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Breaking reports are coming in saying that Chicago rapper Lil Reese was once again shot in his hometown but is expected to survive. Details are still developing but local news outlets are covering the incident and handing out details as they come in.

Local outlet CWB Chicago published a statement from the Chicago Police Department which didn’t mention Lil Reese’s name, whose real name is Tavares Taylor.

From the CPD:

In the 0-100 block of W. Grand, on May 15, 2021, at approx. 9:50 a.m., officers responded to shots fired inside of a parking garage. Officers discovered three male gunshot wound victims, ages 20, 27, and 28. The 20-year-old male victim was struck twice to the knee and was transported to Stroger Hospital initially reported in good condition. The 27-year-old male victim was struck multiple times to the body and was transported to Northwestern Hospital initially reported in critical condition. The 28-year-old male victim sustained a graze wound to the thigh and was transported to Northwestern Hospital initially reported in fair condition. There are no offenders in custody at this time. Area Three Detectives are investigating.

The 28-year-old music artist suffered gunshot wounds just outside of Chicago around two years prior, with CWB noting that one of the three men who were shot was indeed Lil Reese. The men were shot at a garage at the River North section of Chicago and were apparently the result of a shootout between differing crews according to still-developing accounts.

When police arrived on the scene, they discovered three shooting victims, one of them being Reese and his presumed compatriots. A stolen Dodge Durango was also found on the scene and wrecked inside the garage.

Lil Reese’s condition is currently unknown but he is said to have survived the shooting. A video of a bloodied Lil Reese is currently circulating across social media and we will not be sharing that footage here.

Twitter is chiming in with their thoughts, some bordering on tasteless, and we’ve got those listed out below.

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TV One's 3rd Annual Urban One Honors - Arrivals

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The 2021 third annual Urban One Honors will honor the accomplishments of dynamic Black ‘women leading the change’ in this year’s tribute show premiering this Sunday, May 16.

Hosted by syndicated radio personality Erica Campbell and award-winning journalist and author Roland Martin ceremony will pay homage to prominent women figures whose extraordinary contributions in business, media, health, and politics have had a profound impact across the country and the world.

Honorees that will be celebrated and acknowledged include the incredible Stacey Abrams, a proud Georgia democrat who lead the crucial campaign to champion voting rights this past election year.

Others on the roster in line to receive their flowers include:

Investigative Journalism Crusader: Nikole Hannah-Jones
Health Equality Advocate: Dr. Ala Stanford
Business Alchemist: Rosalind “Roz” Brewer”
Family Needs Ambassador: Kim Ford
Reparations Ambassador: Robin Rue Simmons

The inspiring night will also feature a celebration of several prominent women leading our nation’s cities and the work they are doing to inspire impactful change within the Black communities that they serve. The mayors include Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Additionally, “Sisters in Sororities” will feature the work of the four sororities of the Divine Nine led by President Glenda Baskin Glover (Alpha Kappa Alpha), President Beverly E. Smith (Delta Sigma Theta), President Valerie Hollingsworth Baker (Zeta Phi Beta) and President Rasheeda S. Liberty (Sigma Gamma Rho) and showcases the importance of sisterhood.

As far as entertainment, there willbe plenty! The annual tribute show will also feature chart topping music and iconic performances by Jazmine Sullivan, Da Brat, Le’Andria Johnson and Avery Sunshine.

You can catch the URBAN ONE HONORS on TV One and their sister network CLEO-TV.

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Of course, the NFL thinks Black men are naturally less cognitively functional than white men.

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The NFL has a long and sordid history of f**ks#!t but this one has to rank somewhere near the top. A new report in Newsweek details how the league is using a racist practice to discriminate against Black ex-players who have filed suit against them for brain injuries.

There is a $1 billion settlement fund that the NFL uses to distribute funds to former players who suffer from dementia and other severe brain injuries due to the hits they’ve taken during their time in the league. In order to receive such funds, there is a “scoring system” or algorithm that is supposed to determine how much money a player will be allotted. The Newsweek article details how “race-norming” is used to justify a policy of limiting or denying Black players at higher rates than their white counterparts. The idea is that Black players are already less cognitively functional than whites and thus must score lower on their tests in order to “prove” that they are actually injured.

