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Oprah Winfrey Defends Gayle King, “She’s Received Death Threats”

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Oprah Winfrey is speaking out about the backlash that her best friend Gayle King has been subjected to after a clip of her interviewing WNBA legend Lisa Leslie over NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case hit the web.

During an interview on Today with Honda & Jenna, a choked up Oprah came to the defense of her friend backing Gayle’s claim that the network, CBS, threw her under the bus by releasing the salacious clip out of context; which led to King being dragged online and reportedly receiving death threats.

“She is not doing well. May, I say, she is not doing well because, she now has death threats and have to now travel with security. She’s feeling very much attacked,” Oprah said tearfully (see the clip below). “It was only because somebody at the network put up that clip, and I can see how people would obviously be very upset if you thought Gayle was trying to press to get an answer from Lisa Leslie.”

Oprah also revealed that the backlash has led to Gayle losing sleep for the past few days noting that the backlash has turned from being about Kobe Bryant into a very misogynistic and cruel form of cyber bullying—especially after Snoop Dogg called King out of her name before claiming that Bill Cosby should be free.

“I think the vitriol … anybody can criticize anything, but the misogynist vitriol and the attacking to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone because it’s not just the people who are attacking. It’s the people who take that message and feel like they can do whatever they want to because of it,” Winfrey continued. “You try to be there for your friends, but this is very hard.”

Tough indeed. As previously reported on Thursday (Feb. 7) Gayle King tried to counteract some of the backlash by revealing that the clip didn’t reflect the true nature of the interview nor her intent with the round of questioning; but her appeal to the public seemed to fall on deaf ears.

“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too,” Gayle King said on Instagram. “I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview — totally taken out of context — and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring. It’s jarring to me. I didn’t even know anything about it.”

Although King has apologized publicly, the comments by celebrities including Snoop Dogg and Lil Duval have had a severe impact on King leading her to be noticeably absent from her show on Thursday due to safety concerns.

Conceding and taking fault, CBS released a statement on Thursday confirming King’s account of the situation and apologizing for placing her in the terrible position to be eviscerated by the public.

“Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”

Check out the interview here.


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The Staples Center To Hold A Public Memorial for Kobe Bryant

It’s going on two weeks since the shocking death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, and while the world continues to mourn the NBA legend, fans will be given their final chance to say goodbye at the Staples Center later this month.

Deadline is reporting that the place that Kobe called home for 20 years will be holding a public memorial on February 24th and though information on how tickets can be purchased to the event haven’t been revealed we’re sure coming by them will not be easy.

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, was consulted on the date, as were the Lakers and Staples management. The date coincides with a Los Angeles Clippers game against the Memphis Grizzlies that evening.

It would make sense that the 24th would be the date to hold the memorial service as that was his jersey number for the past decade and change.

As you may or may not remember the last two memorial services held at the Staples Center were in honor of Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle and in both cases countless fans and celebrities attended to pay their respects to the music icons. That being said we expect Kobe’s services to be no different if not dwarf those of the men before him as he truly was larger than life at the time of his death.

Will you be trying to get into the Staples Center come February 24th? Let us know in the comments.

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Windy City Winners: Common & Chance The Rapper Named 2020 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Captains

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Next weekend, the city of Chicago will play host to the annual NBA All-Star Weekend and beyond the big game between the league’s top stars and the dunk contest, the celebrity game is another highlight. Common and Chance The Rapper have been named captains of their respective teams for the fun-filled competition.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the rosters for the Celebrity All-Star Game were rolled out earlier this week and it was announced that Chicago native and sports journalist Michael Wilbon and ESPN host Stephen A. Smith will be calling the plays, or at the very least putting players into the game.

Wilbon, who is coaching the home squad, will have Common, Hannibal Burress, and Jidenna. Smith will have Chance, Quavo, and Lil Rel Howery. Quentin Richardson, who is enjoying a post-retirement career as a podcaster, will also play on Wilbon’s squad. He’ll be taking on his Knuckleheads podcast partner, Darius Miles who will suit up for Smith.

On paper, the advantage goes to the home team as Common proved he could hoop in the Queen Latifah film, Just Wright. But, folks should know that Quavo is no slouch on the court as well despite his slight frame.

