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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin share their experiences about married life

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin share their experiences about married life

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin share their experiences about married life

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin opened up about their new marriage and their relationship. Both of them were pretty honest as they admitted that married life isn’t easy. Justin and Hailey got married in September and they were on the cover for the 2019 March edition of Vogue.

Justin opens up about his issues “It’s been so hard for me to trust people. I’ve struggled with the feeling that people are using me or aren’t really there for me, and that writers are looking to get something out of me and then use it against me. One of the big things for me is trusting myself. I’ve made some bad decisions personally, and in relationships. Those mistakes have affected my confidence in my judgment. It’s been difficult for me even to trust Hailey.”

But of course that wasn’t how he ended it, he then turned to his wife and said: “We’ve been working through stuff. And it’s great, right?”

Hailey also opened up about several issues she has with the situation by saying: “I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice. You don’t feel it every single day. You don’t wake up every day saying, ‘I’m absolutely so in love and you are perfect.’ That’s not what being married is. But there’s something beautiful about it anyway—about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone.”

Hailey has spoken about her issues before on Instagram when she posted saying “It’s hard to focus on your well being and mental health when each time you open Instagram someone is tearing apart your job, or your relationship or essentially any of the things in your life that are positive,”

The couple actually broke up awhile back, but when they got back together Justin actually proposed to her while on vacay in the Bahamas. After which he posted on Instagram sharing the good news. “Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make.”

And if that wasn’t enough sweetness he followed it up with “You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!”

I hope their relationship withstands the test of time.

Jill Abramson commits plagiarism

Jill Abramson commits plagiarism

Jill Abramson commits plagiarism

So apparently Jill Abramson committed plagiarism for her book Merchants of Truth. On twitter a thread was started where Vice Correspondent Micheal M. posted a good amount of paragraphs that are very similar to material in other publications such as The New Yorker, Time Out and several others.

Jill Abramson is a former New York Times executive editor and recently released her new book. But with the allegations being made about her possibly using others materials without crediting them has put a bit of a damper on the release. Abramson as well as her publishers have promised to investigate the allegations. Merchants of Truth is a critique on the world of News reporting and mainly focusses on the two well-known newspapers The Times and Washington Post, as well as Vice and Buzzfeed.

Jill of course had to take to twitter to voice her opinion as well “I take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question. I endeavored to accurately and properly give attribution to the hundreds of sources that were part of my research.”

Jill has been accused of stating false facts before, but the ones who accused her were the ones she wrote about like Vice and PBS. Simon & Schuster released a statement about the book praising it saying “Merchant of Truth has given an extraordinary degree of transparency toward its subjects; each of the four news organizations covered in the book was given ample time and opportunity to comment on the content, and where appropriate the author made changes and corrections. If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions.”

Jill also went on Fox News where she denied the allegations of plagiarism saying: “All I can tell you is I certainly didn’t plagiarize in my book and there’s 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information.”

John Stillman assisted Jill in writing her book and she credits him with helping her research for the book. Stillman is a freelance journalist who refused to give a statement. Jill Abramson wrote for The Times and the Wall Street Journal and several others before she became the first female executive director in 2011. She was fired 3 years later due to her frequent clashes with fellow staff members, and she is currently teaching creative writing at Harvard University. The pride of a writer should be the ability to create new words. Perhaps she had writers block for some parts.

Happy Birthday to Trayvon Martin

Happy Birthday to Trayvon Martin

Happy Birthday to Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin would have been 24 this Tuesday and in response to that some celebrities have decided to honour him on his birthday. Trayvon was only 17 years old when he was shot and killed by Georgy Zimmerman.

The NAACP sent out a tweet that honoured Trayvon saying “TODAY: We remember Trayvon Martin who would have been 24 years old. Just know that you are forever in our hearts. And we will keep fighting for justice.”

The rapper Common also tweeted about Trayvon “Wishing a Happy Birthday to our Brother Trayvon Martin who would’ve turned 24 today. RIP.”

Director Ava Duverney also wrote in memory of Trayvon. “When people ask me what white privilege is…. Imagine if this was a white boy in a hoodie with a bag of skittles who was just trying to walk home,”

Trayvon died in 2012, after the former neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed him in Sanford Florida. Trayvon was unarmed and walking home from a convenience store while carrying a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit juice Cocktail and a bag of skittles when the then 28 year old Zimmerman attacked him. Zimmerman having seen a black person, thought that he looked suspicious and that’s what he told the police. He chased after Martin after which Zimmerman fatally shot him. And eventhough Zimmerman chased him, he pleaded self defense. He was later acquitted of all charges against him. Which seems to be a trend in these cases.