To call that policy a crock of bulls#!t is an understatement.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody was recently given 50,000 petitions demanding equality by 61-year-old former Washington Football Team running back Ken Jenkins and his wife Amy Lewis. The petitions call for ONE standard of “scoring” that will eliminate the racist policy and provide Black players the same assistance as white players. It’s 2021 and even by the bar-is-in-hell NFL standards, it is insane that we are even having this conversation. But you can’t really expect much from a league that hid all the medical information from the players in the first place.

“Norming by race is not the stance that the NFL ought to take. It continues to look as if it’s trying to exclude people rather than trying to do what’s right, which is to help people that, clinically, have obvious and severe disability,” New York University medical ethicist Dr. Art Caplan told the Associated Press.

This heinous practice wasn’t picked up on until sometime in 2018 but now that it has been exposed to the light of day, ex-players are not going to stand for it.

“My reaction was, ‘Well, here we go again,’” said Jenkins, a former running back. “It’s the same old nonsense for Black folks, to have to deal with some insidious, convoluted deals that are being made.” Jenkins is now an insurance executive and is not experiencing any cognitive problems, but has plenty of NFL friends who are less fortunate.

The Newsweek article is both revelatory and infuriating and we highly suggest you read the whole thing in its entirety by clicking the above link.

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He wasn’t called the GOAT for nothing! Kobe Bryant is among nine members who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame tonight. Here’s to the final stamp on such a legendary career.

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Grab your tissue because tonight’s induction ceremony will definitely be an emotional one.

The Hall of Fame has been working on a Bryant exhibit for two years and his beloved wife, Vanessa Bryant, added her special touch to the finishing pieces of the well deserved exhibit. Vanessa posted sneak peaks of the exhibit on Instagram, which features pictures, incredible memorabilia, the shoes from his 81-point game, jerseys and videos highlighting Kobe’s legendary career.

It’s only the second time the Basketball Hall of Fame has honored a player with an exhibit. It wouldn’t be complete without another GOAT, Michael Jordan, serving as Bryant’s presenter when he is retrospectively inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight.

The 600-ft. display — co-designed by Vanessa — serves as a space where fans can reflect and take in all the magic Kobe bestowed upon us over the years. We know Vanessa poured her love into this exhibit in so many ways and can only imagine how it will be shown throughout the details displayed.

Matt Zeysing, the hall’s historian and curator, said Vanessa pushed for the inclusion of “Dear Basketball,” a poem written by Kobe that was turned into an Oscar winning short film, to be at the exhibit.

The Bryant family got a personal tour of the exhibit and Vanessa captured pics of 1-year-old Capri and 4-year-old Bianka posing and smiling from ear to ear as they get to see their dad’s accomplishments up close.

The anticipation for tonight’s ceremony is definitely in the air as fans, celebrities and commentators weigh in on the celebration. Fellow inductee, Kevin Garnett, told reporters “I don’t think I’m the only one in here that thinks that Kobe Bryant is fairly missed.”

“Miss him everyday and what he brought not just to the game of basketball but to sports period.”

The ceremony is set to kick off tonight at 5:30 p.m. (ET) and end at 8:00 p.m. The ceremony will be hosted by Ahmad Rashad and feature a special performance by multi-Grammy award-winning artist Ne-Yo. Kobe Bryant’s exhibit is set to officially open Sunday.

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NeNe Leakes is clearing the air following her congratulatory message for fellow Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams.

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Porsha’s shocking engagement to her Real Housewives costar and “friend” Falynn Guobadia’s estranged husband, Simon Guobadia, has had the internet on fire all week.  Unsurprisingly though, that drama hasn’t only affected the three folks in the triangle, but all the women involved in the world of the Bravo franchise.

NeNe Leakes was one of the first of Williams’ costars to give her two cents when the news dropped, initially congratulating Porsha on her engagement…but that was before she backpedaled a little after realizing the terrible optics of the situation.

Since fans have been so confused about where she stands on all of this, NeNe took the time to clarify her tweets from earlier this week, revealing that she initially thought Simon dating someone else in Porsha’s family.

