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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Formally Announces An Impeachment Inquiry Of Trump

    Roommates, things are about to get real on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference this afternoon to formally announce an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

    If you’re confused, don’t be. An impeachment inquiry is just a fancy way to say Pelosi plans to open up an investigation to begin the impeachment process against Trump.

    The drama surrounds a conversation Trump had with Ukraine’s president in which he is accused of pressuring the leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son. Trump asked his acting chief of staff to put a hold on millions in military aid to Ukraine roughly one week before the call, two senior administration officials said, according to CNN.

    Trump’s admittance to the nature of the call and using his contacts for personal gain in the upcoming election are what many House Democrats say are impeachable offenses.

     

    Pelosi met with fellow Dems today and their meeting prompted her to finally move forward with impeachment proceedings.

    “He’s taken it to another level of betrayal, therefore we’re moving forward with another level of inquiry,”  Pelosi said.

    Earlier today, Biden said he believes Trump has left Congress “no choice but to initiate impeachment.”

    Of course, Trump got on the defense when the news broke and took to Twitter to speak on the scandal, calling the impeachment inquiry a “witch hunt.”

    Of the 235 Democrats in the house, 161 support an impeachment inquiry into Trump and the number is believed to grow. We promise to keep you updated on the proceedings moving forward.

    Roommates, what are your thoughts on Nancy Pelosi’s big announcement? Let us know!

     

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    Beyonce Calls Blue Ivy A ‘Cultural Icon’ In Legal Battle With Wedding Planner

    Like any mother, Beyonce goes hard for her children and the queen is currently piping up in a legal battle with a wedding planner to trademark her young princess’ name. According to court docs obtained by Blast, Beyonce lists Blue Ivy Carter being a cultural icon as just one of several reasons why she should be granted a trademark for her famous daughter’s name. To loop y’all in, Beyonce has been battling wedding planner Wendy Morales for years over this trademark and the case is likely to go to trial.

    Morales claims she had already been using the name “Blue Ivy” for years but in newly filed documents, Beyonce clearly feels Morales’ claim that consumers will confuse Morales’ boutique wedding event planning business with her daughter’s name is just silly. Bey even got a little shady in the process.

    Beyonce says Morales runs a “small business, with just three regional offices and a handful of employees”, with weak online presence and poorly subscribed social media accounts. Bey also pointed out that her trademark application is for “Blue Ivy Carter,” not “Blue Ivy.”

    In the court docs, Beyonce also accused Morales of having, “exhibited a pattern and practice of affirmatively attempting to connect its brand with Blue Ivy Carter to increase its exposure and drum up business,” and even pulled receipts!

    Bey points to interviews Morales gave following her daughter’s birth. In the radio interviews, Morales talked about her business receiving more attention. She even admitted reaching out to Beyoncé’s agent.

    Beyonce adds Morales also had a sale on her daughter’s birthday. Beyoncé denies Morales claim she has no intention to use the trademark.

    She says, “Indeed, the circumstantial evidence, including Blue Ivy Carter’s fame, her interest in fashion and design, and her familial relationship with two of the most famous performers in the world all support BGK’s intent to use the BLUE IVY CARTER trademark in connection with building a brand consistent with Blue Ivy Carter’s interests and skills.”

    Bey finishes off by saying her daughter is a “cultural icon who has been described as a ‘mini style star’ and has been celebrated for her ‘fashion moment’ overs the years. Her life and activities are followed extensively by the media and the public.”

    “Most significantly, Blue Ivy Carter has achieved a significant amount of fame, particularly at such a young age. She also has a noted and well-chronicled interest in fashion. Given these factors, Blue Ivy Carter is capable of and interested in becoming the face of a brand. For this reason, the factual context demonstrates that BGK filed the Application with the intent to build a brand around Blue Ivy Carter and her public reputation and renown.”

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    Alex Trebek Undergoes More Chemotherapy For Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

    Alex Trebek’s maintaining his optimism.

    It was only about two weeks ago that Alex Trebek was back to hosting Jeopardy! after completing a round of chemotherapy since his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, the 79-year-old was hit with unfortunate news when his health declined and he had to be readmitted to the hospital for more chemo treatments. “I was doing so well, and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer,” he recently told Good Morning America.


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    “So we were all very optimistic and they said, ‘Good, we’re going to stop chemo, We’ll start you on immunotherapy.’ That unfortunately did not work out well. I lost about 12 pounds in a week. And my numbers went sky high. Much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again. And that’s what I’m doing.”

