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Howard Homecoming 2013: Epic…Fail?

When my friend and co-worker asked me to accompany her to Howard University’s Homecoming weekend, I thought “why not?” After all, this was my dream school back in high school. I’d spent countless hours scouring the school’s website, looking at the dormitories and brainstorming what organizations to join. I finally applied and was awarded multiple scholarships long before graduating the 12th grade. Little did I know, my fantasies would never become a reality as my mother decided that Washington, D.C. was no place for a 17-year old New Jerseyian who’s never lived away from home. So, buried alongside my high school memories were pent up feelings about not becoming a Bison. Worry not, I follow the “everything happens for a reason” mantra and couldn’t imagine not attending my own school.

Fast forward to present day as I start packing my weekend bag just an hour and a half before my bus departs Midtown Manhattan (I live in Brooklyn). Up until this moment, I’d been told that this famed celebration was a fashion show of sorts as guys and gals pulled out their best threads to model on the yard and at countless parties. You can imagine the anxiety I felt while struggling to find clothes worthy enough in my closet—I’m no fashionista. Ironically, I would end up wearing my girlfriends’ clothes all weekend as we mixed and matched ensembles inside our rented apartment not far from the school. Even the bus ride down to our country’s capitol played out the same. It may have been 12:30am, but girls were fully dressed as if a party awaited them at Union Station. As I waited in line, old friends were reunited and new ones were made as we all talked about the anticipated happenings. At this point, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew it would be something to remember.

Once I arrived at our rented underground spot, my girlfriends were laid out across the apartment, presumably after some raucous partying (and an accurate preview of what was to come). The next morning, I was bombarded with stories of the night fueled by liquor, loud music and lots of eye candy. At this point, I was more than ready for Yardfest, an annual outside concert thrown by the university and featuring today’s hottest artists. Last year, Drake practically ignited a riot after crashing 2 Chainz set. I could only hope that someone or something would upstage him in 2013. Unfortunately, that was the “epic fail” of the weekend that even interviewing celebrities backstage couldn’t save. Big Sean and 2 Chainz are amazing performers, but the yawns were frequent since I’ve seen them multiple times. Poor Gyptian’s mic was entirely too low (even from the front row) and Young Dro’s outfit distracted from his lively set. The worst part? Just as a “surprise guest” was set to hit the stage, a gang of guards and law enforcement flooded the stage and shut down an already lackluster event. Combined with the fact that my feet were frozen, I was not looking forward to the trek down Georgia Ave or the rest of the day.

Luckily, the 1,000 Bottles (hosted by the Gifted Life and BE, LLC) celebration saved the night. As promised, it certainly felt like I drank a 1,000 bottles as liquor was in infinite supply and every song was twerk-worthy. I dared to wear a backless dress and felt amazing surrounded by what I could only describe as black excellence: tall, dark and handsome men in suits and women dressed for the college equivalent of prom; a mix of nostalgia and glamour. Needless to say, words can’t express how much fun I had or the hangover I experienced the next day.

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Bryson Tiller Announces Deluxe Edition Of ‘Trapsoul’ Debut

Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated new album, Bryson Tiller is giving fans another chance to fall deeper in love with Trapsoul. The Grammy-nominated singer announced that he will be releasing a deluxe version of his debut album to streaming service this Friday (Sept. 25).

The deluxe edition will feature fan favorites “Just Another Interlude” and “Self Righteous,” Tiller tweeted on Tuesday (Sept. 22). “Before we get into my new album, I wanna celebrate with this special edition of my debut album, 'Trapsoul.' Featuring a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut.”

before we get into my new album, I wanna celebrate with this special edition of my debut album, Trapsoul. Featuring a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut. Y’all asked for these on All Platforms and they’ll finally be yours this Friday. thank you! pic.twitter.com/8MJ5rC5jYB

— tiller (@brysontiller) September 23, 2020

Released in 2015, Tiller’s debut album put him on the map, and earned a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top R&B Album. The triple platinum release, lead single “Don’t” cracked the Top 20 on the Billboard singles charts becoming his highest charting solo effort to date.

Earlier in the month, Tiller released the music video for his song “Inhale” which samples Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon' Cry.” The end of the video reveals that Tiller’s new album will drop sometime this fall.

