The Meteoric Rise of Brianna Perry

It's midnight and by any definition of the word we are deep in one of Miami's hoods. Ain’t nothing glitzy about it. The sirens of police cars going by are frequent, and the fellows leaning over metal fences are sipping on something wrapped up in paper brown bags. Even the local dogs sniffing around seem to be hustling for anything that resembles a meal. But just around the corner on a lot heavily lit by industrial lighting, a collection of the finest automobiles are forming a semi-circle around a group of dancers, popping their hips with impressive force. They are all young and cute, dressed in sexified version of athletic wear, looking like hot cheerleaders ready to play ball. Out of this group of ladies emerges Brianna Perry, female rapper on the rise, who steps out and takes charge, spitting rhymes to her super catchy “Back Der.”

Her appeal is undeniable. An army of handlers, makeup artists, and choreographers that make up her entourage are bopping heads to a track that can easily become an anthem for hot girls everyone. "Sitting like a boss, feet up, red bottoms say you paid, speak up, diamonds lay up on my chest like C-cups, trying to keep up,” Parry raps directly into the camera, delivering every line effortlessly. There is something about her that is eerily reminiscent of Aaliyah. Not because they look alike; their fluid physicality and the subtlety of delivery seem to come from the same bag of tricks. But where Aaliyah's voice was soft and marked with breathy soprano, Perry's is anything but. This femcee's brash vocal depth rivals that of Foxy Brown and MC Lyte. This juxtaposition makes for one unexpected mix. “I like being the surprise in the room,” Perry admits.

Despite all the hoopla on set, Perry is poised and unaffected, seemingly unaware of the mini media storm brewing all around her. First, the New York Times ran a huge article about state of female rap, with glowing reviews of her skills. Then Beyoncé shared Perry's “Marilyn Monroe” video, calling it one of her faves. "It's her time," says Elvin Prince, aka Big Chuck, president of Poe Boy Music Group, whose roster includes Perry and Flo Rida. "I've known her since she was a little kid; she is talented and driven and going to the top."

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Dr. Dre was released from L.A. Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Friday (Jan. 15), nearly two weeks after he suffered a reported brain aneurysm. Ice T confirmed the news tweeting, “Just FaceTimed with @drdre. He just made it home. Safe and looking good.”

The 55-year-old music mogul will remain under 24-hour care for the next few weeks as medical professionals continue to monitor his progress. Doctors are still unclear on what caused the aneurysm.

Dre’s hospital release comes days after new details were revealed in his divorce from estranged wife, Nicole Young. According to court documents publicized this week, Nicole accuses Dre, birth name Andre Young, of putting a gun to her head in 2000 and 2001. She also details other alleged abuse incidents in 1995 (before they were married) and in 2016, when he allegedly punched her in the face and kicked down her door.

The Grammy winner has denied Nicole’s abuse claims.

Nicole and Dre tied the knot in 1996. The pair share two adult children, Truice and Truly. Nicole filed for divorce last summer.

In addition to demanding that Dre cover her legal fees, Nicole wants the court to take the abuse allegations into account when “awarding support and fees.” Dre has already agreed to pay $500,000 of Nicole’s legal bills and $2 million in temporary spousal support.

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Cardi B Lands Leading Role In Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B is making her way back to the big screen. The Bronx native officially landed her first leading role in the upcoming Paramount comedy, Assisted Living.

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.’”

Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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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.”

From the sounds of it, Sherrick's widow doesn't exactly believe Williams' story. She not only questioned Williams' account but wondered why she waited so long to go public, and why she didn't call police at the time of the incident.

“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.”

The sexual assault will be chronicled in the film, as well as other details from Williams' life -- like her rise to talk show fame, her battle with drug addiction, and marriage to ex-husband Kevin Hunter.

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

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