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R. Kelly is finally about to have his day in court, albeit the pandemic may sway the date due to the unpredictable nature of the virus and people who have blatantly ignored existing protocol. The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, said the date, Sept. 13, 2021, is “not set in stone,”…

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R. Kelly’s federal sex trafficking case in Brooklyn will be heard by an anonymous jury, a judge has ruled. The “Ignition” hitmaker has been charged with sex trafficking and racketeering in Brooklyn, New York, and in a newly unsealed decision, it has been revealed the jurors on his case will be anonymous. U.S. District Judge…

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If one-of-a-kind keepsake jewelry is what you desire, look no further than Beads Byaree. The owner, Areeayl Goodwin, handcrafts whimsical brass jewelry that is a surefire conversation starter. The Philadelphia native graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s in acting. Today, she creates jewelry inspired by the world around her. Goodwin’s designs have amassed a…

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Marvina S. Robinson is a trailblazing entrepreneur who is redefining the champagne industry. Robinson, who has been an entrepreneur since 2009, launched her own bubbly brand, Stuyvesant Champagne, in February 2020. She was inspired to name the brand after the neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, that shaped her. Her brand offerings include a salmon-colored Brut Rosé…

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Spike Lee is horrified by the high death rate in America during the global health crisis, which this week climbed above 100,000 lives lost. The 63-year-old director is taking no chances at his office in Brooklyn, New York, explaining to The Times: “Everybody’s taken a test here. We all wear masks. It’s three floors, 10,000 square…

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Pop Smoke’s manager says he’s working to finish a documentary the late artist started. The rising Brooklyn drill rapper tragically died at 20 after he was shot in February at a property in Hollywood Hills, California, after two men broke into the house. And just two weeks prior to his passing, he announced the project…

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Rapper Troy Ave recently released the cinematic visual to his latest single, “Payin Homage.” In the music video, the Brooklyn, New York, artist pays tribute to the Black Mafia Family, known as BMF, with a collective of images of the organization and its leader Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory. Around 2000, the organization tried to legitimize…

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Outside of Nola Darling (played by actress DeWanda Wise), one of the most compelling characters from season one of Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” is Shemekka Epps, —played by actress Chyna Layne. Everyone’s favorite around the way girl is back in season two and, hopefully, still making the questionable choices that made the character so…

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One of the most well known and stereotypical images of inner-city life is a Black person drinking a 40oz of malt liquor in public. Not only is the image used offensively, but it also underscores the issues of healthcare and targeted marketing of Blacks as the largest consumers of malt liquor. Now one company’s attempt…

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The news of the hazing of an initiate into a graduate chapter of the Black fraternity Omega Psi Phi, popularly known as Ques, rocked members of the Divine 9 community. The now identified initiate, Tory Gates, 45, was allegedly struck 200 times with a paddle and bare hands as part of a membership ritual that…

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