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Da Brat Talks Coming Out, Going To Prison, Dating Allen Iverson And More

Da Brat sat down with Kandi Burruss for an episode of Speak On It where she reflected on her career, opened up about coming out as a lesbian, and more.

The Chicago native, who recently went public with girlfriend, Jessica Dupart, explained that while her sexuality may have been an open secret, she was scared to go public early in her career out of fear of disappointing her family, namely her grandmothers who have since passed on.

“I was nervous but I was like ‘f*ck it.’ I’m happy, I don’t care,’” she recalled of coming out. “I’m in love with this woman, she completes me, she makes me feel like I’ve never felt before.

“I got nothing but good responses,” continued Brat. “It made me feel so good that I did it. First of all, it was a weight lifted but I got nothing but positive responses then you got your troll motherf*ckers talking bout ‘we been knew.’”

After Brat got out of prison in 2010, Kandi approached her to be in a TV show about lesbians. “I thought about it but I just wasn’t ready [to come out],” she admitted.“I was still scared. I was like I’m not [about to] get on here with these gay b*tches and be looking all crazy. How can I pull it off and participate and not look gay? Now I don’t give a f*ck. This is my life. I’m happy, living in my truth, if anybody don’t like it oh well.”

As a youngster, Brat had several boyfriends. She says she didn’t realize that she was attracted to the opposite sex until she fell in love with woman at age 18. Throughout the year, she dated both women and men, one of whom was Allen Iverson. Dating the NBA star at the height of his career proved to be a struggle for Brat. The “last straw” was one of the women that Iverson was apparently sleeping with approaching them at a hotel.

“I’m like b*tch I know you see me sitting here with n*gga, you still gon’ say you’re looking for him? I must’ve mollywhopped that b*tch down the hallway,” she recalled. “I said ‘you know what? I can’t do this with you [Iverson],’ and I kind of like faded out answering the calls and just had to pull back, and then it eventually fizzled out.”

Further in the interview, Brat spoke about being revered by fellow inmates in prison while guards purposely mistreated her because she was a celebrity, and Mariah Carey coming to visit. During her three-year prison stint, Brat started penning an autobiography with the help of an inmate serving life but hasn’t been able to get the work back. The 46-year-old rapper and Dish Nation host hopes to release a biopic one day.

“I would love to like do a movie or docuseries, so people could see what the f*ck I been through, how I became the best of both girls: one side of the family was sanctified, the other side I got to wild out. So that’s how I’m like a tomboy on one side and a Christian on the other side.”

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Dr. Dre’s Estranged Wife Accused Of Embezzlement Amid Divorce

Dr. Dre and his estranged wife, Nicole Young, are embroiled in a contentious divorce battle, with both sides hurling allegations at each other. The latest round of accusations revolved around Nicole allegedly embezzling money from Record One, a company founded by Dre and Larry Chatman in 2015.

According to TMZ, the company was founded under an LLC of which Nicole is a trustee and signatory on the LLC’s checking account, and therefore had access to the company money. Chatman claims Nicole wrote herself a check for $353,571.85 last month,  plus an additional $30,000. Dre, whose birth name is Andre Young, and his business partner are giving Nicole a week to return the money or face a lawsuit.

In legal documents filed on Friday (Sept. 18), Nicole accuses her ex of hiding assets, kicking her out of their home, and years of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.

“Andre’s history with women provides context for the blatant disregard he had for the legal rights of Nicole, his wife and mother of their three children,” the complaint states before referencing Dre’s ex, Michel’le, and the Lifetime biopic that revealed the abuse she suffered. “Andre’s documented past is riddled with tales of dominating and physically abusing women, which he was forced to admit when a movie of his life was being released.”

Nicole alleges that she co-owns the trademark to Dre’s stage name. She also claims that he created an assets holding company to secretly transfer “valuable trademarks” that they allegedly co-owned. The documents allege that Dre threatened to file for divorce in late June leaving Nicole “no choice” but to “initiate divorce proceedings” two days later.

The mother of three was previously married to NBA player Sedale Threatt before marrying Dre in 1996. Dre and Nicole raised three children together, including her son from a previous relationship. Dre also fathered three children from previous relationships.

Nicole, who claims that she was coerced into signing a prenup, demanded a reported $2 million per month in temporary spousal support.

She is requesting a jury trial.

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