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“I Am Not Gay”: Dwight Howard Denies Having Sexual Relationship With Man In Interview 

Dwight Howard Speaks On Sexuality, Says He Is Not Gay In Interview

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Professional NBA baller Dwight Howard has been the talk of the internet, but sadly it has nothing to do with his play on the court. The center has been the subject of scandalous allegations after a man claimed he was in a relationship with Howard. In an interview, the once-dominant force in the league opens up about his sexuality and says he is not gay.

Last fall, Howard was on defense but not the kind he is known for throughout his NBA career. A gay man who goes by the name Masin Elije claimed he engaged in a sexual relationship with the NBA baller. The social media moment, which of course went viral saw Ellje try to expose Howard by sharing alleged screenshots of text conversations and audio of the two having a conversation.

In the interview on FS1’s Fair Game with Kristen Leahy, Howard gets real candid about the entire ordeal. He reveals that he went into hiding at his home to rethink who he is and subsequently deny knowing Elije and deny being gay.

“I went through a situation last year that kind of, um, just, it really just set me free.”

“The situation was an allegation with a guy who said—It ended up being a situation that was—it went viral. People were talking about it, and it upset me because I didn’t even know who the person was. Why would somebody who I never met, never had any contact with, make up a whole story about me? And I saw all the hate, the pure hate, from people that I’ve never met before, just pile up everywhere I went against me.”

When pressed by Leahy if he liked men Howard responded:

“I’m not gay. It’s a lot of people who are, and they have to hide, and there’s people who have mental issues and they have to hide. There’s people who have different problems in life, and they have to hide. They have to put on the mask every day, and it’s like, I don’t wanna wear no mask, I just wanna be.”

It’s honestly a shame Dwight Howard has to do this because his sexuality is nobody’s business but his own. The full interview is set to air in two-parts beginning July 17 and 18 on FS1.

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Congressional Black Caucus Demands Release Of A$AP Rocky [Video] 

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Some pressure is now coming from members of Congress to gain freedom for imprisoned rapper A$AP Rocky, who is currently being held in Sweden. After reports went out that the A$AP Mob honcho was living under inhumane conditions, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are demanding his immediate release.

TMZ reports:

Members of the Caucus, including Hakeem Jeffries and Andre Carson, along with Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who is part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday and demand A$AP’s release from a Swedish jail.

As TMZ reported, A$AP is being held while prosecutors decide whether to charge him for aggravated assault. A$AP and his crew did indeed attack a man on the streets July 1, but only after the man harassed and physically attacked A$AP and a bodyguard and allegedly grabbed a woman’s butt. In fact, A$AP tried to diffuse the situation, to no avail.

In an update, the outlet shared footage of the CBC gathering earlier today in support of Rocky. You can see that video below.

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Jennifer Lopez & Her Crew of Avenging Strippers Get That Paper ‘Hustlers’ Trailer 

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A few months ago people got excited when they learned that Cardi B would be making her big screen debut in Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming film, Hustlers, and today we get our first look at film about strippers as the official trailer has finally dropped.

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Starring J-Lo as an OG exotic dancer showing a new jack (Constance Wu) the ins and outs of the trade, Hustlers centers around a sisterhood of strippers who finesse pervy wolves of Wall Street out of their ill-gotten gains and spread the wealth amongst themselves. Unfortunately they end up becoming hotboxes with the feds on their asses, and not in the way they’re used to at the strip club. And while it seems like Cardi B’s role will be relegated to a cameo here or there the Lorene Scafaria directed film seems like it’s going to be an enjoyable ride regardless of how many “Okuurrr!”‘s we’ll get throughout the movie.

Check out the trailer for Hustlers below and let us know if you’ll be checking for this come September 13.

Trey Songz Claims Self Defense In Assault Case 

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Trey Songz is fighting back, literally. Trigga is claiming he was within his rights when he and a woman got into it during All-Star Weekend.


Page Six is reporting that Trigga’s lawyers are saying that he was merely defending himself when he and Andrea Buera got into it in 2018 during the NBA’s marquee week. According to her original lawsuit Tremaine allegedly choked and punched her after he saw her talking to another man.

“I was attending an after party when Trey began yelling at me, choking at me … and ultimately knocked me to the ground. While I was on the ground, he continued punching me and did not stop until his security guard pulled him off me.”

The new filing states Songz “reasonably believed Plaintiff was going to harm him and any force he used was only the amount reasonable necessary to protect himself.” Last year the Los Angeles District Attorney declined to move forward with a felony case charges against him citing a lack of evidence. In turn Buera filed a civil suit against the “I Invented Sex” singer.

Trey’s legal team is requesting that this case also be dismissed. In May he announced the birth of his first child Noah.

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Famous Chicago Alligator ‘Chance The Snapper’ Finally Caught 

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Rest well, Chicagoans for the elusive alligator known as Chance The Snapper has finally been apprehended.

For the past week a lagoon in Chicago’s Humboldt Park has been home to the reptile which resulted in sections of the park being closed off to the public. But after scouring the park for 36 hours in search of the alligator, Crocodilian Specialist Frank Robb was able to capture Chance and once again make Humboldt Park a safe haven for families looking to enjoy a little nature.

