Florida Crazies: St. Petersburg Man Popped For Starting Fire In His Apartment To Keep Warm

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Florida Man Arrested For Starting Fire In Apartment To Keep Himself Warm

Florida is gonna Florida but damn…

According to WFLA, a 66-year-old St. Petersburg man, Mark Okrent, has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson for setting a stack of papers on fire in order to keep warm inside his apartment.

St. Petersburg Police Department says the fire department was called when the flames grew long enough to set off the smoke alarms in the 30-unit building. Residents were home at the time but no one was reported injured.

While it’s insane to start a blaze in your house, we’re really side-eyeing this guy’s family and friends. Does no one check on him? Could no one have lent him a space heater? Does he need someone to CashApp him a couple dollars to put on the power bill???


Here’s What Happened When Draya Asked Happily Wifed Up Ciara For Her ICONIC ‘Prayer’

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Draya Requests Ciara’s Iconic Prayer, Sparks Hysteria

Draya seemed to be handling her recent split from longtime fiancé Orlando Scandrick pretty well until she publicly requested Ciara’s now legendary prayer on Instagram in a plot twist-y moment that sparked hilarious chaos across Twitter.

Whew, baddies need love too, especially after messy engagements with pro ballers, so we can only hope CiCi blessed her with the most thirsted over prayer in pop culture history.

Peep the Twitter chitter-chatter over Draya asking Ciara for her life-changing prayer.

DJ Envy Snags Mary J. Blige’s Mansion In Bargain Sale (Exclusive)

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“Breakfast Club” DJ Purchases Queen Of Hip Hop Soul’s NJ Estate

DJ Envy inked a major deal with Mary J. Blige to purchase her multimillion-dollar estate in New Jersey at a VERY deep discount, BOSSIP can reveal.

DJ Envy and his wife Gia closed on Blige’s former home on Jan. 22 in a deal that will see them pay less than half of what Blige bought it for and allow the veteran singer to shift a property that she’d struggled to keep out of foreclosure.

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Under the terms of their agreement, the couple bought the mansion for $5.5 million. Blige bought the estate in 2008 for $12.3 million, and at more than 13,000 square feet, it has all the trappings of the home of a diva: eight bedrooms, 13 baths, a movie theater, wine tasting room, a fitness center and indoor basketball court set on more than four acres.

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When an inspection of the estate later revealed that it needed serious repairs to its heating, water filtration and lighting systems, Envy asked Blige for a $300,000 credit on the sale price to fix them. Blige balked at Envy’s request, and even though Envy later agreed to purchase the estate as is, she abruptly backed out of the sale last month, his court papers said.

DJ Envy briefly sued Blige to force her to honor their contract, however, they were able to move forward with the sale and the case was withdrawn, court records obtained by BOSSIP show.

Lawyers for both Blige and DJ Envy did not return requests for comment.

40,000 Red Roses?! Here Are The Photos From Safaree & Erica Mena’s Over-The-Top Rouge Wedding

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Erica Mena And Safareee’s Wedding Photos

Welcome to matrimony-dom, Erica Mena and Safaree Samuels.

The expecting reality stars jumped the broom recently and their ceremony was huge with lots of attitude just like them. According to Safaree, the lovers had 40,000 red roses imported from Argentina for the special day, probably the most impressive part of their New Jersey ceremony.

“We asked for everything to be red since it’s our favorite color. So we had a room filled with 40,000 rose imported from Argentina.”

Erica wore two different gowns on her special night, both stunning. Her wedding ceremony gown was paired with a personalized corset and bouquet that featured a tribute to her late father. She literally walked down the aisle with her dad in hands.

Overall, the night seemed majestic and doesn’t seem like many details were spared when you look closely a the decor. Safaree and Erica posed with their wedding party and shared photos from the night after the flip. Go look!

Watch: Loaded Lux Partners With Hot 97 To Host ‘Top Shelf’ Competition Series

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You really can’t call yourself a fan of Hip Hop music if you aren’t familiar with battle rap legend Loaded Lux. After going bar for bar with the best of ’em, the Harlem lyricist has partnered with Hot 97 to host his own 4-part Youtube competition series, Loaded lux Top Shelf. Just two episodes in, we’ve already witnessed some heat from up-and-coming artists like Newark’s Mek 4Real, Atlanta’s own JNolan, and more. The talented is handpicked by Lux, so all the old school rap fans can rest assured there’s an emphasis on freestyling and true improvisation in each episode.

The series seeks to “crown the best-unsigned emcees in the U.S,” a press release states. “After a call-out for freestylists to drop and post their tightest ’24’ a few months ago, host – and freestyle extraordinaire – Loaded Lux selected 16 rappers to be featured in our 4-part video series on Hot 97 Youtube and HOT97.com. Your VOTE will determine the finalists in each weekly episode to finally compete in the championship round for 2 Grand + more prizes to be announced.

