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Sri Lanka Attacks: 290 Dead, 500 Injured, International Terror Group Believed To Be Responsible

big ralph | April 22, 2019

The death toll has soared in Sri Lanka. Nearly 300 people killed, about 500 injured in coordinated bombings at churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. @IvanCNN is live from Colombo, Sri Lanka with the latest: https://t.co/IOhEzeQ5lX pic.twitter.com/qmfFVgzxkh

— CNN (@CNN) April 22, 2019

Sri Lanka Death Toll Reaches 290
More details have been released about the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka. As previously reported a wave of bombings struck hotels and churches where suicide bombers detonated explosives.

BBC reports that the government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath for the attacks. So far 24 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

Police now report that 500 people were injured.

Sri Lankan authorities confirmed that they were warned about a bomb threat from National Thowheed Jamath two weeks ago.

BBC also spoke with Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando who told them that the intelligence “never indicated it was going to be an attack of this magnitude”.

“They were talking about isolated, one or two incidents. Not like this,” he said.

He said, “all important departments of the police” were informed about the warning, but acknowledged that no action was taken.

Of the 290 dead, three of them are the children of billionaire Danish fashion mogul Anders Holch Povlsen.

CNN reports that Povlsen who owns Bestseller, an international clothing chain, and is the largest shareholder of the online clothing retailer Asos, lost three of his four children in Sunday’s attacks.

“We can confirm that Anders lost three children in the attack,” Jesper Stubkier, Bestseller’s communications manager, told CNN.

The family is asking for privacy at this time.

Three children of retail billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen were killed in the attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday, according to a spokesperson for his company https://t.co/rqUMhwNbw8 pic.twitter.com/PKlgVJ0ByK

— CNN (@CNN) April 22, 2019

Such sad, sad, news. We’re thinking of Povlsen and the people of Sri Lanka.


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Whitney Houston’s Rumored Lady Lover Robyn Crawford Teases Tell-All Book About Their Relationship

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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Robyn Crawford Releasing Book About Whitney Houston Relationship
Nearly a decade after legendary singer Whitney Houston‘s tragic death, the woman who was by her side for most of her rise is ready to spill the beans on their relationship.

Do you remember Robyn Crawford, who was famously disliked by Whitney’s husband Bobby Brown? In a recent biopic movie for BET, Bobby revealed her fought with Robyn over her strange attachment to Whitney, giving his wife an ultimatum to cut her off completely at one point. Robyn was rumored to have had a sexual affair with Whitney that lasted throughout her relationship with Bobby Brown.

Robyn promises to “set the record straight” about her relationship with Whitney in the description of her yet to be released memoir, “A Song For You.”

Since Whitney’s death in 2012, that trusted and loyal friend, Robyn Crawford, has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. In A Song for You, Robyn breaks her silence to share the moving and often complicated story of her life and relationship with Whitney.

With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn gives readers insight into Whitney’s life and career. She traces the years from when she and Whitney first met as teenagers in the 1980s to the recording of Whitney’s first album and the infinite success that followed. From countless sold-out world tours to her epic rendition of the US national anthem to the set of The Bodyguard, her tempestuous marriage, and the birth of her only child, Robyn was there.

Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

The book is set to hit shelves November 2019. Will YOU be reading?


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#LHHATL: Will Karlie Redd FINALLY Land A Husband After All These Years Of Break-Ups [Video]

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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LHHATL Cast Talks Karlie Redd’s Love Life
Karlie Redd has had a long, and we mean LONG, list of ex-boyfriends, baes, boos, and whatever else you wanna call them.

The common denominator is that none of them stuck and every relationship ended before Karlie could say “I do”.

The cast of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta gathered to discuss whether Karlie’s new man will be “The one”.

How embarrassing that no one thinks you can keep a man or find love.


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Jesus Balks: The Clark Sisters Call Out Kanye West For Failure To Clear Sunday Service Songs

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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Kanye West Gets Called Out By The Clark Sisters
Kanye West held his Sunday Service at the Mountain Coachella performance Sunday and alllllll kinds of celebrities were in attendance BUT not everyone was enraptured by his latest act.

Gospel greats, the legendary Clark sisters posted on Instagram noting that they own the rights to the music Ye performed.

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We Own the Rights to this music. @thelegendaryclarksisters @twinkieclark #Repost @kanyesundayservice with @get_repost ・・・ @kanyesundayservice at Coachella part 1. Easter Sunday 04.21.19

A post shared by The Legendary Clark Sisters (@thelegendaryclarksisters) on Apr 21, 2019 at 7:41pm PDT

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We own the rights to this music @twinkieclark @thelegendaryclarksisters @kanyesundayservices #Sunshine #theclarksisters

A post shared by The Legendary Clark Sisters (@thelegendaryclarksisters) on Apr 21, 2019 at 8:49pm PDT

BOSSIP spoke with music performance rights specialists who say that Kanye would have to reach out the the Sisters’ publisher for clearance to perform the songs as covers AND the Coachella venue would have to have general performing rights licensing in order for him to perform the music there. So it sounds like Mr. West will be cutting checks soon to the Clark sisters.

