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FBI Investigating Judge Who Sent Rapper Meek Mill to Prison....

The FBI has launched an investigation into the relationship between a rival Philadelphia music executive and the judge who sent rapper Meek Mill to prison for violating his probation. Last Monday, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill to 2-4 years in prison following 2 arrests this year on misdemeanor charges. Both charges were dropped but Brinkley said the arrests violated the terms of his probation. The Philadelphia FBI field office is reportedly investigating Brinkley’s relationship with local music executive, Charlie Mack, who allegedly asked Mill to sign with him. The FBI wants to know if Brinkley, 61, used her power and influence as a judge to facilitate business deals for Mack. A source tells the NY Post Mack had previously told Meek how he “knows the judge and he could help him with his case.” The Daily Mail Online reports undercover FBI agents were in the courtroom when Judge Brinkley sent Mill to prison. After she sentenced Mill to prison, she reportedly said, “I’ll be done with you.” According to Mill’s attorney Joe Pacopina, Brinkley met with Mill, 30, and his ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, 34, in her judge’s chambers and asked him to record a Boyz II Men song and give her a shout out on the track. When Mill laughed off her bizarre request, she allegedly replied, “suit yourself.” Brinkley also allegedly asked the troubled rapper to leave his current management company — Roc Nation — and sign with Mack. A rep for the FBI’s Philadelphia field office refused to confirm or deny the reports. “Per Justice Department policy, we neither confirm nor deny the existence of investigations.” A petition calling for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to pardon Mill has collected over 300,000 signatures. But the governor’s office said his hands are tied by local law. In February 2016 Brinkley sentenced the rapper to 90 days of house arrest over another violation stemming from his 2008 arrest on drugs and gun charges. He was also ordered to perform daily community service and was placed on parole for a further six years for a total of 10 years. Mill is serving out his sentence at the state prison at Camp Hill, near Harrisburg, Pa., where he is known simply as inmate # ND8400.

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Gal Gadot will only be ‘Wonder Woman’ again if Brett Ratner is out.....

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is continuing to battle accused Hollywood sexual harasser Brett Ratner by refusing to sign for a super­hero sequel unless the movie-maker is completely killed from the franchise. Gadot — who last month backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, where she was due to present him with an award — is taking a strong stance on sexual harassment in Hollywood and doesn’t want her hit “Wonder Woman” franchise to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct. Ratner’s production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped produce “Wonder Woman” as part of its co-financing deal with Warner Bros. The movie has grossed more than $400 million internationally, and Ratner’s company will take a healthy share of the profits. A Warner Bros. insider explained, “Brett made a lot of money from the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. Now Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him.” The source added of Israeli-born Gadot, “She’s tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man ­accused of sexual misconduct against women.” Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of outing her Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of outing her This past week, Warner Bros. announced it was severing ties with Ratner amid multiple sexual-harassment allegations leveled against him by actresses including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner has vehemently denied the allegations through his attorney, Marty Singer. Earlier this month, Gadot posted on Instagram: “Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable! I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change.” Reps for Gadot and Ratner did not comment. A rep for Warner Bros said only, “False.”

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Meek Mill Heads to Prison to Start His Sentence Despite Public Outcry