Barack Obama also addressed the situation while speaking at the White House and said “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

The parents of Trayvon founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation and released a book called Rest in Power: the enduring life of Trayvon Martin. They also received an honorary bachelor’s degree on his behalf. The protests against Trayvons shooting and the acquittal of Zimmerman have continued for over 7 years.

These cases are far too common. We need a change.

Kristoff St. John Passed Away

Kristoff St. John Passed Away

Kristoff St. John Passed Away

The world of soap series has lost a huge star. Kristoff St. John died at the age of 52. The La County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner Public Information Officer Sarah Ardalani, released a statement saying that they found Kristoff St. John dead at his home in Woodland Hills on Sunday and according to police suspicions it could have been an alcohol overdose.

The real cause of death has yet to be established and is still pending additional investigation after an autopsy is done. The LAPD responded to an incident on Sunday in the San Fernando Valley area where someone was pronounced dead. They also released a statement “We did respond yesterday at 2:05 p.m. on Morea Way for a possible alcohol overdose and that’s going to be a coroner’s case,”

St. John has been playing the character of Neil Winters since 1991 on the famous Young and the Restless soap opera. The networks that produce the show, CBS Television Network and Sony Pictures Television released a joint statement about kristoff his death “The news of Kristoff St. John’s passing is heartbreaking. He was a very talented actor and an even better person. For those of us who were fortunate enough to work with him on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for the last 27 years, he was a beloved friend whose smile and infectious laugh made every day on set a joy and made audiences love him. On behalf of the Y&R cast and crew, CBS and Sony Pictures Television, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones, especially his two daughters, Paris and Lola.”

St. John was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award nine times and he has won 10 NAACP image Awards. He has also appeared on several other shows like Martin, The Cosby Show, Living Single and the Jamie Foxx Show. St. John’s son, Julian St. John committed suicide in 2014 while in a mental health facility. St. John also had a brief run in with mental health issues and that’s why he had to take a leave of absence from the show in October 2017 to get psychiatric treatment. His ex-wife Mia St. John released a statement about his leave of absence “No parent should ever have to bury their child, and for those who do, it is a nightmare that haunts you forever. The death of our beloved son Julian, has taken a toll on both of us. He is an actor and while he may appear whole on the outside, his heart is broken. As a society we need to start taking mental health seriously and realize that no one is immune.”

His death comes as a real shock and he will be missed.

Bow Wow arrested on a domestic violence charge

Bow Wow arrested on a domestic violence charge

Bow Wow arrested on a domestic violence charge

The rapper Bow Wow and a woman were arrested in a dispute in Atlanta. Both of them had minor injuries but the injuries were visible. Which meant that both of them inflicted harm and because of that the police was unable to determine who was the aggressor and thus had to arrest both of them.

They were both charged with battery charges in Atlanta on Saturday according to the police. Bow Wow’s real name is Shad Moss and it seems that the woman’s name is Leslie Holden. According to a statement made by the police, both accused each other of assault. The statement they released said “Officers were unable to determine the primary aggressor of the altercation, so both parties were charged with battery.”

The two of them were booked at the Fulton County Jail. According to online jail records Bow Wow and Holden both had signature bonds set at 8000 dollars each and that Bow Wow was released on Saturday. Bow Wow’s lawyer said that Holden was “without a doubt the primary aggressor.” Saying that Holden was drunk and hit Moss “with a lamp, bit him on his side and spit on him while he continually made efforts to avoid her. For no logical reason officers arrested both parties despite having clear-cut evidence that Bow Wow was the victim in the case. Bow Wow feels very strongly that a man should never lay a hand on a woman, even in self-defense, hence his failure to defend himself here,”

Bow Wow is known for his musical talent with songs titled Like You featuring Ciara and Let me hold you featuring Omarion. He was also in the 2006 movie The fast and the furious Tokyo Drift. He has also appeared on TV shows including “CSI: Cyber” and “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

I wonder what set them off like that. Because it seems they were having a great time that just turned bad.

Tekashi 6ix9ine facing life in jail pleads guilty

Tekashi 6ix9ine facing life in jail pleads guilty

Tekashi 6ix9ine facing life in jail pleads guilty

The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine went ahead and pleaded guilty and admitted that he was part of a violent gang.

