Bill Mack hosted the beloved overnight “Country Roads Show” on Texas station WBAP and wrote LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue.”

       
Midsection Of Boy Writing On Paper At Home

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Homework. F***ing homework. That is why Oakland County Family Judge Mary Ellen Brennan sent a Black teenager who is being called “Grace” (to protect her identity as a minor) to a juvenile detention facility in the middle of a pandemic. BOSSIP previously reported on Grace’s situation and we were hopeful that there would be enough outrage and public sentiment to get her back to her mother.

Today, we are happy to update the story with news that this will be happening IMMEDIATELY.

According to a report in the Detroit News, The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered the 15-year-old’s release. Deborah Servitto, Elizabeth Gleicher, and Jonathan Tukel, were the fair-minded folks who decided that enough was enough and Judge Karen had to be stopped.

Since this story broke there have been marches and protests on Grace and her mother’s behalf and earlier this afternoon it all appeared to pay off. Nobody in law enforcement or the Birmingham school system wanted this girl in confinement.

Birmingham’s board of education passed a resolution to review the matter, one that “reiterates (Birmingham Public Schools’) deep belief that no harm should come to its students as a result of the sudden shift to online learning.”

Welcome home, Grace.

Plies Parking Lot Concert

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Summer doesn’t have to be a bummer. Since June, some of your favorite rappers have been taking part in a pretty cool live event series called the Parking Lot Concert. Saturday night’s show will feature none other than Florida’s finest, Plies himself.

The event is the brainchild of management group and powerhouse music label, Street Execs who conceived his innovative “quarantine style” concert
as a way to host a variety of music artists for the public, at Murphy Park Fairgrounds (880 Woodrow St SW) each Saturday of the summer. They launched the series on June 6, 2020 with a concert by Skooly and have since welcomed Travis Porter, Young Dro, Peewee Longway, Rick Ross and Moneybagg Yo among others.

This Saturday August 1st, The Parking Lot Concert, the most  anticipated live event of the summer welcomes, “Mr. Buss It Baby” himself, rapper  Plies to come light up the stage!  We can all look forward to a dynamic performance of his plethora of hits, like the newly released I’m Not A Racist and Billboard top 10 hits Shawty and Bust It Baby Part 2! The concert will take place at 880 Woodrow St., gates open at 6pm, and the most raved about performance of the summer begins at 7:30!

Get your tickets HERE

Billboard 2018 R&B Hip-Hop Power Players

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After months of messy shenanigans between Quality Control co-founder Pierre “Pee” Thomas and his baby mama Lira Galore, a judge ruled Thomas violated a court order by posting humiliating messages about Galore and punished him with a $11,000 fine.

Judge Edwards also declared Thomas the legal father of Galore’s one-year-old daughter, Khaleesi and ordered him to pay Galore $3,500 a month in child support that he has to begin paying next month, according to the order.

This comes months after Thomas breached a court order barring both sides from talking about the case on social media when he took to Instagram to drag Galore late last year for a plethora of alleged offenses, including doing booger sugar while she was pregnant and conspiring against him.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get messier between the two, they, indeed, got messier and stirred up all sorts of spicy commentary across Twitter.

Peep the Twitter chitter-chatter over Pee being ordered to pay Lira $3,500/month on the flip.

Beyoncé’s “Black is King” visual album was released Friday and it was a necessary reminder for Black folks that we are worthy and important.

       

Beyoncé continued her push toward equality with the release of her raw and honest visual album “Black is King” (out on Disney+ Friday).

       
John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero CBS special

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Following the heartbreaking death of civil rights leader and legend John Lewis, CBS will honor his legacy with a one-hour primetime special.

Titled John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, the feature will include performances and special appearances by Yolanda Adams, Common, Billy Porter, and more.

“CBS will honor the enduring legacy of Rep. John Lewis and his mission of getting into ‘good trouble’ with JOHN LEWIS: CELEBRATING A HERO, a one-hour primetime special featuring unique musical performances, newsmaker interviews, inspirational conversations and more, to celebrate a life that changed the country. The special, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Brad Pitt, will be broadcast Tuesday, August 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network,” a press release states.

The special will also be available at a later date on ViacomCBS brands BET, MTV and Smithsonian, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

“A Jesse Collins Entertainment production in partnership with CBS Entertainment and CBS News, the special will take viewers on a journey into Lewis’ remarkable life, his work and the principles that guided him: wisdom, courage, power, faith and inspiration,” the announcement continues, revealing “… the special will feature unique pairings and performances by Yolanda Adams, Jon Batiste, Common, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter and Wynonna.”