Check out the full rosters courtesy of the Tribune below.

Team Stephen A. (Away)

Captain: Chance the Rapper (rapper)
Quavo (rapper)
Taylor Bennett (rapper)
LaRoyce Hawkins (actor, “Chicago P.D.”)
Anthony “Spice” Adams (former Bears defensive tackle)
Marc Lasry (Bucks co-owner)
Ronnie 2K (2K Sports marketing director)
Katelyn Ohashi (gymnast)
Lil Rel Howery (actor, comedian)
A’ja Wilson (WNBA player)
Darius Miles (former NBA player)

Team Wilbon (Home)

Captain: Common (rapper)
Bad Bunny (recording artist)
Hannibal Buress (actor, comedian)
Kane Brown (recording artist)
Jon Batiste (musician, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” bandleader)
Alex Moffat (actor and comedian, “Saturday Night Live”)
Jose Andres (Chef)
Famous Los (comedian, social media influencer)
Jidenna (recording artist)
Chelsea Gray (WNBA player)
Quentin Richardson (former NBA, DePaul and Young player)

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#BRUHNews: NJ High School Basketball Coach Catches Fade From Own Players

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They say New Jersey basketball players play with a chip on their shoulders, but this is OD. A Newark high school basketball coach caught a beatdown from members of his own team.

Reportedly, the coach caught the fade after he tried to stop another student from being bullied by his players.

And it was the Junior Varsity team, too. Son.

According to NJ.com, the Shabazz High School JV squad from Newark, NJ had returned from an away game on Tuesday (Feb. 4) around 9pm when they put hands on their own coach. Of course, there is a video of the incident where at least four players are seen knocking the coach to the floor and proceeding to punch and stomp him out while outside of the school.

You can see the attack in the clip below, and it was a full-on beating with the coach balling up to protect himself. It goes without saying the JV goons were suspended.

“We support the superintendent and principal and will do what we can to make the rest of the year successful,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who visited the school on Thursday (Feb. 6) to address the situation, said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. “The actions of these students will not be tolerated. It does not represent the majority of the school. The school and team have great kids. Many of them go on to college and on to do great things.”

According to ABC Eyewitness News, the cops are looking to identify the assailants for the obviously pending assault charges.

“Our detectives are investigating this incident to identify and to appropriately charge those individuals involved,” Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose told ABC. “Because high school students are typically juveniles, the names of the suspects will not be released. But those found to have participated in this senseless act of violence will face criminal charges.”

No jokes, but we’re going to assume these cats didn’t get much playing time. Reportedly, the student body is embarrassed by the incident.

Bruh…

 

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Nicki Minaj Drops “Yikes” Single, Not Apologizing For Rosa Parks Line, Though

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Nicki Minaj finally dropped her new single, “Yikes.” She doesn’t plan on apologizing for that poorly received Rosa Parks line, though.

“All you bitches Rosa Parks, uh oh get your ass up,” is the now infamous line that name-checks the Civils Rights icon. Although there were reports Nicki chalked it up to bad timing, she then denied ever saying such a thing. The Queens rapper even went as far as to say “Don’t care” after claiming she was unaware that people were upset.

That doesn’t really add up since it seems that she stays on social media. For example, her recent war of tweets with her ex Meek Mill made it seem like she stays up to date on her socials. And during its peak, as far as controversy, it also happened to be Rosa Parks’ birthday (and it was trending on Twitter).

Just saying.

As for the rest of the song, Nicki drops bars over a creeping track produced by Pooh Beatz.  “Yikes, I play tag and you it for life/Yikes, you a clown, you do it for likes,” goes the song’s hook. A little over two minutes, it’s a return salvo considering she announced she was retiring last year.

But do y’all like it? Do you still care? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Listen to “Yikes” below.

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Jay Electronica Emerges From Peruvian Shrine, Promises New LP In 40 Days

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Jay Electronica took leave of his Ayurvedic steam chamber and took to Twitter to announce that his long-awaited debut album is completely done. While many fans have heard an announcement of this fashion before, some listeners are hopeful that the New Orleans lyricist will produce the body of work.

With no other tweets present in his timeline, Jay Elec shared details of the new album, which appears to have the working title of A Written Testimony.

