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'American Idol' Alum La’Porsha Renae Claims Being Gay Is A Choice You Can Give Up, Because That's What She Did

"I chose to be heterosexual after being homosexual for 2 years."

American Idol alum, La'Porsha Renae unfortunately pulled the "I'm not homophobic, but..." card this week, with some peculiar comments on the LGBTQ "lifestyle." After denying that she was homophobic, the singer went on a Twitter rant on Wednesday (Mar. 8), in which she claimed that being gay was a "choice." How does she know? Well, because Renae chose to be straight after a two-year stint of playing for the other team.

"Phobia is a fear. I'm not afraid of homosexuals, nor do I hate them. I respect and love EVERYONE," Renae tweeted, only moments before presenting her argument. The singer, who came in second in the final season of the popular singing competition, went on to cite her own experience with sexuality as proof of her theory. "You're wrong to think it's not a choice for some....because it was for me," she wrote. "I chose to be heterosexual after being homosexual for 2 years. I chose a belief system that felt TRUE to my spirit. #TRUTH." Of course the LGBTQ community went nuts, shredding her comments to pieces, but Renae stood her ground. "U haven't walked in my shoes, so don't try to diagnose me...it's not your place 2 tell me what I was/wasn't," she continued.

Following the social media frenzy, the Mississippi native issued a statement to The Huffington Post, elaborating on her initial claims. She attributed her choice to being heterosexual to her faith in God and Christianity. "I took a journey and became more grounded in my faith, and decided that I wanted to live a heterosexual life," her letter reads. "Some people believe they chose homosexuality and some believe they didn’t. Who’s to say one is wrong? It’s not fair to generalize anyone’s sexuality or walk of life."

She concluded the statement by saying that everyone has a right to believe in whatever they choose and express those views freely. "We don’t have to have the same truths or personal belief systems to love one another and get along... Everyone should have the right to believe in what they believe in and to live their lives the way they feel they want to," she added. And as for her relationship with the LGBTQ community, she has nothing against them. "Anyone is welcome to hang out with me and have fun, or sit down with me and talk."

 

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Louisiana Mayor Apologizes To Sam Cooke 56 Years After His Death

More than 50 years after Sam Cooke's death, a Louisiana mayor has issued an apology to the beloved singer after experiencing poor treatment at a Holiday Inn.

According to a CNN affiliate KSLA, In 1963, Cooke and his band made reservations at a Shreveport Holiday Inn, north of downtown. However, the entertainer was turned away because he's black.

During the city's annual "Let The Good Times Rool" festival, Mayor Adrian Perkins apologized to Cooke's daughter and presented her with a key to the city.

"We need to come to terms with our past so we can move forward in a positive way, so this is the beginning. Specifically, with this, it's a beginning of a new relationship with the Cooke family," Perkins said.

Cooke and the band members were in town to perform, but were arrested later that day after leaving the hotel lobby for "blowing their car horn loudly and interrupting other guests." They were held for five hours and released on a $102 bond, according to the 1963 Shreveport Journal.

David Washington, a close friend of the late singer, said the honking was due to a car malfunction and not a petty act of revenge from being denied the right to say. The incident at the Holiday Inn helped is believed to have spawned his most famous song, "A Change Is Gonna Come."

The following year in December 1964, Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles hotel. He was 33.

 

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Day N Vegas Fest: Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Travis Scott To Headline

A new music festival is coming to town, and it's looking like one of the most lit lineups in recent memory.

November is the month for the inaugural Day N' Vegas Festival, which is reportedly going to be held at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds near Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Travis Scott are expected to headline the event, which takes place from Nov. 1-3.

Other performers at the event include Juice Wrld, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, Migos, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, Schoolboy Q and many, many more.

The reaction from the Internet ranged from sheer excitement to inquiries about the validity of the lineup, due to the heat emitting from the flyer. Per Las Vegas' KTNV, the festival is indeed real, and  "Tickets for the festival are set to go on sale June 28 at 12 p.m. and start at $299 for early-bird general passes."

Check out the lineup below.

✨ Day N Vegas Nov 1-3 in Las Vegas 🎰 Tickets on sale Fri 6/28 at 12pm PT ♣️ Only $10 down for a 3 day ticket ♦ https://t.co/FkfhrOFFxi pic.twitter.com/Jxe28EIpQG

— Day N Vegas (@DayNVegas2019) June 24, 2019

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Lil Nas X's '7' EP Reportedly Projected To Top Billboard Chart

Not only does Lil Nas X have the biggest song in the country for the 12th straight week, but there’s a chance that his debut EP will also nab the top spot on Billboard’s 200 Albums Chart.

Per Hits Daily Double, the 20-year-old’s recently-released EP 7 is projected to top the coveted albums chart. According to the site, the EP is projected to move 70,000 units, with 4,000 to 7,000 of those units being from pure album sales.

Besides “Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X’s other songs on the album are making waves. His new song “Panini” reportedly topped Spotify’s songs chart this past weekend, while his song “Rodeo” featuring Cardi B has also received praise.

Lil Nas X performed “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus at the 2019 BET Awards, check out his performance below.

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