Original guitarist for the Animals and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Hilton Valentine has died. He was 77.

       

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There’s a big shakeup happening in Columbus, Ohio’s police department in the wake of two fatal shootings of Black men.

In early December, Casey Goodson Jr., 23, was fatally shot by police who seemingly mistook a Subway sandwich he was holding for a gun. Authorities alleged that he was waving a weapon from his vehicle.

Later, on Christmas Eve, 47-year-old Andre Hill was gunned down after an anonymous neighbor reported that a man had been sitting in his SUV turning his engine on and off around 1:37 am. When Officer Adam Coy arrived at the scene, he saw Mr. Hill walking with a cell phone in one hand and could not see the other. Within seconds, he fired several rounds and ordered Hill to put his hands to his side. Hill was killed and Officer Coy was fired on Dec. 28 by the city’s safety director.

Now NewsOne reports that the Former Columbus, Ohio, Police Chief Thomas Quinlan resigned and was demoted on Thursday following the two high-profile shootings. The news was shared by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther via a video uploaded to social media.

“It became clear to me that Chief Quinlan could not successfully implement the reform and change I expect and that the community demands,” Ginther said. “Columbus residents have lost faith in him and in Division’s ability to change on its own. Chief Quinlan understood.”

Quinlan will now serve as deputy police chief until a replacement is found.

Good, GOODBYE.

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Wendy Williams The Movie

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How YOU doin’, Wendy?!

That’s the question fans are asking after media titan Wendy Williams’ Lifetime biopic aired and shared intimate details about her life and longstanding career. The Wendy Williams: The Movie biopic premiered Saturday, January 30 and the talk show host let it all hang out.

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The movie exposed several things; Wendy’s early life in Asbury, Park New Jersey, her ex-husband’s relationship with his mistress who lived less than 10-miles away from Wendy’s house, Wendy’s 90s drug use, Wendy nearly being jumped by Bad Boy records group, Total, and much, much, more.

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The biopic was followed by a real and raw documentary titled Wendy Williams: What A Mess featuring Wendy dishing allllll about her own business while shedding tears in an NYC penthouse she purchased after filing for divorce.

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In case you missed it, here’s a recap of things we learned from Wendy Williams: The Movie and Wendy Williams: What A Mess.

Wendy’s Weight Struggles Started In Her Childhood

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Throughout the Wendy Williams biopic, Wendy was seen being told by her parents that she needed to lose weight. In one scene an 11-year-old Wendy broke a chair at a childhood friend’s birthday party. Wendy’s frustrated mother put her on a strict diet of tuna fish and mustard and Wendy quietly battled bulimia but stopped after learning that it could rot your teeth.
Wendy detailed that further in her post-biopic documentary Wendy Williams: What a Mess!.

“I remember my first diet in first grade: tuna fish and mustard in a plastic container, a few grapes on the side,” said Wendy. “That’s it. I’d have to take the money off my father’s dresser, the change, and I would eat the school lunch. I’d eat the tuna fish and mustard, pull out my change, have an ice cream sandwich, chocolate milk, the whole bit. My father, the first man who loves you. The first message about my weight is, ‘Wendy, you have such a pretty face. If you just lose some weight…’ I would get weighed constantly by my mother and father.”

Wendy Aborted Eric B’s Baby

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Wendy revealed that she dated Eric B of Eric B & Rakim and it ended with a credit mishap and an abortion. In the biopic, Wendy was seen cozying up to the rapper who she says treated her as just a “booty call.” At one point, Eric B asked to borrow Wendy’s car and almost made her late for her shift at work. With that, she decided to rent him a car instead; big mistake. That lead to an arrest warrant for not returning a rented car and Eric “ruining her credit.” To make things worse she said she found out she “was carrying his seed.”

“It was one of the loneliest experiences of my life,” said Wendy’s character in the biopic about going to an abortion clinic to terminate her pregnancy.

Wendy on to have a “starter marriage” with her first husband, as a “rebound” from her Eric B relationship.

Wendy’s Cocaine Use Battle Almost Killed Her

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Wendy’s biopic and documentary delved deep into Wendy’s substance abuse struggles. The talk show host was seen in the biopic smoking crack and snorting cocaine noting that it suppressed her appetite and was “everywhere.” She admitted to getting high five-times a week.

“My relationship with cocaine was the most important relationship in my life,” said Wendy’s character in the biopic. “I was my own best friend.”