“Album done,” reads the first tweet of the announcement tweets. It was followed by a tweet of a lyric that read, ‘…my debut album featuring Hov man this is highway robbery.’”

He continued with, “Recorded over 40 days and 40 nights, starting from Dec 26,” and “Releasing in 40 days.”

Jay ended the tweet string with, “A Written Testimony.”

Fans of Jay Elec have heard such promises before only to clutch firmly to dozens of loosely released songs, features, and teaser tracks as they awaited Act II: Patents of Nobility and several songs assumed to be connected to the project have surfaced over the years.

With their patience tested, many have abandoned all hope that Jay Elec will drop and shift the Hip-Hop universe as he did with 2009’s still-potent “Exhibit C” with Just Blaze, and the momentum of that period of time has long fizzled in the eyes of observers.

However, as evidenced by all the chatter and reaction to the album news, which we must fairly say ranges from excitement to reserved skepticism, there apparently exists interest in hearing what Jay Electronica has to say.

Check out the reactions below.

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Yo Gotti Walks Away From Epic Records, Now Owns All Masters: Report

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Yo Gotti is a happy man.

On Tuesday (Feb.4) Less than a week after dropping his Untrapped albumYo Gotti has declared he’s officially out of his contract with Epic Records before revealing he also owns one hundred percent of his masters. In a post on his Instagram page, Yo Gotti rejoiced letting fans know he was a free man.

“Drop My Album, Out My Deal, Own My MASTERS,” he captioned a photo of himself. “ALL IN DA 1st Month of da Year 2020 GONE BE DIFFERENT #UnTrapped FORRREAL.”

While Epic Records has yet to confirm or deny Yo Gotti’s claims, fans did notice that the imprint on Gotti’s latest release was different. When Untrapped arrived last Friday (January 31), one fan pointed out that the imprint did not include Epic Records, but instead showcased the name Inevitable II Records, which Gotti confirmed to a fan that’s his new label.

Despite being a newly found free agent, Yo Gotti has been pressing forward with the promotion of Untapped, linking with Vevo CTRL for a “More Ready Than Ever” music video performance.

In other Yo Gotti news, the “Pose” rapper maybe killing it on the charts, but he’s also pressing forward to ensure that he uses his celebrity for change.

As previously reported, Yo Gotti made headlines last month in the social justice department after calling for the Governor of Mississippi to immediately make changes in the Parchman prisons following the deaths of inmates after videos surfaced of them living in inhumane conditions.

The letter claimed that the inmates are “forced to live in squalor, with rats that crawl over them as they sleep on the floor, having been denied even a mattress for a cot.” Gotti added that the state’s prison conditions are “absolutely inhumane and unconstitutional.”

After the letter to Governor went unanswered, Gotti and Roc Nation filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of the prisoners. The lawsuit seeks damages for the inmates, and an order forcing Mississippi’s Dept. of Corrections to lay out a plan to address all the issues, especially their plans to increase staff and clean up the sewage.

Check out Yo Gotti’s latest video for Pose below.

 

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Snoop Dogg Calls Gayle King “B*tch” Over Kobe Bryant Questions, Twitter Drops Comments Like It’s Hot

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Snoop Dogg has never been one to mince his words on a variety of subjects, but it appears he may have crossed a line with many on Twitter. The Long Beach, Calif. rapper and entertainer took to social media to call Gayle King a “funky dog-haired b*tch” due to her line of questioning regarding Kobe Bryant from a recent interview.

King interviewed basketball legend Lisa Leslie for CBS and their chat covered a range of topics, including the tragic loss of late Los Angles Lakers great. While King’s questions about Bryant’s sexual assault case appeared to come from a fair place of getting an opinion from someone who was close to him, some observers felt that it crossed the line considering the tragedy isn’t even two weeks passed.

One of those dissenters included one Snoop Dogg, who took to Instagram video to share a few words aimed at the veteran journalist.

“What do you gain from that? I swear to God, we the worst, we the f*cking worst. We expect more from you, Gayle, don’t you hang out with Oprah?” Snoop posed.

He added, “Why you all attacking us, we your people. You ain’t coming after f*cking Harvey Weinstein asking him dumb-ass questions. I get sick of you all.”

