Diary Of Kimberly Jones (June/July 2011 Sex Issue Feature) (Pg. 7)

Four months after Hard Core’s release, on March 9,1997, the Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in Los Angeles. Kim had remained in Bronx, N.Y., to prep for a show.

 Shaka Don: Kim used to stay at my house a lot. She was at her mother’s house across the street. They couldn’t reach Kim because something was wrong with her mom’s phone. So they call me at two in the morning and Damien is crying. He told me Big got shot. I ran across the street. Kim was getting her hair done because we had a show the next day. When I came through the door, she said, “What’s wrong?!” I said, “Sit down.” I told her Big got shot. And then I said, “Let me call Damien before you get crazy.” Then Damien told me he was dead. She threw herself on the floor and started kicking and screaming and crying.

Jackson: Un called me and said, “Get to Biggie’s mom’s house now.” I lived around the corner, so I ran out the house in a T-shirt and sweatpants. That was the first time I saw Ms. Wallace, [screaming], “They killed my son!” Kim jumped out the car in the middle of the street crying. We were mentally out of it after that. Everybody thought it was over.

Rivera: That [next] morning, we all went to the office. She broke down. Like, “What am I gonna do now? What’s gonna happen from here? Will I be able to move on? He was a big part of everything that I did.”

Cheo Hodari Coker (writer, Unbelievable and Notorious): In my last conversation with Big, he talked about getting back with Faith. And he talked about his ups and downs with Charli Baltimore. But with me, he didn’t talk about Kim. I think that’s affected Kim to this day. Her role in his life was never clearly defined. I’m sure that made getting over his death even harder. She had a whole Jackie O. performance at the funeral. And this was in front of his wife. I think she acted out because she wanted people to know she was really hurting.

Monique Dopwell (friend and former assistant): I know Kim will never love like that again. She really lost focus for a while. She would cry a lot.

Duncan-Mao: That same year that Big died, I was interviewing her for the cover of The Source. I went out to the house where she was living with Junior M.A.F.I.A. They were chilling, smoking blunts, playing video games. And Kim was cleaning the kitchen. I thought: This is not going to end well. She was convinced that Big would have wanted her to take care of them, so she did.

Lil’ Cease: When Big passed, me and Kim had our biggest record out, “Crush on You.” We were still working. But then, as time passed, we became angry and aggressive. We were going through a lot. If I could go back in time, I would’ve worked harder after Big died. I laid on that backbone for too long. I thought I would always rock with Big or Puff.

Chrissy Murray (former publicist, Atlantic Records): I was at [Big’s] house a lot with her and Ms. Wallace, a townhome in Glen Point, one or two months after he died. She was peaceful and happy to be there in his place. She was quiet. Always about her work.

Following Big’s murder, Kim postponed recording another album. Instead, guest spots on Puffy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins,” the LOX’s “Money, Power, Respect” and Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm Remix” kept her in the limelight.

 Prodigy (rapper, Mobb Deep): “Quiet Storm” was originally for my solo record. It got a lot of airplay before we commercially released it. We changed the plan and made it a Mobb Deep record. We needed a female element, and we got Kim. She wrote her verse right there in the studio. She did it quick. I didn’t touch it.

Duncan-Mao: She was talking about Charli Baltimore on the song... Someone close to Jay-Z told me that Jay really wanted to step in and help Kim and try to write for her after Big was gone. She rebuffed him. She was insistent that she would do it all herself.

York: She ended up working with Puff on [her sophomore album, Notorious K.I.M]. I don’t think Big would have wanted Puffy to A&R Kim’s album. But she wanted to be close to anyone and anything related to Big. There was no closure.

DJ Clark Kent: When Big died, she thought she was a boss. And she stopped listening to people. She has to have firm direction. If you stop listening to people, you’re going to crash. Notorious K.I.M was good. But clearly, it wasn’t Hard Core.


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The unidentified woman alleges that she met Brown at a Parisian night club in rue de Ponthieu, near the Champs-Elysées, on the night of Jan. 15 into Jan. 16, before heading back to his room at the La Mandarin Oriental. The woman also accused Brown’s bodyguard of abuse, Closer reports.