Meek Mill is inmate ND8400 at state prison in Camp Hill, but how he ended up there is the source of much debate. His supporters see the man behind the musician, a 30 year old suffering from an opioid addiction and being made an example of by a Philadelphia judge. He popped some wheelies on his dirt bike, traveled outside of Pennsylvania for shows and got into an altercation with a St. Louis airport employee who was taking his photo. That unfairly yielded 2 to 4 years in prison, according to more than 250,000 people who've signed a petition asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for help. Dozens of celebrities have also expressed support for Mills and slammed the racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley is part of that system. She sees a man who has been in an out of her courtroom for a decade, defying her 10-year probation order. "I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court," she said during sentencing Monday. She sees the man known legally as Robert Rihmeek William, who was on probation since a 2008 conviction for dealing drugs and gun possession. He's the Philly rapper with a national audience, who was arrested twice this year: March. He was charged with a misdemeanor for an altercation with a St. Louis airport employee who was trying to take his photo August. He was charged with reckless driving while filming a music video and illegally riding his dirt bike in Manhattan. Charges were dropped in the first case and Mills took a dismissal deal in the second, according to the New York Times. 'Enamored' judge Brinkley is a focal point in the case, partially because critics disagree with her sentence and partially because Mill's attorney has made her one. One of Mill's attorneys, Joe Tacopina, told the New York Times that Brinkley has acted inappropriately during the case, including giving advice on who should be his manager. The judge has also been vindictive, he said. Tacopina said Brinkley asked Mills to do a remake of Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee" and mention her name, according to Philly.com. Mill laughed it off, the attorney told Philly.com, ultimately telling the judge, "I can't do that. It's not my music. I don't sing that stuff. And I don't do, like, you know, shout-outs to people in my songs." Brinkley responded with, "OK, suit yourself," Tacopina said. He told CNN Brinkley's behavior was "a little stalkerish," claiming last year she showed up at Mill's "community service for the homeless" and "watched him do community service." The judge hasn't responded to the allegations. The Philadelphia court system spokesman, Gabriel Roberts, on Wednesday issued a short statement: "Because this matter is subject to future litigation, there will be no comment at this time." Tacopina said on CNN he will appeal the sentence issued by Brinkley, who has "exhibited enormous bias" and is "enamored" with Mill and takes "a personal interest in the case." 'I'm asking for mercy' The New York City lawyer describes his client as "frustrated." "He's being treated different than anyone else," Tacopina said on CNN Thursday. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't be in jail and he certainly wouldn't be on probation. He's been on probation for nearly 10 years. Nobody goes on probation for 10 years." Mill initially had a five-year probation. Brinkley extended it after after additional violations. The rapper was previously sent to prison in July 2014 for parole violations related to performing out of state without permission. Brinkley ordered Mill to take etiquette classes. Mill told Billboard magazine he spent most of that prison stay in solitary confinement. He spoke briefly in court this week before sentencing. "I'm human. I'm not perfect," Mill said, according to a report from Philly.com. "I'm asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can't really go back and start over." That's when Brinkley said, "I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court." Brinkley issued the 2 to 4 year sentence, going against the recommendation of the prosecution. Both the district attorney and Mill's probation officer recommended "no incarceration." Seeking help from Gov. Wolf Celebrities and supporters on Monday joined a chorus of people admonishing Brinkley for her sentence. "The sentence handed down by the Judge -- against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer -- is unjust and heavy handed," rapper Jay-Z posted on Facebook Monday. "We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career." Comedian and actor Kevin Hart shared this: "Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I'm here for you man!!!! My brother for life...Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass...Stay strong & keep your head up" A petition for Mill's release started almost immediately. It's called "Somebody Save Meek Mill" and it had more than 257,000 signatures as of early Saturday morning. The thousands of signers are asking Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons for help. The petition says: "We humbly ask for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant relief in his sentence and call on Governor Tom Wolf to closely look into this matter and address why Meek, and thousands of other young, black men throughout the state are unnecessarily incarcerated for minor parole and probation violations."  

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NICKI MINAJ ADDRESSES THE ‘CONSPIRACY THEORIES’ ABOUT CARDI B AND ‘MOTOR SPORT’

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B linked up for their first collaboration last week, with Migos’s “Motor Sport,” and it only took about 60 seconds before conspiracy theories started spreading like wildfire. Some fans and outlets have claimed that the two rappers didn’t know the other would be on the track, and others have even suggested that they were taking shots at each other with their respective verses. Nicki’s apparently fed up with all that talk, so she hopped on Twitter on Tuesday night (October 31) to set the record straight. “I was on the song w/Quavo. No one else was on it,” she began in a series of tweets. “He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said ‘ok let’s do it.’ The end. Migos weren’t even on it yet. Just Quavo. The conspiracy theories r just so tired. Relax. Breathe.” Nicki went on to clarify that any published music has to get her written approval before being sent to streaming services. With that in mind, Nicki and Cardi would’ve both heard the track and spoken up if they had a problem with it. She continued, “These are men in our culture who simply refuse to let it go. They don’t do this to male M.C.’s. But yo #Motorsport #1 added on urban radio🙏🏽.” The “it” in question is the fabricated beef between Nicki and Cardi, which people have been talking about ever since “Bodak Yellow” started climbing the charts, despite both rappers publicly showing support for one another. In fact, Nicki capped off her series of tweets by reiterating Cardi’s thoughts on the issue from a recent interview: “We could make out & it wouldn’t be enough. I’m done.”