He actually pleaded guilty to nine counts of racketeering conspiracy, firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking in his current criminal case and it seems he will cooperate with federal prosecutors, which is based on certain unsealed court documents. The charges he is faced with are based on his involvement with a violent street gang in New York called the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s real name is Daniel Hernandez, revealed in court that he joined the gang in the fall of 2017. The gang’s code of conduct is to “preserve and enhance the power of the Nine trey.” He said in his statement that he helped rob people for the gang and once paid someone to shoot a rival gang member all so that he could “maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey.” Hernandez or rather Tekashi 6ix9ine also admitted that he sold heroin and participated in an attempted murder of another rival gang member.

He stated the following in court:  “At all times I knew that these actions were wrong and in violation of the law. I apologize to the court, to anyone who was hurt, to my family, friends and fans for what I have done and who I have let down.” Hernandez’s sentencing date hasn’t been determined just yet, but he could be facing up to life in prison although it is unclear if his statements and cooperation with authorities will affect his sentence in any way shape or form.

Tekashi 6ix9ine started his career on Soundcloud and gained quite a following. He got his following because of the fact that his music was rather unique. A New York Times music critic called him a “brute-force screamer, in that he “thrives on raps and repetition, as if constantly looking to pick a fistfight.” Tekashi 6ix9ine’s debut single Gummo actually rose to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went certified platinum. As a full blown mainstream artist he released the song Fefe with Nicki Minaj which went till No.3. His debut album Dummy Boy was released in late November and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Of course his fame wasn’t the only thing that came his way. In October he avoided jail time after he admitted to having made and distributed sexually explicit videos of a 13 year old girl in 2015. He was sentence to 4 years of probation and 1000 hours of community service.

His attorney Lance Lazzaro made the following statement “My client is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him. An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise. Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show. Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately.”

I will keep you guys updated on what his final sentence will be.

Who was Sojourner Truth?

Who was Sojourner Truth?

Who was Sojourner Truth?

Google Celebrates Sojourner Truth, but who was she?

February is National African American History Month. A month that is dedicated to honouring the contributions African Americans made to the American society. And to start it all off, Google decided to put up Sojourner Truth. Truth was born in 1797 to parents that were slaves. Her original name was Isabella Bomfree. She was born in Ulster County, New York but was bought and sold several times during the course of her life. According to documents, the first time she was sold she was 9 years old. She was bought together with a flock of sheep by John Neely for the price of 100 dollars.

By the time she was 13 she was sold 2 more times and she ended up in the home of John and Elizabeth Dumont in West Park, New York. Truth was connected to another slave and had 5 children in total. John and Elizabeth Dumont promised to free Truth on July 4th, 1826, but the facts say that when that date came and passed she was still enslaved.

In 1828 there was a law planned to go into effect in New York with regards to freeing the slaves. But Truth decided to run away with her infant, Sophia. Of course the Dumont’s went looking for her, and it was then that Maria and Isaac Wagenen who were abolitionists purchased Truth’s freedom for 20 dollars. They also later helped Truth file a lawsuit for the return of her son, Peter who was sold into Slavery in Alabama. Her successful lawsuit made her the first black woman in America to sue a white man and win.

Truth had the following to say about the ordeal “I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right.” Truth decided to stay in New York City and started working for a local minister. In 1843 she changed her named to Sojourner truth. In 1850 she published her autobiography, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, and while writing that she gave speeches about slavery and worked with abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass. She joined the Northampton Association of Education and Industry which was based in Massachusetts. And in 1851 the Ohio Women’s Right Convention where she delivered her most famous speech.

The title of the speech was “Ain’t I a woman?” In the speech she used her own stature and being female to challenge the notion of racial and gender inferiority and inequality. She also helped recruit soldiers for the Civil War and collected food and other supplies for black refugees. In 1864 she was invited to the White House and the President at the time Abraham Lincoln showed her a bible he was given.

Truth eventually settled down in Battle Creek, Michigan where some of her daughters lived. But she kept speaking on behalf of the minorities. She passed away on November 26th, 1883. And it’s reported that on her tombstone the words “Is God Dead” are engraved. Which was a question she asked Douglass to try to encourage him to have faith. In 2020, Truth will join other American women in replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the 10 dollar bill.

I for one thank her for everything she did.