NeNe joined Sheen Magazine on Instagram on May 13, 2021 to clarify why she commented on Porsha Williams’ Instagram post about her surprising engagement. The reality star explained that she thought Porsha’s ex, Dennis McKinley, was back in the picture. Not only that, but NeNe thought that Simon was the boyfriend of Porsha’s mom, Diane T. Williams.

“I haven’t really been on social media that much, but I rolled down social media and looked,” NeNe explained. “I saw Dennis and this man, right? In her pictures. I never really paid much attention. I just saw Dennis and a guy, right… I thought he was Diane’s boyfriend. Porsha’s momma…When I was just scrolling through the picture quickly. And that’s why I said reading is fundamental.”

Leakes also addressed the fact that Porsha is dating her co-star’s ex, explaining how reality TV works behind the scenes.

She said: “Believe that they probably are not friends, okay? They probably aren’t friends. They probably never were friends. And that is probably the truth. Now I’m just going to have to second that because on the show everything appears to be something that it’s truly not.”

Check out more of what Nene had to say about the situation down below:

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Exciting news for rapper Ludacris and his wife Eudoxie!

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Eudoxie shared the happy news that the couple are expecting a baby in an Instagram post celebrating her 35th birthday. “Blessed year indeed,” Eudoxie captioned a series of three full length photos of herself in a tan maxi dress that accentuated her baby bump. She added a heart emoji, prayer hands and a hashtag with her age: ❤️🙏🏽 #35

She looks absolutely stunning. We are so excited for the Bridges! Congratulations.

Luda shared a pair of photos of his wife from the same photoshoot which he captioned, “How is it YOUR Birthday & Your Giving Me The Greatest Gift? Joyeux Anniversaire Mrs Bridges 👼🏽”

We LOVE to see it. The couple’s daughter Cadence turns 6 later this month on May 27th and Ludacris also has an 18-year-old daughter Karma who begins college at Spelman in the Fall as well as a daughter Cai, who is 7.

Eudoxie has been dropping phenomenal shots of herself in swimwear all week.

Y’all know we ain’t mad.

The gorgeous stunner from Gabon is known for her extremely sweet disposition. She’s also been open about sharing some of her more painful experiences — including suffering a miscarriage in 2018.

Congratulations again to Luda and Eudoxie! Happy Birthday Eudoxie — hope you have a FABulous birthday.

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A “Bad Girls Club” legend might not only [still] “run L.A.” she might run a new show.

BOSSIP Reality TV Hall of Famer Natalie Nunn appeared Thursday on our #RealityRecap to dish on her work executive producing and starring in “Baddies: ATL”, the newest series from ZEUS starring the original bad girls of reality TV.

Natalie who EPs alongside fellow BGC legend Tanisha Thomas is joined by fellow raucous reality stars Janelle Shanks, Seven Craft, Sarah Oliver, Christina Salgado, Judi Jai, Mehgan James, and newbie Sidney Starr on the show that centers around the ladies reconnecting in ATL to “reminisce, bring the fireworks, and to settle old beefs.”

During BOSSIP’s #RealityRecap Deputy Editor @IamDaniCanada asked Natalie about her status with Tanisha whom Natalie has had an up-and-down relationship with that peaked with a naaaaasty IG Live spat amid “narcissism” claims and apparently a fistfight. 

According to Natalie despite her big blowups with the fellow baddie there’s still sisterly love there.

“Tanisha’s always gonna be my BGC sister, we’ve been in each other’s weddings, we’ve been in each other’s baby showers, our families know each other at this point, we just are always gonna have our differences,” said Natalie on BOSSIP’s #RealityRecap. “We’ll always bump heads but there will always be love there. I don’t have a sister so I just say sister bond but we do bump heads, we bump heads every day.”

On “Baddies: ATL” we’ll indeed see Natalie and Tanisha bump heads, this time over something Tanisha said about Natalie’s family that the Bad Girl took offense to.

OOF!

During BOSSIP’s Reality Recap Natalie not only spoke on Tanisha and their “Baddies: ATL” but she also ranked the top ten “Bad Girls” of all time.