Later in her documentary, Wendy shared that she actually had a scary moment working an overnight radio shift where she passed out and hit her head after snorting lines.

“There was one particular night where I go to the bathroom, standing in the mirror, take my hit, pass all the way out down to the ground. My head hit the wall and I woke up,” said Wendy. “There was nobody at the station. I could’ve been dead. It’s a miracle I’m sitting here now, actually.”

Wendy Suffered Multiple Miscarriages & Blamed Herself

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Wendy’s biopic and documentary explored her fertility issues, issues she thought were “karma” and “punishment” because of her gossip slinging and her previous abortion.

The radio host miscarried at seven weeks and then months later had another miscarriage at five months. Later, after getting pregnant a third time, her baby was stillborn at five months and it shook her to her core. “Why do my babies keep dying!?” she asked a doctor.

Wendy explored her fertility issues further in her Wendy Williams: What A Mess! documentary.

“The entire city saw me have two five-month miscarriages,” Wendy tearfully recalled. “I was out doing public appearances with a burgeoning belly, and I had to deliver the babies with the epidural and the ‘push, push, push.’ And the nurses, they said, ‘Do you want to know if it’s a boy or a girl?’ I said, ‘No!’ ‘Do you want a funeral?’ I said, ‘Just go.’”

Kevin believed that God wouldn’t “bless them with a baby” unless they got married. So they tied the knot at the Justice of the peace.

When Wendy got pregnant for the fourth time a doctor told her that her “cervix was a bit weak” and when she stands, her “body isn’t able to hold the weight of a baby.” With that, she went on bed rest for the entire 9 months while her “a**hole” bosses made her work her radio gig from the bed. The bed rest worked, Wendy welcomed her son Kevin Jr. in 2000.

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Hip-hop legend Duke Bootee, whose real name was Ed Fletcher, died in his Savannah home at age 69 after battling congestive heart disease.

       

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Congratulations Kelly Rowland and Tim Weatherspoon!

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The happy couple revealed this weekend that they welcomed their second son, Noah Jon Weatherspoon over a week ago.

The entire family used the same photo of six-year-old Titan, Kelly and Tim’s firstborn, smiling down adoringly at little Noah. “On the 21st day, of the 21st year, of the 21st Century, Noah Jon Weatherspoon greeted us!” Kelly’s caption read. “We are truly grateful❤️❤️❤️❤️”

She added her son’s birth date, 1•21•21, his time of birth 8:13pm and his weight and length, 7lbs. 8oz 19in.

What a special birthday! This baby already hit the lottery when it comes to family too.

Tim shared the same photo of his sons, announcing “On 1-21-21 a King was born!!!”

And if you’re not already following Titan on the gram, there’s no time like the present. He got in on the familly announcement, posting his picture with Noah which he captioned, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!!!”

Super cute right? We’re also glad to see the ‘Spoons have already locked down Noah’s handle so we can look forward to more milestone shots in the near future.

“Hello World!!!!!” Noah is ready to meet his public!

This has to be one of the cutest baby announcements we’ve ever seen. We love that the family all used the same photo but each member had a slightly different caption that allowed their individuality to shine. We can’t wait to see what they do next! We noticed Letoya Luckett commented on Kelly’s post — her son is just a few months older than Noah, they’ll be able to grow up together as playmates. Rumi and Sir are toddlers but that age difference will mean nothing in no time!

Jhené Aiko reflected on the exciting news of her Grammy nominations coming at the same time she learned her uncle had died of COVID-19.

       
Hublot Collectors Dinner with Haute Living Cover Star French Montana At Papi Steak

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One thing about Drizzy — he’s going to pay it forward when presented with the opportunity.

Ending the week off on a great note, the Toronto superstar took some time to help an up-and-coming artist who’s been working hard at saving money during these difficult times. Taking to Instagram, Toronto’s BucksInDaCut revealed his current savings of C$1,300, up from the C$500 he started out with this year. When Canadian entertainment site 6ixbuzztv reposted Bucks’ video, Drake caught wind and pulled up to the comment section.

“Yo what’s this mans PayPal I’m doubling that for my guy Bucks B,” the superstar wrote — and according to BucksInDaCut, Drake more than made good on his promise. In a new Instagram post, the aspiring rapper told his followers… “Yo fam, listen up! I gotta big up Drizzy, the one and only Drake, fam. He’s a man of his word, fam. He doubled my money and on top of that, fam, I told him about my OSAP and he cleared my debts, fam. So I gotta big up this guy one more time. He’s the biggest name in the city, fam. Drizzy Drake, fam. I’m tryna be like him one day…”  Watch that clip below.