Hit the flip for more photos from his performance.


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Funniest Tweets & Memes From Easter 2019

big ralph | April 22, 2019

Pastor: He may not come when you want him but he'll be there right on time!
Jesus: *Right on time* pic.twitter.com/pCfKgww1o2

— Ma$on (@FirstGentleman) April 21, 2019

Hilarious Tweets & Memes From Easter 2019
Easter 2019 was another meme-sprinkled cackle fest filled with praise, worship, totes adorbsy babies and hilarious Black Twitter shenanigans that won the internet for the millionth holiday in a row.

Jesus: excuse me

The stone: pic.twitter.com/03bTsMJolf

— Carry-it Thugman (@vinabean) April 21, 2019

Peep the funniest tweets and memes from Easter 2019 on the flip.


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Olympian Lineage: Watch Serena Williams’ Adorable Daughter Show These Tennis Rackets Who’s BOSS

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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History in the making….

A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Apr 22, 2019 at 6:19am PDT

Serena Williams’ Daughter Alexis Is Already Obsessed With Tennis
Serena Williams has got to be one proud mama.

To get our Monday morning started right, the tennis legend posted some Alexis Ohanian Jr. preciousness and we can’t stop gushing. In the clip, Serena quietly records as her daughter plays with tennis rackets in their home.

The cute tot not only knows where the rackets are stored, she has no issue maneuvering them — even though they’re nearly the same size she is.

“History in the making” Serena captioned the clip.

Watch up top.


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Watch: The Trailer For The Futuristically Woke Netflix Film “See You Yesterday,” Produced By Spike Lee [VIDEO]

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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Netflix Reveals New Spike Lee Produced Sci-Fi Movie “See You Yesterday”
Netflix keeps the hits coming for the month of May with the Spike Lee produced “See You Yesterday.” Check out the trailer and description below:

High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin. From director Stefon Bristol and producer Spike Lee comes See You Yesterday, a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past.

SEE YOU YESTERDAY will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 3rd.

SEE YOU YESTERDAY will launch globally on Netflix May 17th.


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F**k 12: NYPD Cop Faces No Charges After Falsely Arresting Black Financial Planner & Lying On Paperwork

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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NYPD Officer Fails To Get Indicted After Falsely Arresting Black Man & Lying On Complaint
The blue shield is strong for one cop who seems to have a pattern of profiling Black people for arrests.

According to New York Daily News, NYPD Officer Xavier Gonzalez falsely arrested a Black financial planner on pick pocketing charges then lied in a complaint about what a witness said. He has yet to face disciplinary actions for the false arrest nor charges from the Manhattan District Attorney.

The situation went down in Harlem at the Lexington Ave. subway station back in June 2016. Gonzalez handcuffed investment adviser Darrell Williams, and accused him of picking the pockets of a straphanger and an undercover cop on a northbound 4 train, according to the criminal complaint. Gonzalez was working undercover on the train.

Williams was on his way to meet a client, dressed in a suit with his phone in one hand and his briefcase in the other.

Gonzalez, who joined the NYPD in 2010, said in arrest documents that paint shop clerk Anthony Osei, who was on the train, had claimed that Williams stole his phone. However, Osei told the Daily News that this was false. He said he had also explained to cops and prosecutors that this wasn’t true.

When Williams sued the city and NYPD over the arrest, Osei swore in an affidavit that Gonzalez hadn’t even spoken to him and that the statement attributed to him was false:

“I defended him (Williams) because it was the right thing to do,” Osei said. “A cop came up to me and said, ‘Did he take your phone?’ I said, ‘No, I have my phones and wallet.’ Two weeks later, I get a call from the prosecutor. I told them the same thing.”

Williams’ lawyer Joel Berger said, “The evidence is overwhelming that Gonzalez simply fabricated the allegations against my client, Darryl Williams, near the end of Gonzalez’s tour of duty so that Gonzalez could earn overtime.” Gonzalez, who was promoted to detective in December 2017, has stacked up $35,871.41 in OT in 2018 and $31,185.54 in OT in 2017, above his $94,000 annual salary.

A process called “arrest overtime” is applied when an arrest is made near the end of an officer’s shift. It’s a coveted bonus considering the overtime drives up an officer’s annual salary, and subsequently their pension.

NYPD cop falsely arrested black financial planner at Harlem subway station, then lied on paperwork — but the DA has done nothinghttps://t.co/AjtyEbbe4q

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 22, 2019

Williams was working for the Sanitation Department and was catering to private clients when he was arrested. His financial license was suspended for two months and he was scrutinized by Sanitation, where he was an employee for two decades. Williams said he spent $1,500 on a lawyer, and eventually the charges were dismissed after two months.

