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Traci Loses $50K, Momma Dee Falls Back (Sort of) and K. Michelle Vs. Mimi on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta

Things all fell apart for the ladies of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta last night. Following the huge scream fest last week between Mimi and K. Michelle, Ariane tries to play mediator and get the old friends back together. She tells Mimi that K. Michelle is easily excitable and invites her to come to NYC with her (where K just so happens to have a concert) so the ladies can talk and hopefully squash their issues.

Elsewhere, Scrappy finally stands up to Momma Dee following her "End of Engagement" party. He tells her to stop disrespecting him and packs his stuff up. Dee apologizes, which isn't easy for her, but she's secretly VERY happy that Erica is out of the picture. Erica may be out of the picture for good, as we find out during a fashion show, that Shay has still been seeing Scrappy. It's not totally clear what the extent of that is, but when Traci asks her, it's clear that Shay still harbors some feelings. Things gets weird when Erica walks down the aisle of the show and later totally snubs Shay. Traci vows to get Erica and Shay on good terms, but it ain't happening today.

Traci has her own issues, totaling to about $50k to worry about. She finally gives Drew the money for his sneaker store and then finds out he gave it to his business partner, without a contract, who stole the money. With a launch party near, Traci is embarrassed and shocked. She storms off, leaving Drew standing there, promising he'll fix things.

Rasheeda and Kirk's issues go from bad to worse. She feels that her longtime love is not the man she married. He accuses her of being spiteful and getting pregnant on purpose. Kirk asks Rasheeda to get an abortion but she responds, "Hell no. I'm going to have a baby." Kirk confides in Benzino (of all people) about his problems. Even Zino is shocked by his behavior and insensitivity. He tells Kirk to be supportive for his wife and then educates him on safe sex practice. What a guy.

Stevie J and his artist Che Mack try to talk to Joseline again about being cool with Stevie working with other women. It's so not happening. Joseline wants to know why her album isn't done, but her man has time for these other birds. She tells Che that she'll never work with her and storms off.

Finally, things come to a head in NYC, as Mimi finds out that K has been talking smack about her on the radio. Now, K is openly telling people that she thinks Mimi's man is on the Down Low. When Ariane, Mimi and K do meet up backstage at K's show, the tension is thick. K tells Mimi that she does believe that Nikko is gay and so is his friend/roommate Johnny. Mimi starts yelling to K that she has no man and the two get into it. At one point, K takes a congratulatory flower bouquet and smacks Mimi with it. She then walks off, singing into her dressing room.

Now it's Ariane's turn to get mad. She feels Mimi acted immaturely, which of course, is the last thing Mimi wants to hear. Ariane and Mimi get dangerously thisclose to each other, while screaming. It seriously looks like these two are donezos too. Mimi tells Ariane to watch her back: K. Michelle turned on her, so she's do the same to Ariane.

How will the fight end? Stay tuned to next week's episode!

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‘Boyz N The Hood’ And ‘You Got Served’ Actress Esther Scott Dies At Age 66

Esther Scott, the actress who appeared in Boyz n the Hood, Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, You Got Served and more, has passed away at age 66.

Scott died last Friday (Feb. 14), days after suffering an apparent heart attack. Her death was first reported on Tuesday (Feb. 18) by TMZ.

According to the site, Scott was found unconscious in her Santa Monica, Calif. home last Tuesday (Feb. 11) and remained hospitalized for several days before passing away on Valentine's Day surrounded by friends and family.

"She loved what she did. She would get stopped on the street often and people would recognize her -- but they didn't know her name," Scott's sister told the website. "Hopefully now people will remember her name, her work and the contributions she gave to the entertainment industry."

The Queens native began her career as a voice actress in the ‘80s series StarWars: Ewoks. Scott’s first credited feature film role was as grandmother to the character Tisha (played by Leonette Scott) in Boyz n the Hood.

Scott worked steadily throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, following up her appearance in Boyz n the Hood with roles in Encino Man, Don Juan DeMarco, Illegal Blue, Species, The Craft, and Out to Sea.