Congratulations to Priyanka and Jonas

Congratulations to Priyanka and Jonas

Congratulations to Priyanka and Jonas

Priyanka Chopra her mom wanted to invite more than 200 people to the wedding. Priyanka of course had to joke about it saying “For an Indian family and an Indian wedding, [it was small] for sure,” Chopra said

Chopra who is 36 and is known for her role in The Quantico went to the Ellen show for an interview. Ellen of course made a few references to the wedding being similar to a royal wedding. Chopra of course had to defend herself by saying “It was just three days. One Indian ceremony and one western Christian ceremony, and one day of pre-rituals — which we have in the Hindu wedding. But it was not, like … usually Indian weddings are a thousand people, at least. We only had 200, which was mostly family because both of us have giant families.”

Her mother didn’t like the fact that the wedding only had 200 people. Chopra said “My mother was so upset with me the whole time. She was like, ‘I need to have another wedding for the other 150,000 people that I know! How can I not invite my jeweler? How can I not invite my hairdresser?’ So it was a whole conversation.”

Chopra went on to say “When you have 100 people in your family … my dad’s side, my mom’s side, they have brothers, sisters, cousins, kids, it’s like a whole thing,”

Ellen half joked and asked why she wasn’t invited to the wedding after she played a big part in Jonas his career. He even lived in her condo for awhile. Chopra had a great rebuttal for it “We were so offended that you didn’t even respond to our invite. It’s so true! I was like, ‘We’re not good enough for Ellen? She wouldn’t come to India? She doesn’t even respond anymore? Nick, you’ve had such a good relationship with her …’ I was very offended for him, honestly. But I’m just the wife. I don’t know anything …”

Chopra and Jones didn’t know much about each other when they first met, so on their first few dates they showed each other their work to get to know each other’s career. Chopra also had some really sweet things to say about her husband “It shocks me how he’s not been corrupted,” she said. “We know when you’re entertainment for such a long time … He’s so family-driven, he’s all about his parents. And he’s just nice and sweet.”

On a side note, Priyanka has started developing a movie based on Wild Wild Country the Netflix Docuseries which follows the Rajneesh cult. She will play the assistant Ma Anand Sheela of the religious guru Bhagwan Rajneesh. And she will be partnering with Director Barry Levinson to make the movie.

I love her energy and look forward to her future endeavours.

R.I.P James Ingram as the soul singer dies of cancer

R.I.P James Ingram as the soul singer dies of cancer

R.I.P James Ingram as the soul singer dies of cancer

The Award Winning RnB singer James Ingram dies at the age of 66 from cancer.

James Ingram was a 2 time Grammy winning RnB artist. His voice was one of the pinnacles of the classic 1980’s RnB sound.

His passing was announced on Twitter by the Actress Debbie Allen who tweeted the following “I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close.”

When James Ingram was 18 he joined a band called Revelation Funk and tried to pay his dues in Los Angeles. James would often underestimate his own vocal abilities with statements like “I knew I couldn’t sing. I wasn’t trying. I was just doing background.”

After the band broke up, Ingram decided to stay in L.A. and got several good back up gigs, working with the likes of Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye. James started singing and writing demos at a studio in Sunset Boulevard for 50 dollars per song. The studio had connections to legend Quincy Jones who heard James Ingram’s version of “Just Once” and immediately saw the star potential in Ingram.

When Quincy called Ingram, James Ingram actually hung up on him and his explanation was “I hung up on Quincy. I was never no singer. I never shopped a deal, none of that. My wife said, ‘James, that was Quincy.’ He called back, and we started talking. I said, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’ He put that on his album.”

That was the moment that brought Ingram into the spotlight. Ingram ended up singing “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways” on Jones’s 1981 album The Dude. Both of the songs ended in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. His performance of One Hundred Ways won him a Grammy in 1981 for best male RnB performance. He won his second Grammy for Yah Mo B There with Michael McDonald. He also had two number one hits Baby Come to Me in 1983 which he sang with Patti Austin and of course I don’t have the heart in 1990. All throughout his career James was nominated for 14 Grammys.

On a side note, I don’t have the heart is one of my favourite songs of all time.  James was especially a great guy to collaborate with as he co-wrote P.Y.T. with Michael Jackson as well as songs with Linda Ronstadt for the ending credits of An American tail with the song called Somewhere Out There.

Quincy Jones took to twitter to express his condolences. “ There are no words to convey how much my ❤️ aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother, James Ingram. With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James was simply magical. He was, & always will be, beyond compare. Rest In Peace my baby bro…You’ll be in my ❤️ forever”

He will be missed, but his music will live forever.

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