“This is a celebration of the ‘boy from Troy,’” Tyler Perry commented. “A forefather of the civil rights movement, who would live to see his contributions for equality result in witnessing the swearing in of the first Black United States president.” “John Lewis was an extraordinary man. A man of great vision who lived a life with the purpose of making sure America lived out its ideals,” also remarked.

We are sad to see one of the greatest men to ever live go, but we will continue to honor him the best way we know how… by getting into “good trouble.”

5th Ward assets

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UMC Drama series “5th Ward” is back for Season 2 that follows long-time Houston resident, Mina (Mýa), who’s been struggling to make ends meet since losing her husband. Now a single mother of two sons, James and older brother Ray Ray, Mina fears for their safety after an argument at a local convenience store ends terribly.

When James is taken away from her following a police encounter, Mina battles with the idealism of remaining on the straight and narrow and the reality of what difficult decisions her circumstances will require her to make.

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Season 2 catches up with Blue (Gary Sturgis) and Mina awaiting the birth of their first child together while haunted by ghosts from their checkered pasts.

Mina’s brother-in-law, Police Commander Robert Kennedy (Omar Gooding), is trying to mentally recover from the events of a failed operation.

Now under investigation by internal affairs, he turns to friend Councilman Kendrick Davis (Carl Anthony Payne II) in a search for answers to solve the mysterious world of the 5th Ward.

Meanwhile, star-crossed lovers Ray Ray Kennedy (Carter Redwood) and Jazmine find both their families trying to keep them apart as Bam (Chris O’Neal) deals with shocking changes to his life.

The series is based on writer, director and producer Greg Carter’s first movie “Fifth Ward” and streams exclusively on the Urban Movie Channel (“UMC”) available on a variety of streaming platforms including Amazon Prime Video and On Demand.

List of NFL Players Who Have Opted-Out of The 2020-21 NFL Season...So Far

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The NFL is still preparing as if there is going to be a season. But if they do manage to come back, it looks like the league is going to be missing a good number of its players.

While Adam Silver is looking like a genius so far because the NBA bubble is working, the MLB and NFL are still trying to figure out this playing sports during a global pandemic thing. Major League Baseball’s season stumbled out the game due to 18 players on the Miami Marlins contracting COVID-19 resulting in the league telling the team to chill for a couple of days. Teams in the National Football League are set to open training camps while it looks like all systems are go, players have been opting out left and right.

The NFL and the NFL Player’s Association both agreed on a plan that would allow players to say nah I’m good if they were comfortable with the league’s health protocols put in place to protect them from COVID-19. Players that fall under the high-risk category could opt-out and receive a $350,000 stipend while those who are not, receive a $150,000 stipend. If there happens to be a situation where a member of the player’s family who contracts the virus during the season, that player can opt-out during play as well. The player must provide written notice of their decision to opt-out if they decide to take the league up on its offer. Once it is handed in, the letter will be irrevocable.

Sunday (Jul.26), it was reported that the Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard  Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was the first player to opt-out ESPN’s Adam Schefter said. Duvernay-Tardif is the first NFL player to graduate from medical school and has been helping in the fight against COVID-19 in his native country of Canada during the offseason.

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Once he made his announcement, a wave of other players began opting-out of the 2020-21 NFL season as well with the New England Patriots leading the way with the most players saying nah to playing this year. It will be something if one of the league’s superstars, like a Russell Wilson who just welcomed a brand new addition to his family, decides not to suit up this year.

Here are all the players so far that have decided not to play so…far.

Chicago Bears

DT Eddie Goldman

Buffalo Bills

DL Star Lotulelei

Denver Broncos

DL Kyle Peko

Cleveland Browns

OT Drake Dorbeck

OG Drew Forbes

Kansas City Chiefs

OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

RB Damien Williams

Dallas Cowboys

WR Stephen Guidry

CB Maurice Canady

Philadelphia Eagles

WR Marquise Goodwin

New York Giants

OT Nate Solder

New York Jets

OL Leo Koloamatangi

Detroit Lions

DL John Atkins

Green Bay Packers

WR Devin Funchess

Carolina Panthers

LB Jordan Mack

New England Patriots

S Patrick Chung

LB Dont’a Hightower

OT Marcus Cannon

RB Brandon Bolden

FB Danny Vitale

OL Najee Toran

Baltimore Ravens

OT Andre Smith

WR De’Anthony Thomas

New Orleans Saints

TE Cole Wick

TE Jason Vander Laan

Seattle Seahawks

OG Chance Warmack

Houston Texans

DL Eddie Vanderdoes

Tenessee Titans

OT Anthony McKinney

Minnesota Vikings

DL Michael Pierce

Washington Football Team

DL Caleb Brantley

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Billie Eilish, reigning dark pop princess, just released a song proving she has a very bright future.

       

The documentary features interviews with members of the band, including some who were booted along the way.