    While Alex is undergoing more chemo, he will continue to host season 36 of the beloved show to the best of his ability.

    “[It’s] the season that comes before number 37. That’s it. It’s another day at the office. But what a wonderful office to go to do your work,” he added. “As long as I can walk out, and walking out is more of an effort now than it used to be, as long as I can walk out, and greet the audience and the contestants, and run the game, I’m happy.”

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    Facebook Employee Dead After “Apparent Suicide” At Company’s HQ

    An employee was found dead outside of Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters.

    An employee of Facebook has reportedly died after an apparent suicide at the company’s headquarters, according to police. CNBC reports that a man jumped out of the fourth floor of the company’s headquarters. The man was pronounced dead on the scene after police arrived on the scene.


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    “Menlo Park Police Officers and Menlo Park Fire Protection District personnel responded, and when they arrived, found the victim unresponsive,” Menlo Park Police Department said. “Firefighters and paramedics administered medical aid but were unable to revive the victim.”

    At this point, there isn’t much information available about the victim or the alleged victim. However, police began their preliminary investigation and determined no foul play was involved in the man’s death.

    Facebook later confirmed the man’s death and shared a statement regarding the incident.

    “We were saddened to learn that one of our employees passed away at our Menlo Park headquarters earlier today,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. “We’re cooperating with police in their investigation and providing support to employees. While the family is being notified, we have no information to share. We hope to provide an update when we learn additional information from law enforcement.”

    Police were called to 162 Jefferson Drive where the man jumped out of the fourth floor. The Facebook building is typically referred to as MPK 27 among locals and staffers.

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    Tekashi 6ix9ine Trial: Everything We Know (So Far)

    There’s a lot to keep track of in this high-profile trial, so we’re unpacking everything we’ve learned this past week.

    One year ago, we witnessed the downfall of Tekashi 6ix9ine, one of the most boisterous rappers to have broken out in recent years. With his unique look– rainbow-colored hair and 69 tattoos all over his body, including his face— the young man, real name Daniel Hernandez, was set for superstardom. He took music marketing to the next level, proving that he would do anything in order to make it in this cutthroat industry. Unfortunately for him, he tried a little too hard to catch everybody’s attention. The 23-year-old Brooklyn native ended up getting shut down by the feds for his involvement in the Nine Trey Bloods gang, distributing illegal drugs, planning out shootings and robberies, and providing the gang with endless amounts of cash. 6ix9ine was one of the most popular recording artists of 2018 and everything came to a screeching halt with his arrest, putting his entire career in jeopardy. Now, the rapper is facing forty-seven years in prison and he’s doing all that he can to lighten his sentence. If other people need to go down for him to make his way out of police custody, he has no problem doing that dirty work and he’s been proving that during this trial.

    We’ve been covering this trial at length for the last week, updating you on every little detail that has gone on behind-the-scenes in an attempt to get you the most up-to-date and accurate reporting on the situation. If you’ve been confused about exactly what’s happened in the last few days, we’ve got you covered. Here is everything we know about Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s Nine Trey trial.


    Day One: Jussie Smollett Comparisons

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    6ix9ine is currently the star witness in the trial of Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, two members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and former affiliates of the rapper. Ellison is being charged with kidnapping the entertainer last year and snatching all of his jewelry while Mack is accused of distributing drugs, including heroin and MDMA.

    The first day of the trial was slightly uneventful. Tekashi 6ix9ine did not take the witness stand but his name was brought up in the courtroom. As noted by Complex, it all began on September 16 with opening statements and jury selection. Perhaps the most riveting soundbite from the introductory session was when the situation was compared to Jussie Smollett’s staged hate crime from earlier in the year.

    Ellison’s attorney, Deveraux Cannick, spoke to the judge and called into question 6ix9ine’s credibility, warning the jury that they should not believe everything he says. “This whole thing about a kidnapping is a hoax. It’s a Jussie Smollett, if you will,” said Cannick.


    Day Two: Ratting Out Trippie Redd

    Trippie Redd performs on stage during Wireless Festival 2019 on July 06, 2019 in London, England – Lorne Thomson/Redferns/Getty Images

    Here is when everything started to ramp up. 6ix9ine took the witness stand for the first time in this trial, providing some riveting commentary about all that he witnessed during his time with the gang. We all knew he would talk, but did anybody expect him to be this extra?

