Special Prosecutor Reviewing Jussie Smollett’s Case Is Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb

Jussie Smollett is still dealing with a major lawsuit brought on by the city of Chicago. The Windy City sued the actor for allegedly staging a homophobic attack on himself and the city wants the money back that went into his investigation. A few weeks ago it was announced that a special prosecutor would be hired on to review Jussie’s case with a fine-tooth comb and if any inconsistencies were found they would be used against the former Empire actor in court. 

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The Chicago Tribune now reports that the special prosecutor was officially assigned today (Friday, August 23rd) and it’s former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, sworn in by Judge Michael Toomin. Dan Webb will bring on a team of attorneys to assist in his probe as they investigate “the actions of any person or office involved in all aspects of the case.” According to the publication, Dan wants to also bring on a special grand jury and plans to speak with Jussie’s lawyer as soon as possible. “We are going to do the entire matter, start to finish, pro bono,” Dan added.

The probe has been assigned since Jussie was dropped from all of his sixteen criminal charges when he was accused of staging the attack. 

Terrence Howard Ordered To Pay $1.3 Mil In Spousal Support To Ex-Wife

Those Empire checks are going to come in handy for Terrence Howard. The actor and his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent, have been entangled in a bitter court battle for years. Although Howard and Ghent divorced back in 2013, Howard reportedly refused to pay a divorce judgment that was issued in the Spring of that year.

Ghent later filed documents asking the court to order her ex-husband to pay up. On Friday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Helen Zukin did just that and ruled that Ghent should be paid $263,137 in back spousal support. In addition to that lump sum, Judge Zukin also ordered Howard to give Ghent $1,055,970 because his income has greatly increased since becoming the star of Empire. According to TMZ, Howard brings in around $250K per episode.

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“If there had been compliance initially, none of this would have been necessary,” said Judge Zukin. Howard wasn’t in the courtroom at the time, but that didn’t stop the judge from stating that Ghent wouldn’t have been “forced” to file this claim has her ex-husband adhered to the previous ruling. “This has gone on long enough. The Court of Appeals determined it’s a valid judgment, and it’s time to enforce that judgment.”

This isn’t the end of the road for Howard, as next week there will be a ruling on how much he will need to pay to cover Ghent’s attorney’s fees. The NY Daily News reports that expenses are believed to be excess of $1 million.

Loni Love Calls Out Double Standard After Backlash For Having White Boyfriend

Loni Love and her boyfriend James Welsh have been dating since 2018 and met on a dating app that worked like a sports bracket. “It took me a while to meet him. Like, maybe two months,” Loni previously told The Real audience. “He was very consistent… I was down to my final two, it was a championship, right. The final one, he just wouldn’t ask me on a date. So, James stepped right in.”

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While Loni is clearly happy with her man and they’re seemingly going strong she’s received some backlash since James is white. The 48-year-old decided she’s had enough and jumped on Twitter to respond to the banter. “Amazed at times at the folks concerned that I am dating a White male but for years Black males have dated White and ‘Exotic’ women and no one questions it,” she wrote.  

“Everybody is so surprised and I’m surprised myself,” Loni said of her boo. “But it really doesn’t matter. I’m the first African American woman he’s dated and he said he just didn’t think about it. It’s not a big deal. We get along, we like each other, we understand each other.”

Missy Elliott Delivers Colorful “Throw It Back” Visual Featuring Teyana Taylor

It’s been 30 years since Missy Elliott took her first step into the music industry by forming an R&B group called Fayze. Her early days were spent collaborating with other artists like Ginuwine, Playa, Magoo, Jodeci, Aaliyah, and Tweet before she finally found stardom with her breakout classic record Supa Dupa Fly.

What followed was a series of hit singles, platinum records, and dance moves and music videos that have inspired generations of artists. It’s been 14 years since fans have received new tunes from the 48-year-old innovator, and early this morning she broke that record. Missy dropped off her five-track, four-song EP Iconology, and to celebrate the release, Misdemeanor also delivered a brand new single, “Throw It Back,” along with its accompanying music video.

Missy wrote a message on Instagram about Iconology and how honored she feels to have shared her passions with the world for decades. “This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful,” she wrote on Instagram. “THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a SURPRISE for you… let’s continue the celebration at midnight tonight…I’m dropping a collection of new songs! Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa ‘Missy’ Elliott.”

Common Explains Why He Decided To Never Use Homophobic Lyrics Again

Common is paraded as being a social activist who accepts people regardless of their life choices, however, over a decade ago the rapper was called out for his lyrics. He had fans who championed his causes and appreciated his cultured worldview, however, there were some in the LGBTQIA community who didn’t appreciate his choice to use homophobic terms.

On his song “Heidi Hoe” he rapped “Homo’s a no-no, so f*ggots, stay solo” and on “Dooinit” he said, “N*ggas hate you, they ain’t paying you no attention / In a circle of f*ggots, your name is mentioned.” In 2007, Common vowed to never again use words that were offensive to the LGBTQIA community, and during a recent interview with Clay Cane on SiriusXM Urban View for The Clay Cane Show, the rapper clarified the events leading up to that decision.

“Two guys who were gay came to me after a show and they said, ‘Common man, we love your music. We love your music. Your music touches us. But the fact that you using the word f*g is like, man, that hurts us,'” he recalled. “It was just like an awakening because it humanized everything that I was saying. I was only using the word ’cause it was part of a culture that I grew up in. This is what we said. I didn’t even think about what the word meant and how it was affecting other people.”

