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Diddy Honored At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

Next month, Sean “Diddy” Combs will be able to add another honor to his already glowing collection of prestigious awards.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers plans on honoring the music industry mogul and innovator with the ASCAP Founders Award, which is known as the “most prestigious” award given to songwriters and composers, who have influenced the music industry as well as their peers in new and innovative ways.

Diddy, upon receiving the news of this honor, stated "To be recognized for my contributions to music by ASCAP, an organization that represents music creators, is a true honor. All I wanted to do was make people dance and hopefully inspire others to never settle for anything but their best."

Past recipients of the Founders Award have been musical pioneers such as Stevie Wonder, Dr. Dre, Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, Jr. Back in 1998, the ASCAP awarded Diddy with the Golden Note Award, which recognized him for his extraordinary career milestones. Diddy has also won the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Songwriter of the Year four times.

The 24th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul awards will be held on June 24th, 2011. The invite-only ceremony will be at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Performances have yet to be announced. —Tyler McDermott

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Steph Curry Says He’s “Definitely” Visiting NASA After Moon Landing Joke

Earlier this week, Stephan Curry appeared on the Winging It  podcast where he expressed doubt in the moon landing. The comments caused an uproar in the science community and drew comparisons to Kyrie Irving’s flat Earth conspiracy.

NASA even weighed in, offering Curry a free visit to the lunar lab at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Looking back, the 31-year-old Golden State Warriors point guard admits that he wasn't being totally serious about his feelings on the moon.

 

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— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 11, 2018

“I was just talking nonsense around conspiracies and whatnot...and I brought up the moon landing and if I believe it or not,” Curry explained to VIBE Tuesday (Dec. 12) from the Warriors training facility where the NBA star gave a sneak peek at his new Under Armour Curry 6 sneakers.

“I have now parlayed that into an opportunity to educate myself and have an experience I will take NASA up on,” he continued. “I’m definitely going and also, lessoned learned in terms of obviously don’t believe something just because somebody said it, educate yourself. Do your research and be intelligent about it, that’s what I plan on doing.”

No word yet on when Curry will head to NASA.

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North Carolina Prosecutors Say Teen Would Still Be Alive If Cops Pursued Evidence From 2016

North Carolina prosecutors have placed blame on local law enforcement stating had police pursued evidence, 13-year-old Hania Aguilar would still be alive.

Robeson County District Attorney Luther Johnson Britt spoke with reporters Wednesday (Dec. 12) and said authorities were able to link suspect Michael Ray McLellan to an unrelated rape case for about a year but failed to take action.

"This hurts," Britt said. "This is like taking a punch to the gut and not being prepared to get it."

McLellan has been charged with first-degree murder and a host of other charges related to the kidnapping, rape, and murder of the teen. He's being held without bail. Last month, Hania was kidnapped from her driveway by the 34-year-old and forced into a relative's vehicle.

The eighth grader's body was found last week in water and the SUV was found less than 10 miles away from her body. Britt told CNN with the help of an interpreter he spoke to the teen's mother and explained their daughter wouldn't be coming home.

"It was a difficult conversation to have with her," he added. "Maybe the most difficult conversation I've ever had with a victim's family -- to tell them that had this information been followed up on -- her daughter might be alive."

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said the department would launch an internal investigation.

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McKenzie Adams committed suicide after being bullied by classmates. She was nine years old.
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9-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Intense Bullying Occurs At School

Nine-year-old Alabama resident McKenzie Adams committed suicide on Dec. 3, after experiencing intense bullying from classmates. Her grandmother found her hanging in their bathroom. After performing CPR, McKenzie was rushed to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

“Something happened that day from one of these bullies that pushed my niece over to the edge,” Adams aunt, Eddwina Harris, 33, tells People. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. We’re heartbroken.”

According to CBS News, Adams was receiving rude notes from classmates and was bullied on the bus due to her race. Her school U.S. Jones Elementary is predominantly white, but the bullies were both black and white.

"Some of the student bullies would say to her, 'Why you riding with white people? You’re black, you’re ugly. You should just die,'" explained the child's mother, Jasmine Adams.

"Certainly our hearts goes out to the family and friends of Mckenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers," school officials said in a statement after the child's tragic suicide. "Demopolis school system has provided grief councilors and crisis councilors at the school since this and ministers and youth ministers have been at the campus since the date of this incident."

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