by Cheryl Lakes
Kodak Black Arrested: Kodak Black is currently behind bars after getting busted while traveling into the U.S. to try and make a scheduled show in Boston. The Niagara County Jail confirms Kodak is still in custody on a $20,000/$40,000 cash bond on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Kodak was taken into custody on Wednesday while crossing the Queenston–Lewiston Bridge into the US. MSNNews reports… Kodak was driving a Cadillac Escalade with two other men when it was stopped by border officials. Kodak was found to be in possession of marijuana, and a Glock 9mm pistol was also discovered. None of the occupants in the vehicle declared the gun, so they were all busted for it.
A Porsche was also traveling with the Escalade and was found to have two loaded handguns, and a third in the trunk, along with more marijuana. The “Wake Up in the Sky” rapper had a scheduled performance Wednesday evening in Boston at the House of Blues, but after two hours of waiting, the concert was canceled. The crowd was not told why the hip-hop star no-showed, and they were obviously very upset. Apparently, the crowd became so unruly that the Boston Police Department actually put out a notice to avoid the area due to the crowd getting “out of control.” The arrest for Kodak is the latest bout of controversy after the rapper has been taking major heat for his insensitive comments about Lauren London in the wake of Nipsey Hussle‘s death. Update: Kodak was released late Thursday night.
Travis Scott Loses Suit: According to TMZ, Travis Scott’s gonna be a little lighter in the pockets … after a jury just awarded the company suing him for skipping a Super Bowl gig. A jury decided Travis has to pay the prominent entertainment events company PJAM $382,932.79 after it sued the rapper back in March 2018 claiming Travis skipped out on a concert in Minnesota the night before the Super Bowl. Travis’ attorney, Howard King, tells TMZ, “The jury verdict of $383k is disappointing, but far less than the seven figure demands made by the promoters. We believe the verdict will be substantially reduced or overturned in subsequent proceedings.”
As TMZ reported … PJAM claimed it paid Travis $150k upfront and provided him with a private jet but then, hours before the show, he backed out. A source close to Travis said at the time it was due to weather and logistics, but according to the lawsuit … PJAM says Scott “refused to show up to the event.” Travis did, however, make other scheduled appearances on Super Bowl Sunday. Travis just finished his hugely successful Astroworld Tour, which hit 55 stops and made millions of bucks.
Russell Wilson Is Now In The Money: Now that Russell Wilson is officially the highest-paid player in the NFL, his wife Ciara is ready to spend some serious cash. Page Six reports…The pop star, 33, appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen on Wednesday night, where the Bravo host asked her about what she planned to purchase now that Wilson, 30, has signed his $140 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. If you recall, there was a time when he was the lowest paid quarterback in the NFL. “That’s a good question,” the “Level Up” singer responded. “I want an Hermès bag.” Of course, this wouldn’t be the Grammy winner’s first luxury buy from the brand; she’s previously been spotted carrying both a light tan Birkin as well as a darker brown crocodile version.
Did Dr. Dre Sexually Assault Journalist Dee Barnes? Dee Barnes has always been candid about experiencing physical abuse at the hands of Dr. Dre, but while appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Thursday, she appeared to imply that the former N.W.A rapper may have sexually assaulted her as well. While recalling the now-infamous 1991 fight between her and Dre at a Def Jam Records party, Barnes described Dre following her into a bathroom while physically assaulting her. Williams then asked if Dre also sexually assaulted her.
Taking a long pause, a teary-eyed Barnes responded, “I’m not comfortable talking about everything right now.” “Your silence is speaking volumes,” a shocked Williams responded. “Dammit, man.” Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, was charged with assault and battery after Barnes pressed charges. He pleaded no contest. He was fined $2,500 and sentenced to two years probation and community service. She also filed a $22 million lawsuit against Dre, which was settled out of court in 1993. Until Thursday morning, the famed hip-hop journalist had never referenced any sexual assault.