However, entries mentioning his arrest still remain in a financial industry database called BrokerCheck. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said criminal charges must be revealed to FINRA, and they ultimately appear in BrokerCheck. They said there are procedures to removing charges from a broker’s record and they’re currently looking into Williams’ case.

Once Williams’ case was thrown out and sealed by the courts, he filed his lawsuit, which the city settled for $100,000. The now-retired 60-year-old said the whole experience has left him anxious around cops and he won’t even ride the subway unless his wife is with him.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez is still in the field assigned to the Brooklyn Special Victims division.

Smh.

When the DA moved for dismissal on Williams’ case against Gonzalez, the prosecutor Daniel Makofsky said the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, according to a hearing transcript.

“If you can’t get the DA to indict on these facts, what’s it going to take?” Berger said. “They covered it up. The DA’s office admits they never kept any notes about their conversation with Osei. All they do is dismiss the case, but they make no record of why.” Berger said it was actually Gonzalez’s partner, Officer Ronald Cobilich, who actually questioned Osei, and even Cobilich said under oath that Osei had not accused Williams of any crime. In a deposition, Gonzalez admitted that he didn’t speak to Osei on the platform before the arrest, even though his criminal complaint said that he did.

“This case vividly demonstrates the failure of the city’s prosecutors to do anything about police lying,” Berger said.

This isn’t the first time Gonzalez has been accused of a false arrest either. A 66-year-old postal worker, Leonard Kelley, said in a lawsuit that he was falsely arrested by Gonzalez back in 2015. Kelley was going home from an all-night shift when Gonzalez arrested him at Union Station for jostling, or bumping up against another person like a pick pocketer might.

Kelley told Daily News, he felt “humiliated” when he was paraded through the station in handcuffs. “I just thought I was being singled out for no reason,” he said. “There was no reason for me to be arrested. I’m a homeowner. I’m a law abiding citizen. But he was hell bent on doing what he did. I’m a black male and I felt like I was being profiled.” Kelley’s arrest was dismissed a few months later, and the arrest paperwork didn’t even include a victim’s name. The city paid $25,000 to settle his lawsuit.


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RHOA Reunion: NeNe Denies Knocking A Camera Man’s Tooth Out—But Did She REALLY Assault Pregnant Porsha?

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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NeNe Denies RHOA Producer Assault, Footage Of The Closet “Fight” Airs
The RHOA Reunion finale aired Sunday and it capped off the season’s drama. NeNe was once again in the hot seat over her “former” friendship with Cynthia Bailey and for that infamous “Big Wig” closet kerfuffle.

As previously reported NeNe ripped a camera man’s shirt when he attempted to follow Kandi and Porsha into her closet. It also seemed as though NeNe assaulted Porsha who was several months pregnant at the time. Porsha also declined to speak on it because she believed “their relationship would be ruined.”

According to NeNe what bothered her most about the incident was all the cursing she was doing—not her getting physical with a cameraman.

“It didn’t bother me….I said we were not filming in my closet, and no one was to go in my closet. That was a rule said up front.”

And while NeNe insisted that she didn’t strike the cameraman, Porsha Williams pointed out that NeNe also got physical with another crew member who had to be hospitalized.

“Well, him, but the other guy got choked up, scratched up, went to the hospital,” said Porsha. “He absolutely did and absolutely had scratches on his back. Choked up and head drug against the wall.”

Kandi also added that the cameraman had to get dental work—but NeNe apparently thought his tooth was only cracked.

“His tooth got knocked out,” said Kandi.

“I heard his tooth was cracked,” replied NeNe. “Nonetheless, it didn’t give me the right to touch him.”

As for the belt, Porsha said she thought NeNe was joking with her about the severity of the situation—-until she felt NeNe’s hand on her back.

“And then NeNe comes in, and she said, ‘I said get out!'”said Porsha. “And at that point, I felt a hand on my back, and my belt came off, and I went forward. So at that point, I was like, ‘Okay, you know what? She means it.’ And once I walked on out the closet, that’s when I saw the man’s shirt ripped, and then I saw her choking up the producer. And that’s exactly what happened.”

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The ladies discuss Nene’s closet fight and unseen footage! Thoughts? #RHOA

A post shared by The Real Housewives of Atlanta (@therealhousewivesofatlanta) on Apr 22, 2019 at 5:18am PDT

Oh NeNe….

Whose side are you on in this RHOA Reunion beef and what do YOU think really happened??? See NeNe plead her case on the flip.


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#DemThrones: Behind The Scenes Of Making Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 Game Revealed [Video]

big ralph | April 22, 2019

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Game Of Thrones Behind The Scenes Season 8 Episode 2
Warning: If you have NOT watched last night’s episode of Game of Thrones then get the hell out of this post right now, go watch it, then come back. There are spoilers ahead.

Now that all the poot-butts are out of the way, LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE OF #DEMTHRONES WAS ARRRRGHGASLDFLGNASL!!!

Some parts of the episode were heartwarming to see and some part of the episode we wish we could unsee…

Press play below to find out how they did and what the cast thinks of “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”.



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