    One of the first major headlines that broke from this courtroom event happened when Trippie Redd’s name came up in conversation but, before that, there were some pertinent exchanges between the rapper and his questioning team. He appeared in a blue jumpsuit, answering simple questions about his upbringing, education, involvement in the gang, and more. 69 admitted that he began cooperating with the feds “the day after he was taken down,” noting that it didn’t take long for him to turn on his former friends. After this, Tek recounted how he got started in his music career, working as a busboy and touring parts of Eastern Europe. At the time, he was perfecting his public persona, which would eventually turn out to be his downfall.

    Hernandez discussed his breakout song “GUMMO,” which was played in court, before speaking about why he even wrote the track. “It’s a diss song, toward like somebody I don’t get along with,” he said, name-dropping his bitter rival and throwing him under the bus directly afterwards. “Trippie Redd was part of Five Nine Brims.”

    It may have seemed unnecessary for 69 to even bring up Trippie Redd’s gang affiliation but in the grand scheme of things, it made sense. He later spoke about a gang attack that he had ordered on the Ohio-born rapper. After their online beef, Trippie’s manager reportedly reached out to end their fighting but Tekashi wanted to go out with a bang. He planned out an elaborate attack on the man at his hotel.

    “Trippie Redd’s manager said he wanted to squash the beef. At the time I was very upset with him, he had already said a lot,” said Hernandez at the stand. “Trippie Redd’s manager gave us the address of his video shoot. I told Shotti I wanted something done about Trippie. We go to Red Hook or around there, industrial area. I’m in a Jeep. We see Trippie Redd’s sprinter van. We surveillanced it, waiting for Trippie Redd. Shotti said he had a few of the homies meeting up with us there. We stake out, Trippie Redd comes, gets in with 15 people. We follow him for an hour on the highway. I recall Harv coming in a 4-door Honda. The sprinter van gets to the hotel. We don’t wanna get spotted. Shotti gets out, tells me to stay in the car. Harv parks parallel to the hotel. He’s with like three other guys. Shotti comes back screaming, ‘It’s fucking Trey Way.’ Shotti said Harv punched Trippie Redd in the mouth.”


    Day Three: Chief Keef Shooting & Kidnapping Details

    6ix9ine backstage at The Philipp Plein Fashion show at Duggal Greenhouse on February 10, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York – Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    The most entertaining day of the trial thus far. Early on, reactions from stars such as Meek Mill and 50 Cent started pouring in. It was also reported that another accused snitch, Troy Ave, was in attendance at the trial. One of the first headlines from Day Three revolved around a huge hip-hop storyline from last year: Chief Keef’s shooting.

    Tekashi69 admitted to hiring a hit on the Chicago rapper’s life, paying one of his Nine Trey buddies to shoot at the Glo Gang veteran. The bag was supposed to be $20K but, since Keef was not struck, 6ix9ine says he lowered the total to $10K.

    He also said that, months after meeting the Nine Trey gang on the video shoot for “GUMMO,” he gave them a total of $85K to support the gang members in and outside of prison. 6ix9ine also testified that the money would be used for firearms, which was something that his former manager Shotti apparently told him. As Complex points out, much of the day was spent discussing the internal problems within the gang, including between Harv and Shotti. “The gang divided into four pieces,” elaborated Tekashi. “We’re all attacking each other at the same time. They put me in a position where I had to pick a side, and I chose Shotti’s side.”

    Later in the day, the rapper details his kidnapping attempt at length. A video of the incident was shown before 6ix9ine told the jury that he was allegedly pleading for his life. “I’m pleading with Harv,” remembered Tek. “I’m telling him, ‘Don’t shoot. I gave you everything. I put money in your pocket.’ I told him that I was tired of being extorted.” At that point, 69 offered his kidnappers $100K to let him go but they decided to just take all of the star’s jewelry instead, heading to his crib and stashing it all in a pink Mickey Mouse diaper bag. That’s when he escaped and looked for medical attention.


    Day Four: Jim Jones & Cardi B

    6ix9ine (L) and Jim Jones backstage at PlayStation Theater on August 13, 2018 in New York City – Johnny Nunez/WireImage/Getty Images

    This was the final day of Tekashi69’s testimony and, by far, the most intense. Phone calls were played in court, names were thrown under the bus, and much more. Shockingly enough, Jim Jones managed to find his way into this mess with a call between him and Mel Murda being played for the jury. “You better get to violating,” said Jones to Murda during the exchange. “One of them security better get hit. Something better happen… Shots for everybody, bro. Shots like we at the bar.”

