Lil Kim's Ex Damion Hardy Faces Death Penalty
Lil Kim's Ex-Boyfriend Faces Death Penalty For 6 Murders

Lil Kim's Ex-Boyfriend Faces Death Penalty For 6 Murders

(via New York Daily News) Rapper Lil' Kim's ex-boyfriend is one step closer to facing the death penalty after a Brooklyn federal judge authorized the feds to forcibly medicate the delusional drug kingpin in an effor to make him competent to stand trial for six murders.

Damion "World" Hardy's lawyer said Thursday that he would appeal the decision without consulting his client who suffers from schizophrenia and is jailed at a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

"The appeal (in this particular case) is a lawyer's decision, not a defendant's," said lawyer David Ruhnke. Federal Judge Frederic Block sided with prosecutors who have been trying for more than three years to make Hardy well by administering powerful anti-psychotic drugs despite the potential health risks associated with the meds.

"There is an important government interest in proceeding to trial against Hardy and seeking justice for the six murders," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Loonam stated in court papers. Hardy, 37, was the leader of a violent drug organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant called Cash Money Brothers named after Wesley Snipes' crew in the film "New Jack City." He was arrested in 2004.

Hardy is under the delusion that he is some kind of Messiah and refers to himself Isa Ibn Jibril, according to court papers. Last month he wrote a letter to Block claiming that a legal newspaper had published an order for his release and informed the judge that he had authorized the city comptroller's office to pay the court $3.5 million.

Four of the murders were allegedly ordered by Hardy in retaliation for the killing of his brother by drug rival Ivery Davis. He also is charged with participating in the slaying of a worker who through him out of a Brooklyn roller rink and in the death of Swedish filmmaker Johan Comitz, who was an innocent bystander in the Davis hit.

Hardy faces death by lethal injection if convicted of ordering Davis' murder outside a Manhattan nightclub.

Since 2006, Hardy has belted a guard with a sock full of batteries, stabbed an inmate in the head with a sharpened comb, frequently thrown an "unknown liquid substance" at staff members and battled with guards trying to subdue him. Last November guards found a tube of toothpaste in his cell which had been emptied and re-filled with feces and urine, prosecutors alleged in court papers.

The former drug thug also has been a terror behind bars which was, in part, a basis for the governent's motion to medicate him.

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Cardi B Awarded Crossover Artist Of The Year At 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards

2019 has been a pretty successful year for Cardi B. In February, Cardi won a Grammy Award for "Best Rap Album," and as of Thursday (April 26), the Bronx beauty was awarded Crossover Artist of the year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The 26-year-old beat out Demi Lovato, DJ Snake and Drake in the category. Cardi's been featured on some of the hottest Latin records that have ruled both 2018 and 2019. She has her hit song "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, and she's featured in the tracks "Taki Taki" and "La Modelo" as well.

Cardi's win makes her the first female rapper to ever win a Billboard Latin Music Award. The MC took to her Instagram stories to thank the publication for the award, a move that comes after a recent squabble she had with gossip page "The Shade Room."

On Wednesday, in a series of now-deleted Instagram videos, Cardi slammed the gossip page for posts she felt harmed her husband Offset's image. In the video, Cardi called out TSR for allegedly only sharing negative news about her label mates at Quality Management, rather than uplifting them and the rest of the black community.

“Everybody that they know that I’m cool with, they always try to get them set up for people to talk sh*t,” she said. "Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No… are they posting any positive sh*t and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby mom. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"

Congrats to Cardi on her win.

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Jussie Smollett's Potentially Final 'Empire' Episode Draws Low Viewership

It hasn't been revealed whether Empire will return for a sixth season. However, if the show returns, there's no word on if Jussie Smollett will reprise his role as Jamal Lyon.

Regardless of the unknown, it looks like fans weren't all the way tuned-in to what may have very well have been Smollett's last episode on the show. Per Variety, Jamal's groundbreaking wedding episode garnered low ratings for the Fox series.

"The episode, in which Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon tied the knot in TV’s first-ever black, gay wedding, returned a 1.1 rating in the key 18-49 demo and 3.8 million total viewers," reports the site. "Those numbers are a tick up on the 1.07 rating of the previous two weeks, but are still down on the season 5 average, which currently sits at around 1.4."

Smollett's character was written out of the last two episodes of the fifth season, due to his highly-publicized arrest in February for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that he was attacked physically and verbally in Chicago. All 16 charges against him were dropped in March.

Recently, his Empire family penned a letter of support for their cast member, urging the show's producers to allow him to come back for the unannounced sixth season.

"[Smollett] is kind. He is compassionate," the letter says. "He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped."

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SWV Reacts To Female R&B Artists H.E.R, Teyana Taylor, And More

SWV recently sat down for BuzzFeed's "Cocoa Butter" video series to react to the new generation of female, R&B vocalists, and the veteran trio's facial expressions said it all.

The first singer the ladies reacted to was H.E.R. "I'm partial because I just love H.E.R. So she could sing dookie on a stick, and I'll still be like, oh she sounds nice," Tamara Johnson-George said.

"I wanna hear her do something different though," Coko chimed in, adding that she should experiment with more upbeat tempos.

Another notable reaction was given to Chloe x Halle. While the women agreed that the duo sounded a lot like their mentor, Beyonce, they felt that they hadn't heard any songs that "pop."

SWV didn't jump up and down for everyone, but they collectively loved Teyana Taylor. "She's going to be around for a minute," Leanne "Lelee" Lyons says.

The trio started to really dive in and dissect the artists when they moved on to Queen Naija. Although two-thirds of the group said they like Queen, Coko's facial expressions said something else. "You heard her sing live?" She askd. "I just like to hear them sing live because nowadays these girls sound like a computer."

SWV also reacted to Jhene Aiko, Kehlani, and Syd. See their reactions below.

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