“Never been to Chicago. Never been to Illinois. The first gator i’ve caught out of Florida, so yeah, it was amazing,” Robb said of his latest capture.

Though the average person would be fearful of such an animal on the loose in a public park, Chicagoans actually had fun with the situation doing everything from conjuring up T-Shirts to having a naming contest for the reptilian visitor. How Chance The Snapper ended up in The Windy City is anyone’s guess but at least he’ll now be taken someplace a bit more familiar to his species.

Frank Robb meanwhile threw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

Tay-K Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Robbery, Facing Capital Murder Charges 

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Tay-K released one of the most brazen songs by way of his hit track “The Race” which caught fire as he was on the run for murder via a case in Texas. This week, the 19-year-old rapper pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery charges as he awaits trial for capital murder.

The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports:

Tay-K 47, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, is on trial this week for capital murder for his alleged involvement in the robbery that left Ethan Walker fatally shot and another man wounded.

McIntyre pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated robbery by threats in the robbery of Walker’s girlfriend and another man inside the home.

But he pleaded not guilty to capital murder and to a separate count of aggravated robbery for the robbery and shooting of Walker’s roommate, Zachary Beloate, who was shot in the shoulder during the robbery but survived.

At issue is whether McIntyre anticipated or should have anticipated that a murder would be committed when he participated in the robbery at the Mansfield home.

Jeff Kearney, one of McIntyre’s three defense attorneys, told jurors in opening statements Tuesday morning that “Tay agreed to participate in a robbery. Tay participated in a robbery.”

For that, Kearney told the jurors, McIntyre has “accepted responsibility” through his plea.

If convicted, Tay-K will get life in prison for the capital murder charge with the possibility for parole in 40 years.

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Rick Ross Announces ‘Port of Miami 2’ 

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It’s been more than a decade in the making but Rick Ross is finally ready to give his debut album Port of Miami a proper sequel.

Yesterday (July 16) the Bawse announced plans to release Port of Miami 2 on August 9, 13 years after releasing his street classic debut. In a promotional clip for his 10th studio album, Ross narrates the scene in which he seems to be getting baptized saying “When I realized I was really alive, I sat in a room alone. No television, no music, I just listened to my heartbeat.”

To build buzz for his upcoming album, Ross has already dropped two singles in the Swizz Beatz produced “BIG TYME,” and Wale featured “Act A Fool.”

Are you looking forward to Port of Miami 2? Let us know.

Beyoncé Unleashes Visuals For “Spirit” From ‘The Lion King” Project [Video] 

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Beyoncé will be featured prominently in the upcoming Disney reboot of The Lion King as the voice of Nala, and she’s also dropping an album that will accompany the official film soundtrack. Queen Bey released the visuals for The Lion King: The Gifts album’s first single “Spirit” and it’s definitely epic.

The video was filmed at the Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, and styled by celebrity stylist Zerina Akers. In the clip, Bey flips outfits several times and her daughter, Blue Ivy, makes an adorable cameo in a sweeping shot. The single was released last week to plenty of fanfare on Twitter, and one can imagine that same energy will be present as the video makes the rounds.

Check out “Spirit” below.

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Streets Is Done: El Chapo Sentenced To Life In Prison, Plus 30 Years 

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman isn’t ever getting out of prison. Today (July 17), the infamous Mexican drug lord was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence, plus 30 years.

El Chapo’s run is officially over.

Reports CNN:

A federal judge sentenced Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to life in prison plus 30 years, according to the US Attorneys for the Eastern District of New York.

The Court also ordered “El Chapo” to pay $12.6 Billion in forfeiture.

Restitution will be determined later.

Before today’s sentencing, attorney Mariel Colon — who has visited Guzman regularly in prison before, during and after his trial — said she is optimistic about his chances on appeal.

El Chapo spoke at his sentencing, complaining about the conditions of his confinement and his inability to visit with his family.

Last month, the notorious drug kingpin was convicted in the Federal District Court in Brooklyn on murder, drug and money laundering charges. It is believed El Chapo was involved in the delivery of tons of drugs to the United States.

Reportedly, El Chapo will likely be sent to the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility aka ADX, a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Considering he escaped from prison in Mexico twice, don’t bank on El Chapo making it a third while stateside.

 

Lauren London Ensures Son With Nipsey Hussle Inherits $1M From Estate 

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In the months since the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle, the family has taken steps to make sure that the legacy of the rapper remains intact. Given Nip’s many business holdings, there is a lot at stake and Lauren London is making sure their son, Kross, will benefit from his late father’s efforts.

The Blast reports:

According to documents obtained by The Blast, London filed to establish guardianship of her 2-year-old son, Kross Asghedom.

London writes that Kross is “anticipated to inherit approximately One Million Dollars at the close of” Nipsey Hussle’s estate.

The actress writes that she is the person taking care of the minor child, and will look out for his “best interests” as he receives the lucrative inheritance from his deceased father.

Because London and Nipsey weren’t married, London filed for the guardianship to make certain monies due to Kross will be handled with care.

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