Kodak Black Released From Jail After Serving 7 Months (VIDEO)

Kodak Black is a free man after serving 7 months in Florida’s Broward County jail.

He was all smiles as he was seen greeting two men who met him at the jail right after he was sprung from prison. His first stop after leaving prison was going to his mother’s house to see his son, Local10.com reported.

The 21-year-old rapper, who legally changed his name to Bill K. Kapri earlier this year, was arrested in January on charges including grand theft of a firearm, possession of a weapon or ammo by a felon, possession of marijuana and neglecting a child.

Kodak’s arrest, which resulted in two probation violation charges, came after he filmed himself on Instagram Live while having marijuana near his son while on house arrest.

The child neglect and grand theft of firearm arm charges were later dropped, and Kodak pled “not guilty” to the marijuana possession and felony firearm possession charges.

Kodak was originally facing 12 years behind bars, but after those charges were dropped, he was scheduled to be released in October, and fortunately for him, the judge trimmed some time from his sentence even more last month.

“All I can say is, I work very hard to try and give all of my clients a second chance,” Kodak’s attorney Bradford Cohen told Pitchfork in July regarding the shortened sentence. “We were lucky that the matter concerning […] Kodak was resolved in a way we felt was extremely fair by the prosecutor handling the matter. He looks forward to getting out and creating new music and spreading his charity work.”

Kodak changed his legal name from Dieuson Octave to Bill K. Kapri back in May so that he could have a “fresh start,” his attorney Bradford Cohen said. While in jail, he took steps to better his life, including getting his GED and taking parenting classes.

Including his January arrest, Kodak Black has been arrested at least five times since 2015. He still has a pending sexual assault case in South Carolina.

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Janet Jackson’s “Made For Now” Video Feat. Daddy Yankee

It’s been three years since Janet Jackson has released new music, but that changed Thursday (Aug. 16) when the pop icon dropped a hot new single called “Made For Now,” a collaboration with reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee.

The uplifting anthem, produced by Harmony Samuels, was inspired by Janet’s love of music from around the globe. The Dave Meyers-directed visual sees Jackson and a bevy of dancers from all around the world taking to the streets of Brooklyn for a huge dance party.

Jackson and her longtime creative director Gil Duldulao handpicked the international dance crew, who hail from Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad, Ghana and the U.S. The dance party moves from the streets, to a rooftop, an apartment, and various other locations.

“Made For Now” is Janet’s first music release since her 11th studio album Unbreakable in October 2015 and will serve as the first single from that project’s highly anticipated follow-up.

Janet is currently on the second leg of her “State of the World Tour,” which wraps on October 2nd in Atlantic City. She and Daddy Yankee are scheduled to perform “Made for Now” for the first time Friday night (Aug. 17) on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

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Beyoncé, JAY-Z & DJ Khaled Dedicate Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin Amid Reports She’s “Gravely Ill”

On Monday night (Aug. 13), after reports emerged saying that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” and living her last days, Beyoncé and JAY-Z dedicated their “On The Run II Tour” concert in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit to the Queen of Soul.

After performing their first song, “Holy Grail,” at Ford Field, Beyoncé told the cheering crowd “This show tonight is dedicated to Aretha Franklin.” Queen Bey added, “We love you and thank you for changing all of our lives with beautiful music.”

DJ Khaled, who served as the opening act of Monday’s show, got the crowd excited when he played one of Franklin’s biggest hits, “Respect.” After playing the song, Khaled shouted: “Make some noise for Aretha Franklin” as the audience cheered.

The touching dedications came just hours after news broke that the iconic singer was dying of cancer.

CNN reported late Monday that Franklin is in hospice care, and Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy, who has been in touch with the R&B/Soul legend’s loved ones said she was being “surrounded by friends and family” and “asking for your prayers at this time.”

Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among the singer’s friends who have visited Franklin at her home in Detroit over the last few days, according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. Mariah Carey tweeted that she was “praying for the Queen of Soul,” as did Ciara and Missy Elliott.

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Queen Naija Announces Pregnancy With “Friend” Clarence 4 Months After Divorcing Chris Sails

Well, that was fast! Popular YouTube personality Queen Naija just surprised her fans with big news on her latest video. She’s having a baby with her “friend” Clarence and she just got divorced four months ago.

Queen built her following on YouTube by doing funny videos with her now ex-husband Chris Sails, and they split earlier this year after being married for years after he cheated on her multiple times.

The couple, who have a young son together, divorced back in April. And after leaving Chris, Queen released a song called “Medicine” which has been doing fairly well on the radio and even charted on Billboard. Clarence played “Chris” in the video.

In a recent interview with Ebro from Hot 97, Queen said she felt as though her ex-husband was jealous of her singing career, and she also refused to call Clarence her boyfriend at the time because she didn’t feel like he deserved that title just yet.

The pair were so low-key to the point where people were saying Clarence didn’t want to claim Queen or vice versa. Well, now Queen wants the world to know who the new love of her life is. She took to YouTube, of course, to announce that they’re expecting their first child together.

“There’s one more thing we don’t want to hide from you guys,” Queen Naija said in the video. “Because we would feel that it’s unfair and it’s not something that should be hidden.” She then said she would let the next clip do the talking, and the next clip was a video of an ultrasound scan.

Watch below around the 19:33 mark:

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Baltimore Cop Suspended After Video Shows Him Punching & Tackling Unarmed Man

A Baltimore police officer has been suspended from his position after a viral video showed him as the aggressor in a violent altercation with an unarmed man.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the incident occurred Saturday (Aug. 11) outside Q’s Bar and Liquors in the 2600 block of E. Monument St. in East Baltimore.