    One of the funniest instances came when Tekashi69 spoke about the phone call, referring to Jim Jones as a “retired rapper” before snitching on him, confirming that he’s a member of Nine Trey.

    Jim Jones wasn’t the only celebrity to have gotten dragged into this. Cardi B shook the world up when it was suggested that she was also a member of a different Bloods set. When Mack’s attorney Alex Huot attempted to argue that Tekashi used Cardi B’s rise to fame as a blueprint, 6ix9ine did her dirty. It was initially reported that he named Cardi as a member of the Nine Trey Bloods division but in the transcript, which was released later, that was not the case. 6ix9ine revealed that he knew who Cardi B was, that he knew she was a Blood, but said that he didn’t take any inspiration from her.

    Finally, his interview with Angie Martinez was mentioned with the rapper telling everybody that he was “humiliated” after claiming he was untouchable for so long. “I didn’t want to snitch,” he said. “I was still close with Shotti. I was still part of the Nine Trey lineup, and there was a code. There was loyalty involved.”

    At the end of it all, Tekashi69 said that he hopes he still has a lot of fans. Only time will tell how this ends. The rapper is expected to get a lighter sentence because of his cooperation, possibly getting out early next year. The trial is set to continue next week, where we will provide you with regular updates on everything.

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    California Teen Sues Police Department After Being Beaten At Family Birthday Party

    A California teen that was brutally beaten by a police officer during a relative’s birthday party is now suing the police department for excessive force.

    London Wallace, 17, had been a guest at a relative’s birthday party earlier this year when the police in Fresno, CA showed up to do a probation search, the lawsuit explains. Body cam footage showed one of the officers, Christopher Martinez, punching an unarmed Wallace multiple times, leaving him bleeding and crying.

    “It’s a very disappointing situation. You can see London Wallace crying. You can see him bleeding,” London’s lawyer, Nolan Kane, told ABC affiliate KFSN. “He’s a high school kid. He likes playing basketball. He’s a nice, calm, timid person. … And you can kind of see that in the video. He’s not used to police contact.”

    London was initially arrested and charged with resisting arrest before those charges were dropped. Officer Martinez claimed in a police report that he hit London because the teen was going to push him and another officer over a railing, ABC News reports.

    However, bodycam footage of the January incident, which was released this week, opposes about Martinez’s account. He has been placed on modified duty.

    “The video that I have reviewed certainly raises concerns and raises questions for me as a police chief,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters, ABC News reports. “Those questions will be answered once all the video is reviewed, the interviews are conducted, the evidence is looked at and the investigation is complete.”

    London’s lawsuit names the city of Fresno, the Fresno police department and Officer Martinez.

    “At no point did the Plaintiff pose a threat to Officer Christopher Martinez or any other Fresno Police Department Officer. At no point did Plaintiff disobey any orders from the Fresno Police Department.”

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    Kevin Hart Sued By Model for $60 Million Over 2017 Sex Tape

    A woman who appeared in a 2017 sex tape with Kevin Hart is suing the comedian and others for $60 million.

    According to a documents obtained by E! News, 28-year-old model Montia Sabagg claims she was secretly recorded having consensual intercourse with Hart in a Las Vegas hotel room. In the 38-page complaint, Sabagg accuses Hart, Jonathan “JT” Jackson, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and other related companies of intentional inflection of emotional distress, violations of privacy and negligence.

    Sabagg claims in the suit that she “had no knowledge that the intimate activity” depicted in the video of her and Hart “was being recorded.” The video, which according to the suit showed Sabagg “naked from the waste down and engaged in private, consensual sexual relations with Hart,” was published online in Sept. 2017.

    At the time, Hart addressed the incident publicly and claimed he was being extorted. Soon thereafter, Sabagg held a press conference alongside celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom to deny the extortion accusations.

    Now two years later, Sabagg is accusing Hart of allowing his friend, JT Jackson, to “set up a hidden video recording device” in the hotel room and record their sexual relations. The lawsuit states that Hart “conspired” with Jackson “for the purpose of obtaining tremendous financial benefit for himself” by drumming up publicity for Hart’s Irresponsible Tour.

    Additionally, the lawsuit states Hart wanted to attract “additional publicity and media attention” through the video and “increase his overall pop culture status.”

    In 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office charged Jackson with attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. Prosecutors said Jackson attempted to sell the tape to various celebrity news websites after Hart refused to pay Jackson the undisclosed amount of money he had requested. He plead not guilty to the charges. The case is still ongoing.

