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Michelle Obama Pens Open Letter to Women

Our FLOTUS Michelle Obama is campaigning hard for her husband’s re-election campaign. With just a few weeks left until this country’s fate is decided for the next four years, Mo’s mission is to show women how much weight their vote carries. In a letter published on Elle.com, she writes:

“But four years ago—against all odds—I joined millions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life to vote for Barack. I didn’t do it just because we were married. I voted for him because I knew he was going to stand up for women like me—and our daughters, sisters, and mothers. When I look at all he’s done since that freezing day he was inaugurated on the Capitol steps—from health-care reform, to saving jobs, to fighting for women’s rights—I’m proud of how far we have come. And I’m determined to help him keep moving forward.”

She goes on to outline five reasons women should vote for Obama on November 6: Equal pay for women, the right to make our own health care decisions, affordable education, economic success and a fair shot for everyone for a better life.

Read Michelle’s entire letter over at Elle.–Nicole Brown

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Dr. Dre Promptly Deletes IG Post Bragging About Daughter's USC Admission

Dr. Dre thought he was sharing a "Proud Dad" moment on Instagram when he posted about his daughter getting accepted into the University of Southern California, but instead, he wound up the center of social media attack.

The tech mogul's deleted post reportedly bragged about his daughter Truly Young being admitted to the university "on her own," which was a subtle joke referencing the alleged college admissions bribery scandal. "My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own," he joked. "No jail time!!!"

The college admissions bribery scandal accused a number of parents of paying more than $25 million to a fake college admissions counselor to bribe college officials and inflate test scores.

While Dr. Dre was not one of the parents named in the court case, fans reminded him that he donated a whopping $70 million to USC. The donation was made in partnership with producer Jimmy Iovine in 2013 to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.

Dr. may have deleted the post, but the damage was already done. Check out a screenshot of his post below.

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Dubai Denies R. Kelly Was Ever Scheduled To Perform For Royal Family

R. Kelly tried to escape to a foreign country, and he would've gotten away with it if it weren't for Dubai's government.

United Arab Emirates officials are reportedly denying that the disgraced singer was scheduled to perform and meet the royal family in Dubai after Kelly asked a judge for permission to travel out of the country while he's facing sexual abuse charges, the Associated Press reports.

"Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked," the statement issued from the Dubai Media Office on Sunday (Mar. 24), reads. It was also noted that Kelly "has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance."

R. Kelly's lawyer, Steven A. Greenberg, is telling a different story, however. "Mr. Kelly had a signed contract with a legitimate promoter, and any information that was included in the motion to travel was from that contract," Greenberg explained in an email to AP. "We did not say he was invited by The royal family, but the contract did provide that he would make himself available to meet with them."

As you may know, R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse on Feb. 22. He's facing up to 70 years in prison. In court documents filed last week, Greenberg argued that the singer needed to travel abroad in order to raise money to support his three kids. "He has struggled of late to pay his child support and other child-related expenses," Greenberg stated, referencing Kelly's back child support case.

The court docs did not specify where Kelly would be performing. There were also no postings regarding Kelly's expected visit. A judge has not ruled on the request to travel, but it's likely that the government's statement will influence the final decision. So, Kelly will just have to find another way to make his money.

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Diana Ross Defends Michael Jackson Amid Child Abuse Allegations

Diana Ross felt compelled to get something off her chest this past weekend. The legendary entertainer hopped on Twitter on Saturday (Mar. 23) to defend her friend Michael Jackson amid the child sex abuse allegations that resurfaced as a result of HBO's explosive documentary, Leaving Neverland.

"This is what’s on my heart this morning," Ms. Ross, tweeted. "I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and many others."

Ross then appeared to address the Jackson critics and protesters by referencing her 1965  smash with The Supremes: "STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE."

MJ and Ross shared a loving friendship up until his death in 2009. In addition to collaborating on a number of musical and theatrical projects (The Wiz [1978]), Ross was also named as a secondary caregiver for the King of Pop's three children.

The "I'm Coming Out" artist's new statement in defense of Jackson comes nearly three months after HBO premiered Leaving Neverland. The doc included testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck who alleged Jackson molested them when they were young boys.

The documentary and resurfaced allegations have created a divide among fans and music lovers. While many organizations and radio stations have opted to remove Jackson's music and artifacts, others have continued to honor him. Some fans have also launched protests in their local communities, maintaining Jackson's innocence.

See Diana Ross' tweet below.

This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019

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