Scott found success in both TV and film appearing as a judge in Austin Powers in Goldmember, a grandmother in You Got Served, as well as roles in Dreamgirls, Transformers, Gangster Squad, and The Birth of a Nation, The Steve Harvey Show, Party of Five, Ellen, Hart of Dixie, and Sister, Sister.

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Malcolm X’s Assassination To Be Reinvestigated After Docuseries Raises Questions

A documentary on Malcolm X’s assassination has prompted authorities to reexamine the case. In Who Killed Malcolm X? historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad explores the many questions surrounding the death of one of history’s most pivotal figures. The six-part series originally aired on Fusion but has been gaining popularity since appearing on Netflix.

This February will mark the 55-year anniversary of Malcolm’s murder. The former Nation of Islam leader, who left the organization and changed his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was gunned down inside Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965. Three members of the NOI, Mujahid Abdul Halim, Muhammad Abdul Aziz and Khalil Islam, were convicted for the murder and sentenced to life in prison.

As noted by the Innocence Project, Aziz and Islam always maintained their innocence, while Halim confessed to partaking in the fatal shooting. In 1966, Halim testified that Aziz and Islam had “nothing to do” with the murder. In 1978, Halim identified four other men as co-conspirators. His confession was supported by FBI documents obtained by civil rights lawyer William Kunstler. Prosecutors in the original trial claimed to have been unaware of the documents and New York State Supreme Court Judge Harold Rothwax ultimately rejected a motion to vacate Aziz and Islam’s convictions. Rothwax died in 1997.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has since met with representatives from the Innocence Project “and associated counsel regarding the matter,” a spokesperson for the DA’s office said in an emailed statement, per NPR.

Although Islam died in 2009, Aziz, now 81, continues to fight to clear his name. He was freed on parole in 1985. The Innocence Project joined forces with civil rights attorney David Shanies to re-investigate Azis’s conviction. “We are grateful that District Attorney Vance quickly agreed to conduct a review of the conviction of Muhammad Aziz. Given the historical importance of this case and the fact that our client is 81 years old, we are especially encouraged that Mr. Vance has assigned two highly respected prosecutors, Peter Casolaro and Charles King, to work on this re-investigation,” the Innocence Project and Shanies said in a joint statement. “We look forward to working cooperatively with them to see that justice is done.”

Casolaro worked on the case of the Exonerated Five and King is a member of the Conviction Integrity Program of the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

As noted by the Innocence Project, there was no physical evidence linking Aziz or Islam to Malcolm’s murder. In fact, Aziz wasn’t even at the venue. The day of the murder, Aziz had returned home after being treated for a leg injury. He heard about Malcolm's assassination while listening to the radio that day, and has doctors and witnesses, to corroborate his story.

Watch the trailer for Who Killed Malcolm X? below.

 

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Ava DuVernay Named Director Of Nipsey Hussle Documentary For Netflix

Ava DuVernay's next cinematic feat will center on a hometown legend. According to Deadline, the acclaimed director will lead a documentary on Nipsey Hussle for streaming giant Netflix.

The announcement was made on Monday (Feb. 10), two weeks since DuVernay presented a musical tribute to the late rapper at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Hussle won two gramophones that evening: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

In tribute to his birthday on August 15, the Emmy-award winning director shared a message on Twitter that expressed her gratitude for the interactions they had. "Grateful that he existed. Grateful we walked this vast earth at the same time," she wrote. "In the same city. Grateful that our paths crossed. Grateful for the work and wisdom he gave us."

For Nipsey. Ermias. Son. Brother. Partner. Friend. Artist. Champion. Grateful that he existed. Grateful we walked this vast earth at the same time. In the same city. Grateful that our paths crossed. Grateful for the work and wisdom he gave us. We miss you. Happy Birthday, Nip. xo pic.twitter.com/cNEZHUhiao

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 15, 2019

On March 31, 2019, Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. His death rattled various communities and prompted supporters and new fans to take a look back at this trajectory within music and entrepreneurship.

According to Billboard, other streaming services in the mix included Apple and Amazon. Alongside Hussle's family, the entrepreneur's Marathon Films will also helm production duties.

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