Brown was recently spotted taking in the festivities of Paris Fashion Week, and smooching rumored flame, Ammika Harris. The “Undecided” singer shared video from dance rehearsal in the French city over the weekend. He has not commented on the reported rape allegation.

Brown is currently embroiled in a separate civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Brown's friend, Lowell Grissom, during a party at the Grammy winner's home last year. Brown requested that the lawsuit be dismissed.

“For the last 10 years anybody who comes at him should know they're going to meet the full force of my firm,” the Virginia native's lawyer, Mark Geragos, warned in an interview last year.

The woman has since filed court documents on Jan. 7, asking a judge to block Brown’s request that she give up phone and text records citing privacy concerns. According to The Blast, the woman asserts that she already turned over hundreds of documents, including text messages, emails and medical records.


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Spotify Testing Feature That Allows Users To Mute Certain Artists

Spotify users will be able to mute certain artists, for their listening pleasure. The streaming company introduced a “don’t play this artist feature” as apart of a new IOS app update, according to Thurrott, which got its hands on an early version of the feature.

The block button allows listeners to banish specific artists from their personal music libraries, and stops them from popping up in automatically curated playlists, and other pages on the music streaming app. In order to utilize the mute feature, users clicks on the menu above an artists’s page and selects the “don’t play” option. The feature doesn’t work for songs that the artist may be featured on, the Verge reports.

The update could be a middle ground for Spotify as it faces increased pressure in wake of the #MuteRKelly movement, and Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly  documentary. A petition calling for Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube to remove R. Kelly’s music from its services is close to garnering 150,000 signatures.

Last year, Spotify briefly removed Kelly, XXXTentacion and T-Kay (a Texas rapper convicted of murder) from featured playlists due to the company's hateful conduct policy. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions -- what we choose to program -- to reflect our values,” the company explained in statement to Billboard last May. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

Spotify abandoned the plan after pushback from fans of the artists singled out, and industry heavyweights like Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith, whose label imprint is home to Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolBoy Q and more.

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The Internet Reacts To Carmelo Anthony Being Traded To The Chicago Bulls

According to a tweet sent out by ESPN's Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls. However, he will likely not play any games.

"Anthony won't play a game for the Bulls, league source tells ESPN. He will be released and become a free agent if he clears waivers," tweeted Wojnarowski. " is possible that franchise holds off on waiving him until the trade deadline, league sources tell ESPN. Bulls could include him in a one-for-one trade, but can't aggregate his contract in another deal."

Since today is a national holiday (Jan. 21), the official word will reportedly be held off until tomorrow. Wojnarowski reports that his "best bet" would be to wait it out until the trade deadline (Feb. 7) to find another opportunity with another team.

The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

The NBA office will not execute the trade today because it's a holiday, league sources tell ESPN. To clear the way for Kenneth Faried to sign and play tonight in Philadelphia, Rockets had to waive to James Nunnally. Trade call on 'Melo will likely be Tuesday.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

Anthony won't play a game for the Bulls, league source tells ESPN. He will be released and become a free agent if he clears waivers.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

Social media caught wind of the news, and reacted with shock and of course with laughs via some hot takes.

"Melo is revolutionizing the 'farewell season' by signing a contract with each NBA team before he retires, truly ahead of his time," one tweet read, while another said "Melo is being held hostage by teams. Hopefully this means Liam Neeson will have a movie saving him come out around the trade deadline."

Check out some tweets below.

Melo is being held hostage by teams. Hopefully this means Liam Neeson will have a movie saving him come out around the trade deadline.

— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) January 21, 2019


— #RingerNBA (@ringernba) January 21, 2019

[email protected] fans looking at GM Lebron when Melo becomes free agent.

— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) January 21, 2019

Carmelo Anthony will not play a game for the Bulls, but it is possible that franchise holds off on waiving him until the trade deadline, league sources tell ESPN. Bulls could include him in a one-for-one trade, but can't aggregate his contract in another deal.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

For Anthony, his best bet is waiting until the Feb. 7 trade deadline to find his next team. He can wait for roster spots to open, trades to happen, etc, that'll create the best opportunity for him. Anthony wants to find a place to contribute.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

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