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Cable Networks In Bidding War Over Who Will Air Cardi B And Offset’s Wedding!

TV weddings have guaranteed high ratings for networks everywhere. From Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s elaborate wedding specials to their now exes to the most recently talked about all-white knot-tying ceremony of Keyshia Ka’oir to Gucci Mane — Viewers tuned in making massive numbers. Now that the new hip-hop royalty couple, Cardi B and Offset, have announced their plans to marry — BET and VH1 are in competition to make a deal with them. Cardi B started out as a social media star who went from making popular videos on Instagram to completing two seasons of “Love and Hip Hop: New York.” After leaving the show, she went on to sign a record deal and top charts with “Bodak Yellow.” Offset, on the other hand, doesn’t have a TV background at all. The member of number one rap group Migos is currently busy with preparing for the release of their new album, that features Cardi B, titled “Culture 2.” When the “Bad and Boujee” musician proposed in front of thousands at Powerhouse, stans of the couple went crazy. In true internet culture, a Twitter user thought up a name for a wedding special to be titled “Never Let Migo.” Meanwhile #BET and #VH1 are bout to have a bidding war over who gets to produce #CardiB and #Offsets wedding 😜 Cardi is having the BEST year ever, all thanks to Je-ZUS as she says it 😂💕 #TeaTENDERS via @bardiset.page A post shared by TeaTENDERS_LIV (@teatenders_liv) on Oct 29, 2017 at 12:20am PDT When The Shade Room posted a screenshot of the idea the BET Instagram account commented: “@iamcardib @offsetyrn – #wegotyou when you ready!” “Love and Hip Hop” mastermind, Mona Scott Young, fired back with her own proposal stating: “Love ya @BET but $wegotthis. #anothercheckfrommonascott @vh1 #4evah!” It looks like the two networks are going head-to-head to see who can air the next most anticipated celebrity wedding! Naturally, you would expect the couple to choose VH1 since that’s where Cardi got her big break; however, she left the series because of how the producers were portraying her meaning that there could possibly be bad blood between Cardi and the channel. On the other hand, since this special would be surrounding the couple, it would mean that the rap songstress would be able to play executive producer and have things the way that she wants it so VH1 still has a fighting chance to be chosen. No one even knows if Cardi and Offset even want to air their vows, but if they chose to it would be a brilliant financial move. They could choose for it to be a one-time thing or follow in the footsteps of Keyshia and Gucci and make their own spin-off series.

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Rick Ross Responds To Birdman Rant "Your A Year To Late To Pay Lil Wayne"

Hours after Birdman called out critics who claim he’s holding money back from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross delivered his own message to the Cash Money boss.... "Boy, you a year late, and five years late paying that man his money. Pay that man his money," Ross said on Snapchat, referring to Lil Wayne. "We know you ain't right. Stop with the jokes, nigga. Bring that shit. Bring it." Rozay wasn’t done. After a change of scenery, the MMG founder addressed Birdman’s "shit talking" before inserting a warning. "That’s what’s so beautiful about life, it ain’t no ceilings. You go far as you want to go. Have no fear," he said. "All that talking shit, nuh uh, all that shit don't work round here, baby. We'll put you in check, nigga, We'll put you somewhere else […] Shut up and pay niggas." Ross has never been afraid to share his thoughts on Birdman or the way he allegedly conducts business. The Bawse has addressed  claims that Birdman has stiffed Wayne and other artists in the Rather You Than Me track "Idols Become Rivals." "I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain," Ross raps. "I watched this whole debacle so I'm part to blame/Last request, can all producers please get paid?" During an interview with Complex earlier this year, Ross spoke about the track and his intentions behind it. "A lot of people may have took that as a diss record, but for me I hope homie took something from that,” he explained. “I hope something good come from that. I hope that him and Wayne will be able to work out whatever it is, and anybody else that's watching will understand there's different ways to deal with things."