From there, Snoop went for the final blow.

“I wanna call you one,” Snoop continued. “It is okay if I call her one? Funky, dog-haired b*tch! How dare you try to tarnish my motherf*ckin’ homeboy’s reputation, punk motherf*cker? Respect the family and back off, b*tch, before we come get you.”

The chatter online has been explosive and we’ve got some of the responses from supporters and detractors below.

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Gayle King Responds To Kobe Bryant Backlash, Hurls CBS Under The Bus: “I Would Be Mad At Me Too”

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After being dragged by Black Twitter and multiple celebrities, Gayle King has decided to respond to the criticism behind her interview with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie.

On Thursday (Feb. 6) King took to social media to respond to the accusations that she berated Lisa Leslie with questions about Kobe Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault allegation, stating that the clip released online was not the totality of the interview.

“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too,” Gayle King said on Instagram. “I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview — totally taken out of context — and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring. It’s jarring to me. I didn’t even know anything about it.”

King went on to state that while she understands the backlash, her goal with the prodding wasn’t to tarnish Bryant’s legacy, it was to put a seal on the elephant in the room.

“I reached out to Lisa — because I know she’s a longtime friend of Kobe’s — to talk about his legacy and their friendship,” King continued. “We had a really wide-ranging interview, talked about many things: his career, his passion, his sense of humor, the way he was mentoring other people, how he was starting his next chapter, it was wide-ranging. And yes, we talked about that court case because that court case has also come up. And I wanted to get Lisa’s take on it as a friend who knew him well, what she thought, where that should stand. It was very powerful when she looked me in the eye, as a member of the media, to say, ‘It’s time for the media to leave it alone and to back off.”

As previously reported, King was dragged online after a clip from the interview with the Los Angeles Sparks legend hit the web showing a stern King seemingly pressing Leslie to say something negative over the 2003 allegations.

“It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004,” King asked. “Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?”

Leslie, who was Bryant’s best friend, responded that she doesn’t feel Kobe’s legacy is complicated at all before noting that the allegations made against Bryant in 2003 don’t line up with the character that he was known to exhibit on and off the court.

“It’s not complicated at all,” Leslie responded. “I’ve just have never seen Kobe be the type of person to do something or violate a woman, or be aggressive in that way. That’s just not the person that I know.”

King states that the triggering clip from the interview was a result of CBS attempting to use that portion of the interview to garner ratings and not her attempting to tarnish Bryant’s legacy.

“I felt really good about the interview … so, for the network to take the most salacious part when taken out of context, and put it up online for people who didn’t see the whole interview, is very upsetting to me and that’s something I’m going to have to deal with with them. There will be a very intense discussion about that,” King explained.

Ultimately she states that she has nothing but respect for Kobe Bryant and his legacy and is also mourning his loss.

“I also want to say this. I have been with Kobe Bryant on many social occasions. He was very kind and very warm to me and I felt we had a friendly relationship. I too am mourning his loss just like everybody else. I still am shocked by it. It’s tragic and untimely and the last thing I would want to do is disparage him at this particular time … and that’s why I’m taking this time to speak to you directly, I’ve never done one of these before, but this is so important to me that I felt I had to say something. I don’t want to sit up on a set and read a prepared remark. I wanted you to hear exactly where I’m coming from and how I’m feeling, and to let everybody know that no disrespect intended … I thank you for listening.”

Check out Gayle. King’s full response below.

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Superhead aka Karrine Steffans Is Pregnant

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Karrine Steffans, the woman the world came to know as Superhead, is pregnant. You care, maybe.

According to The Jasmine Brand, she is due sometime this summer. The infamous Hip-Hop groupie—it is what it is—turned author is pregnant with her second child by Everette Taylor, who is some sort of public speaker.

“Physically, I feel terrible,” she told The JB. “The nausea and insomnia are kicking my butt. But, emotionally, I am exhilarated!”

Hey more power to her, and we hope everything goes off without a hitch.

Last we heard from Superhead, her relationship with actor Columbus Short had an epic fallout back in 2016. The couple was actually married and well, that’s that.

Coincidentally, she also tells the JB that she met her current flame in 2016, on Twitter.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

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