robinson that Suarez never saw Ghost and they can’t prove anything by her simply hearing a voice. Robinson agrees with Mak and refuses to move forward with Suarez’s statement until Angela weighs in, but Saxe wants to keep all things related to Ghost away from Angela.

While Saxe is busy throwing Angela under the bus, Angela meets up with Tasha to confront her about Ray Ray’s death. Angela tells Tasha she believes she tricked her into giving Ray Ray’s location away and that she thinks Tasha told Ghost to kill him.

When Angela threatens to turn Tasha and Ghost in and testify against them, Tasha finally reveals to Angela that Tariq stole her gun and killed Ray Ray. Angela is more than shocked to hear this news and informs Tasha that she just came from the crime scene, where a bullet was pulled from the wall. This is really bad news for Tasha and Angela because it can get them both caught up.

Angela asks Tasha where the gun is, and Tasha tells her it’s gone and to just report the gun as stolen. But, the problem is, when Angela executed a search warrant last season to go through Ghost and Tasha’s home, Tasha’s gun was taken by the police and a ballistics test was run on it, putting it in the system. This leads Tasha to ask Angela the biggest favor she has ever asked her: to delete the records of the gun, in order to save everybody (including herself) from going down. She’s already lost one child and doesn’t want to lose another one. Can you blame her?

Tommy is really stepping up so far this season and proving his loyalty to Ghost ever since he decided to put the blow down and stop questioning Ghost’s every move. He quickly checks Kanan about his involvement with Tariq and advises him to stay away from his nephew or else. He even manages to keep his cool after Councilman Tate threw shade on him at Raina’s funeral and told Ghost to not let him sit with the family because he could mess up his image.

Tariq, on the other hand… boy boy boy, he hasn’t changed not one. Damn. Bit. He is still f-boy of the century, and, besides Dre, is probably the worst person on the show. I mean, he basically was responsible for his twin sister’s murder, after all. And honestly, if Tariq got killed tomorrow, I don’t think anybody would shed a tear or give one single f***.

His nonchalant, emotionless, and uninterested attitude when questioned by Ghost and Tasha about his involvement with Ray Ray is just downright disrespectful. One of the best scenes in this episode is when Ghost finally got enough and jacked Tariq’s wannabe thug azz up and pinned him against the wall in the hallway of their house.

And the nerve of Tariq to stare Ghost in the eyes like he’s really about that life and acting like he wasn’t about to just catch the fade made it even harder to care for, like, or rock with Tariq’s campaign.

Tariq pissed Ghost off so bad that he went off on Tasha for not watching him and letting him just roam the streets with Kanan and drink lean all day. But if that was enough to hate Tariq, the mess he pulled at the funeral was a point of no return.

After Tommy went through the trouble of hiring the Italians to kill Dre and Kanan getting his boys to join in on the fun as well, Tariq warns Dre about the hits put out on him and saves Dre from getting a hot piece of lead put in his head. And not only did Tariq warn Dre, but he fake cried while giving the eulogy at Rain’s funeral to save a f*** n**** who all this time is plotting to take his father’s spot and was also just in a shootout with his father as well. If this is not enough to write Tariq out of your heart, I don’t know what the hell is.

Speaking of the shootout, which was one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking scenes of the episode, Dre really thought he took Ghost out with that weak azz gunshot. Even Tommy joked about how Dre can’t shoot worth a damn. Even though Kanan came through just in the nick of time and fired back at Dre, Cristobal and their goons with his big azz gun, at the same time, it makes you wonder did he miss them on purpose? Or was he just trying to get them to back off? Only time will tell.

Ghost crying in the shower over Raina’s death after being shot was a quick tear-jerker. Anytime Ghost cries, it makes you feel bad because Ghost is probably the strongest person on the show and never shows his weak side, but every now and then in rare moments like this.

Even though Tasha and Ghost are far from being a couple ever again, Tasha still cares about him dearly and warned him if he gets killed fooling around with Dre she will never forgive him for leaving her and their two kids (Tariq’s punk azz and the other baby girl we barely see) behind. It’s good to see Tasha and Ghost putting their differences aside and trying to remain strong for their family following Raina’s death.

