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The Outtakes: VIBE's Usher Cover Story

You haven't heard everything from Usher just yet. Check out outtakes from VIBE's Oct/Nov cover story.

On Rumors Of Him Firing His Momager Jonetta Patton
"I never fired my mother. My mother actually decided that she could not work for me. We had differences of opinion and I thought it was actually a good thing for us to be at a place where she could be supportive in the way that I needed her to as a mother for me. If I need her help I could always ask for it. But in terms of us having business together I began to take on more responsibility for my career. I don’t think that anybody made a definite decision 'til we came to a place where it was like, you know what, it may be time for me to take on a little bit more responsibility and she was like, 'I’ll do whatever I gotta do to be supportive because we built this together and I want to make sure that you don’t tarnish the brand. I can’t continue to work.' I said, 'Okay I understand.'"

On Tameka Keeping His Last Name
"I don’t see anything wrong with it. My mother built an entire company off of her ex-husband’s name. Her original name was Jonetta O’Neal. You don’t know her as Jonetta O’Neal. You know her as Jonetta Patton. Perry Reid, you don’t know Perry Reid for anything other than Perry Reid. For other things… but my point is her name. I don’t have any issue with [Tameka] still having my last name. It makes it easier for business, I think. She went through a lot for that last name. She gets beat up all the time for it. She should be able to have it if she wants it. She has the paper that made it so."

On Whether He’ll Ever Cringe Listening To “Papers”
"Nope. Whether I fully wrote something or not, I don’t cringe listening to it because I either have embodied it or I’m actually using myself as a vessel to speak about it. I think that song helps people. It’s a good record. Maybe that guy just needed that little push to say you need to go ahead and make a decision or look at it from a positive aspect, 'Man I never wanna be in that situation.' So take your ass home and make sure you do right by your husband and do right by your wife and then you won’t have to sign papers."

On Tameka’s Issues With Media Attention
"I don’t think that Tameka was understanding of how heavily judgmental people are and being with a celebrity you have to be accepting of that. I don’t think that she understood that. I think that made our relationship extremely difficult. I think that was the hardest part of our relationship. I spent a lifetime of people having opinions of it. It never stopped me. It made me better."

On Whether He Has Commitment Issues
"I’m a relationship guy. I love being in relationships. I love to have a relationship. It’s what I’m accustomed to, having been raised by my mother, built a career with my mother. I’ve always had a partner so naturally to evolve in life and relationships when I begin to become passionate and want to have a relationship with a woman, I wanna make sure that I have something that I can really rely on, someone I can come home to at the end of the night and I know that she’s not gon' be judgmental about whatever, infidelity or not, none of that, because men and women have issues, man. Men ain’t the only ones who cheat."

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Cardi B Turns Down Plea Deal In Strip Club Assault Case

Cardi B will be heading to trial after rejecting a plea deal in her assault case. The 26-year-old rapper, who is accused of ordering an attack on two bartenders at a strip club last year, made a brief appearance in Queens Criminal Court Friday (April 18).

The Grammy winner faces misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment charges. During Friday’s hearing, prosecutors reportedly offered Cardi a deal to plead guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault, with a conditional discharge and no jail time. The case would have eventually been dismissed, provided that she abided by the terms of the plea agreement.

Sisters Jade and Baddie Gi accuse Cardi of being involved in an attack against them at a New York strip club last August. The women claim Cardi accused Jade of sleeping with her husband, Offset.

"Cardi B ordered and committed violent assaults against my clients and is being called to justice for her crimes,” a lawyer for the women said last year. “Apparently, she thinks her celebrity status puts her above the law, since she has bragged to multiple people and on social media that she orchestrated these vicious attacks. But reality is setting in, as justice does not care whether her name is Cardi B or Carly B, and she will now answer for her crimes."

Cardi surrendered to NYPD last October, for her alleged role in the brawl. Her trial date is scheduled for May 31.

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Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Beyoncé Makes $60 Million In Netflix Three-Project Deal

Beyoncé's Netflix deal proves to be another successful business move by the entertainer. The multihyphenate reportedly earned a hefty $60 million from the streaming site for three projects.

Variety reports Beyoncé's deal included the release of Homecoming a documentary and visual treasure that features a breakdown of her legendary 2018 performance at Coachella. Each project appears to be worth $20 million each with the next two projects carefully under wraps.

It makes the current debate about her earnings for her Coachella performance almost laughable. On Thursday (April 18) it was also reported by the publication that Mrs. Knowles-Carter earned a mere $4 million for her set–a stark difference from Ariana Grande's reported $8 million paycheck. While other reports claim the two were paid equally, Bey's choice to release the documentary in addition to a live album reminds us all that the singer is always ten steps ahead.

Beyonce’s nor Netflix have confirmed the numbers on the deal, but the streaming site is known for paying entertainers shiny coins for their projects.

Dave Chappelle was famously paid $60 million for his stand-up projects The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium, Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits and Dave Chappelle: Equanimity. Meanwhile, Chris Rock was paid $40 million for his two-stand up specials. The first being the 2018 release of Tambourine and a second yet to be released.

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Over 305,000 Children Are Without Schools In Mozambique Due To Cyclone Idai's Aftermath

After the devastating effects that Cyclone Idai has had in Mozambique over the past month, approximately 305,000 children are being left without attending school.

UNICEF broke down the importance of education amid the cyclone in a recent press release. The humanitarian organization reports that over 3,400 classrooms have been damaged in the surrounding regions where the natural disaster took place with an additional 2, 713 damaged ones in the Sofala area.

Educators in the community are also suffering from the absence of schooling, but UNICEF is determined to help out the cause in any way they can.

“UNICEF and its partners are working to help children return to school as quickly as possible,” reads the statement. “This includes providing educational supplies and early childhood development (ECD) kits, establishing temporary learning centers, distributing school tents, making repairs to school water and sanitation facilities, cleaning and disinfecting schools, and training teachers on psychosocial support for children.”

The organization has launched an appeal of $122 million dollars from the U.S. to help support the children and their families who are affected by Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

According to CNN, 300 to 400 were washed on a road out of Beira, a city in Mozambique. And at press time on March 25, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said that the country may have over 1,000 people dead after the cyclone. The commissioner for Mozambique in England, Filipe Chidumo said that the country needs both domestic and international help to overcome this tragedy: "a sustained effort on part of the Mozambican government as well as the international community," he said.

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