Miss Jia's Blog: Celebrities & Jail Time - Free WHO?

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Every other day, there’s a new report of one of our favorite celebs getting caught doing something they shouldn’t or being at the wrong place at the wrong time with the end result being jail time. From Gucci Mane to Lil’ Boosie on over to Lil Wayne and (my personal favorite) T.I., these celebrities can’t seem to keep their noses clean.

The story seems to be the same…your personal favorite gets caught, it makes all the news and blog sites, they do a little stint in jail and get out on parole only to find that a couple months later, they’re repeating the process. And it seems never ending.

No sooner than your favorite is shown on YouTube leaving a parole hearing, you’ll see some of their fans rocking a “Free ____” t-shirt. For what?

It’s easy for one to become annoyed with the obvious idiocies and repetitious patterns. They’re millionaires who have the world handed to them, able to live life worry (and bill) free because of their success. But what’s more annoying are those who show support of this behavior by expressing dismay over the fact that they’re locked up to begin with. The fans aren’t the only ones who carry this guilt.

Celebrities seem to have an infinite stream of enablers around them, yes-men and women who cosign the good and the bad for the sole purpose of remaining on their payroll. No matter how asinine the stunt or ridiculous the outcome will be, there’s always that healthy few to say “It’s okay.” 

While I completely understand one’s desire to have nothing but the best for their favorite artist, please keep in mind that those same artists aren’t keeping their fans at the forefront of their minds by maintaining the presidential suite in jail and ultimately taking away from time spent with their art form.

I have been T.I.’s biggest fan for going on six years now. From his very first album to all the mix tapes, I’ve been his “Bonnie” cheering him on from afar. While I appreciate his talent and respect him as an artist, it saddens me to see a man be given so much with even MORE to offer the world throwing it away for the sake of a good time. Okay, so he may be an addict (his own admission was the first step to hopefully permanently fixing the problem). But why should I feel obligated to say that I back him no matter what, or that I offer a cosignature for his lackadaisical “attempts” at redemption? Truthfully speaking, if he doesn’t care, then I don’t either. If he’s not concerned with his wife and children being able to spend as much time with him as possible, I’ll look the other way. If he’s not concerned with being able to live life on the outside so that he can keep giving us the hotness in the studio, fine…I’ll simply rock with the oldies. And further, if he can’t see how immensely blessed he is but continues to make these mistakes (even with good “friends” by his side), that’s cool too. You just won’t see me rocking a “Free T.I.” t-shirt when he receives his proverbial slap in the face after the judge issues his sentence.

And trust me, I am not judging. Like many of you, I have absolutely no room to do so. However, when it comes down to the choice of being a fan with tunnel vision or a fan who can enjoy a celebrity but TRULY wants the best for them, I’d much rather be the latter. The “freedom” comes in knowing that my fave gives a damn about their own life and doesn’t rely on the delusional to do it for them.

 

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According to Variety, Cardi will play a small time crook struggling to find a hiding place after her latest heist fails. Her character, “Amber,” disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out at her grandmother's nursing home. The film is described as a “raucous comedy” similar to Mrs. Doubtfire and Sister Act.

Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

“After ‘Hustlers’ I filmed a little bit for 'Fast & Furious' so I felt like ‘I’m ready for this,’ I knew what to expect,” she explained. “But the characters were a little different so I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m going to need more acting classes.’ I’m planning on doing a movie this year and I’m going to be the lead role so I’m like ‘I need to execute this flawlessly.’”

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Wendy Williams Reveals She Was Date Raped By ‘80s R&B Singer

Wendy Williams revealed that she was date raped by  ‘80s R&B singer, Sherrick, early in her radio career. The talk show host shared the story with reporters while promoting her Lifetime biopic Wendy Williams: The Movie on Tuesday (Jan. 12).

“He mesmerized me with his twinkling eyes,” she recalled. “He flipped the interview around to where he was interviewing me — I was just gaga over this man and he asked me to go to an album release party with him that night.

“Before the party, I was date raped by him,” said Williams.

Sherrick, born Lamotte Smith, was a member of the group Kagny, whose song is featured on The Last Dragon soundtrack. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1987 and scored a marginal hit with the single “Just Call” off his debut self-titled album. Sherrick struggled with sobriety but declared himself “drug-free” before dying of unknown causes in 1999.

Williams says that she was raped in Sherrick’s Washington D.C. hotel room and it, unfortunately, wasn’t her first time being sexually assaulted. The New Jersey native had been date raped in college. “Those types of things happen to girls all the time and they’ve been happening a lot, to a lot of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and their great-great-grandmothers too.”

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“As I will never minimize or dismiss the horrid actions of sexual assault, I am saddened that Ms. Williams feels the need to publicly make these allegations when the man she is accusing is no longer on this earth to defend himself,” Lynne Conner Smith said in a statement to Page Six.  “Our family does not know Ms. Williams and are not aware of any relationship or encounter they may have had.”

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Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres on Lifetime on Jan. 30.

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YFN Lucci Denied Bond After Turning Himself In On Murder Charge

YFN Lucci turned himself in to Atlanta Police on Wednesday (Jan. 13) in connection with the murder of a man believed to be apart of his crew. The 29-year-old rapper, whose birth name is Rayshawn Bennett, is currently being held without bond at Fulton County Jail.

Lucci faces a felony murder charge, in addition to aggravated assault, participation in street gang activity, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was denied bond at a court hearing Thursday (Jan. 14).

A day before he surrendered, Atlanta Police held a press conference asking the public for details leading to his arrest.

“The presumption of innocence is a fundamental constitutional right for every citizen,” Lucci's lawyer said in a statement to CNN. “We have no further comments at this time.”

 

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The victim, James Adams, was riding in a car with Lucci when they drove into rival gang territory, TMZ  reports. Adams and Lucci were supposedly in the front seat of an SUV allegedly shooting at rival gang members when Adams got hit by return fire.

In a 911 call published by the outlet, a witness can be heard telling the operator that a male (Adams) was hanging from the side of an SUV. “They just pushed him out the truck and left him for dead,” the caller says.

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