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Bobby Shmurda Pleads Guilty To Murder Conspiracy, Will Serve Seven Years In Prison

Bobby Shmurda’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, issued a statement revealing that he might be home within 3 1/2 years.

UPDATE:
Bobby Shmurda's lawyer, Alex Spiro, issued a statement on his client's sentencing, writing that since he already spent two years in jail, he might be released within 3 1/2 years. Read the full statement below.

"Mr. Pollard pleads guilty to weapons related charges. His sentence of 7 years, with credit for 2 years already served and good time credit will hopefully permit him to be home in approximately 3 1/2 years and resume his remarkable career. This plea also covers any time that would have to be served under the Bronx indictment."

It's been nearly two years since Bobby Shmurda awaited his hearing for an arrest that included drugs and weapons charges, and today (Sept. 9), the Brooklyn native's case has reached its climax.

According to TMZ, the "Computers" rapper pled guilty to murder conspiracy, and was ordered to serve seven years in prison and five years on probation.

In December 2014, Bobby was apprehended outside of a New York City studio alongside other members of GS9. Over the course of the previous years, two affiliates of that crew, Rashid Derissant and Alex "A-Rod" Crandon, were sentenced to a 98 year and 53 year sentence, respectively.

TMZ also reports that Bobby's lawyer urged him to take the plea deal because of the jury's leniency and he was reportedly facing life in prison. At the time of his imprisonment, Bobby's career was on a rise with the chart topping hit "Shmoney Dance." His case sparked outrage across the music scene, imploring rappers like Meek Mill to speak out on the justice system's handling of his case.

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Kanye West, Mariah Carey And Tyler Perry To Join Joel Osteen For Virtual Easter Sunday Service

Joel Osteen is amping up the star power for Easter Sunday. Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Tyler Perry will join the Lakewood Church pastor’s virtual church service to be streamed online this Sunday (April 12).

“I don’t know that I did it too much. It just all came in to place,” Osteen told TMZ Live on Wednesday (April 8). The 57-year-old faith leader revealed that he’s known Carey “from years past” and that she reached out to him about paying tribute to healthcare workers and to do her part to “uplift the nation” during the coronavirus pandemic. Perry will be submitting a five-minute inspirational message, according to Osteen.

Although it’s unclear how West will contribute to the service, Osteen implied that the rapper’s Sunday Service choir will be involved. “I’m not so sure exactly what he’s going to do but he sent me a couple of pictures where it looks like they’re going to keep with the social distancing,” Osteen said of West and his choir. “He’ll figure out some way to do it. He just talked about wanting to partner with us on Easter to bring hope and inspiration to people.

“Especially when people are down and afraid I think this is a good time to lift people up,” added Osteen.

West and Osteen have teamed up before. The “Jesus Is King” rapper made an appearance at Lakewood Church last November where he addressed the congregation about his spiritual journey. The religious duo were reportedly  planned to take the show on the road for a tour of some sort.

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Rapper And Model Chynna Has Died

Philly MC and model, Chynna has died, sources close to rapper confirmed.

The 25-year-old got her start in the industry after she signed to Ford Models when she was 14-years-old. On weekends, she'd travel New York City with A$AP Yams. It was the late Yams who inspired the "seasonal depression" rapper to pursue her music career.

In the 2013, made waves with her single, "Selfie," followed by the hard knocking "Glen Coco," before releasing her EP, I'm Not Here. This Isn't Happening in 2015. Two years later, Ms. Rogers released her EP, Music 2 Die 2 .

It's no secret that she struggled with opiate addiction. Back in 2017, the late rapper told VIBE that she was three years sober.

"I felt crazy. I didn't want to be a statistic. I didn't want to go out that way and people be like: 'I told you so," or glamorize it [drugs], because I don't feel like that," Chynna said to VIBE. "It was nerve-wracking to be open, but when you see how many more people who are dealing with the same thing, it's good to have some kind of example of someone you didn't expect to be going through it."

Chynna went on to explain how having a support system was instrumental in her battling addiction. "It was hard," she said. "I had to go away for a minute and I did detox, but it was a matter of having a really good support system of family and friends."

 

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Queen Latifah Transforms Into Hattie McDaniel For Netflix Series

Queen Latifah takes on the role of Hattie McDaniel, the groundbreaking actress who made history as the first Black person to win an Academy Award, in a new Netflix miniseries. Entertainment Weekly published first-look images from the forthcoming show, Hollywood, on Wednesday (April 8).

Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Janet Mock are behind the seven-part series, which debuts on May 1.  Hollywood takes place during post-World War II Tinseltown and follows an “ambitious group of aspiring actors and filmmakers” who will do “almost anything” to make it big in show business.

The series stars David Cornerswet, Darren Criss, and Laura Harrier with a slew of supporting actors that include Queen Latifah, Rob Reiner, Mira Sorvino, and Katie McGuiness as Gone With the Wind’s Vivien Leigh.

 

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McDaniel’s historic Oscar win was of course shrouded in controversy given her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind, a film that was boycotted and criticized over its blatant racism.

As for Queen Latifah, she has been busy both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Aside form Hollywood, the Queen joins Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige as executive producers of the upcoming Lifetime biopic The Clark Sisters airing on Saturday (April 11).

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