Although it was common vocabulary in the culture he was raised in, Common said he had to rise above how others around him were speaking and behaving. “I had to grow into the courage and the strength within self to be like, man, I don’t care what my homies saying. I don’t care what these cats in hip hop saying, this is where I am with it. I’m not homophobic. I embrace people who are gay, who are a Christian, Muslim, Jewish. I’m open to human beings and life. So that being said, that was a real pivotal moment for me and changing my perspective. I went on to do a song called ‘Between Me, You and Liberation,’ actually, I did that song pre-2007. I just created this story of how one of my friends told me he was gay and how I had to deal with it and grown no matter what I still loved him as my friend and I felt like that was all apart of the conversation I had with those gentlemen.”

Tee Grizzley Shares Instagram Tribute To Late Aunt Who Was Murdered In Shooting

It’s been a heartbreaking week for Tee Grizzley. The 25-year-old rapper was reportedly in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan when, as he was riding around with his aunt, 41-year-old Jobina Brown, someone opened fire on their vehicle. Jobina, who also acted as Grizzley’s manager, was shot and killed.

There hasn’t been much information released about the incident and in the last few days Grizzley, real name Terry Sanchez Wallace Jr, has remained silent. The rapper resurfaced on social media an hour ago to pay tribute to his aunt by sharing a brief video. In the clip, Grizzley was secretly recording her and when she caught him, she smiled before becoming bashfully embarrassed.

“Since I was 12 We been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me????” he wrote in the caption. “Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much 💔.” A stream of condolences poured in from people including prayers from Chance The Rapper, O.T. Genasis, Fetty Wap, Casanova, Young M.A, Moneybagg Yo, London On Da Track, Matt Barnes, Macklemore, Jadakiss, and many more. 

According to ClickOnDetroit, Grizzley and Jobina were in a black Chrysler 300 on 3 Mile Drive around 9:00 p.m. when the shooting occurred. No suspects have been publicly named.

Mozzy & Raz Simone Link Up On Their New Project “Members By All Movements”

Mozzy’s one of the busiest rappers in the West these days. Since the beginning of 2018, it feels like he’s been blessing fans with a constant flood of new music on a regular basis. This year alone he’s already released two projects — Internet Affairs and Slimey Individualz with Berner. On top of that, he’s preparing for the release of his forthcoming joint project with Gunplay. However, before all of that, he’s linked up with Raz Simone for another project titled, Members By All Movement.

Mozzy and Raz Simone dropped off their new project earlier today on short notice. The project consists of eleven tracks in total and one feature from Sonyae who appears on the last track, “Cross Colours.” Other than that, they hold it down on their own and serve up an excellent project to ride out to this weekend. 

Nav & Stefflon Join Headie One On Brand New Banger “Swerve”

U.K.’s drill scene has been thriving, partly due to the controversy surrounding the subgenre. Headie One is one of those artists in the scene who have been making waves in recent times. Earlier today, he released his latest project, Music X Road which finds him connecting with artists across the pond as well as some of the biggest artists in the country. One song that particularly stands on his latest project is “Swerve,” a collaboration with Nav and Stefflon Don. With production from ADP and Rymez, Headie One, Nav and Stefflon Don serve up a street banger with a tinge of pop appeal. Nav holds down hook duties on the track while Headie One and Stefflon Don swap menacing verses on the track.

Peep “Swerve” below.

Quotable Lyrics
Hop in my foreign and I swerve
I always wanted to stuff my money, made me worse
Heard you tryna find out what I’m worth
Every time I pull up, I make sure that they feelings hurt

U.K. Rapper Headie One Enlists Nav, Stefflon Don, Skepta For “Music x Road”

If you’ve been paying attention to anything happening in the U.K. music scene, you’re likely aware of the controversy surrounding London’s Drill scene. The U.K. drill scene has caught a serious amount of flack from politicians and the government at large. They’ve attempted to shut down concerts and remove videos from YouTube in an attempt to curb knife violence. One artist who was affected by the targeting is Headie One. He’s been targetted by police before over his music. Despite this, he’s still standing stronger than ever and now, he’s released his biggest project to date, Music x Road.

Strapped up with 15 songs in total, Headie One is back with his latest mixtape. Music x Road is his biggest project to date with the rapper honing into the drill sound while bringing in influences from different genres. The project includes some major features. Skepta, Nav, Stefflon Don, Krept & Konan, and more 

Peep Headie One’s project, Music X Road below. 

Popeyes Got $23.25M Of Free Advertisement From Social Media Mentions: Report

The only people that haven’t tried the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich by now are vegans and pagans. Over the past week, people have been going wild on social media about the sandwich, prompting the Chick Fil A vs. Popeyes debate. Unfortunately, this also resulted in Popeyes running out of chicken sandwiches because they didn’t anticipate this kind of demand. On the bright side, all of the conversation surrounding the sandwich on social media has gotten the company millions in free advertisement.

According to Apex Marketing, Popeyes Chicken Sandwich garnered about $23.25M in free social media advertising from digital, print, social, TV, and radio is about 11 days. It’s an impressive feat but not one that Popeyes marketing team can necessarily take the credit for if you think about it. Although they slightly initiated it with the shade they threw at Chick-Fil-A, they clearly didn’t expect it to get this big. After all, they didn’t seem to have the supply for the demand. 

“Many of our restaurants have seen a high demand for the sandwich, with guests excited to give it a try,” a rep for Popeyes said.  “A few restaurants have temporarily sold out of the sandwich, and we are working to make sure they receive more as soon as possible.”

It got to the point where people we re-selling the sandwich at 7x the original value. Wild times, bruh.