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Here are the full lyrics Eminem wrote about Trump.......@ the BET HIP-HOP AWARDS

Eminem set the internet ablaze on Tuesday evening, when BET’s Hip-Hop Awards aired a video of “The Storm,” an anti-Donald Trump freestyle by the rapper. In the five-minute performance, Eminem lobs numerous insults at the president and harshly criticizes him for his positions on issues ranging from international diplomacy to domestic unrest. The rapper has taken a stand against President Trump before, from an October 2016 “Campaign Speech” where he labeled the politician a “loose canon” to a “f— Trump” chant at August’s Reading Festival in Scotland. But Tuesday’s freestyle contains Eminem’s most detailed critiques of Trump yet. There’s plenty to unpack in his lyrics — below, review them in full. It’s the calm before the storm right here Wait, how was I gonna start this off? I forgot— oh, yeah That’s an awfully hot coffee pot Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Probably not But that’s all I got ’til I come up with a solid plot Got a plan and now I gotta hatch it Like a damn Apache with a tomahawk Imma walk inside a mosque on Ramadan And say a prayer that every time Melania talks She gets a mou— Ahh, Imma stop But we better give Obama props ‘Cause what we got in office now’s a kamikaze That’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust And while the drama pops And he waits for s— to quiet down, he’ll just gas his plane up and fly around ’til the bombing stops Intensities heightened, tensions are risin’ Trump, when it comes to giving a s—, you’re stingy as I am Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me, you hide ’em ‘Cause you don’t got the f—ing nuts, like an empty asylum Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for ‘Cause that’s how he gets his f—ing rocks off and he’s orange Yeah, sick tan That’s why he wants us to disband ‘Cause he cannot withstand The fact we’re not afraid of Trump F— walkin’ on egg shells, I came to stomp That’s why he keeps screamin’ ‘Drain the swamp’ ‘Cause he’s in quicksand It’s like we take a step forwards, then backwards But this is his form of distraction Plus, he gets an enormous reaction When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers Then says he wants to lower our taxes Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions? Same s— that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered Then does it more From his endorsement of Bannon Support for the Klansmen Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that’s black And comes home from Iraq And is still told to go back to Africa Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors Now if you’re a black athlete, you’re a spoiled little brat for Tryna use your platform or your stature To try to give those a voice who don’t have one He says, ‘You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards!’ Unless you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered ‘Cause to him you’re zeros ‘Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured That’s not disrespecting the military F— that! This is for Colin, ball up a fist! And keep that s— balled like Donald the bitch! ‘He’s gonna get rid of all immigrants!’ ‘He’s gonna build that thang up taller than this!’ Well, if he does build it, I hope it’s rock solid with bricks ‘Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks ‘Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of s— against the wall ’til it sticks And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: F— you! The rest of America, stand up We love our military, and we love our country But we f—ing hate Trump

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Jackie Chan Confirms 'Rush Hour 4' Could Begin Filming Soon Under 1 Big Condition

The iconic actor confirmed a script for the fourth installment has been completed.... Jackie Chan has revealed that a fourth entry in the Rush Hour series is closer than we think. Chan first starred alongside Chris Tucker in the buddy cop action comedy in 1998 with the duo returning for two more sequels in 2001 and 2007. With ten years now passed since their last on-screen union, Chan has some good news for fans - the fourth installment's script has been written. “For the last seven years, we've been turning down the script, turning down the script,” Chan told Power 106's The Cruz Show, adding: “Yesterday, we just agreed.” He continued: “The script probably at the end of this month will have a second draft and next year, [we'll] probably start. If... Chris Tucker agrees.” According to producer Arthur Sarkissian, however, Chan needn't worry; he previously claimed that Tucker was “on board,” adding: “He said he would love to do it.” The Rush Hour films - all directed by Brett Ratner - follow a pair of police detectives and the series of misadventures they find themselves embroiled in. The franchise's combined global box office gross is $850.6m

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Keyshia Ka’oir Hosts ‘Toast To The Mane Event’… in NEW YORK CITY (PHOTOS) & (VIDEO)

Keyshia Ka’oir was the guest of honor last night at her screening  ‘A Toast to The Mane Event’.... CHECK OUT INTERVIEW BELOW : [envira-gallery slug="keyshia-kaoir-hosts-toast-to-the-mane-event-photos"]

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Debra Lee, BET Chairman and CEO, on how she began @ SOURCE 360 ..2017

Debra Lee, BET Chairman and CEO, on how she began @ SOURCE 360 ..2017 Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television, talks about the challenges and successes on how she began.  The Source's Master Class Power Talks are one-on-one interview sessions with influential and inspiring industry leaders. Debra Lee, CEO of BET, will speak on “The Power of Evolution,

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