ALSO: This Clip Of Late ’90s Babies Struggling To Identify ’90s Stars Absolutely SENT Us

Tune into the first two episodes below and tune in next Monday to catch the next one. Plus, vote for your favorite artist here: https://www.hot97.com/TopShelfFreestyle

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Here’s What You Should Be Watching On Netflix In February [Video]

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Netflix Drops A Teaser Trailer For The New Content Coming In February 2020

Netflix will be uploading that new-new in February and they’ve released a lil’ teaser to whet your appetite for hilarious and thought-provoking content.

Whether you’re into comedy specials, sitcoms, family shows, kid shows, drama, it’s all there for you while you sit on your couch in your underwear and devour snacks.

Press play down below to find out how you’ll be spending your next 30 days.

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Our bodies are ready.

Jesus Take The Wheel: Woman Says She Was Sexually Assaulted On A Spirit Airlines Flight


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Woman Says She Was Sexually Assaulted On A Spirit Airlines Flight

A Michigan woman’s shocking story about being sexually assaulted on a Spirit Airlines flight is making headlines. Tia Jackson took to Facebook to gain attention to her story after she says a man pleasured himself next to her on a flight and touched her inappropriately.

The 22-year-old said she was on a 7 a.m. flight to Detroit from Atlanta, Georgia when the incident happened. She told PEOPLE she was going in and out of sleep — as the plane was descending — when she felt the hand of the man sitting beside her caressing her thigh.

“I could feel him being real jittery. He kept moving. I thought he was cold. He took off his coat, sat it across his lap — and I’m thinking he was cold, so I’m not paying attention,” Jackson says.

“Next thing you know, I felt his hand on my thigh,” Jackson alleges.

Jackson initially thought the touching was a mistake until the pervy passenger boldly PUT HIS HANDS IN HER PANTS.

“When he noticed I moved away, he slid his hands in my pants and then he touched my thigh and then part of my butt,” Jackson alleges, adding that the man was “pleasuring himself” underneath his coat.

This time, Jackson says she reacted, prompting the man to “snatch his hand back.”

Oh helllllll nah.

Tia says she immediately called for a flight attendant and says she felt disrespected by the response.

““If he keeps touching you, you should move,” the flight attendant allegedly told her.

“I’m like, ‘That’s crazy.’ They basically told me to sit back down and I had to make a scene and I had to refuse sitting down because the pilot wouldn’t move until I sat down. That’s when they removed him from my row.”

“They asked if he touched me and he said ‘No,’” Jackson tells PEOPLE. “But he was shushing me.”

Tia made a police report after landing and seeing that the man was getting away “scot-free.”

Spirit has since released a detailed statement to PEOPLE about the incident claiming that more couldn’t be done because the plane was preparing to land. They also defended the flight attendant telling Tia to move instead of the alleged perpetrator.

“We take this claim seriously and are in direct contact with the guest. We thank our crew for their quick and professional assistance to address the situation.”

“Our flight attendants on board that flight learned of the alleged incident 18 minutes prior to landing when the guest pressed the call button and received immediate attention. Once she told the flight attendant who came to her seat, the flight attendant directed her to a different seat. The cabin crew wanted to move her, as opposed to him, because the move would have left him with an empty seat on one side and an aisle on the other,” Spirit explains.

“By the time the guest declined to move, landing was imminent and everyone had to be seated as required by federal regulation. Law enforcement began its investigation immediately after the flight arrived. We are supporting law enforcement as they investigate.”

Jackson tells PEOPLE she declined to move “because I’m not the one that should have been moved.”

What. A. Mess.

What would YOU have done in Tia’s case??? We smell a lawsuit brewing.

Kylie Does Kim’s Makeup While They Answer Pressing Kwestions

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Kim Kardashian Has Kylie Jenner Do Her Makeup While They Discuss Their Kids, Cars And More

If you have 11 minutes of your life to spare, you may want to check out the makeup tutorial Kylie Jenner posted on her YouTube Tuesday where she’s doing her best beat on big sis Kim Kardashian West.

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Our favorite parts were when they talked about their kids… Do you use KKW makeup or Kylie Cosmetics? Which brand do you believe is better or do you avoid them both altogether?

Big Orange Bloop! Beyoncé Apparently Sent Everybody BUT Kim K An Iconic Ivy Park Box

Beyoncé Apparently Snubs Kim K, Sparks Hysteria

It’s well-documented that Queen Bey is very VERY petty so her apparently not sending Kim K the now iconic Ivy Park promo box (after literally sending EVERYBODY ELSE one) should come as a shock to absolutely no one.

Now, to be fair, Kimmy’s box could still be in the mail but we’re pretty sure she’s the only A-lister not to post an unboxing video on social media much to the petty glee of Messy Twitter.

Peep the pettiest reactions to Bey’s apparent Kim K SNUB on the flip.

#RHOA Rumor Control: Tanya Sam Quickly Crumbles Kenya’s ‘Cookie Lady’ Claim—‘It’s Fake News’

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Tanya Sam Quickly Crumbles Kenya’s ‘Cookie Lady’ Claims

An RHOA newbie is shutting down rumors surrounding her fiancé. During the cast trip to Toronto, Kenya Moore shadily hinted that she had intel on Tanya Sam’s fiancé Paul. And while Kenya didn’t initially spread the rumor, she danced around it with the ladies and emphasized that someone’s man was intrigued by a “beaaaaaautiful” woman.

