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V Exclusive: Omarion Addresses His 'Come And Talk To Me' Haters + Rosa Acosta Comments On O's Sexuality

By now, all narrow-ranged R&B artists should know to be wary of recreating classic hits. Former B2K frontboy Omarion learned that lesson the hard way when he released his own raspy rendition of the 1991 Jodeci groove "Come And Talk To Me," accompanied with a R-rated music video featuring model Rosa Acosta.

 Needless to say, Omarion's version didn't really impress listeners and the young singer got pummeled with comments criticizing his vocal ability and dubbing his sexy video a clear act of desperation. However O shared with VIBE his personal thoughts on the backlash: 

 "I've been getting mixed reviews. A lot of people from the old school, that grew up listening to Jodeci, and I'm not meaning in my age bracket, I mean part of Jodeci's time, they don't really like it," he says. "But a lot of the young people appreciate it. But I say hey, I was a big fan of Jodeci and I thought it was really interesting as an entertainer that no one has touched any of their records and/or their legacy."

 O also commented on the sex factor of his video, Rosa Acosta, and their evident chemistry. "A lot of the times when you're an artist and you say well find me an "it" girl for my video, there's no real chemistry. But because me Rosa and developed a relationship for many years now, she was kind enough to allow herself to be vulnerable on film as well and I think that creates really good moments."

 The vixen herself also spoke to VIBE about having initial second thoughts on doing the video. "I’m not sure if it was easier because we know each other but I think it came out great. In the beginning I was a little nervous. Making something like that look intimate when its actually a whole group production was kind of a challenge. We both did our acting thing and I think it came out great."

Rosa also commented on the alleged gay rumors surrounding Omarion in the recent past by saying "It’s sad that this day the media really don’t care about your new project, what you’re working on but they do care about who youre dating, the sandal, the sexual preference" She added "I'm expecting those type of things to happen because that’s the industry that he’s in."

Omarion is currently putting final touches on his R&B mixtape The Awakening, set to hit the net April 27th. —Keenan Harris with additional reporting by Clover Hope


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If you've been keeping up with the twists and turns in the Jussie Smollett case, then you may have thrown your hands in the air Tuesday morning (March 26) when prosecutors announced all charges against the 36-year-old actor were dropped.

The shock reverberated online and through the Chicago Police Department who accused the former Empire actor of staging the crime. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson were prompted to offer their reaction to the outcome.

"This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice," Emanuel said at a news conference. "There is no accountability. It is wrong, full stop."

Johnson, who was reportedly furious over the outcome, learned about the prosecution's decision while attending a police academy graduation with the mayor.

"I'm sure we all know what happened this morning," Johnson said.  "Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is owed an apology."

Johnson stands by his belief that Smollett made up the whole thing and also suggested a deal was made to keep Smollett out of prison.

"At the end of the day, it's Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax, period," Johnson said. "I heard that they wanted their day in court ... so America could know the truth, and they chose to hide behind a secrecy of a brokered deal to circumvent the judicial system."

The mayor was beside himself after the news, insisting he learned about Smollett's outcome when everyone else did and questioned where are the actor's morals.

“A person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities, and you turn around and use them to advance your career?" Emmanuel said. "Is there no decency in this man?"

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T.I. Honored By Georgia State Senate For Philanthropic Work

T.I. was recognized by the Georgia Senate for the good deeds the Atlanta-based rapper has done throughout the years, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

The “Mediocre” artist was honored at the Georgia State Capitol on Friday (March 22) for the positive influence he’s had on the community. The ceremony was led by State Sen. Donzella James (D-Georgia), who praised Tip for his stellar non-profit, Harris Community Works, which offers help to the disadvantaged and marginalized, and For The Love Of Our Fathers, which caters to those living with Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Previously, the 38-year-old has been involved in various initiatives that empowered the greater ATL area, like collaborating with Walmart to give away 300 tickets so that people could see Black Panther on its premiere date last year.

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According to The Daily News, Witness C, as he's being called, is cluing authorities in on all those accused of Junior's horrific murder. Bronx homicide detective Oscar Rosa spoke during a pre-trial hearing Monday (March 25) and said he interviewed Witness C shortly after the June 20, 2018 murder. That's how he learned Jose Muniz was “carrying a machete which he used against the victim as well.”

Witness C reportedly identified all five participants in court Monday (March 25) via photographs and placed them at his Boston Road apartment the killing.  Defendant Elvin Garcia needed advice after the killing due to sustaining a hand injury during the attack. Witness C's sage advice: seek medical attention.

Rosa also testified that he spoke to Garcia briefly while at the 48th precinct and said he was curious as to why Witness C was willing to cooperate with law enforcement.

“I had a brief conversation with Mr. Garcia,” he said. “He did mention to us at one point, ‘If I talk to you, they’re gonna kill me — so I don’t know if I want to talk to you.' "

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