Serena Williams Australian Open Loss
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Australian Open runner-up Serena Williams of the United States speaks on stage after losing the Women's Singles Final to Angelique Kerber of Germany on day 13 of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams On Australian Open Loss: “I’m Not A Robot”

Sorry folks, Serena Williams is a human being.

Serena Williams suffered another upset on Saturday (Jan. 30) at the Australian Open after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 loss to Angelique Kerber. Right on the heels of tying tennis legend Steffi Graf’s 22 major title wins, Williams, the No. 1 rank, fell short to Kerber, who is No. 6. Following the match, Williams spoke with reporters about the high expectations fans and spectators have for her performance.

“Everyone expects me to win every single match, every single day of my life. And as much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not, and I try to. But I do the best that I can. I try to win every single time I step out there, every single point, but realistically, I can’t do it. Maybe someone else can, but I wasn’t able to do it.”

The Australian Open win counts as Kerbers first major title, and she is also the first German woman to win since Graf in 1999. This loss counts as Williams’ second attempt to reach Graf’s 22 Grand Slam wins; she also fell short at the U.S. Open last year. Taking the podium after Kerber’s win, Williams kept it classy, saying “Let me be the first to congratulate you.” During her post-match interview, Williams admitted that she did not play her finest tennis.

“I was missing a lot off the ground, and coming to the net. She kept hitting some great shots actually, every time I came in,” she said. “And I think I kept picking the wrong shots coming into it, but honestly, it’s something to learn from and just try to get better.”

Watch Serena Williams talk her Australian Open loss in the video below:

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Ja Rule Vows To “Stop Engaging” In Feud With 50 Cent

Ja Rule says he’s done “engaging in anymore back and forth” with 50 Cent. In a lengthy Instagram rant posted Friday (April 19), Ja blasted his longtime nemesis as a “parasite” and a “cancer to the culture.”

“THIS is why me and 50 will NEVER co exist,” he captioned a video of a Min. Louis Farrakhan speech. “He’s a parasite, a cancer to the culture and our [people]. He comes out with music takes shots at me Kanye etc. Comes out with liquor takes shots at Diddy, comes out with his show [Power], takes shots at Taraji [P. Henson].”

Ja added that Fif is “always downing his own [people],” and “always running his f**king [yuck] mouth until the smoke gets thick then you wanna make anonymous calls to the Feds and NYPD talking about you scared for your life... lmao smh.”

He continued, “Then when the minister [Farrakhan] called for both of us to sit with him for [hip-hop] unity you gave this man your a** to kiss… definition of a SUCKER.”

In closing, Ja announced that he is walking away from the beef. “I’m saying all this to say I will not be engaging in any more back and forth with this goofy a** n**ger Curtis Ratson!!! #BootlickingkneekissingCOON#cloutchasingclown you can have all the money in the world, can’t buy class.”

The 43-year-old Queens born rappers have been going at it for more than a decade.  Earlier in the week, Fif took to Instagram to make fun of Ja's newly reported tax debt. He has yet to respond to this latest roast but last year, Fif promised to continue feuding with Ja until one of them dies.

Read Ja’s full Instagram post below.

 

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THIS is why me and 50 will NEVER co exist he’s a parasite a cancer to the culture and our ppl... he comes out with music takes shots at me Kanye etc. comes out with liquor takes shots at Diddy comes out with his show takes shots at Taraji always downing his own ppl... always running his fucking yuk mouth until the smoke gets thick then you wanna make anonymous calls to the Feds and NYPD talking about you scared for your life... lmao smh then when the minister called for both of us to sit with him for hip hop unity you gave this man your ass to kiss complete definition of a SUCKER... I’m saying all this to say I will not be engaging in any more back and forth with this goofy ass nigger Curtis Ratson!!! #BootlickingkneekissingCOON #cloutchasingclown you can have all the money in the world can’t buy class... 🤷🏾‍♂️ #Iconn 12.XII.Twelve

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Cardi B Turns Down Plea Deal In Strip Club Assault Case

Cardi B will be heading to trial after rejecting a plea deal in her assault case. The 26-year-old rapper, who is accused of ordering an attack on two bartenders at a strip club last year, made a brief appearance in Queens Criminal Court Friday (April 19).

The Grammy winner faces misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment charges. During Friday’s hearing, prosecutors reportedly offered Cardi a deal to plead guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault, with a conditional discharge and no jail time. The case would have eventually been dismissed, provided that she abided by the terms of the plea agreement.

Sisters Jade and Baddie Gi accuse Cardi of being involved in an attack against them at a New York strip club last August. The women claim Cardi accused Jade of sleeping with her husband, Offset.

"Cardi B ordered and committed violent assaults against my clients and is being called to justice for her crimes,” a lawyer for the women said last year. “Apparently, she thinks her celebrity status puts her above the law, since she has bragged to multiple people and on social media that she orchestrated these vicious attacks. But reality is setting in, as justice does not care whether her name is Cardi B or Carly B, and she will now answer for her crimes."

Cardi surrendered to NYPD last October, for her alleged role in the brawl. Her trial date is scheduled for May 31.

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Beyoncé Makes $60 Million In Netflix Three-Project Deal

Beyoncé's Netflix deal proves to be another successful business move by the entertainer. The multihyphenate reportedly earned a hefty $60 million from the streaming site for three projects.

Variety reports Beyoncé's deal included the release of Homecoming a documentary and visual treasure that features a breakdown of her legendary 2018 performance at Coachella. Each project appears to be worth $20 million each with the next two projects carefully under wraps.

It makes the current debate about her earnings for her Coachella performance almost laughable. On Thursday (April 18) it was also reported by the publication that Mrs. Knowles-Carter earned a mere $4 million for her set–a stark difference from Ariana Grande's reported $8 million paycheck. While other reports claim the two were paid equally, Bey's choice to release the documentary in addition to a live album reminds us all that the singer is always ten steps ahead.

Beyonce’s nor Netflix have confirmed the numbers on the deal, but the streaming site is known for paying entertainers shiny coins for their projects.

Dave Chappelle was famously paid $60 million for his stand-up projects The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium, Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits and Dave Chappelle: Equanimity. Meanwhile, Chris Rock was paid $40 million for his two-stand up specials. The first being the 2018 release of Tambourine and a second yet to be released.

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