The footage then showed a woman dubbed “The Cookie Lady” (because she owns a cookie shop) saying that Paul was hitting on her and asked for her number.

Later after Tanya lightly threw shade at Kenya by showing the ladies the Moore Hair Care owner’s wig, an angry Kenya threatened to let it rip about Paul and the cookie connoisseur.

“I’ve got your number. I do have tea about your man. The b—h is badder than her!” said Kenya.

On “Watch What Happens Live” Tanya was asked about Keyna’s cookie lady claims and Tanya quickly shut them down.

“Fake news, fake news everywhere. She tried it! They met out, she tried to give him her number, he threw it away,” said Tanya about the alleged cookie offerer. “She then tried to slide into his DMS, he never responded. It’s fake news.”

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Ooop—nice try!
Also, if you’re curious about whether or not the cookie lady is “badder than Tanya” like Kenya claims, she’s been identified as Shiana White.

Fake news or naw?

What do YOU think about Tanya denying the cookie lady claims???

Yerrrrrrrr! NYC Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams Triggers The Kale And Kombucha Krowd With Scathing Anti-Gentrification Speech

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Eric Adams Angers Whites Claiming Racism In Anti-Gentrification Speech

Melanin-deficient New Yorkers have their MetroCards in a bunch over comments that mayoral candidate Eric Adams said at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event with Al Sharpton’s National Action Network yesterday according to PIX11.

A passionate Adams, a potential mayoral candidate, told “new” New Yorkers they should “Go back to Iowa, you go back to Ohio. New York City belongs to the people that were here and made New York City what it is.”

White people angrier than the raisins entombed in their potato salad over Adams’ “racially charged” comments.

Others, like the Adams’ opponent in the mayoral race Loree Sutton, have taken the opportunity to score some political points.

Adams further explained his comments on Twitter:

“Anyone can be a New Yorker, but not everyone comes to our city with the spirit of being part of our city,” Adams explained in a Twitter reply. “I have a problem with that, and I’m unapologetic in asking more of our new arrivals to communities who were once waking up to gun shots and not alarm clocks,” Adams said.

Black folks been knew what it was in New York.

What are your thoughts on the rampant gentrification that’s happening in New York City?

Re-Engaged Porsha Williams Details Reconciled Relationship, Dennis McKinley Explains That 4 A.M. ‘Diner Date’

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Porsha Williams Reveals Relationship Is A ‘Work In Progress’ & Dennis McKinley Explains That 4 A.M. ‘Diner Date’

Porsha Williams was once again asked about her reconciled relationship with Dennis McKinley and the #RHOA star offered an answer to those latest cheating allegations. As previously reported her businessman bae’s been accused of cheating (again) after footage surfaced of him out with a number of women.

RadarOnline shared a video of Dennis with a gang of girls at 4 a.m. at a local diner and source claimed that the women were flirtatious with Porsha’s hubby to be on a so-called “diner date.”

In light of the new affair rumors, Porsha told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” that they’re “working on their relationship.”

“I think every relationship is a work in progress,” said Porsha who also scoffed at Andy questioning if she trusts her fiancé.

“I feel like you always ask me that. We have a daughter together and… just pray for us. You know, you pray for yourself, add us in there too, baby.”

And when asked directly via a fan question about Dennis’ so-called “diner date”, Porsha left things open and said she’s trying “figure out” her life.

“I don’t know… he was out,” she answered. “Can y’all just continue to comment and speculate and just let me figure out my life? I’m figuring out my life.”

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Poor Porsha, that was pretty uncomfortable to watch. We’re sure she’s sick of those Dennis questions but that’s to be expected when we see his infidelity being brought up this season.

And while Porsha’s seemingly apprehensive about discussing her relationship, Dennis McKinley recently gave a more direct response to a fan and he’s got a perfectly good excuse for his late-night outing.

Hit the flip.

Dennis McKinley responded to a fan in his Instagram comments who shunned him for “putting himself in suspect situations.”

That fan @Lady_divah gold the Hot Dog Factory businessman to be mindful of his actions and stop “embarrassing” Porsha. She also brought up his previous response to the diner date cheating rumors where he said on his Instastory; “I can’t eat?!”

“Damn stop cheating or putting yourself into situation [sic] where you are looking suspect. “Your smart a$$ response was weak AF “I can’t eat”—naw not with 4 women that’s not your woman. […] Stop embarrassing her, damn it’s not that hard.”


According to Dennis himself, the fan is just part of “they” who are continuing to speculate about his relationship. Not only that, Dennis said he has a GOOD reason for being out late; his multiple businesses.

“You are one of they!” wrote Dennis. “She on TV so we let you in on stuff. Truth is I own 3 clubs, 4 restaurants I’m out until 4 3 days a week. Mind ya business.”

WELP! That’s a much more thorough response to those allegations. It’s true that he’s got multiple businesses around Atlanta and we wondered if those ladies by his side were his employees. Still—it looks bad.

Dennis also recently gave a shoutout to Porsha and their daughter PJ on IG.

What do YOU think about his explanation for the “diner date”????