The music mogul apologized for his past behavior in 2015 shortly after the release of the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which didn’t address allegations of abusive behavior. “I apologize to the women I’ve hurt,” he added. “I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.” Last month, Barnes revealed that she was homeless and launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to find a new home for her and her daughters. On Thursday, she said she was still homeless and rotating between staying with a friend and renting Airbnbs. She’s raised more than $30,000 so far. “I had several jobs, but I couldn’t keep the rent up,” said Barnes, who’s now penning a book. “The stuff I was trying to do on the side — the freelancing — that wasn’t coming through.” She added, “I just wanted to stop the eviction.
My fiance gave me a ring he had previously purchased for a former fiancee, which I refuse to accept. He thinks I’m being petty. What do you think?
by Sarah Smart
Q. I was excited when my fiance` proposed until he gave me a ring that he purchased for a former fiancée. When they broke up, she gave him his ring back and now he feels I’m being petty because I don’t want it. What do you say? I don’t want a ring that was purchased with someone else in mind. He says a ring is a ring, since he bought it. What do you think? MORE
The Dating Chronicles
It was over. But Dave had known for awhile and had kept silent. Now, his best friend Carl sat across from him with his head down. He was confessing that he had been seeing Dave’s fiancée for the last four weeks. His voice quivered, as he begged for forgiveness. He spoke about their friendship and how much it meant to him. They had been friends since childhood. MORE
Hits & Misses
On The Dating Scene
In the world of chasing romance, there are many encounters and experiences that would be categorized as hit and misses. Here are but a few.
MISS – Melinda – “For our first date, this handsome charmer invited me to a function at his church, which I was super impressed with, and introduced me to his pastor as his future wife. I married him two months later, and had the marriage annulled a month later after I learned he was a registered sex offender.”
The Front Lines
Marisa – 34
Last year, I asked a guy out on a date, and I’ll never do it again. I invited my single boss, who I secretly admired to a party, and when he accepted, I assumed he was as interested as I was. However, it turned out that he viewed my invitation as a social avenue to meet other women. As soon as we walked in the door, he disappeared. The next time I saw him…he was talking to another woman and exchanging numbers. I was so embarrassed by his behavior that I pretended to my friends that he was a cousin from out of town. At the end of the evening, after he had danced with everyone in the room, but me, I gestured that it was time to go and he suggested I call a cab because he wan;t ready to leave. MORE
My Solo Adventure
by Krissie Flakes
I decided last year to travel to Jamaica, because of a travel documentary I’d seen on television. I’d saved up to go, and my best friend was looking forward to making the journey with me. I wanted to go to Negril because it was rumored to be the most beautiful part of Jamaica, and I could barely wait. I wasn’t seeing anyone at the time and I was looking forward to getting away to offset my loneliness. We were scheduled to leave in February, but my friend became hospitalized at the last minute, and couldn’t go. So, I ventured out alone with great trepidation to a land I’d never been to before, and it turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime that began on the plane.. MORE
The Wrong Attitude
To Take To A Party
by M.K. Allison
It was a Friday night and I was at a friend’s birthday party in hopes of meeting someone as usual. I had not wanted to come, but my friend had been insistent that I show up. I had given up on parties months before and had become pretty content with late night phone chats with girlfriends of similar dateless status on the weekend and movie marathons. I was currently not involved and hadn’t been for awhile. I’d had my share of one night encounters, lustful stares across a bar with no follow-up and promises of phone calls that never came. I’d been filled with hopes of ordinary meetings turning into extraordinary evenings, but nothing happened and now I was exhausted and void of dreams for the ultimate encounter. MORE
Dating With Children
Many Say No!…
by Coco Diong
My friend Marisa will absolutely not date a guy who has children, whether they’re living with him or not. She uses the “child factor” to disqualify a guy on the spot. Her claim? “I don’t have children, and I’m not interested in dating men who do, nor do I want to compete for his attention.” It seems that there are a lot of opinions on this subject. Here are some I encountered when I decided to do this article. MORE