OSAP is the Ontario Student Assistance Program. It offers grants and student loans to those who need help paying for their college education. Shoutout to Drake for showing the young guy some love.

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Prayers up for Karl-Anthony Towns.

The pandemic has been extremely difficult for the Minnesota Timberwolves center, who lost his mom and six other family members to COVID-19. Towns, himself, was diagnosed with the deadly virus earlier this month and, to top that off, he revealed he’d also been hit by a drunk driver during off-season and had to go to rehab.

In an online Q&A session this past week, Towns was asked how he’s stayed so strong, at which point he revealed the car incident and took a moment to credit his girlfriend Jordyn Woods, who he says stayed by his side throughout it all.

“My woman has held me down more than the world knows,” Towns wrote on his IG Story. “From my mother and family members dying (1 on her bday in Cabo), getting hit by a drunk driver (was 2pm in the afternoon FYI) in LA this off-season and staying with me in the hospital for the night and helping me in rehab, to this stint with COVID, she has been there with me every step of the way and stayed ten toes down. My love for her knows no bounds and I would be remiss if I don’t acknowledge the power a good woman can have in your life.”

Towns also credited his faith, family, and friends, writing in part: “My support system (family and friends) have been amazing at keeping me sane and humble throughout my life.

Please keep KAT in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

A police spokesperson confirmed Sophie slipped and fell from the balcony of an apartment where she was staying.

       

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T.I. clapbacked directly at Sabrina Peterson, the woman and ex-friend of his wife who claimed he not only put a gun in her face in the past but she’s now having a “Surviving Tip & Tiny” style campaign where she’s allegedly speaking to woman accusing them of sex abuse and forcing them to take drugs. All of the allegations have been reposted to Sabrina’s Instagram page in her IG stories.

Tip released a video statement, saying they’ve had a history of harassment in regards to Sabrina Peterson, calling the woman “evil.”

“As y’all can imagine, it’s been extremely difficult for me to remain quiet in light of all the things that have transpired and all of the egregious allegations being tossed around about me and my wife. But it’s a reason for that and I don’t mind sharing. You see, if a person does not have any right to criminally or civilly have you in court, they have no right, the best thing they can do is get you for a defamation suit. Drag you in court, make you pay they legal bills to get you in court. Now, I mean, at this point, this is the point where this don’t even matter to me.”

“That’s the intention. Say a whole bunch of false stuff about you that get people to believe and make them come out and say they’re a liar, they’re a liar, they’re a liar. Then they say, ‘See, they called me a liar! That’s defamation!’ They drag you in court, get you under oath and all that, because unfortunately right now, it doesn’t matter as much that they can prove you did. What matters is you can prove you didn’t. That’s just an unfortunate place that our society has made it to.”

The rapper then clarified in his rant that, “women who have been victimized deserve to be heard,” adding that his wife didn’t deserve for these allegations to be flying:

“Black women, in particular, should be supported, defended, protected, and uplifted. However, evil has no gender. First and foremost, my wife is a beautiful person with an amazing spirit and a kind heart — she don’t deserve this.

What we not gon’ do is open up the door to my bedroom for everybody to come in and chime in make their opinions about what we do and don’t do and should do and shouldn’t do,” said T.I. “But I will say this, whatever we ever have done has been done with consensual adults who into what we into and like. If we want something, we know exactly where to go to get it. We ain’t never forced nobody, we ain’t never drugged nobody against they will, we ain’t never held nobody against they will, we ain’t never made nobody do anything. We ain’t never trafficked anything. Well, sexually trafficked anything. I ain’t never raped nobody. Never raped nobody!”

This week, the Jasmine Brand exclusively uncovered Sabrina Peterson’s six restraining orders granted by a judge. In one restraining order, Sabrina Peterson is accused of harassing a woman on social media and in person. In another court document, a separate woman alleges that Sabrina Peterson stalked her at work.

Peterson posted allegations from a number of anonymous people to incriminate Tiny and Tip – some who claimed that they were drugged before having sex with the pair. Some of the allegations she later removed from social media, referring to them as “shaky”.

The beef actually started after T.I. shared an unsavory post about Atlanta city councilwoman Felicia Moore who is running for mayor again Keisha Lance Bottoms. Sabrina, who is endorsing Moore then called out T.I. for being an alleged abusive, claiming he has held a gun to her in the past as she was “fighting” his assistant.