According to Natalie, the top spot rightfully goes to Tanisha but she personally comes in second. Following Natalie, Meghan James comes in third, Judi Jai comes in at number four and Camilla Pointdexter comes in at number five.

See her full Bad Girls ranking and #RealityRecap below.

“Baddies: ATL” premieres Sunday, May 16th on Zeus. Zeus is available on Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Fire TV, and Chromecast – subscribe by visiting TheZeusNetwork.com.

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Greatest May 14th everrr

So many exciting things happened today that we had to put together a list of ALL the must-stream movies and music released on quite possibly the greatest Friday the 14th EVER.

“Army of the Dead”

Zack Snyder’s zombie killer heist thriller about a group of mercenaries who battle the undead in Vegas for a $200 million score is sure to be one of 2021’s buzziest releases. Opens in select theaters today/premieres on Netflix next Friday, May 21st.

Nicki Minaj “Beat Me Up Scotty” mixtape

The Rap queen returned with her classic 2009 “Beam Me Up Scotty” mixtape featuring Drake and Lil Wayne on buzzy Young Money reunion “Seeing Green.”

“Spiral: Saw”

Chris Rock and Samuel Jackson star in the latest twisted chapter of the sinister “Saw” franchise *that’s only playing in theaters (for now).

J. Cole “The Off-Season”

The beloved North Carolina MC dropped his latest opus featuring Lil Baby, 21 Savage and Morray.

“Those Who Wish Me Dead”

Angelina Jolie plays a survival expert tasked with protecting a teenage murder witness being pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a forest fire threatening to consume them all. HBO Max/Theaters.

Migos “Straightenin’”

The culture-shifting collective released their long-awaited lead single off “Culture 3”

“The Upshaws”

Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields star on the hilariously messy sitcom that will have you cackling all weekend. Netflix.

“The Underground Railroad”

The critically acclaimed limited series tells a harrowing story of love, loss, enslavement and triumph through Barry Jenkins’s Oscar-winning lens. Prime Video.

“The Woman In The Window”

Amy Adams plays agoraphobic Dr. Anna Fox who witnesses something she shouldn’t while snooping on the seemingly picture perfect family that lives across the way. Netflix.

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If you recall, since January over a dozen women have claimed to have experienced similar instances of abuse at the hands of celebrity couple T.I. and Tiny Harris. The allegations from the unnamed women range from being drugged, sex trafficked, and/or raped and they’ve lawyered up to seek criminal charges against the reality/ music stars in several states.

Well in an update rap star Nelly is being accused of sexual abuse in association with the couple.

The woman’s story was reported by Madame Noire only after the outlet examined a video posted on Instagram in February that recounted — with accompanying visuals — some of the accusations made by accusers of the Harrises who alleged they were sexually abused by the two.  Being referred to as “Jane Doe 4” in the video, the narrator recounted the survivor’s alleged story which claims she was initially approached by Tiny “to be their assistant” back in 2005.

Doe then allegedly she was never compensated for the work she did them and that “on one occasion T.I. stood over her and Tiny stood close by as T.I. forced her to open her mouth and swallow eight ecstasy pills.”

The video continued telling the alleged account, naming Nelly as someone the couple “forced” her to have sex with back several years after initially working with them in 2014.

“Throughout the duration of her time with T.I. and Tiny, the duo forced her to engage in sexual acts with different women against her will. In 2014, T.I. and Tiny forced her to have sexual intercourse with rapper Nelly against her will.

Early last month, the couple dened all of the allegations made against them and asked for the accusers to make their identities publicly known.

“The Harrises are still waiting for the accusers to reveal themselves publicly. By continuing to hide behind anonymous allegations, the unnamed accusers effectively render themselves not credible and unworthy of belief. We say: let the light shine on their identities so we can go about disproving these scurrilous accusations.”

This also isn’t the first time Nelly has been accused of a sexual assault crime. In September of 2018, he settled with a woman who accused him of rape, dismissing sexual assault charges she filed against him.

Are YOU shocked by this Nelly and Tiny and T.I. news?

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Free your face!

