Week of August 12 - 18

Judge Rules NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violates Rights

Has the NYPD violated the constitution with the "stop and frisk" law - stating that they have the right to stop and search people that are suspected of criminal activity? A judge ruled on Monday that police departments should take a closer look at this tatic as it's a version of racial profiling and a violatiion of civil rights. The Wall Street Journal reports:

"Finding that New York City's so-called stop-and-frisk program amounted to "indirect racial profiling" by targeting blacks and Hispanics disproportionate to their populations, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the installation of the department's first-ever independent monitor to oversee changes to its practices. City officials have argued that stop-and-frisk is a key component in their largely successful efforts to fight crime, but opponents have criticized it as a blatant violation of civil rights."

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Tameka Raymond Appears on Good Morning America

Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the latest with her son who nearly drowned last week and the difficulties of co-parenting with Usher. Watch the interview here.

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Has Russell Simmons officially gone too far?

Russell Simmons launched a new YouTube channel and the very first video released is both SHOCKING, DISTASTEFUL and DISTURBING - it's a parody video entitled "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape".

NewsOne.com reports: "On the very first day Russell Simmons' “All Def Digital” YouTube page was born, it managed to desecrate Harriet Tubman – one of the greatest Americans our country has even known."

What are your thoughts? What can we do to stop this? Speak on it!

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Russell Simmons Releases Apology For 'Harriet Tubman Sex Tape' Parody

After receiving much backlash from the African American community over the 'Harriet Tubman Sex Tape' paraody released on Russell Simmons' YouTube channel, he released a public apology saying:

"In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I’ve never taken down a controversial comedian. When my buddies from the NAACP called and asked me to take down the Harriet Tubman video from the All Def Digital YouTube channel and apologize, I agreed.

I’m a very liberal person with thick skin and it’s hard to offend me. My first impression of the Harriet Tubman piece was that it was about what one of the actors said in the video, that 162 years later, there’s still tremendous injustice. And Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master, I thought that was politically correct. Silly me. I guess I’m older now and instead of fighting for one piece of content, I can understand why so many people are upset. I have taken down the video. Lastly, I would never condone violence against women in any form, and for all of those I offended, I am sincerely sorry."


Do you believe his apology is sincere?

Tyler Perry To Film "Madea's Christmas"

Tyler Perry has another film in the works, this time, Madea and her gang is taking us into their Christmas holiday with the film, "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas"

The film hits theaters December 13.

"Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all."

Will you watch the film when it comes out?

Wendy Williams Hosts R&B Divas LA Reunion Special

If you've been keeping up with this season of "R&B Divas LA" then you know that tension has been high between the ladies especially with Kelly and Chante over their monologue rehearsal. Wendy Williams hosted the reunion special earlier this week and it looks like the ladies were able to squash everything. The reuinion airs on Sept 4 at 10pm. Will you tune in?

Miguel Arrested For DUI

Miguel was busted for a DUI this week as he was pulled over in LA for speeding in his BMW at 2:15 am.m. He was given a sobriety test and blew a .10 and .11 which is over the legal limit in California. He was taken to jail and later released on a $5k bail and is due back in court in September. 

Fantasia Performs 'Without Me'

Fantasia hit the stage at BET's '106 & Park' to perform her hit single, 'Without Me' for the very first time. Missy Elliot was on hand to join Tasia on stage for the performance. Watch below.

Oprah Discusses Whitney Houston & 'The Butler' On WWHL With Andy Cohen


Oprah visited Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last night to dish on her new movie, "The Butler", interviewing Whitney Houston and more. View some of the clips here.

 Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months in Prison


Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for spending $750,000 of his campaign funds on living expenses. His wife, Sandi Jackson, was also sentenced to prison as she used some of the money to purchase a Rolex watch, a vacation in Martha's Vineyard, cosmetics and more. Although Jesse attempted to take on his wife's punishment, she was still given a sentence of 12 months in prison. The couple has two childen, ages 13 and 19.