Besides Raina’s funeral and Tariq saving Dre, perhaps the most upsetting part of the episode comes at the very end when Dre shows up to Raina’s gravesite while Ghost is grieving over the fact that he just had to put his child in the ground.

Dre, who is fresh from almost losing his life and luckily being able to escape from Kanan’s goons and the Italians, tells Ghost he is protected by the Jimenez cartel and threatens to kill Ghost and his family if he doesn’t back off. Dre goes so far to put a La Araña card in Ghost’s shirt pocket as he stands there. This only angers Ghost, who happened to not be strapped at the time (Dre is lucky) even more and he rips the whole card in half.

Elsewhere, Tommy returns to his home to find a La Araña card at his door and Kanan finds one on his car once he leaves the club with a chick. The only thing that made the ending not so bad was when Angela finally deleted the evidence of Tasha’s gun out of the system. But, then at the same time, it’s hard not to feel bad for D. Gaines, whose name Angela logged in under in the system. She might get this person caught up bad!

Extras:

  • Rodriguez finds Angela’s card when she goes to meet with Officer Raymond Jones’ cousin Destiny and this is definitely going to be an issue later on because Ray Ray’s cousin lied about meeting with her. Angela’s new boss Tameika Robinson also didn’t buy Angela’s alibi about her being asleep the night she called her. Angela better watch her back because everybody is on to her.
  • Tommy is going to have to answer to Vincent about the Italians getting shot after he hired them behind his back.
  • Just like Dre, Councilman Tate isn’t going to be around for too much longer. He is sneaky and conniving and everything he does is to use Ghost for his own political gain.
  • Tasha’s mother was not happy seeing her kissing Ghost’s lawyer Terry Silver. They’re lucky Ghost wasn’t the one who caught them.

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Twitter Reacts to Yolanda Adams Rapping Along to Migos’ “Stir Fry” at the BET Awards

The BET Awards aired live on television Sunday night (Jun. 24) and featured performances from a number of top acts in R&B and Hip-Hop, including J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Snoop Dogg and Migos.

During Migos’ performance of their hit single “Stir Fry,” the camera panned to the audience and caught Gospel queen Yolanda Adams not only enjoying the performance, but also spitting the lyrics, which, unsurprisingly, had Twitter in shambles.

For what it’s worth, “Stir Fry” is an undeniably catchy tune that has been all over the radio for months, but who knew that Gospel’s biggest act was out here listening to rap songs about cooking crack? Twitter sure didn’t!

Peep the best and funniest responses below:

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WATCH: 2018 BET Awards Performances

The 2018 BET Awards went down Sunday night (Jun. 24) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and here are the performances from the biggest night in black entertainment.

Scheduled performers included Nicki Minaj, Migos, Miguel, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Janelle Monae, and many more.

Watch the performances from the 2018 BET Awards below:

JAY ROCK – “WIN”

J. COLE (FEAT. DANIEL CASESER) – “FRIENDS”

MIGOS – “WALK IT LIKE I TALK IT” & “STIR FRY” MEDLEY

MIGUEL – “COME THROUGH AND CHILL” & “SKY WALKER”

NICKI MINAJ – “CHUN-LI,” “RICH SEX” & “BIG BANK” (FEAT. YG, 2 CHAINZ & BIG SEAN)

H.E.R. – “FOCUS” & “BEST PART” (FEAT. DANIEL CAESAR)

MEEK MILL – “STAY WOKE” FEAT. MIGUEL

ANITA BAKER TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE (JAMIE FOXX, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, LEDISI & YOLANDA ADAMS)

ELLA MAI – “BOO’D UP”

JANELLE MONAE – “DJANGO JANE” & “I LIKE THAT”

SNOOP DOGG – “WHO I AM (WHAT’S MY NAME),” “THE NEXT EPISODE,” “SUNRISE” & “YOU”

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