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The time has arrived. Now that we are a few months into a significant segment of the population is fully vaccinated, the CDC has announced that those who have gotten a full dosage can now remove their masks in public crowds of any size. According to Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, as long as it has been two weeks since you received your FULL vaccine, you’re more than welcome to galavant around society as you see fit.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

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Yay, right? Well, kinda. This is great news for folks who never really gave a f**k and wanted to see everyone stop wearing masks in the first place but for many people, the mask is now a legit way of life for multiple reasons.

The new public health guidelines still suggest wearing the mask inside close-quarters like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. This could make way for school openings and large gatherings at sports arenas. At this time, USAToday reports that about 46% of the 330 million Americans have gotten at least their first dose of vaccine. While some experts are still holding their breath for spikes in new cases and deaths, both are down from September and April of 2020 respectively.

C’mon, folks! The summer is almost upon us. We can still lay claim to everything we missed last year if people continue to get shots in their arms. If you don’t want to do it for your health and others’, do it for the sundresses, Daisy Dukes, beaches, bikinis, and buff bodies that are itching to get out and be seen in June, July, and August.

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Not only is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar revered for his incredible athletic achievements, the former baller and all-time lead scorer for the NBA has also been praised for his decades-long commitment to civil rights. To honor his duel devotion to the game and to our people, the NBA has created a new award and named it after the legend — it’s called the ‘Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion’ award and it comes with some serious influence.

According to ESPN, the winner of the inaugural award will receive $100,000, which he can donate to an organization of his choosing. Four additional finalists will receive $25,000, ESPN adds.

The selection process makes winning all the more special, as all thirty teams in the NBA will get to nominate a player they believe fits the bill before a 7-person committee (composed of league execs, activists and former NBA players) chooses the finalists.

“It’s nice to see the NBA try to promote social justice awareness, and I am very flattered they would see fit to name the award after me,” the 74-year-old told The Undefeated, according to ESPN. “I know I have some history with this, so I’m happy the way it’s worked out.”

Join us in saluting Abdul-Jabbar, a true king, and stay tuned!

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Florida woman strikes again, this time, as a 28-year-old year old woman poses as a teenager to sneak on campus and promote her Instagram page to gain followers before ending up in jail for her foolishness.

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Florida Woman is starting to give the infamous Florida Man a run for his money. At this point, Florida is like a zoo and when you vacation there, you’re almost going to see the wild things that happen and hope to not get hurt in the crossfire. From a family business making a fake COVID-19 cure to Florida man destroying scooters with his spare time, there is no telling what’s coming next. According to WSVN, police recently arrested a 28-year-old Florida woman after she posed as a teen to sneak into high school and promote her Instagram page. Yep…seriously.

Officers tracked down 28-year-old Audrey Francisquini after she allegedly spent Monday morning roaming the halls of American Senior High School, in the area of Northwest 67th Avenue and 183rd Street.

“I legit have I don’t know how many cops outside right now of my house,” Francisquini said in her final Instagram story before her arrest. “I’m not going outside at all.”

“It says here she’s trying to get people to follow her on Instagram,” Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy S. Glazer said in court Tuesday morning. “First of all, I don’t know how you get into the school. They have a guard at the front. You have to show your ID.”

Prosecutors allege the 28-year-old blended in with students to pass through security. While prosecutors were reading the allegations in court, Francisquini shook her head up and down.

“She was carrying a skateboard, a painting, dressed similar to students to try and blend in with — as soon as you shake your head right now,” a prosecutor said.

“Ma’am, stop doing that,” Francisquini’s public defender advised.

According to the arrest report, the 28-year-old was handing out fliers promoting her Instagram page with her phone rolling, and when she was confronted by school security, she took off.

“She was like, I think, recording some stuff in there, like some crazy stuff, and she had, like, the devil’s mask and everything,” a student said. “It’s crazy. It’s very creepy.”

Not only did she pull off a weirdo crime, but she recored the entire thing and her arrest all for clout. What type of clout you get from this stupidity is unclear, but it can’t be worth much. Clout is a hell of a drug and maybe while she’s locked up they might want to do some tests to make sure there isn’t more going on, because no one can make sense of her actions. As far as gaining followers, it seems she didn’t make any new friends during her time at the school.