While the video, captured by a nearby eyewitness, doesn’t show what caused the incident to escalate to violence, it does show the entire physical altercation.

The cop, whose was identified as Officer Arthur Williams, can be seen pushing the man—26-year-old Dashawn McGrier—against a wall and placing his hand on his chest, which prompted the man’s attempt to remove it. That’s when Officer Williams started throwing punches.

The video shows Williams punching McGrier several times before shoving him into a wall and beating on him until he falls to the ground. Although McGrier appears to try to deflect some of the officer’s punches, he does not punch back.

A second officer on the scene, who has not been identified, briefly placed his hands on McGrier’s arm as he tried to avoid the repeated blows, but does not appear to try to stop the first officer from throwing punches.

Witnesses in the area say that Officer Williams knew McGrier from prior interactions, and said that McGrier may have been targeted in the incident, which is why he was initially talking back. “He knows his rights, and he felt as though his rights were being violated, and he took offense to that,” one man said.

A woman who grew up with McGrier and considers him like a brother called the incident shocking.

“I was speechless. I was enraged. I was hurt. I was shocked more than anything. That is really something you don’t expect,” Shantel Allen said. “I truly feel as though this officer needs to be dealt with in a very serious manner, so none of his fellow officers or anyone else in the criminal justice system feels like they can use this kind of force. This is a crime. You can’t just go around putting your hands on people.”

The Baltimore Police Dept. said Saturday’s incident began after two officers stopped McGrier, let him go, then approached him again to give him a citizen contact sheet. “When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused,” the department said. “The police officer then struck the man several times.”

Attorney Warren Brown, who is representing McGrier, said his client had a previous run-in with Officer Williams back in June that resulted in McGrier being charged with assaulting the officer, disorderly conduct, obstruction and hindering, and resisting arrest. Brown said that in that incident and in the one Saturday, the officer targeted McGrier without justification.

Brown said in Saturday’s incident, McGrier was sitting on the steps when Williams passed by in his vehicle. Then moments later as he was walking down the street, the officer, now on foot, told him to stop without giving him a reason.

“My client was saying, ‘What is this all about? You don’t even have probable cause,’” Brown said. That’s when Williams began shoving McGrier, Brown said.

Brown said McGrier was not being charged with a crime, but was taken to a hospital and was having X-rays taken of jaw, nose and ribs to see if he suffered any fractures from the altercation.

“It seems like this officer had just decided that Dashawn was going to be his punching bag,” Brown said. “And this was a brutal attack that was degrading and demeaning to my client, to that community, and to the police department.”

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Drake’s “In My Feelings” Video

Drake has finally released the highly anticipated video for Scorpion’s biggest single “In My Feelings,” the fifth single from the album following “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” “I’m Upset” and “Don’t Matter to Me.”

The video for the song that sparked the summer’s biggest dance craze and viral #InMyFeelingsChallenge stars La La Anthony as Drizzy’s love interest Kiki, Phylicia Rashad as Kiki’s overprotective mother, and Instagram Shiggy—who helped propel the song to #1 by starting the #InMyFeelingsChallenge—as an annoying, loud-mouthed Production Assistant. It also features cameos from Yung Miami of the City Girls, New Orleans rapper Capito and Big Freedia.

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The visual begins with Drake, with a gold grill in his mouth, standing outside of Kiki’s window after she ignores his texts. “I’m trying to tell you, I love you, girl, for real,” he says using a terrible New Orleans accent before her mother (Phylicia Rashad) shows up and tries to get him to go away. From there, the 6 God takes over New Orleans as girls perform the “In My Feelings” Challenge all over the place.

At the end of the video, Drake wakes up in his production trailer, where he reveals it was all a dream. “I just had some dream that I made some song about some girl,” he explains to his friend CJ. “I was from New Orleans, grill in my mouth. And then this kid from New York that spits when he talks all the time did some dance to it. And then the world did the dance, and Will Smith was there. Nobody would stop. It was terrible.”

The video ends with viral videos of celebrities doing the dance, including DJ Khaled, Odell Beckham Jr., Will Smith, Lil Duval, Leslie Jones, Ciara & Russell Wilson, Millie Bobby Brown, Shiggy, and more.

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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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Lil Duval’s “Smile Bitch” Video Feat. Snoop Dogg & Ball Greezy

Hot on the heels of his viral #SmileBitch challenge, Lil Duval has released the official music video for his single of the same name.

The “Smile Bitch” video, which features Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy, takes viewers on a psychedelic journey as the lyrics “I’m living my best life, I ain’t going back and forth with you n****s” and “smile bitch” are echoed throughout the song.

What started out as a joke could end up being a hit for Lil Duval, as the song’s lyrics are hella catchy and has already gone viral on social media, with celebs like Future, Kevin Hart and more singing the hook, which led to them having cameos in the video.

Watch below:

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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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Adam “Pacman” Jones Fights Atlanta Airport Worker

NFL free agent Adam “Pacman” Jones got into a huge fistfight at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Tuesday evening (Jul. 10) after he was attacked by an airport worker.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Jones had just touched down in ATL Tuesday when police say an employee of the facility-service ABM Industries made a “gesture” towards Jones as he was walking through the airport with a woman.

Video footage posted online shows Pacman calling out the airport worker and confronting him. After exchanging words with Jones, the ABM employee, Frank Ragin, still wearing his bright orange fest, went after former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, which sparked the fight.

Police said Ragin punched Jones in the face, and after being hit, Jones defended himself and hit Ragin back, before eventually knocking him to the ground. At some point during the fight, Ragin reportedly hit the woman with Jones, hurting her hand.

Cops were called and arrested Ragin on two counts of battery. Jones was not arrested because Ragin through the first punch was the instigator in the fight, police said.

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