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Back At

Racist Slur

by Cheryl Lakes

Serena’s Classic Response:  Serena Williams responded to Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase after he allegedly made a racist comment about her unborn baby.  The International Tennis Federation launched an investigation into Nastase’s behavior after he was allegedly quoted as saying, “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?”  The ITF released a statement.  “The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behavior of any kind.”  Where Serena responded via Instagram with a quote from Maya Angelou. “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers. I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet have so much further to go.  This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right. I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward. “Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words…you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise.

aretha 426Aretha’s Delayed Anger Aretha Franklin is coming out swinging against fellow legend Dionne Warwick, accusing her of making up a story that she was Whitney Houston’s godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago at Houston’s funeral.  “She blatantly lied on me … fully well knowing what she was doing,” Aretha Franklin said in a phone interview.  Franklin called The Associated Press on Tuesday, after sending a lengthy fax the day before, to address what she claimed was a “libelous” statement against her at Houston’s funeral. At the time, Warwick told funeral-goers that Franklin was there and introduced her, but then realized she wasn’t in attendance.  “‘Ree’s not here, but she is here,” Warwick said, referring to Franklin by a nickname. “She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.”  At the time, Franklin said she was suffering from swollen feet and had to skip the funeral. Though Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother, said in the days afterward that Franklin wasn’t Houston’s godmother, Franklin felt the comment was damaging to her and planned to address it at a later date.  “There’s was so much going on around her (Houston), around the service, around the drugs, around her and Bobby (Brown) supposed to be fighting, I didn’t want to add anything to that and I didn’t want to be a part of that,” she said.  Five years later, Franklin feels that time is now.  Franklin said she first met Houston when Houston was a child — and she was far too busy to be anyone’s godmother.  Franklin saw Warwick last week at the Tribeca Film Festival’s premiere of mentor Clive Davis’ documentary, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives!’ Franklin said Warwick tried to talk to her backstage.  “She said, ‘Give me a hug.’ I said, ‘Oh hell no. You couldn’t be serious,'” Franklin said.  When asked if she wanted an apology from Warwick, she said: “I don’t care about her apology, at this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel.”  She added: “We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me.”   Franklin once recorded Warwick’s hit “Walk on By.”  When asked for comment, Warwick’s rep said: “She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.”

Mary J. Blige’s Back Stabbing?  BOSSIP reported that court mary j 41papers surfaced last week that allege that Kendu Isaacs took over $400,000 from Mary’s account to spend on lavish vacations and gifts for a woman he was keeping on the side.  Now, sources reveal that the side piece in question is a woman that was very close to Mary. In fact, she’s someone that Mary took under her wing and tried to propel in the music industry.  Rumor has it that Kendu’s mistress was 28-year-old up-and-coming singer, Starshell. Mary not only signed her to her star-shellMatriarch Entertainment record label, but had her open for her on tour and took her along on many red carpets and appearances. In return…Starshell allegedly carried on an affair with Mary’s husband and accepted hundreds of thousands worth of side chick prizes paid for with Mary’s cash. According to Page Six, sources say that everyone in Mary and Kendu’s circle knew the deal…yet Mary somehow remained blind to the obvious. One source said, “Everyone knew. Mary was the last to know,  Had it not been for Mary signing her, investing time and money . . . she would have been nowhere because no one cared about her music.”

Is Tristan Backing Away?  Looks like things may be cooling khloe k and tristan 426off for Khloé Kardashian’s relationship with Tristan Thompson and it seems like all the hinting about being ready for an engagement may be the cause of it.  Sources for RadarOnline.com tell the site Thompson’s “getting cold feet” and has told her he wants to slow things down:  “Tristan’s barely getting used to the idea of being a dad and here’s Khloe pushing him into a high-profile engagement,” explained one insider, adding the Cleveland Cavalier player “is ready to run because it’s too much too quickly.  Radar claims Khloe’s been spending a minimum of $50K weekly on Tris and he was even upset that she dropped so much cash on his birthday in March.   “He was pissed that Khloe threw all that money on his birthday, just for bragging rights,” the insider told Radar. “His friends are calling her ‘Khloe Warbucks’ after the rich guy in Annie.”

jennifer hudson 426Jennifer Hudson: “No Rush To Marry!”  Jennifer Hudson is in no rush to tie the knot with her longtime fiancé, David Otunga. The Oscar winner was quizzed about their relationship when she dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, April 26.!”  No rush to get married?” DeGeneres, 59, asked.  “I’m not in a hurry. He’s not going anywhere,” Hudson, 35, quipped.  Asked if they’re “happy and in love,” Hudson replied simply: “Yes.”  The American Idol alum has been dating Otunga, 37, since 2008, and the pair have been engaged for nearly nine years. They welcomed son David Daniel Jr., now 7, in August 2009.  Hudson has had wedding fever on occasion like when she attended Ciara and Russell Wilson’s nuptials in England back in July.  “It’s been a thought obviously,” she told Essence magazine in August 2016. “After being at Ciara’s wedding, I’m like, OK. I don’t know, it inspired something.  It was so beautiful. So that made me say, OK, all my friends and peers are married now. Maybe.

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I saw my best friend’s boyfriend kissing another friend while we were all on vacation together.

by Sarah Smart

Q.  I recently went on vacation with a group of couples who were all friends, and we had a lovely time until the last night there.  One of my friends became ill with an upset stomach and went to bed early.  Several hours later, at 2:00 in the morning, I got mad at my boyfriend, and went down to walk on the beach, and ran into one of my friends kissing the boyfriend of the girl who had gotten sick earlier. MORE 

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When Larry met Joanne, he was on duty as a policeman responding to a domestic dispute.  When he arrived on the scene, he had to pry Joanne’s boyfriend’s hands from around her neck.  He was attempting to strangle her and wouldn’t let go.

After her boyfriend Henry was dragged off to jail, Joanne cried like a baby on Larry’s shoulder, because she had recognized him from years before when they attended high school together.  Larry tried to convince her to press charges, but she didn’t want to.    MORE


Beyond Buddies

Can Friends

Become Lovers?

Tom & Barbara

Tom and Barbara had been close friends since high school, and Barbara had always had a secret crush on him.  However, she disguised her feelings as platonic and they went all the way thru college as best buddies.  He would tell her about other girls, and she would pretend to open her heart up as well, but deep down she kept her real feelings a secret.  MORE

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R E I N V E N T!

You Can Look

As Good

As You Want

by Gloria Gibson

It all begins in your mind.  If you’re not currently excited about who you are, how you feel or how you look, I’ve got great news for you.  Your picture of yourself can change in a blink of an eye, if you set your mind to rise above your current status and the way you see yourself.   If you’re stuck in a place, where you cannot imagine twirling in front of a mirror in full appreciation of your reflection in the glass, then you need to know this.  If you put your mind to it, you can look as good as you want to look, and feel as good as you want to feel.   MORE

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