    When news of the sex tape became public, Hart took to social media with an apology for his wife, Eniko Hart, and kids.

    “I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back and because of that, I should make smart decisions. And recently, I didn’t,” he said. “You know, I’m not perfect. I’m not going to sit up here and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form.”

    Kevin continued, “I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that, I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who’ve I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids.”

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    Beyoncé’s Making the Gift Special Reveals Intimate Family Moments

    Beyoncé‘s self-described love letter to Africa just took on a whole new meaning.

    The world-famous performer’s latest documentary special, which aired tonight on ABC and is titled Making the Gift, offered a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of her recent The Lion King: The Gift album.

    In it, cameras first follow Bey, Jay-Z and their children, Blue Ivy CarterRumi Carter and Sir Carter on a trip to Africa. As she described, “Visiting countries in Africa, it’s always an emotional experience for me. It feels like I’m making peace with a part of me that’s yearning for my ancestral connection. I was blessed to be able to relive some of the experiences that I’ve been very fortunate to have over the years with my entire family.”

    And let’s be honest, those never-before-seen shots of the twins (who are walking and talking now!) were enough to set the Bey Hive ablaze with excitement.

    Blue even got a chance to show off her singing chops while recording “Brown Skin Girl,” and yes, the 7-year-old instantly became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
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    And on the topic of motherhood, Bey had this to say: “When you’re a mother, there’s a love that you experience with your kids that’s deeper than anything you can imagine. The love is beyond Earth and beyond time and space, and it’s a connection that will be constant.”

    Subsequent scenes see Beyoncé and the album’s many songwriters and producers working together to bring their vision to life.

    The Gift has been so much more than a celebration of the film The Lion King,” she shared. “To be able to work on a film that is so massive, so iconic, and to also represent African people and African Americans in a positive light is a blessing for me.”

    The Lion King: The Gift is available to stream and download now.

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    Big Boi Doesn’t Regret His NFL Super Bowl Performance

    Big Boi can think for himself.

    Travis Scott, Maroon 5 and Big Boi were this year’s Super Bowl headliners sparking quite the controversy among many hip hop heads considering the issues with the NFL and Colin Kaepernick. While each act clearly had their reasons for the move, Big Boi recently spoke out defending his choice to work with the NFL on his recent visit to Ebro in the Morning. 

    In the clip below, Big Boi explains how people who protest against the NFL do it in a selective, unauthentic manner. You’ll have people who want to boycott the games yet make bets and play fantasy football.

    “How you going to protest, and you’re still participating?” Big Boi asked. “If Julian Edelman was the only motherfucker out there running routes, and it was no black players on the field, ain’t no way in hell I would’ve performed at the Super Bowl. But the city was there, everybody was there. You can’t just pick and choose and be selective. You’re either all in or you’re all out … I’mma think for myself and I’mma do what I know what I wanna do. And do what’s right for me and my people.”

    He added: “You can’t [be] selective and do a protest when it’s convenient for you.”

    Watch the NFL chat at the eight-minute mark below.

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    Megan Thee Stallion Announces Roc Nation Deal With Jay-Z Photo

    Congratulations to Megan Thee Stallion!

    Imagine what it must feel like to be Megan Thee Stallion right now. Each new day brings serious blessings her way and perhaps the largest one has just fallen into her lap. Young Tina Snow has been levelling up all year and her fans are completely in love with everything she represents. First, she was promoting Hot Girl Summer, telling all her supporters to just go out and live their best lives. Now, she’s back on her school grind so it’s officially Hot Nerd Fall. As she completes her degree though, you better believe she’s pulling overtime in the studio and Roc Nation is there to help her out.

    Announcing her new deal on Twitter, Megan Thee Stallion posted up with the legendary Jay-Z to tell everybody that she is officially a member of Roc Nation. Before today, the superstar rapper was signed to 300 Entertainment but she’s expanding her brand, bringing on Roc Nation to help guide her even further.

    This move shouldn’t be surprising to anybody who has been keeping track of Meg’s moves. The H-Town Hottie is absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé so the fact that she would want to get close to her husband makes total sense. She was also spotted with Hov at a Puma event a few weeks ago so maybe they began negotiating then.

    Congratulations to Megan Thee Stallion, who just keeps proving her haters wrong.

    HOT GIRL MEG

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    Officially apart of the @RocNation fam 🔥🔥🔥

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